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.

By: Karla Gutierrez

December 9th, 2014

The Art of Simplification in eLearning Design

eLearning | Instructional & Graphic Design

eLearning courses are designed for the benefit of students and not to bombard them with irrelevant information. Relevant information is necessary, but if you exceed a human’s brain capacity to understand and retain all the information, then all the learning goes to waste. Designers often ask how they can improve the quality of their eLearning content and make them more engaging. What can they do? Stick to one of design's timeless rules: “keep it simple” .  Applying the principle of simplicity in eLearning means relaying information through the simplest means possible. Less information will always be more. When too much clutter vies for the learner's attention, the learner may not see the forest for the trees. They end up thinking the course isn't worth so much effort, and the content gets lost.  Keeping it simple can be an art. So, let’s discuss some tips to improve the eLearning design and help learners get through the course as fast as possible. Make sure to use these as your goals for next year when you design a new course: 

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By: Karla Gutierrez

September 18th, 2014

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

Instructional & Graphic Design

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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By: Karla Gutierrez

August 21st, 2014

Use Stories in eLearning: 6 Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Storyteller

Instructional & Graphic Design

Stories have captivated us as a species since the dawn of man. Through stories, we have passed on traditions, remembered the past, and carried information across the millennia. 

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By: Karla Gutierrez

July 17th, 2014

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

eLearning | Instructional & Graphic Design

Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning.

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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.