SHIFT's eLearning Blog
Our blog provides the latest best practices, tips, insights and thought leadership on modern corporate training, eLearning and mLearning.
Summary: The essential responsibility of every Instructional Designer is to improve the quality and effectiveness of instruction. That has not changed in our increasingly multi-device world. The basics, from audience analysis to writing to the objectives, are still there. For the “modern” Instructional Designer, however, they just look different.
The role of the SME is often not given enough importance – but the fact is that without a good SME who can work with you to effectively convey the content that is needed, your eLearning module is doomed!
Take a moment to step back from your role as an eLearning designer, instructor, or course developer and focus on yourself as a learner. Answer these questions: How do you learn best? What learning activities are the most motivational to you? How do you interact with other learners? What do you struggle with when learning new information or mastering a new skill? Understanding your own learning preferences is an excellent place to start when considering the benefits of a learner-centered eLearning model.
When starting any new process, there are important questions to ask in order to be prepared to complete the task. When it comes to eLearning, there are a multitude of choices that need to be made before firing up the eLearning authoring tool. This checklist serves as a framework for essential questions to ask before starting out. Consider them as an essential design decision-making tool.
Powerful writing is required for powerful eLearning. This eBook will help eLearning developers master the art of writing and tap into the power of words to create memorable courses.
SUMMARY: Although originally developed back in 1970 at Gordon Training International, the Conscious Competence Ladder (or more simply the Four Stages of Learning) is still relevant today. It’s a great tool to use with recruits and existing employees who are learning new skills, to take them from “good” to “great.”
Whether you’re fresh out of school or a seasoned commander of an eLearning design team, you still need to practice good eLearning design habits. In fact, one of the worst traps you can fall into as a designer is allowing consistency to turn into complacency, which is more likely for an experienced professional. To combat this, all of us have to practice looking for inspiration in new places and drawing from the other creative types, trends, and events around us. You also need to look back at your own projects. Do you hate what you did a year ago? Yes? Good! If you look at your past work and think it’s as good or better than your current stuff, that’s when you need to worry because the only way to stay at the top of your field is to be in constant competition with yourself. To get in the habit of increasing your skills while keeping good design theory in practice, we have some tips for getting and staying inspired:
Because of the multitude of benefits it offers, more and more companies are turning to e-learning to provide development opportunities to their employees. It provides a cost-effective way through which companies can deliver interactive and engaging training content. So, if you want to leverage the possibilities e-learning provides, how would you go about doing it? As you turn to e-learning to suffice for all (or some) of your corporate learning and development needs, be prepared for challenges and, also, the scope for creativity it presents. In this post we are going to provide you with some tips and recommendations to help you along in making the most of this effort in your company. Bringing an organization to an e-learning platform in itself is a big task, and we do not want individualities to complicate the move right in the beginning.
When was the last time you used a mobile device? Chances are you’ve looked at your smartphone or tablet within the last hour. In fact, you might even be reading this blog from your smartphone. How we access information has changed dramatically over the last few years. For learning and development to stay relevant, training professionals need to adopt a mobile mindset. However, this isn’t just a new technology “fix.” It’s an entire change of attitude about how content is designed and delivered. Mobile devices, used properly, can improve training throughout your organization. This new attitude will take some planning, preparation, and persuasion to design training that maximizes the user experience.