6 Tips for eLearning Developers To Help Fix Their Code

eLearning Brothers

In the world of eLearning programming, there are many ways your code can have an error. Earlier today I was talking with Mark Lassoff, President of LearnToProgram.tv , on Twitter about how excited we are for him to speak about programming for eLearning Developers at DevLearn this October 29 – 31 in Las Vegas. Although the article was written for web developers, it has many useful principles for eLearning developers as well.

9 Google Search Hacks to Make eLearning Development A Whole Lot Easier

eLearning Brothers

One of the biggest pain points of eLearning development is not being able to quickly issues. The answer to almost all your eLearning questions are in Google, but you need to know how to find them. This post will go over how to find the eLearning problems with Google search. You can trying apply these tips to whatever information you are using, this is not just for eLearning. Search Solution: intitle:elearning game ideas. #5

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eLearning Development: Useful Firefox add-ons

Upside Learning

We have found several of these add-ons to be really helpful in the eLearning development. Here I list some of them: Flash Switcher – Adobe Flash being the most commonly used development tool for Upside Learning, testing Flash content in different versions of Flash Player is a pain. IE tabs – This allows developers to check how HTML page would look in IE, without leaving Firefox. It is useful while debugging eLearning content specifically in an LMS.

Challenges of Responsive eLearning Development

Upside Learning

In a technology-driven world, today's learners use multiple computing devices during the course of a day – primarily for work, some learning, a lot of entertainment, and for reference and support in their decision making. eLearning Responsive eLearning Responsive eLearning Development

Time Estimates for eLearning Development

Experiencing eLearning

One common question is “how long will it take to create this elearning?” I find it helpful to refer clients to these sources, especially if they think training development should take barely any time. IconLogic also has benchmarks for development , including breakdowns for different tasks. The biggest difference in their benchmark is the time to develop in an authoring tool, which is significantly higher than if you use Chapman’s data alone.

ELearning Development Cost Drivers


While many people know that elearning often costs less than the traditional instructor-led training event , it can sometimes come as a shock that elearning development costs can also fluctuate quite a bit. Sure, the typical logistical expenses don’t apply to elearning, but there are other factors to that can drive up (or down) the price of elearning. That’s not to say that elearning can cost more than live-training. Reference: scholarix.

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Day one: My agile eLearning development presentation from #DevLearn

Challenge to Learn

We launched our new free eLearning software and our booth had so many visitors that I haven’t been able to attend a single session at the conference, no sessions reports from me this time. So for day one I will limit myself to my presentation on agile eLearning development. We launched it successfully, you can check this new eLearning software out by yourself. Agile eLearning development: business goals and road map.

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Agile tips that will improve your eLearning development

Challenge to Learn

I love agile development. We use it at Easygenerator to develop our software. You can apply the lessons learned from agile software development to eLearning development as well. This post contains some simple tips that you can apply to eLearning development. For me one of the biggest benefits of agile development is that you involve your client in the development process, that is what makes the biggest difference.

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Custom eLearning Development: How Long Does it Take?

Upside Learning

Bryan Chapman at the Chapman Alliance has set out to collect the latest data on how long it takes to develop custom e-learning at various levels. Most of these look acceptable to me if we assume that ILT and Powerpoint to e-learning conversion is being done by SMEs and they don’t need support of any development staff. Last year I had written about this (read it here ) with reference to an ASTD article where some of the numbers were a bit out of synch or so appeared to me.

The eLearning Singularity or The Inevitable Evolution of eLearning Development

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I'd also like to put this blog post up as my choice for eLearning blog post of the year. He refers to Blackboard because that's what his school uses, but his line of thinking could apply to ALL of the current LMS offerings. Applications should have APIs that allow 3rd party developers to integrate their stuff with yours. As a developer, you are not losing that way – you are winning, because you benefit from the value that other people are creating by extending your software.

7 Ways to Create Engaging eLearning Using Articulate Storyline

B Online Learning

Take a look at these suggestions to create engaging eLearning from the Articulate community. Personalise the Learning Experience A really simple but effective way to personalise the learning experience and engage learners is to capture a learner’s name, then reference their name as they progress through the course.

5 Mistakes eLearning Developers Often Make


Migrating from a traditional learning environment to an eLearning environment is not always smooth. Despite best intentions, several eLearning developers make these common 5 mistakes. In this article, we examine each and determine how to avoid them early in the eLearning process. eLearning has advanced plenty in these past few years. Despite the time-tested and proven methods of eLearning design and development, most of our peers still repeat the same mistakes.

eLearning Development: It’s Easier When Slides Have Jobs


It’s time to move over to program development, at last! So why does the elearning development step often feel so exasperating?? Recently, I realized something I wish I’d realized sooner: Anything that simplifies slide-level decision making speeds up the program development process. Simplified decision making makes the nitty-gritty of workplace learning development easier and — my personal gold standard — more fun.

3 Examples that explain Copyright Policies for eLearning Developers


ELearning course development requires you to borrow artifacts and intellectual material from the Internet all the time. Simply developing a course using content from different resources is not enough. As an eLearning developer, you need to know about the various copyright and public domain intellectual works available for your use in your courses. Let us look at some examples of how you can use online resources to create compelling eLearning courses.

Using the Right eLearning Development Tools for Your Audience


Choosing which eLearning course development tool to use gets even crazier, with hundreds of different products on the market all basically doing the same thing—information—in. Common eLearning Authoring and Development Tools We Use at ELM. But now the industry is moving towards niche development tools.” The eLearning industry is predicted to reach a value of $325 billion by the year 2025. How to Pick the Right eLearning Development Tool.

Chunking Information to Design eLearning

B Online Learning

This blog post covers a recent online conversation I had with an attendee at one of our eLearning Design Essentials workshops. How do I convert a large training manual into a short eLearning module? Chunking refers to the strategy of breaking down information into bite-sized pieces so that human brain can easily digest the new information. Throughout the development stages, this will help you confirm what’s the ‘need to know’ information versus the ‘nice to know information’.

How do you build eLearning?

B Online Learning

When it comes to building eLearning, how do you do it? If you said ‘yes’ to any of those questions, you might need to stop and take a good long hard look at the way you develop your modules. If by stopping and looking you realise you are developing like this, what you are producing might be a bit ‘hit and miss’ with more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’. Come to think of it, is eLearning the right solution at all? Should this be eLearning?

Aligning eLearning Levels of Interactivity with Articulate 360

B Online Learning

They say for eLearning to be engaging, it needs to be interactive. How interactive your module needs to be, comes down to the definition questions you asked prior to entering into the development phase of your module. As e-learning developers we are often given slide decks to convert into self-directed eLearning modules. It can be converted easily to a Level 2 interactive eLearning module using Presenter and some instructionally sound Engage interactions.

3 Tips To Meet Modern Learners Digital Expectations

B Online Learning

To highlight the need for reducing the training time, here’s another research finding that might interest you – 1% of a typical work week is all the time that employees have to focus on training and development. Approximately 4 minutes in duration per video is cited to be the maximum optimal length of a video within eLearning content. References: Bronya Benvin. 7 Killer Tips For Effective Video In eLearning.

Cut to 30% eLearning Development Costs

Vignettes Learning

Assuming a typical one hour eLearning costs $35,000. Develop images only for some 20% of the content. Develop exercises, tests, games and simulation only on the 10% of the 20%. • for the 80% references type of content. As you can see, the step of separating “must-learn” from “reference-type” of content from the very start allows you to focus the least expensive media and tools to the references and the more costly development and creative time to the 20% content.

Top 10 features of Adobe Captivate 2017 for Responsive eLearning development

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 2017 offers powerful capabilities to create fully responsive eLearning courses. Additionally, I outline EI Design’s capability in pushing the envelope further on creating responsive eLearning courses through customisation on the tool. This is a powerful feature that enables rapid development and create high impact mobile courses in relatively shorter time. Rapid development of completely responsive eLearning courses.

International Elearning Development and Training Programs: Best Practices

Designing Digitally

International Elearning Development: Culture, Bias, Customs, Religions, and Relationships . When building international elearning programs or serious games, there are factors that affect the organization’s ability to deliver unconscious bias training, such as culture, bias, customs, religions and relationships. The societal and cultural differences that exist should inform the development of elearning and games.

Leverage Enhanced Lectora 17 Features for Rapid eLearning Development

CommLab India

In the latest version of Lectora17, developing multi-device compatible courses is easier with the most sought after feature Responsive Course Design (RCD) and HTML5 output. This post is an attempt to look at them and how they add value to the online course rapid development. They give you the added advantage of screen capture and recording for your eLearning courses. Lectora 17 won’t take the source reference of the image in published files.

Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

Association eLearning

What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? There are many different types of eLearning, so it isn’t surprising that they can be divided into categories. Asynchronous refers to eLearning offerings you take on your own. Synchronous refers to eLearning offerings where you participate as part of a group and everyone in the group needs to be logged in at the same time. Blended courses are a bit different because they’re not purely eLearning.

ELEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Background Music & Copyright

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Over the past few months, I've received more and more calls and emails about the pros and cons of adding background music to eLearning projects (specifically projects created using Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia). First, is it a best eLearning practice to include background audio?   Is It a Best Practice to Add Background Music to eLearning?   Copyright Law as it Relates to Using Music in eLearning. e-learning eLearning

Why Use ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Based eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Adobe Flash Professional is undoubtedly the most popular tool for custom eLearning development. With the help of its inbuilt programming language ActionScript developers can code interactions, communicate with servers, program animations etc. and is well backed by a great Flash developer community that has contributed in developing many open source frameworks/classes/APIs. New APIs and Frameworks – Adobe has developed many new capabilities in Flash Player, AS 3.0

Why Negative Reinforcement is Actually Quite Positive!

Association eLearning

Positive and negative refer to either the addition or subtraction of stimuli. The idea of “positive” or “negative” referring to how the recipient “feels” is very unscientific. Today, I wanted to talk about a misnomer I hear all the time that drives me up a wall. Negative reinforcement. Many people hear the phrase and picture scenes of scolding and beratement.

5 Tips For Finding (and working with) An eLearning Development Company


Time has rendered the question of whether a modern enterprise needs eLearning, irrelevant. As an effective, convenient, lower maintenance, and cheaper alternative to traditional classroom learning, eLearning is the perfect fit for the modern, knowledge-based economy, and the often thin margins in which competitive businesses must operate. Before you proceed to outsource your custom eLearning content creation you should ask yourself whether you really need to.

The Magic of Microlearning

Association eLearning

Here are some of the advantages of microlearning: Great for quick, on-the-job reference. A traditional eLearning course on car maintenance might be several hours long and have general divisions like, “Engine Maintenance,” “Tire Maintenance,” and so on. The parts are quicker than a traditional eLearning course and there are lots of benefits, although microlearning can still suffer from poor design. One of you car’s headlights is out.

5 words to avoid in e-learning for professional development

The eLearning Nomad

Here is a list of words I NEVER use in the eWorkshops I develop and/or facilitate: 1. So in most adult professional development contexts we don’t ‘instruct’, we ‘facilitate’. If you use the term ‘students’ in your workshop, you inadvertently refer to the power relationship in typical classrooms out there. But grades ruin professional development courses and workshops that aim at empowerment.

eLearning Trends for 2015: Here to Stay or Go Away?

Association eLearning

Trends in eLearning come and go, but a good LMS is forever. Below is a list of eLearning trends we expect to see in 2015. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are definitely trending in eLearning. Mobile learning (mLearning) refers to content that can be accessed anywhere, on any device. eLearning on one’s home computer is no longer enough. Augmented learning is the next “cool-factor” innovation in eLearning.

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy (And when to use each one)

Association eLearning

If, on the other hand, someone from the sales team mentioned a particularly stressful sale, I would have less frame of reference. Incorrectly using empathy over sympathy, or vice-versa, can limit the efficacy of your eLearning program. “Make your audience care.” It’s an often repeated tenet of instructional design and it sounds great in theory. If you can make your audience care about the material they will engage more deeply with the content and retain it longer.

Quality Assurance: Fine-Tuning Your eLearning to Be Its Best

Association eLearning

Quality assurance, or QA as it is better known, is a vastly important yet surprisingly underappreciated aspect of eLearning. In this case, nomenclature refers to corporate terminology, or simply naming things a certain way. Many businesses and associations, for example, refer to their customers as “Guests” rather than “guests” or “Clients” rather than “clients.” They require their eLearning to use these terms and to follow suit any time they’re mentioned.

eLearning Outsourcing: Training Companies Turn to eLearning for Survival & Growth

Upside Learning

The common theme emerging from these meetings is that their clients have started asking for eLearning solutions or blended solutions. Resonating but with a different tone some of bigger training companies mention –“We need to consider eLearning to maintain our leadership position and avoid losing clients. We’ve foreseen this kind of growth in demand for eLearning in the wake of recent widespread recession (which is not over yet!).

eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

If you’re new to eLearning or online training, it can seem like you’re wading through alphabet soup with all the various anagrams and terminology used in this industry. Grab a spoon, and let’s dig in to the soup, with this eLearning glossary. eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. If you’d like to learn more, check out this article from eLearning Industry.

Custom eLearning Development: 4 Tips to Deliver Compelling and Engaging Content

Obsidian Learning

An easy way to execute this is to create a locked or hidden chapter/module in your course or create an infographic /quick reference guide that the learner will be able to download and use after the event. through drag-and-drop or similar basic interactions) can be achieved in corporate Learning and Development. Our life experience constantly cross-references new learning with our current reality.

7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know

Association eLearning

As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. But wait…How will you explain eLearning to your Executive Director? If you’re part of a corporation, maybe you’ve decided that training and employee development would be more efficient if it were all online. It’d save time and resources, and you could standardize training, but how do you explain eLearning to the CEO?

5 words to avoid in e-learning for professional development

The eLearning Nomad

Here is a list of words I NEVER use in the eWorkshops I develop and/or facilitate: 1. So in most adult professional development contexts we don’t ‘instruct’, we ‘facilitate’. If you use the term ‘students’ in your workshop, you inadvertently refer to the power relationship in typical classrooms out there. But grades ruin professional development courses and workshops that aim at empowerment.

12 eLearning Project Milestones to Include in Project Plan

eLearning Company

The eLearning design and development process consists of multiple stages that may be confusing to those who are not regularly involved in eLearning production. This guide will identify the major project milestones you should include in your next eLearning development project plan. Kick-off … Continue reading "12 eLearning Project Milestones to Include in Project Plan". Reference Materials Tips, Tricks, How-to's

Placeholder Images: Do They Help or Hurt in an eLearning Storyboard?

Association eLearning

Not so long ago, in a nearby place, someone spent a lot of time leaving notes about the photos in an eLearning storyboard. At the same time, a complete lack of reference images has a couple of significant drawbacks. If you’d like to learn about custom course creation from Digitec Interactive, visit our eLearning page. The post Placeholder Images: Do They Help or Hurt in an eLearning Storyboard?