Articles by Matthew Mella

A conversion isn't just for Christmas

2016 has been a year of change, and elearning has been no exception. You only had to walk through the Learning Technologies exhibition in January to get a taste of it. Elearning was transforming into something a lot more exciting. At Kineo, we've been working on an increasing amount of video, resource-based learning and of course premiered our philosophy …

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Make the most of templates with mini treatments

Templates and standard components are a means to an end for learning designers. With the challenging budgets and timelines of much online learning, it's simply not possible to create whizzy custom layouts and functionality all the time. But a standard elearning template (or collection thereof) doesn't make good learning. They're simply presentation …

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Put the 'activity' in 'interactivity'

"We want something really interactive." Or "We want something more interactive than our previous learning." Heard requests like this before? I hear them frequently. It could be easy to presume that most online learning is interactive. So what does it really mean when people ask for more of it?

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Show not tell by giving your learners superpowers

Scenarios (video or otherwise) are a fantastic way to immerse learners in the learning. They add realism and context, and can give learners control so that they have those all-important practice opportunities. However, anyone who's created a lot of scenarios realise that they're not enough to cover some topics. In many cases, you need to drop into …

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Are we still the ten percenters?

Few theories trip off the tongue of L&D professionals easier than the 70/20/10 principle. The theory was formulated by Morgan McCall and his colleagues at the Centre for Creative Leadership. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of its publication. Although 70/20/10 was never a prescribed model nor an exact science, it's found great success.

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Accessibility in elearning: busting some myths

​ Accessibility describes how easy it is for people to access content online. Originally, I'm from a web design background. In that part of the technology industry, there's a long-established movement to make content accessible to all users. The web is the sole way to access some services and to restrict access to certain people, even accidentally, …

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Push the 'Next' button to the next level

The term 'page-turner' has haunted the elearning industry for the last decade, typified by the hastily assembled strings of cluttered screens with a quiz at the end. Often, these simply involve digitising a manual – and one that wasn't that great in the first place. They're universally maligned, but these examples of 'e-reading' are still inflicted …

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How to get your elearning to pull people in

Recent learning trend reports tell of a move from push models of learning to a pull model. But what does that actually mean? And what do you need to do to make sure your learning pulls people in and even achieves that elusive 'viral' quality?  Push and pull are terms that are very familiar to web content strategists and marketers. However, many …

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Taking microlearning beyond bite-sized

The cliché goes that good things come in small packages. But can microlearning – where learners build their learning in short bursts – deliver the same depth as longer modules? Here are some thoughts on what microlearning needs to do to deliver richness alongside convenience, whether part of a program or as standalone nuggets. 

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