SHIFT's eLearning Blog
Our blog provides the latest best practices, tips, insights and thought leadership on modern corporate training, eLearning and mLearning.
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!
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.
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.
We love visuals. In fact, we are wired to respond more to visuals than to words. That is why we are so hooked to Pinterest and Instagram. This is also the reason why Facebook posts and tweets with images get liked and are retweeted the most. But as an Instructional Designer, what should interest you more is the fact that the human brain can process visuals faster than text. So if you care about creating more engaging eLearning, you MUST include powerful and engaging visuals in your courses. Visuals take away from the burden of reading through tomes of text, navigating language ambiguities, and making sense of jargons and complex sentence structures. Learn about the ten most useful tools that you can incorporate into your eLearning courses to get your content to stick and resonate with your audience:
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.
You will be amazed what eLearning does besides presenting content online to your employees. Would you believe it if we said that eLearning would help you solve five of the most pressing business challenges you face today? In fact, we not only say this; we vouch for our claims. Learn about the most common challenges companies face today and how eLearning fixes them:
eLearning designers are often the unsung heroes of effective online learning experiences. They have the powerful role of being the ones that build the content provided by the subject matter expert into a robust and engaging narrative for the learner. However, getting there isn't easy. If you are just staring out, you aren't going to become an expert in day one. But if you follow some expert advice, your road to success will be much smoother. These is a compillation of somethings we wish we knew when starting out as new eLearning deisgner.
A lot of research actually goes into a well-designed eLearning course. And like it or not, instructional designers have to dig deep into the psychology of learners, specifically how they learn and what affects their learning.
Are your eLearning courses GREAT or just good enough? With so many poorly designed and written courses out there, it can make a mediocre design look decent. However, setting yourself by being one truly high-quality course producer means you’ll be in more demand, command better pay and be more effective.