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How Storytelling Can Improve Your eLearning Courses

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

You have to schedule meetings with the SME. You have to speak with the business executives to figure out the learning objectives. You have to know the target audience. It seems you have your hands full. Why should you bother to rack your brains and think of a story? Why would you need to tell a story in an eLearning course?

Stories hold enormous power over our minds and hearts for a reason. They are how we think, how we make sense of information, how we define ourselves, and how we persuade others. According to a recent article in Psychology Today, stories continue to hold power in this digital age because the human brain hasn't evolved as fast as technology and it's only through stories that we can connect to the various digital platforms and media messages out there today. 

Stories can improve your eLearning courses, not only making then more instructionally effective but also more engaging.

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A Quick Overview Of Four Instructional Design Models

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

If you’re new to eLearning, then understanding and following instructional design best practices from the beginning is crucial to your success. The eLearning niche is vast, and you will find numerous theories, models, and resources that have worked for different experts.

Leave them for later.

Begin with the basic, most widely used models that eLearning designers acknowledge and use to structure and plan their training:

  • ADDIE Model
  • Merrill’s Principles of Instruction
  • Gagne’s Nine Events of Instructions
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy

Note: This overview doesn't intend to evaluate the models. Each framework has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of which to use will depend on which model works best for you, your company, and your learners. 

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Topics: instructional design

The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

If you are a training manager, you have seen it develop for quite some time now. Your learner profile is slowly but surely changing. You now see many more members of Generation Y at the workplace and taking your training programs. These are the Millennials or the modern learners who are vastly different temperamentally, attitudinally, and psychologically than their predecessors, the Baby Boomers..

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Topics: eLearning, millennials

4 Simple Tricks to Make Mandatory Training Suck Less

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Learning is mentally taxing.

So, why would you assume that your employees want to spend additional time learning something, especially when you’ve labeled it "mandatory"?

Here are some synonyms that are dancing through the minds of your employees as soon as they receive your email about the new “mandatory” training course:

COMPULSORY; Unavoidable; ENFORCED; Obligatory; and a horde of other disfigured words dancing in the distance, chanting:

“THERE IS. No. Escape.”

Given your position, you may understand the significance of the course and its relation to bigger, strategic organizational goals. Your employees don’t. And your task is to pique their interest, engage them, and continuously compel them to keep on learning.

This is only possible if you learn from the one trait that all ads, marketing content, and compelling stories have in common: they value their viewers’ time, their knowledge and capacity to absorb the content.

Here are some simple tricks to get learners to buy into mandatory training:

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Topics: online training

Be Ready! Millennials Are Calling the Shots in the eLearning Industry

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Whether you are a training manager, learning & talent development consultant or an eLearning designer, it is now time to take a fresh look at your audience. They have changed! The Millennials are everywhere, and they make up the lion's share of your audience.

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Topics: millennials

10 Types of Visual Content to Improve Learner Engagement

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

We love visuals. In fact, we are wired to respond more to visuals than to words. That is why, we are so hooked to Pinterest and Instagram. This is also the reason why Facebook posts and tweets with images get liked and are retweeted the most.

But as an instructional designer, what should interest you more is the fact that the human brain can process visuals faster than text. So if you care about creating more engaging eLearning, you MUST include visuals (and lots of them) in your courses. Visuals take away from the burden of reading through tomes of text, navigating language ambiguities, and making sense of jargons and complex sentence structures.

Learn about the 10 most widely used and effective visual tools that you can incorporate in your eLearning courses:

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Topics: eLearning design, eLearning infographics

Makeover Mania: Here’s How to Revamp Your Old eLearning Courses

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

How do you liven up a dull room? You hang a painting or go in for a fresh paint job. 

How do you wear a staid-looking dress and not look like a plain Jane? You accessorize it with a colorful scarf, a designer clutch, or a pair of killer heels. 

How do you revamp your old eLearning courses so that your learners are not bored to death? You can follow the tips below.

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Topics: eLearning design

A List of Questions to Help You Draft a Winning eLearning Strategy

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

When it comes to eLearning, every course will be unique. Hence, the purpose of your efforts needs to be defined before you begin to plan and develop the course required to meet that end. This is done by creating an overall strategy for the eLearning project.

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Topics: eLearning strategy

E-learning Tips: Creating Content for Novice Learners

Posted by Marcela Martínez Ibarra on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

As eLearning professionals we want to take our students on a learning adventure where they come out on the other side brimming with knowledge, inspiration and staggering awe for their superhero-like trainer. Ok, maybe these goals might be a tad unrealistic. Even the best eLearning designers can sometimes drop the ball when it comes to training because we forget that what comes easily to us might not come easily to our students and maybe, just maybe we might even overestimate our students’ abilities and interest level.

In order to effectively train, we have to evaluate how we present information and make it easily accessible to both novice and expert learners. The trick is though; we can’t dumb down information to the point that it sounds condescending. Remember, at one point there was a time even you didn’t understand the techniques you are now training, keeping that in mind will help direct your training style.

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Topics: instructional design

9-Point Checklist for the Perfect eLearning Course Design

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

We have been designing eLearning for quite some time now, but this blog post from Canva made us realize that great design is actually simple to create if you follow a few rules. So we thought we will spill the beans and let the world (the other eLearning designers who are still fumbling with the rules of the game) know about the 9 essential design tactics that will magically transform ho-hum eLearning courses into scintillating works without compromising on instructional effectiveness.

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Topics: visual design

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