Applying Usability Techniques to eLearning Documents

Integrated Learnings

If you have ever designed online support documents that are used for quick online reinforcement learning, you know that not only do the documents need to contain the right information, but they must also be usable online. Can users find and use information quickly and easily? Do they need information or direct instructions? These additional questions can guide how to present information and in what order, so that learners can find it quickly when needed. Scan pages?

Information Radar

Tony Karrer

You need information radar that continuously scans for new, quality information that you should be aware of. Information Addiction Let me start this topic with a word of caution. This reaction causes you to seek more information.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Hiring Women in 1943. You Go, Girl!

Learning Visions

A client sent this scanned page to me this morning. Give experienced learners the option to skip content where appropriate and make sure information is easy to understand for those who are new to the material.

The Psychology of How Learners Explore and Find Information Online

SHIFT eLearning

Psychologists, eLearning professionals and other experts have always been interested in how we consume information online. Receiving and transmitting information are not new to us. Today, "p roviding people with access to more information is not the problem. Information Foragin

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Web Usability

Learning Visions

Thursday, June 01, 2006 Web Usability A recent study by usability expert Jakob Nielsen about how people read (or rather scan) websites: [link] Posted by Cammy Bean at 1:49 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Cammy Bean Greater Boston, MA, United States View my complete profile About This Blog Subscribe in a reader Subscribe via email Are you an Instructional Designer?

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Watch Out For These Trends in Mobile Learning: 2015 And Beyond

Origin Learning

Now against the backdrop of such information, it is interesting to explore what role mobiles are playing in shaping up the workplace learning scenario. When the worker scans the object in front of him, the app uses the device’s camera to ‘understand’ it.

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February Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best of Informal Learning Flow. International Amateur Scanning League - OReilly Radar , February 10, 2010. Informal learning from the horse’s mouth - Informal Learning , February 3, 2010. Formalizing informal learning? - Learnlets , February 16, 2010. Jay’s latest book focuses on social & informal learning in the cloud - Internet Time , January 31, 2010. Tags: General Informal Learning February 1, 2010 to February 27, 2010.

More on Modes of Information Consumption and Creation

Tony Karrer

that responded with some interesting comments including something that really resonated with me: Personally, when I want information, especially non-emotional, apparently 'objective' information, I like to read, to scan and dig. By the way, I just used the term "scan and dig" in my post.

Collateral damage

E-Learning Provocateur

Yet we know in the workplace the vast majority of learning is informal. Instead, I prefer to scan the step-by-step instructions at my own speed and get on with it.

Podcast: Elizabeth Jameson – Intersection of Art and Science


Undergoing numerous brain scans to track the progression of the disease, she developed a deep fascination with the architecture of the brain. I hope you enjoy this very special podcast and visit her site for more information about her art.

Where is L&D heading?

E-Learning Provocateur

I prefer to see MOOCs through the lens of informal learning which values the learning over its bureaucracy. As for big data, there is clearly a lot of potential in using it to inform our practice – if we can access it. Informal first.

Business applications of Twitter

E-Learning Provocateur

Scanning. With upwards of 20 million Twitter users around the world, companies should at the very least be scanning this massive public forum to keep tabs on what people are saying about them. But of course, tweet scanning also falls into the Customer Service portfolio.

Elizabeth Jameson – Intersection of Art and Science


Undergoing numerous brain scans to track the progression of the disease, she developed a deep fascination with the architecture of the brain. I hope you enjoy this very special podcast and visit her site for more information about her art. Listen to Podcast: [link].

For the Love of Learning

Learning Rebels

It’s all about the informal learning! But first let me scan your badge so you can receive annoying phone calls, a never-ending drip of emails, all while we keep USPS running by single-handedly killing a forest of trees to create junk postcards.”

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How Does Learning Management Systems Deliver Just-in-Time Learning For Corporate Training


In today’s digital era, time is the new money and that is why modern learners expect most information to be available anytime and anywhere. Instead of creating courses at random, everything should be planned to provide the right kind of information at the right time.

The 4 Hottest eLearning Trends For 2016


Although we’re not quite at the Johnny Five stage yet (the robot demonstrated the ability to scan and instantly assimilate information in the 1986 movie, Short Circuit), technology is starting to revolutionize the learning landscape.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning


The CLO today has to be able to scan the emerging landscape and build her/his team in a way that will enable them to meet the future. I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future.

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Developing An Effective Mobile Learning Strategy Via Robust Learning Management Systems


Learners use their personalized smart devices to access all types of information in minimal time. So, instead of manually accessing online content, an LMS can help the learners to get accurate information at their fingertips.

“Digital Mindset”: What Is It All About?


Agility in this context encompasses the skill of being able to scan the landscape and ecosystem of one’s domain of work, keep pace with what is happening at the edges, and evolve to remain relevant.

Of Metaphors and Perception

Tom Spiglanin

They, along with analogies, serve many purposes in learning as evidenced by a quick scan of the #lrnchat transcript on analogies earlier this year. Changing Workplace Informal Learning Random Thoughts & Tweets I love metaphors.

How to Use QR Codes in Corporate Training

Bottom-Line Performance

Or maybe you have noticed them slapped on billboards that you could not possibly have time to stop and scan. For those who haven’t been exposed, a QR code is a two dimensional code that can hold thousands of characters of information.

Smaller Chunks are Easier to Digest

eLearning Brothers

We’ve all gone to a website or opened a document and been in utter shock at how much text and information suddenly appeared. They scan! So, the challenge becomes, “how do we make them scan the information that we want them to learn?”. Everyone will scan bullets.

Adobe FrameMaker: On-Demand QR Codes

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

They are typically used for storing URLs or other information and can be scanned by QR Readers. If so, scan the image above with the QR Reader and you'll be taken to the IconLogic website. by Kevin Siegel      Unless you've been deliberately avoiding them, it's a good bet you've come across images similar to the one below.     The image is known as a QR code.

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Memory research roundup - More Sleep

Lars is Learning

Following my last post, I received a comment from njtom as follows: "Brain scans of humans and animals have indicated that bursts of information pass between the neocortex and the hippocampus during the first hours of sleep, known as slow wave sleep.

Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

eLearning Evangelist

Almost half of the publication includes State and Territory Scans that look at policy questions related to online learning activities and students with disabilities.

Mobile App Trends for 2018

Origin Learning

Blockchain offers a high level of security and is designed to keep information decentralized to prevent easy hacking. Over the past two years, the number of vulnerability scans directed at IoT devices has increased 458 percent.

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Apply Design Thinking to Story-based eLearning - Tip #180

Vignettes Learning

Have you ever had an MRI or CT scan? Now imagine a child going through that same scan. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh used to sedate children under 9 years when they came for an MRI scan. He realized that the scanning environment simply didn’t work for the young patients.

Overheard Discussion

Kapp Notes

Can't you just scan it all in? I thought you could just scan it into the computer. I am sure I saw somewhere that you could just scan information into the computer. Here is a snippet of a discussion I overheard between a manager of instructional design and her supervisor. Customer: So what are you doing about getting this curriculum on-line? I want 100% on-line.

4 Exciting Recruiting Trends In 2018 [Infographic]

Jane Hart

Software tools that use AI or smart automation learn a job’s requirements, scan candidate databases to find the right qualifications, and then assign grades (e.g., Just like today’s consumers, candidates want immediate, real-time updates and access to information about their job applications.

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eLearning in the Age of Automation

Web Courseworks

This information is unnerving. An algorithm might be able to determine if that mass on a scan is a tumor, but it can’t comfort you after a painful diagnosis. In 2011, I took a human-computer interaction course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Art of Business Writing

Your Training Edge

Make It Easy to Read and Scan. Scanning a novel is a hard-learned skill. Scanning an article or an email should be easy. Since the average attention span is shorter than ever, an easy to scan article will allow you to reach your audience in as little time as possible.

5 Ways to KISS Your eLearning

eLearning Brothers

You might be experts on the course material, or you could be working with an expert to help gather the information. Don’t add superlative information into the course that distracts from the important concepts. People scan courses.

Bad Apple

E-Learning Provocateur

Thankfully he provided an alternative: scan the receipt and the card, then attach them to a reply email. So I replied to the support guy’s email with a cover message, attached scans of the front and back of the card, and explained my receipt predicament. The next day I got an email from yet another support guy asking me to fax or email the sales receipt and scans of the front and back of the card! Nonetheless I email back the scans again.

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Using Infographics in eLearning (Infographic)

Bottom-Line Performance

Readers like them because they can quickly scan data and research to gain a broad understanding of the content. Focus on visuals: Up to 90% of the information our brains absorb is visual. Infographics (of varying levels of usefulness) are a common sight on the web these days.

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 14, 2018

Mike Taylor

Adobe Scan – Get rid of those piles of paper on your desk or the junk in your wallet. The free Adobe Scan app works on your mobile device, scans documents into PDFs, and automatically recognizes text. Learn more in my Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.