eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Dude, Watch Your Aspect. Ratio!

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  When I teach any of my eLearning courses, I encourage learners to consider their end-users when determining the size of the canvas. For that reason, I think the eLearning canvas should be set up to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as opposed to 4:3.   The aspect ratio of an eLearning canvas designed to be viewed on its side, or in landscape mode, is the ratio of its longer side to its shorter side. Both 1024x576 and 1280x720 are 16:9 ratios.

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Content/Practice Ratio?

Clark Quinn

So, I’d roughly (and generously) estimate that the ratio is around 80:20 for content: practice. We really don’t scaffold the learner from their initial capability, through more and more complex scenarios, until they’re at the level of ability we want. Learners appreciate it. The point is that I think our ratio should really be 50:50 if not 20:80 for content:practice. What ratios do you see? And what ratios do you think makes sense?

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Why eLearning Development Ratios Can be Hazardous to Your Career.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Why eLearning Development Ratios Can be Hazardous to Your Career by Jon on November 15, 2010 in budgeting , eLearning Brandon Hall , in partnership with Chapman Alliance , recently published the results of its latest survey about eLearning development ratios.

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Why eLearning Development Ratios Can be Hazardous to Your Career

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Why eLearning Development Ratios Can be Hazardous to Your Career by Jon on November 15, 2010 in budgeting , eLearning Brandon Hall , in partnership with Chapman Alliance , recently published the results of its latest survey about eLearning development ratios.

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Informal budget ratio 80/20?

Clark Quinn

 It’s not as resource-intensive as the process of getting learners from novice to practitioner (except the initial investment in infrastructure and boot-stratpping). The latter will change as we develop capable learners (assuming you’re putting meta-learning in, and you should be), but there will be a role for each, but that doesn’t mean that the support requirements are a one-to-one match.Â

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Development Ratio, mLearning, Change, & Feedback

Big Dog, Little Dog

Recent Survey shows 36:1 development ratio for ILT - Bryan Chapman. This seminal research reviews how to give learners feedback, written in a way that puts feedback in perspective, that goes deep into the fundamentals to give readers clear mental models for how feedback works Front-End Analysis (Data Collection, Working with SMEs) = 13% (4.8 hours) Instructional Design (Objectives, Outlining, Content Development) = 13% (4.6 hours) Lesson Plan Development = 11% (3.8 hours).

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Marketing Math: How Much Should You Pay for a Learner?


The answer, or course, is that a small marketing investment can often yield great returns in new learners. Knowing how much profit you can expect to earn from a learner can help you project future revenues, which is important for making wise business investments. It’s also crucial for understanding how much you should invest in sales and marketing costs to acquire a new learner. How much does a learner pay, on average, per transaction?

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Evaluating Training – Capturing the Benefits Aspect of ROI

Obsidian Learning

Return on investment (ROI) is a quantification of the relation between the benefits of a program and its costs [benefit-cost ratio (BCR)]. All of these objectives serve the purpose of calculating ROI but the application and impact objectives are not necessarily learner-focused. Application objectives could be either learner- or organization-focused. New post Evaluating Training – Capturing the Benefits Aspect of ROI on Obsidian Learning.

How You Can Use Social Learning To Engage Your Learners

EI Design

This article outlines how you can use social learning effectively to engage your learners. How Can You Use Social Learning To Engage Learners? The current dynamics (advent of social media channels, technology, and changing learner profiles) have accelerated its adoption by organizations now. While it certainly appeals to Millennials, social learning is as relevant to all other learner profiles as well.

Understanding Learner Personas and Archetypes for Human-centric Learning & Development


As an L&D professional, you would have heard of this term, along with another one called “learner personas”. These examples are just indicative and in no way representative of all learner archetypes. Gender: 50% male-female ratio Location: Suburbs, primarily in Europe but present in North America and Asia as well. Having a detailed learner persona will help you tailor the chatbot such that the learner responds to it best.

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Work as Improv Theater: Teaching the Right-Brained Learner.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Work as Improv Theater: Teaching the Right-Brained Learner by Jon on January 11, 2011 in Informal Learning , social learning The idea that right brained thinkers will dominate business in the coming century has been gaining momentum since it was first popularized several years ago by Dan Pink in his bestselling book A Whole New Mind.

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4 Tips to Consider while Choosing eLearning Vendors


When it comes to collaborating with the best eLearning vendors in the market, there are few important tips to consider to optimize training quality, reduce costs, and adopt a learner-centric approach. 2- Cost to Quality Ratio. While choosing the right vendor, you must take the cost to quality ratio into consideration. With our award-winning , tailored, online learning solutions and adoption of learner-centric strategies, we have set new standards in the eLearning domain.

70/20/10: The road to greater knowledge retention?


That 10 percent of learning – for example, structured courses delivered within the LMS – yields an abysmal 10% retention rate among most learners, who tend to forget most of what they learn over time. And while the actual mix is up for debate, the ratio tends to vary depending on the nature of the organization.

Make Learning An Experience. Blend It! | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

While we may like to believe that directing and guiding our learners to new understanding is the most effective way to educate, the traditional Instructor-Led Training (ILT) model fails to recognize that our learners have changed. The self-directed learner has become the student of the 21 st century – one who needs more support and encouragement rather than direction. So how do we best provide our learners of today with the best possible support and encouragement?

Moving from Teacher to Facilitator | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Moving from Teacher to Facilitator by Michael on January 25, 2011 in Classroom Learning , Facilitation , Informal Learning , Training Development As a leader and teacher in the classroom and online for over 15 years, I still face the challenge of making content “real” for learners. To our learners, this is their reality. Learners as Teachers.

5 Easy Steps to Creating Interactive Simulations in Storyline 2

eLearning Brothers

Therefore, choosing the right size in terms of aspect ratio is paramount to good course design when using screen captures. Make sure your monitor’s aspect ratio and your course’s aspect ratio are the same. There are two main aspect ratios in use in Articulate: 4:3 and 16:9. Another common resolution is 1280×720 which equates to the 16:9 aspect ratio. You can then choose one of the two pre-formatted ratios mentioned above, or you can create a custom size.

Top E-learning Authoring Tools to Create Interactive Training Courses – Rapid E-Learning for Effective Training


With evolving learning needs, it is crucial to repurpose the training content and update learners with the latest information. The new-age learners want to undergo training anytime, anywhere, and on any mobile device. Improving learner performance. Various aspects including engagement level, training scores, time spent on training modules, retention, and others evaluate learners’ performance.

8 Visual Design Mistakes to Avoid When Developing eLearning

Tim Slade

An image gets distorted when the image is resized in such a way that it affects the aspect ratio of the image (i.e., Most design programs, including PowerPoint and Articulate Storyline, will maintain the aspect ratio of an image when resized from the corner. With other programs, you can avoid this by holding the Shift key when resizing the image, which usually locks the aspect ratio. #2:

Collaborative Learning Lessons from Wikipedia (and Small Insects.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Collaborative Learning Lessons from Wikipedia (and Small Insects) by Jim on February 15, 2011 in Informal Learning , performance support , social learning One thing that has always struck me as particularly fascinating about social learning is how it is often at its most effective when its direction is provided by the learners themselves.

Does Your eLearning Have too Much Content?

Bottom-Line Performance

Leanne Batchelder , VP of Client Relations, coaches her clients to learn towards a 1:3 ratio of “tell” to “show.” ” That means the other 2/3 is either a “show” or an opportunity for learners to “do.” ” With that simple 1:3 theory in mind (and it’s not an absolute, of course), your eLearning courses or even lectures will feel more engaging to learners.



The increasingly healthy ratio holds true even in our offices in tier II cities (some having a ratio of 45:55), it is a matter of pride for us. As part of the flagship cadre building program, we have sponsored MBA for the participants and there too achieved a 50:50 female to male ratio.

The role of the L&D function IS changing.

Jane Hart

As a result, the overall “footprint,” or ratio of training staff relative to the learner population continued to decline in many companies. A recent press release about Bersin by Deloitte’s new industry study, The Corporate LearningFactbook® 2013: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market included the following finding from the study. “ The L&D footprint continues to shrink.

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Is E-Learning Possible Without Learning Management System?

Your Training Edge

Learners can access it; when and where they need. It saves time and is a cost-effective method for organizations to keep their learners updated with the advancements. You will not just upload the things online and instruct your learners to access it. You will definitely build a community so that you can track the complete tasks, send assignments to learners and provide them a pleasant environment. Why will they spend $5 on average per learner in a month?

Why corporate wellness is an important part of your learning strategy


A critical meta-analysis on the costs and savings associated with employee wellness programs revealed an average ratio of 6:1 return on investment. Prioritizing corporate wellness can improve workplace performance. Employees can’t perform at their best if they don’t feel their best.

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Training: Give Me a Break!

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT,  COTP         I've written several articles about adult learners and attention spans. Each of my attention span articles focused on attention spans of adults and eLearning (asynchronous training where there is no live interaction between a trainer and the learner). Anything longer than 5 minutes and you're inviting your learner to tune out and drift off to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or some other site.

What is 70:20:10 and How Can Your Organization Benefit From It?


An LMS Supporting the 70:20:10 Framework Will Engage Your Learners and Fuel Your Business. Training employees, whether through a part of onboarding or promotion, can be stressful, but it’s important that your learners are engaged and retaining the required knowledge. For the model to succeed, your learners need some formal learning – after all, there’s a time and a place for all training modalities.

8 Innovative Virtual Learning Design Tips To Engage Your Remote Teams

Obsidian Learning

We’ve talked about this in several other places, but adult learners are busy people constantly bombarded with information. Add those interactive elements throughout the course, giving learners a way to discover the content, not just review or be quizzed on it. Whenever possible, develop virtual learning that works effectively over the widest range of devices to give your learners maximum flexibility. If your program is global, how best can you represent all learners?

Tips for Importing from PowerPoint to Captivate

Integrated Learnings

If you decide to change the width and the height, you will want to strongly consider maintaining the aspect ratio. Maintaining the aspect ratio will make sure all the fonts and graphics are resized accurately if you increase or decrease the size of the project. The learner will need to click on each slide to advance it. by Jonathan Shoaf. Microsoft PowerPoint is a very powerful tool for creating presentations. At most organizations it also has a large user base.

Reconciling two worlds

Clark Quinn

Here I’m using Will’s ‘oversimplifications’ and infusing them with the viewpoints I believe in: Learners increasingly need to take responsibility for their learning, and we should facilitate and develop it instead of leaving it to chance. Learning can frequently be trimmed (and more frequently needs to change the content/practice ratio), and we should substitute performance support for learning when possible.

70:20:10 and the Learning Curve

Clark Quinn

Finally, the learner continues to improve through continual practice. And, of course, the ratios in 70:20:10 are only a framework for rethinking investment, not a prescription about how you apply the numbers. My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!), sparked by a diagram provided by another ITA colleague, Jane Hart (that I also thought was insightful).

Learn how Docebo’s redesigned LMS will boost your user experience


Onboarding 20 years ago exemplified the negative outcomes identified in Hermann Ebbinghaus’ forgetting curve theory, which argues that over time, learners retain less and less knowledge from instructor led training (ILT). Classroom learning is important, and it should be incorporated into your onboarding, but if it’s your only method of training, you may be disengaging your learners. This fluid transfer of knowledge between experts and learners will ultimately help your learners.

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Building Strategies for a Successful eTraining Implementation

Global eTraining

Integrations: During Implementation, GeT determined the best course of action was to make training as accessible to learners as possible. Learners were made aware of the organization’s objective to increase the number of Autodesk Certified Professionals on staff and were encouraged to use Global eTraining content to prepare for certification exams by following the certification roadmap outlined.

InfoGraphic Guide to the 70:20:10 Framework

Infopro Learning

The framework breaks down the major avenues for which a learner acquires new job skills. Remember, the framework is a guide for balancing your learning strategy by learning avenues and is not a firm a rigid ratio that must be applied or else. The 70/20/10 framework is one of the most popular learning and development models used today. According to this model, 70% of what an employee learns comes from on-the-job training, 20% from peer learning, and 10% from formal learning.

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What is the 70:20:10 Model? Less Than 100 Words

Roundtable Learning

They found that learners obtain knowledge best when doing hands-on activities because it enables them to discover and refine their job-related skills, make informed decisions, and tackle challenges at work. What is the 70:20:10 Model?

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Moving Classroom Training to eLearning

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Because an adult learner has a limited amount of attention to devote to eLearning, the language and the images need to engage and involve the learner.  Instead we need to use plain language, short sentences, and a proportional ratio of text to imagery.  by Jennie Ruby    When information needs to be moved to a new medium, we have a tendency to try to make the new medium fit the mold of the old.