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Things You Should Know to Succeed at Gamification for Corporate Learning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


Yes, gamification is BIG right now in the eLearning and training industries. Yes, it’s effective in engaging participants. Yes, everyone is doing it. However, this shouldn’t be the only reason to incorporate gamification into your HR programs.

In order to gamify eLearning courses successfully take these points into consideration before slapping on a point system and calling it a day: 

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Topics: gamification

The 6 Must-Haves for Every Good eLearning Course

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 01:45 PM


A great eLearning course is like a lip-smacking, mouth-watering, finger-licking meat pie. Every cook has a different recipe, but the essential ingredients are the same—a juicy, meaty filling; spicy seasonings; and two flaky crusts. 

There are no cookie-cutter ways to create memorable and effective eLearning courses; the needs vary across industries. But the essentials are the same. 

Time to go over these eLearning must haves:

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Go Digital: 4 Reasons It’s Time to Modernize Your Training Programs

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


Training is an essential part of any company’s success. That’s a fact. But instead of simply settling by training your employees and hoping for the best, you should aim higher. A well-planned training program will lead to higher retention rates among employees and faster results for your company. 

But what makes a successful training program in 2016?

Some companies are still a decade in past — relying only on long in-classroom presentations to brings its employees up to speed. This is an expensive, ineffective, and time-consuming way to train your workforce.

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Topics: digital learning

Making the Most of Visuals in eLearning: 9 Tips and 5 Examples

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 12:23 PM


According to a report by HubSpot, posts and tweets containing colored images increase viewers’ willingness to read by a whopping 80 percent!

Other research revealed readers remembered 65 percent of the information several days after viewing it when text was paired with one or more relevant images than a paltry 10 percent when the content was just a hunk of text.

Look at yourself. Would you like to watch a demo video and learn how to fix a broken washer or read through the pages of the instruction manual? 

We love watching movies. We post photos of our trips on Facebook and not essays about our vacations. The power of visuals is undeniable.

As an eLearning developer whose goal is to create memorable learning, you MUST NOT pass up this medium when you design your courses.

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Topics: eLearning design

Stop the Dropouts! 12 Ways You're Driving Online Learners Away

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


Are workers dropping out your eLearning courses like the proverbial ‘hot potato?’ Are they finding them hard to finish? Giving them bad reviews? Telling everyone they know a crazed monkey designed them? If so, it’s likely your courses have one or more of the following issues that have driven your learners away: 

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Topics: eLearning design

Struggling to Train New Hires Effectively? Try Micro Learning

Posted by Lance Noland on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


One of the biggest challenges that any operation deals with is new hire training. Your company likely has a specific way it wants things to be done, and there are often a lot of processes in place too. If you’re dealing with people who’ve been in your organization for a long time, it can be easy to forget how many functions of your business you don’t think about on a daily basis. With a new hire in place, however, you’ll likely be facing some questions about what to do and why it’s done that way. One solution that’s growing in popularity is microlearning.

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Topics: microlearning

eLearning vs Classroom Training—How Different Are They?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

Elearning has gone from a niche type of teaching for techy subjects to being a preferred, growing and almost necessary way to teach EVERYTHING. Technology is expanding and people’s need and desire to learn on their own time and at their pace is making eLearning the goal for many companies. 

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Topics: online training, eLearning

Training Millennials: 7 Things You Should Do Right Now

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


The Stats on Millennials 

We hear a lot about Millennials but who are they statistically? This generation was born between the beginning of the 1980’s and the early 2000’s as defined by Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069.  At over 80 million high, this generation makes up a quarter of the U.S. population and much of the current and near future workforce. If those numbers made you sit up and take notice then you are well on your way to understanding why it’s important to formulate training to motivate and teach this generation. 

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Topics: millennials

Why Responsive eLearning is Essential to Meet Modern Learner Needs

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


Students today expect courses to be designed to accommodate multiple devices; do your courses deliver?

Long gone are the days when students would only use desktop computers to access a fixed eLearning course.

Today’s students are using devices of all sizes and shapes — their mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers — and they’re often switching between them multiple times per day depending on their location. Nearly all millennials (87%) say they use two to three devices per day, and employees from all generations are expecting to receive training and learning on their mobile devices.

Is your course meeting their needs? If you haven’t yet implemented Responsive eLearning, then it’s likely many students have, or will soon, move on to somewhere else.

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Topics: responsive eLearning design

Motivate Employees to Participate in Training: 8 Ideas

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 12:30 PM


Let’s face it; the word “training” rarely inspires much joy in an office. People commonly associate training with school, and few people really want to go back there or take time out of their job to do it. But, the fact remains, that training is still pretty much the best way to make workers better at their current job and possibly even to move them up to a higher position.

You might think “shouldn’t telling employees to take a course be enough of a reason for them to do it?” Making training mandatory will up attendance, but it is motivation that actually allows learning to happen. Motivation is what turns an interest in a subject and a desire to get ahead into actual action. 

Consider how many times you have said you want to do something like write a novel or learn a new language but have you done those things? If you have those goals but haven’t accomplished those them, then you have experienced the frustration that comes with having the desire but not motivation. Your employees also need this push of inner strength that motivation brings in order to actually seek out and absorb the information available.

But how do you motivate them to attend training? Read on to get an insight into getting your employees to take action towards development.

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Topics: employee motivation

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