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.

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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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.

The Benefits and Potential of NFC

Origin Learning

NFC stands for Near Field Communication and as the name suggests, it is used for transmitting information to nearby devices by putting them in physical contact with each other. Here’s what NFC can do for you and how: Exchanging information.

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.

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.

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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Adobe FrameMaker: On-Demand QR Codes

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

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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“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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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].

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.

Shepherd accused of sensationalist claptrap

Clive on Learning

If not, it will be scanned in a microsecond and quickly cast aside." My crime, by the way, was to suggest that you beware who's selling informal learning. informal learningJay Cross , someone who I respect immensely professionally and like as a person, has accused me, with some justification, of 'sensationalist claptrap'.

TechSmith Camtasia Studio: Adding Closed Captions

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel        Closed captioning (CC) allows you to provide descriptive information in your published eLearning project that typically matches the voiceover audio contained in your Camtasia project.       Click the Continue button and Camtasia will scan your project and transcribe the audio for you.

eLearning: The Role of Images

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

But consider this: people process information presented in an image far faster than text. When you read, your eyes scan a wall of words trying to squeeze out each nugget of information. by Sean Stoker    Are the slides that make up your eLearning lessons text-heavy?

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Emerging Learning Technologies: Promise vs. Hype

Bottom-Line Performance

It is the integration of digital information with a user’s real environment. Unlike VR, which creates a completely artificial environment, AR uses the existing environment and overlays digital information on top of it.

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.

Time Spent on Blogging

Tony Karrer

Some quick thoughts - Scanning Activity Replaced I likely spend an average of 30-45 minutes per day reading/writing that is part of what I call "scanning" which is staying up to speed on what's going on. Blog reading and writing as part of scanning has been a replacement of other activities that I used to do - reading magazines and books. Originally, I didn't plan to replace these activities as I considered the information from blogs to be quite different.

Incorporating Infographics in eLearning

Adobe Captivate

Infographics or Information Graphics – a visual representation of information or data. Learners scan the infographics and interpret the meaning well, especially the complex data, when compared to other visuals.

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.

How We Cracked the QR Code

Bottom-Line Performance

Participants split up into teams of two and three and used QR readers on their smart phones to scan clues all over the library.

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.

Videos in eLearning: A Snack Sized Solution

Association eLearning

Videos can contain smaller chunks of information in a short amount of time making content easier to absorb. Now would you rather read that excessively long academic paper of a blog post or watch a 3-minute video which gives you the same information?

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.

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Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016

Your Training Edge

The coursework components like quizzes, tests and assignments would all be generated through tools that are able to effectively scan the course content and determine its most critical aspects that must be tested.

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Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend

Association eLearning

But this can lead to “content fatigue,” where they try to cram in every last tidbit of information on a given subject. If you can minimize your narration while maximizing the information you convey in it, your eLearning will be that much more effective.

When to Use Emojis for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

It also makes scanning the screen easier and the emojis do add contrast. Contact the Houston ATD for more information. Emojis are the today’s hieroglyphics. I can imagine thousands of years from now as archaeologists try to reconstruct our culture.