Learning strategy and design

Who doesn't need a tip once in a while to help you improve your approach?

Our team of learning designers have built up a nice set of them to help you out. Whether it's detail on design of interactions, or guidance on how to get started with a new project, you'll find a focused and helpful nugget of advice in here.

We regularly bring you new top tips, which means you’ve got a whole design team to help make sure your elearning and learning technology is designed to succeed.

Want a tip on something in particular? Let us know - we'll get right on it.

The Art of Blended Learning Design: 7 Key Steps

Last year we talked a lot about what makes a good blend, and finished the year with our Learning Insights Report which showed an increased need for blends within organisations. So if you've started thinking of designing a blended programme, we wanted to provide you with some helpful tips on how to get started. Developing a blend can be a little overwhelming. You could have many stakeholders involved, …

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5 Tips for Great Learning Game Design

Christmas is a time for games, japes and wheezes of all types. But you know, you’re probably more than just a player (of course you’re a total player, we know that). You’re designing games, or you’re working with people to make a game for your business. So you need to know what makes them work. What causes people to put another coin in the slot, to go one more round? What …

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How To Design For Multiple Personas in Your LMS

We all learn differently – you knew that. Personalisation is the topic of the hour in learning technology. But can your LMS make a personal experience across your organisation, and still earn a decent return on investment? Designing for personas is the answer. In the first instalment of our October Totara User Group webinar series, we explored how to effectively implement blends within a learning …

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How To Choose a Successful LMS

Chances are, if you're exploring new LMSs for your organisation, you've got a bit of a headache. We love open source technologies, and are firm advocates of Totara LMS (we did co-create it after all). However, with so many LMS options out there – both proprietary and open source – choosing an LMS can be a bit of a minefield. So, where do you start? To support you in your decision-making, here …

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7 Tips To Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career

Remember how you were once a kid, bright-eyed with wonderment - perhaps dreaming of becoming a teacher, a doctor, or even a professional WWE wrestler. What did you end up becoming? Well look at that. You're an elearning professional, aren't you? Not surprisingly, many of us come into the world of learning and development, and namely, instructional design purely by accident. But as the industry …

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5 Tips for Adopting a Responsive Elearning Design Approach

When you're faced with delivery to multiple devices, such as desktop, tablet, and smartphone, you have a choice. You can create multiple native apps, one for each specific device you wish to target, but that's expensive, time consuming and difficult to maintain.The alternative is to adopt a Responsive Elearning Design approach. What is responsive elearning? Responsive elearning design …

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Pervasive Learning: 5 ways to stay ahead of the game

If you’ve read our latest Insights Report you’ll know we��re talking a lot about what we call pervasive learning. And the chances are you’ve recognised it already in your organisation: learning that’s continuous, connected and community-based. It’s not trapped in an LMS or in books. And as an L&D professional you may be wondering just what to do about it: whether to control or let go; …

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Making More Interactive E-Learning

What does interactive e-learning mean to you?  Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine… We’re guessing you didn’t see a NEXT button when you closed your eyes (if so, you may not have opened them again). It’s not about clicking the NEXT button. And then the NEXT button again.  It’s about what happens in between. And it’s not a fancy animation with lots of whizz and bang. So that’s …

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Make it Tactile and Touchable

Imagine, if you will, something that has been well-designed. What qualities do you notice about this thing? Does it have the right weight in your hand? The right texture? Does it feel comfortable when you sit down into it? How does it make you feel?     We’re assuming here that you imagined a three-dimensional object. Extend those qualities now onto your two-dimensional computer …

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Find your Narrative Flow

Writing exceptional e-learning scripts isn’t as easy as it looks. Often, when e-learning designers are handed a pile of content, they lovingly create a detailed outline and then string their slides together. The end result? A series of content slides stuck together, jumping from idea to idea: this slide makes this point; this slide makes that point. In other words: an information dump. And nobody …

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Getting your head around Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a bit of a trendy term these days.  It’s what they do at Toyota when designing a new high-end car (and hopefully not recalling it three years later). It’s what they do at IDEO when designing a fancy new product.  What is it and how can we apply it to learning design? Because really, design is design no matter what you’re doing.     What is Design …

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Lead with Marketing, not Learning

People talk a lot about making the learning experience engaging. Usually what that means is that there’s good content, presented in an interesting way, usually with some nod to interactivity, inside the modules or elements of the blended programme. And it might well be engaging – but that’s subjective. A screen of text might be engaging, if I’m interested in the subject. And a lot of so-called engaging …

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Better E-learning – the Pixar way

When it comes to strong narrative and characters, combined with technology – sorry, e-learning market but Pixar knocks us all into a Spacemen’s helmet. They’ve shared their 22 tips for great storytelling. How many of them can help us make our e-learning better? Less than infinity. But not much less...     Ever since Steve Jobs decided that founding Apple wasn’t ambitious enough, …

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Using Learning Technologies to Build Vocational Skills

The vocational landscape is changing. All of us in learning have a responsibility to make the experience better for learners coming through. They’re tomorrow’s employees and leaders. How can we support them better? Here are seven quick tips to consider...     1. Listen to employers One in three British businesses believe that our education system is failing to equip …

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Learning Technologies Top Tips

So you're going to the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference, but how do you make the most of it?  Our top tips (as recommended by members of our eLearning Professionals Group on LinkedIn) give you all the advice you need pre-, during, and post-event. Think we've missed anything? - Let us know! Practicalities Getting to the show The Exhibition takes place at Olympia 2, in …

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Effective Learning Scenarios

You know that we’re all about goal-based scenarios at Kineo. Let people do things, make mistakes, get support. So as in life, so it should be in e-learning. Find out in this snappy new one minute animation how to do it.   In short: 1. Start with a goal: Create goals that matter to the learner, stimulate them towards achieving a goal. 2. Tell them about the scenario : Give …

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Keeping up with the Jobsians

So, unless you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of years you’ll have been hearing about this wonderful new HTML5 technology everyone’s getting all excited about. And even if you have spent the past two years on an extended potholing trip, it’s likely that at least someone you know, probably someone important – actually, probably you – bought themselves an iPad and will be very keen to ensure …

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Finding the Drama: Adding Value to Source Content

We all know by now– hopefully! – that what makes for an engaging and interesting e-learning program is not screen after boring screen of text bullets.  But sometimes, this is just what you’re handed. Let’s say your Subject Matter Expert hands you a PowerPoint deck or Word document – there’s always a risk that you’ll simply regurgitate that source content. After all, you’re busy, you’ve got …

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You can with Tin Can

If you haven’t heard about Tin Can yet, you certainly will soon – so we think a quick tip is in order. The Tin Can API is the new version of SCORM that's being curated by ADL. It has the potential to greatly expand what we track and how we track it.    Five very good things about Tin Can 1.  It doesn’t require a browser The current versions of SCORM require …

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Going Social - Let's Get This Party Started

Social learning is one of the current darlings of the L&D world, with everyone trying to jump on the social bandwagon; it’s like there’s a party going on and everyone wants to be in the kitchen. We’re on board with the bandwagon, as it’s really about finding ways for us to connect more naturally with others to share and gain knowledge and improve performance.  In a recent anonymous survey …

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Sharpen Your Axe

Have you ever worked closely with a subject matter expert (SME) who politely handed you a 112-slide PowerPoint deck and said that that was the content to include in your 20-minute course? Have you ever gasped in utter despair and not known what to do with all that content except create text bullet after endless text bullet? Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s hope for you. And it’s as …

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Implementing an LMS

Kineo's LMS consultant Andy Wooler shares his Top Tips on implementing an LMS. Click here to view as a SlideShare #1. Involve IT from day one ...even if you have gone for a hosted or SaaS solution, as there's lots to check and review: Desktop – how is their PC set up, what browser versions, Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat, sound cards etc. Firewalls and proxy servers – they need …

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Write the Questions First

'Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.' ~ Rainer Maria Rilke, from 'Letters to a Young Poet' Words to live by. And, it turns out, words by which to design instruction. As instructional designers, our aim should be to help learners focus on what it is they need to be able to DO at the …

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