SHIFT's eLearning Blog

SHIFT's eLearning Blog

Our blog provides the latest best practices, tips, insights and thought leadership on modern corporate training, eLearning and mLearning.

Karla Gutierrez

Karla is an Inbound Marketer @Aura Interactiva, the developers of SHIFT.

By: Karla Gutierrez

August 22nd, 2017

Mind-blowing Statistics that Prove the Value of Employee Training and Development

corporate training

If you could change just one thing about your company that would increase employee productivity by over 200%, would you do it? Yes, of course, you would! But you’re probably thinking that such a change would be infeasible or incredibly complicated in order to have that kind of impact, right? You would be mistaken. It turns out, all you need to do is more of what you’re already doing: training and developing your employees.

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By: Karla Gutierrez

August 17th, 2017

Thriving as an Instructional Designer in a Multi-Device World

corporate training

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.

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By: Karla Gutierrez

August 16th, 2017

eLearning Designers: Top Tips for Working with Your Subject Matter Expert

eLearning

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!

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By: Karla Gutierrez

August 10th, 2017

4 Steps to Becoming a Learner-Centered eLearning Professional

eLearning

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.

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10 Writing Strategies that Drive Up Learner Engagement

10 Writing Strategies that Drive Up Learner Engagement

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.

By: Karla Gutierrez

August 8th, 2017

Proactive eLearning Design: 10 Essential Questions You Should Ask Before Starting

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. 

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By: Karla Gutierrez

August 3rd, 2017

Using the Conscious Competence Ladder for Better Workplace Learning

corporate training

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.”

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By: Karla Gutierrez

August 1st, 2017

10 Habits of Successful eLearning Designers

Instructional & Graphic Design

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:

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By: Karla Gutierrez

July 27th, 2017

Getting Your Company Prepared for eLearning

eLearning

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.

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