The elearning industry is rife with terms and acronyms that have various meanings depending on who you’re talking to and what you’re discussing. Here we take a look at the terms “instructional designer” and “learning experience designer” to help you figure out where you might land.
Many companies seem to shy away from adding interactive video to their course content because they’re hesitant to incur the additional expense of actually creating the video content. Luckily, you can now create a stellar video without spending huge amounts of money. Find out how!
People watch over 1 billion hours of video on YouTube each day according to TechChrunch. That’s pretty strong evidence people like video and it’s an effective medium for learning and communication. Add a dash of interactivity to the mix and you’ve got an even more potent and immersive learning medium on your hands.
There’s no better time than the new year to take a look at your current elearning offerings and see where you can make some design tweaks, or what you can adjust going forward as you create new courses.
One thing we spotted in the interviews for this year’s Learning Insights report was a shift in the way we’re all talking about social learning. No longer a buzzword, it’s now understood – and desired - that our learners will naturally learn from each other. And that we can help that happen. Last year we published Social Learning: How it works …
Visuals don’t just add intrigue and excitement to learning, they also serve a valuable role in terms of memory and retention of content, as well as aiding navigation. Designers use layouts, typography and font changes to emphasis key points and draw out important messages. By demonstrating the hierarchy of content, visuals can be used to create a …
Is there anything better than the new year? There’s something slightly exhilarating about the proverbial clean slate (and actual blank calendar) with which you get to kick the year off. If you’re determined to make 2018 a huge hit professionally, take a look at 3 resolutions we think are perfect for any L&D pro looking to up their game.
Back in 2005, when the Scissor Sisters were riding high in the album charts, Shrek 2 was packing out cinemas and Hurricane Katrina was wreaking havoc on America’s Gulf Coast, Flash software was installed on 98% of computers. Fast forward to 2017 and the once-pioneering technology responsible for powering multimedia content is soon to be no more.
4 examples of technologies, or techniques, being applied in a way that demonstrates the value of knowing the problem you need to solve, and then finding the technology or approach that will solve it.
A successful elearning course development should be broken up into three segments, with the final segment making up 40% of the focus. Find out what we mean by reading more about Robert Brinkerhoff’s 40/20/40 model.
It is often said that culture is at the heart of all successful teams. The culture of a sporting club is generally linked to its success on and off the field.
According to The Conference Board, only 37% of training methods actually result in learning transfer (the practice of taking knowledge and actually applying it to situations). This can be a bit disheartening for L&D pros to hear, but there are ways to increase learning transfer!
Tools like xAPI have completely changed the elearning industry on its head. Where course developers and designers were once limited to the confines of their existing LMS and sparse reporting, they can now utilize tools to access learning from almost anywhere and drill deep into performance results.
Implementing video role playing is a great way for your learners to tackle tricky customer service or sales questions in a safe environment and get them perfected before they have to handle them in the real world.
‘I need help now’ is not a cry for learning (if it ever was). Many jobs or tasks don’t require a great deal of ‘capability’ to be learned. They just require the most appropriate information or instruction at the point of need that can then be forgotten and summoned again if required.
When you’re looking to develop a holy grail of just in time information and resources for your learners, don’t be surprised when they dip in and out, abandon mid-module, or skip to page three of a PDF. Unless we’re talking compliance or a course awarding credentials , a drop in course completions might actually be a good thing. The whole point of …
For many L&D professionals, keeping up with the technology curve is half the fun. Since 2011, we’ve been hearing about Tin Can, now know as the Experience API, or xAPI. No longer just a shiny new object that everyone just scratches their head about, we’re starting to see actual use cases and implementations that show this technology is on the rise.
As digital learning continues to evolve, many people have begun to wonder how L&D professionals will step up their systems and begin including more robust options for integrations, tracking, and reporting.
Annual compliance training season! Ah, the fun of it! Taking the same information security course you took last year? Reviewing the exact same policies and scenarios this time around? It’s enough to induce EGOS (Eyes Glaze Over Syndrome) in even your most compliant employees.
When designing onboarding experiences for new employees it’s important to consider not only the company’s goals but also the goals of the new hire to increase retention and avoid high turnover rates.
When ARKit was announced at Apple's 2017 WWDC event, I must admit my first thought was “so what - Pokemon Go has been around for months”. Yet when I took a closer look, I realised that Apple had, once again, played its trump card.
Compliance training. No one particularly loves it - not even the legal department - but there’s virtually no way to avoid it. In most industries, if an organization or its employees aren’t in compliance, some pretty nasty consequences can arise should a law be violated or regulation ignored. And let’s be honest, compliance content isn’t by nature …
Working in L&D can be challenging as technology continues to grow and evolve, so it’s important to stay on top of it and ahead of the curve. This, and four other skills are what make a great L&D pro.