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As eLearning developers, we are creative folks. We want to create courses that sparkle with our personalities, dazzle, at first sight, stir the learner’s emotions, and make a lasting impression. Unfortunately, the topics we have to teach mostly are anything but wildly exciting. Finance. Safety training. Ethics training. Pharmaceutical compliance courses. The heart hardly leaps with joy at the thought of sifting through tons of legalese or pharma-talk (the raw matter) and then creating a course out of the jargons and lingo.
“Plenty” is a problem. According to findings from the High-Impact Learning Organization study by Bersin by Deloitte, employees find it most difficult to learn, NOT because there isn’t enough content, but because there is TOO MUCH of it, and they cannot find what is valuable. Enter content curation. Many future-focused organizations have adopted content curation as one of their ID strategies. It is time you did too. Content curation delivers your learners from the hassle, pain, and frustration of trying to wade through a sea of content to find what they need and what is relevant to their wants. The learning journey becomes smooth, and learners are more motivated to learn.
If your company has been involved in delivering in-house training to staff for a while now, or if you are a freelance trainer or instructional designer who has been developing and offering Instructor Lead Training (ILT) to clients over the years; chances are that you may be sitting on a wealth of existing training materials. With the evolution of eLearning, wouldn’t it be great to start moving some (or all) of that content into the online training arena? If you are interested in making that leap, here’s how you should proceed.
Human beings respond to experiences and learn from them. As eLearning designers, we need to think beyond modules and training sessions and instead create “experiences” for the learners. We have to get used to the idea that this is the era of the user, and we have to meet their needs. We have to STOP creating lessons that feel right to us. We have to STOP creating courses that are convenient for us to build. We have to focus on the learner experience and create courses that enhance this. And for this, you have to have a feel for Learning Experience Design (LXD), a term coined by Connie Malamed.
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.
As an eLearning content developer, you already have your work cut out for you. Between needs analysis, building learning objectives and managing internal (company-based) and external (consultant) resources, you often wonder when you’ll have time to produce the content required for the course! Well, don’t worry…help is on hand. By following the advice provided below, you’ll not only be able to produce exceptional eLearning courses in record time, but you’ll also come in well within your budget. All you need to do is get organized!
If you’ve been following this blog (and of course you have! Why wouldn’t you? It’s awesome!) then you likely already have a good idea about how important knowing your audience is. In past posts, we’ve let you in on what you should know about your audience, why you should know it and supplied a template for organizing that data. But what happens once you have your audience analysis in hand and your data ducks all in a row? How do you apply that knowledge to your design?
Teachers create lesson plans in school. These are detailed documents containing what the teacher intends to teach during the session (the topics), how she plans to go about it (the methods and procedures), and how students would be evaluated at the end of the learning period (homework and assignments). Every business has a well-defined plan to move forward too. It details the business goals and their deadlines, the strategies that have to be implemented to reach the desired numbers, and the methods to use to evaluate the efforts.
New year, new designs. 2017 has some interesting design trends that can bring your eLearning game to the next level if you know how to use them. In this post, we’ll take a walk through some of the things you’re going to be seeing this year and the best ways to use these styles in eLearning. It’s worth noting before we get started, that not all of these trends are great for every situation and trying to combine too many of them will make your courses look cluttered instead of fresh and exciting. Also, eLearning designers will serve themselves and their clients well by being able to describe the problem their design choices are intended to solve and why elements are in your course. Hint: “Because it looks cool” is not a good enough reason.