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Would You Take Your Own eLearning Course?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 11:52 AM

Anyone seeking to create meaningful and engaging eLearning courses can benefit by remembering what it is like to be on the other side. It is bad practice to subject learners to any training that you would not participate in yourself.

It’s time you stop blaming the “boring” content and commit to stop tormenting the learners who are required to take your course! Our job as eLearning designers is to FASCINATE the learner from beginning to end. In the excitement of launching a new course, it’s easy to overlook details. Therefore, it can be very useful to have a checklist for last minute touches.

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Topics: eLearning

Understanding The Difference Between eLearning and mLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

The need to disseminate education efficiently imposed that classrooms should no longer be confined within four walls. So distance learning came into being. Then as technology evolved, lessons were not only delivered to mailboxes (the ones on the curb) but also reached learners on their computers. Thus eLearning developed. And now, because learners are no longer tethered to their desks (the rise of the remote and mobile workforce), learning is being delivered to their hand-held devices where they can consume it on the go.

Although e-Learning and m-Learning are used synonymously in many quarters, the two modes of learning differ in many aspects. As a learning designer, you must know all about the two formats so that you can create effective instructional content for each.

We've gone over tons of articles that talk about the differences between eLearning and mLearning, so we've created this blog post to save you time doing your research. Here, we list down four of the main differences between both terms

You might want to check out these articles:

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Topics: eLearning, mLearning

The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

If you are a training manager, you have seen it develop for quite some time now. Your learner profile is slowly but surely changing. You now see many more members of Generation Y at the workplace and taking your training programs. These are the Millennials or the modern learners who are vastly different temperamentally, attitudinally, and psychologically than their predecessors, the Baby Boomers.

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Topics: eLearning, millennials

The 6 Laws of Learning No Instructional Designer Can Afford to Ignore

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Today it is almost more likely to find companies pursuing eLearning than it is the traditional course in education. This makes good designers of eLearning programs a necessity. As a designer, you want to be able to stand out from the crowd and become known not as simply a good designer, but as a great one. You want your students to be able to learn and to see that they are progressing and you want to be sought out for your knowledge and skill in designing.

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Topics: eLearning design, eLearning

Decoding the DNA of an eLearning Course: 5 Essential Instructional Elements

Posted by Aide Peralta on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

Let's make a memory exercise and remember biology class. What is a cell? The cell is the basic unit of every living being whether human, animal or plant. We could say that the cell is the beginning of life. 

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Topics: instructional design, eLearning

eLearning vs Classroom Training—How Different Are They?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 09:13 AM

Just 15 years ago, eLearning was an experimental way of teaching very technical subjects. Today, educators across all fields use online training to teach just about anything; it would be difficult to find a school or training department that does not incorporate eLearning into its programs in some way.

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Topics: online training, eLearning

10 Things Successful eLearning Professionals Do Differently

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

eLearning professionals need to raise the bar and reset their expectations if their learners are to consider courses worthwhile. The following ten points are things we have found successful eLearning professionals do differently. We hope they can help developers change their mindsets to create the best courses possible.

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Topics: eLearning, eLearning tips

Humanize Your eLearning Courses or Risk Losing Learners

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

eLearning is a valuable tool in education. Whether the goal is training or professional development, even complete college degrees, eLearning is here and here to stay. This begs the question, how can we ensure that we maximize the potential of those who are engaged in eLearning? Certainly, if there is content we expect people to learn, we want that content to “stick” in their minds and to be something they can recall later. Personalizing learning, which must include making the eLearning more human, is one important way to maximize the potential from eLearning.

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Topics: eLearning

A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 09:33 AM

There is a simple way to design effective eLearning courses about any subject: brain-based learning. This instructional approach was defined by Hileman in 2006 and has since inspired many “brain compatible designers” — those who seek to understand the principle and reasoning behind their teaching.

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Topics: eLearning, brain-based learning

5 Killer eLearning Tips To Help You Dominate Content Chunking

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 12:57 PM

Reading content on the Internet has changed the way people process information, and nowhere is this change more obvious than in fields where design must adapt to new technology such as in eLearning. eLearning course creators need to refine their content to suit learners’ behavior and accessibility to training. This is where chunking comes into play.

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Topics: eLearning design, eLearning

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