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4 Elements to Effective Adult Learning, According to Neuroscience

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Adult Learning or Andragogy highlights that adult learners are fundamentally different in their methods of learning in comparison with children. As an L&D professional, you need to understand these differences and figure out the best methods that can be employed to meet the adult learning needs.

With adult learners, you will encounter different types of expectations, demands, and challenges. The key is to accommodate to these needs and work in a manner that is most effective and engaging for them. Understanding the human psychology and brain science can help in this regard.

While there are multiple methodologies to make this happen, there is a model proposed by Lila Davachi, Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University that is known to be very effective. Known as AGES (Attention-Generation-Emotion-Spacing), this model highlights four key elements that are essential for effective adult learning. Let us go through the four elements in detail now.

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Topics: adult learning, brain-based learning

Think Small: 8 Commandments of Bite-Sized Learning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

According to a survey carried out by the Rapid Learning Institute, a whopping 94 percent of the Learning & Development professionals who took part in the study said that their learners preferred bite-sized learning modules to eLearning courses that run to 30 minutes and more. They have their reasons.

But are you surprised by this piece of statistic?

Millennial learners have only so much time to put across his views in 140 characters. They prefer to know the gist of a story from a one-line update than read pages about it. They demand that information is made accessible to them on the go. So it is not surprising that they also want learning to be delivered to them the way they are used to consume other types of information—in bite-sized chunks at their own “place and pace.”

You can’t stay away from microlearning if you want to stay on the minds of your learners. But before you create a microlearning module, here is a disclaimer:

“A bite-sized learning module is NOT just a short course.”  Tweet this

The following are the principles of bite-sized learning:

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Topics: bite-sized learning, microlearning

7 Types of Training Programs That Should Now Be Converted to eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 12:38 PM

With the world going digital, you can no longer stick to traditional training programs that have to be delivered in classrooms and whose efficacy is dependent on the skills and personalities of the trainers. Your learners who may be scattered physically want more freedom to choose the training they want to take and the time and place where they want to take it. Going digital is the only way you can meet the demands of the modern learner, who wants fast, personalised, bite-sized information, wherever they are.

According to IOMA (2002) companies save between 50% and 70% when they replace instructor-based training with e-learning. Click to tweet.

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3 Big Don’ts When Converting Instructor-Led Training to eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

With benefits like automation, consistent messaging, wider reach, and the ability to provide 24/7 learning, eLearning is an option that more and more companies have started to embrace. But now what do you do with those PowerPoint slides that you created ages ago and had been delivering to your employees since then? If that training program is effective, don’t ditch it. You can convert it into an eLearning program without reinventing the wheel.

But look out for these common mistakes that companies do when converting PowerPoint and Instructor-Led Training to eLearning because they don’t realize that eLearning and classroom learning are different:

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Numbers Don’t Lie: Why Bite-Sized Learning is Better for Your Learners (and You too)

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Bite-sized learning or Microlearning. It is the latest buzzword in the eLearning world.

Designers and developers discuss it when they meet around the water cooler. HR and training managers have found ways to implement it in their learning strategies. The top brass of companies is no longer questioning its efficacy.

Day-long PowerPoint training sessions are passé; microlearning is a new (and effective) way to train adult corporate learners. And the sooner your company adopts it, the happier your learners will be. Learner satisfaction, of course, translates into more business for you.

But being the prudent person that you are, you will want to see “the numbers” before you decide to board the bus. So here are the numbers:

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How to Speak eLearning: 15 Terms L&D Professionals Should Know

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

For anyone who is new to the eLearning industry, getting familiarized with the jargon and industry phrases can be a cumbersome task. It can be overwhelming as well as demand a huge commitment.

While there are a huge number of eLearning terms and phrases every newbie needs to stock up in their arsenal to get it right, here are a few which stand out, whether by the commonality of usage or the importance of what they stand for.

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Topics: eLearning terms

Would You Take Your Own eLearning Course?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 11:52 AM

Anyone seeking to create meaningful and engaging eLearning courses can benefit by remembering what it is like to be on the other side. It is bad practice to subject learners to any training that you would not participate in yourself.

It’s time you stop blaming the “boring” content and commit to stop tormenting the learners who are required to take your course! Our job as eLearning designers is to FASCINATE the learner from beginning to end. In the excitement of launching a new course, it’s easy to overlook details. Therefore, it can be very useful to have a checklist for last minute touches.

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Topics: eLearning

10 Ideas to Create Engaging eLearning Courses

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 11:44 AM

Today's learner has ample avenues to seek out information. As an eLearning designer, you have competition! You have to create online courses that will keep your learners engaged from start to finish; else you will lose them, and worse, they might move away to your competitor (Facebook, email, Skype, etc.)

Here are ten ideas to create captivating online courses that your learners just can’t leave:

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Here's How To Promote Your New eLearning Program Internally

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

They know that they make the best burgers in town, but McDonald’s still spends billions of dollars on marketing. If it is fried chicken, then it has to be KFC, but the makers still market aggressively. The truth is that your audience has choices, so they won’t come to you. You have to take your offerings to them.

Marketing is no longer a dirty word in eLearning. In fact, now it is not even an option. As eLearning designers, you HAVE to take your courses to your audience and convince them of their value. Else there are just 0-5 percent chances that they will take them.

So the time has come for you to double up as a marketer. Below are some smart marketing tips to make your courses fly off the blocks:

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Halloween Confessions: The Biggest Fears and Nightmares of eLearning Designers

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

It’s Halloween time, a time for all things spooky and scary. If you are an eLearning designer, you have horror stories of your own.

Yes, our jobs as designers are not easy. Don’t get us wrong; we love the challenges that each new project brings. We love to exercise our gray cells to think up novel solutions, and we pride ourselves on surpassing our clients’ expectations every time. But we still get a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach when we have to face our worst fears and nightmares, which are the following:

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Topics: eLearning design

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