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Smart Ways to Become an eLearning Productivity Ninja

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 12:03 PM


As eLearning designers, we have to wear many hats and juggle multiple tasks. We write storyboards, interact with clients and SMEs, coordinate with team members from multiple functions, keep an eye on how the course is shaping up, and ensure the project sticks to the schedule. Oh yes, most of us work on more than one project at a time. Of course, we are expected to be on top of our games and be productive always. It is easier said than done. But, there's nothing that you cannot achieve with sincerity, patience, and a wee bit of effort.

You just have to make small changes at work and shift certain thought patterns to become more productive. Below are some ways of becoming more productive. Not all may work for you, but it never hurts to try.

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Topics: productivity

Hand-picked Resources to Help You Become an Instructional Designer

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:01 PM


With the coming of the Internet, gathering information on almost everything under the sun has become easier than ever before. Just type a few words and Google will throw up tons of information. For instance, there seems to be as many web pages on instructional designing strategies and Photoshop tutorials as there are eLearning designers.

But there's a catch. You still have to click open the websites, scroll through them, and read up pages of text to fish out information that is relevant to your needs. It is easy to get lost in the minefield of information that the Internet is. What is scarier is that not all websites house authentic information. So how can you find what you are searching for quickly and easily? How do you make sure that you learn instructional designing theories and skills only from authentic sources?

We have put together a list of Web resources to help you get hold of the most comprehensive and authentic sources of information on eLearning and instructional design. Here they are:

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Topics: instructional design, e-learning resources

Rock Your eLearning Course Intros With These Ideas

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 12:11 PM


You have 60 seconds to hook, engage, and keep learners in your course.

Within these 60 seconds you have to make a connection with your audience of learners, introduce them to your course, and show them why they need it and how it will make a difference. You must address and succinctly answer all of the following:

  • Is this the right course for me?
  • Will it be covering the right topics?
  • How good is its content and delivery?
  • How long before I lose interest and get bored?

Achieving all of this within the first 60 seconds is the objective of your introduction.

This post will explain four simple but useful ideas to make your introductions powerful and memorable. Let’s see how you can hook your learners and reel them in within the first 60 seconds.

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Topics: eLearning tips

Story, Camera, Shots! How to Use Cinematic Techniques to Add Life to Your eLearning

Posted by Oscar Hugo Ordaz Flores on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 12:10 PM


Your e-Learning course must have a narrative that flows.

Like a cinematic masterpiece, your selection of graphics, text, audio, and video all need to work together — complementing one another so that your learners remain glued to the screen. A great way of developing a narrative that flows is by using various cinematic techniques.

Hence, this post will highlight some film techniques that will give a touch of Hollywood to any eLearning course, and which (of course) every eLearning designer must have in their toolbox. But before we can start calling/taking some shots, there is some storytelling to be done. 

 

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Topics: instructional design

Why More Instructional Designers Should Harness the Power of Visual Metaphors

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 12:20 PM


A metaphor is a powerful figure of speech. It strings together seemingly disparate ideas and/or objects to create novel associations that bring to life and simplify an abstract concept or a complex process. It creates a "shortcut to understanding." Metaphors grab eyeballs by creating novel (sometimes wacky) associations that tickle readers and keep themengaged. Metaphors can also trigger powerful emotions.

His business went bust. Vs. His business collapsed like a house of cards.

The field is full of yellow flowers. Vs. The field is a carpet of yellow blooms.

She felt hopeless. Vs. She was in a bottomless pit of despair.

The two sentences in each of the above sets convey the same idea, but the second sentence in each case paints a more vivid picture or evokes a stronger emotion. That's because the sentences use metaphors to emphasize an idea or to expand on the meaning.

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Topics: instructional design

Struggling to Keep Learners Engaged? Get Back to Basics

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 12:20 PM


Remember how you learned math?

You went through four stages. You learned what adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing mean (tell). Then your teacher taught you how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide (show). You practiced sums (do), and then came the dreaded exams (apply). This is how all learning takes place, and it is no different with eLearning.

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Topics: instructional design, eLearning tips

How to Teach Concepts (and Make Them Crystal Clear) in eLearning

Posted by Vanessa Valdés on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 12:10 PM

Concepts are knowledge tools that identify, define, explain, analyze, and demonstrate real-life elements and events. These are broad ideas that are in many instances, true across geographical and cultural boundaries.

There are two kinds of concepts: sensory and abstract. The characteristic features of sensory concepts are tangible, can be picked by one or more of our sensory organs, and are apparent in any example you may pick up. For instance, a course for trainee physicians to help them learn how to diagnose diseases will mostly deal with sensory concepts. On the other hand, some features of abstract concepts are neither visible nor tangible. Courses on people management and leadership often contain abstract concepts.

As an instructional designer, you will have to teach both sensory and abstract concepts. Here’s a three-step process to help you teach concepts:

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Topics: instructional design

A 5-Step Guide To Creating Compelling Infographics of Your Own

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 12:03 PM


Attractive, compelling, easily consumable —People have come to love Infographics.

They simplify data and makes consuming them easier. They are exciting! And they jazz up your eLearning course like few other elements can!

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Topics: eLearning design, infographics

The Secret Jedi Formula for Communicating with SMEs

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 12:19 PM


The specialized and in-depth knowledge subject matter experts have is a treasure trove for their organization. If leveraged with a learning initiative and transferred properly, it can significantly boost overall performance within that organization.

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Topics: instructional design, SME

6 Things No One Tells You About Becoming an eLearning Designer

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 12:16 PM


So, you think you found your calling?

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Topics: instructional design

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