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7 Factors For Ensuring a Successful eLearning Implementation

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Undoubtedly, one of the most important steps when adopting an e-learning solution in your organization is implementation

Successful execution of this step is strongly related to proper planning. 

Proper planning in regards to tasks, project leaders, cost and other implementation elements make up the basis for adequate execution and control. This step is to project implementation what blueprints are to a construction project. Therefore, changing anything after this step may have costly consequences.

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Topics: elearning success

Good Client- eLearning Designer Relationship Manifesto

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:18 PM

While your dating life might be just a swipe away, you need to treat your clients like the ones you want to marry. An eLearning designer’s job is not merely to design a course but to interact with clients (internal or external) and create a product that not only fits but anticipates their needs. In order to do this, you need to work on your relationship, build it and maintain it.

With the tips you’ll find here, you will be well on your way to getting clients to say “I do” to your next project by working on creating good design and upping what you bring to the partnership.

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Topics: eLearning freelance

Skills Your e-Learning Team Needs in 2016 and Beyond

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

Average skills are no longer enough to get or keep an average job, and you need even more when you are working in the technology-driven world of e-learning.  As computers and machines take on almost Orwellian levels of skills and abilities, once adequate human skill sets simply aren't cutting it anymore. To give you and your e-learning team a fighting chance against the machines, learn, love and live these skills to succeed in 2016 and beyond.

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Topics: e-learning skills

The Remarkable Benefits of Using Gamification in eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

It’s time to get serious about playing because when it comes to eLearning, gamification isn't just for fun. While it’s commonly assumed that gamifying your eLearning courses is merely a pleasant distraction or attention grabber, it is far more useful tool than people tend to give it credit for. 

According to educational video game designer Marc Prensky “students now learn differently than students did even a generation ago” and "you can't hold people's attention the way you used to.” And because of this attention problem, games are becoming more important than ever in making effective eLearning courses for the actual and coming generations.

As gamification makes seemingly mundane tasks fun, using it appropriately can boost participation rates in eLearning courses, increase employee motivation and even improve retention. In this post we will take an in-depth look at why gamification can make your eLearning courses more engaging and effective. 

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Topics: gamification

Now What? Five Things You Should Do After Launching Your eLearning Course

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Okay, so your eLearning course is all wrapped up and ready to go – but what do you do now? Do you feel a strange sense of inertia? Like you should be doing something? You’re right. There are five things that it’s essential to do after you’ve completed your course design. Here they are:

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The 4 Best Tricks to Help Learners Remember Your Content

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

It’s happened to all of us: we’re presented with information and yet we forget it. Why does it happen?

One of the most common reasons is because our attention is elsewhere. It’s similar to what happens when a student is attending a lecture, yet is simultaneously spending time on their smartphone. While they may be physically present in the lecture, their divided attention leads to a failure to retain most, if not all, of the information taught. 

Another reason we don’t encode information is because we don’t see it as relevant. If you’re training employees and they don’t see content directly related to their job or their career growth, they’re likely to lose focus and fail to embed the information in their memory.

The third most commonly cited reason we don’t manage to remember information is because our brains feel like they’re being bombarded with too much information at once. Your brain has only a certain threshold of information it can process. If you inundate the brain with huge amounts of data, it will selectively decipher what to retain and what to let go.

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Facts and Stats That Reveal The Power Of eLearning [Infographic]

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

The thing today is not whether eLearning benefits your business; the real issue is whether you can afford not to join in the trend.

Here are some statistics that show why your company should have already implemented this training method like, yesterday! These stats are so darn compelling; it’s really hard to imagine why companies would not want to start using eLearning to train its workforce.

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Topics: eLearning statistics, eLearning

The Google Way of Building A Strong Learning Culture

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

Creating a learning-centered work culture isn’t that important unless you want to attract top talent, give your workers the tools they need to be successful and grow your business. Oh, but you do want those things? Well, in that case, providing the right kind of training to your employees is pretty crucial and, unfortunately, many companies are dropping the ball big time. 

Recent studies show that the vast majority of workers want career growth and to feel as if their current work is preparing them for their next position but because of poor or nonexistent training only 13% of all employees were considered “highly engaged” and twice that number were completely disengaged[1]. Companies just aren’t putting enough resources into expanding or improving the way things are taught in the workplace or in developing talent to promote to higher positions. Most, around 70%, of learning and development is still done through a traditional instructor. These days, this is not a very effective way to get workers or learners to retain and indeed engage with information[2]. 

This article explores the components of what a company learning culture must be in order to break out from this tired style and become and stay true contenders in even the most competitive industries. The company in the spotlight? Google, of course.

Here are four actions your company can take to build a strong learning culture like Google's -- without spending millions: 

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Topics: Learning Culture

The Golden Principles of High-Quality Instructional Design

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

The quality of instructional design is often gauged on three things: effectiveness, efficiency, and cost. 

Effectiveness has to do with how well the instruction enables learners to achieve stated goals or expected outcomes. Efficiency deals with the energy and time invested to complete the instruction while cost covers all expense incurred for its design and delivery. 

These are good points to begin with. It's equally important, however, to zero in on the details involving the design and development of quality instruction. As with any other good design principles, there are human characteristics deeply involved here. 

Richard Buchanan, a professor of Design, Management and Information Systems, said it best: “a good design can be defined not only to be creative, stylish with an extraordinary visual look, but it must consider human engagement in its activities.”

Follow these five golden principles to help you achieve high-quality instructional design:

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Topics: instructional design, eLearning

4 Ways to Break Free of the Traditional Training Mindset

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 11:59 AM

Traditional training programs are rapidly falling away. Instead, eLearning is going nowhere. It’s the new deal, and it’s staying around. As technology continues to pick up speed, we’re going to see more and more traditional forms of education and training hit the online arena. 

What’s shocking, though, is that a lot of companies are still reluctant to get on board with eLearning, despite the incredible power that it can offer.

Of course, all organizations have those who are more traditional in their approach to training, and there’s still a lot to be said for ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Not to mention the fact that Instructor Led Programs can be a crucial part of a company’s organizational culture. On the other side, there are the digital-savvy pioneers always looking to take advantage of the next high-tech innovation. The problem is, these employees are often younger, in more junior positions, and don’t yet have the clout to make big-picture decisions.

So what we’re going to do in this post is give a nice little list of why and how traditional HR professionals can change their old school training mindset and adopt a digital one instead. Specifically, we'll be talking about adopting an eLearning mindset. As they commonly say in business, it's the mindset that determines the thinking and the thinking determines the actions taken.

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