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What an Effective Onboarding eLearning Course Should Look Like

Posted by Marry McAleavey on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 11:53 AM


Modern Employee Training Goes Beyond Company Handbook Distribution 

Staff retention within a company is an aspect that can be difficult to master. Losing a valuable employee has damaging financial and managerial effects. When someone in your company leaves, you are left with a gaping hole where a wheel used to be. In order to fill it, you will need to enlist your recruiting team to find new candidates, manage to hire the right one, then re-train the next wheel to function as well as or better than the last one. Retention is not about luck.

High performance within a company is directly dependent upon the intellectual capital you build internally, and this is where onboard learning comes in. Information herein pertains to ongoing education inside your company, NOT new employee orientation. The most effective contemporary onboard training will most certainly contain or be mainly comprised of elearning strategies. In this post, we'll go over how it should look like.

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What’s True and What’s Not: 6 eLearning Myths Busted

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


As the corporate world transitions from the four walls of the classroom to a more open virtual world, instructional designers are beginning to discover innovative ways to make eLearning work for learners. However, for many designers out there, it is still something “alien” that they view with excitement and curiosity mixed with trepidation.

As it is with any nascent tool or trend, eLearning too is shrouded in myths. The sooner these myths are busted, the easier it would be for designers to conceive and create courses that provide value to wider audiences.

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Topics: eLearning myths

6 Ways to Incorporate Examples into Your eLearning Courses

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 12:11 PM


With great example comes great knowledge power. While you don’t need to set yourself on fire to learn that fire is hot, being told that it’s important to put out a lit cigarette isn’t as effective as telling a story of how a single cigarette burned down an entire house to get someone to remember to take the precaution.

People learn the best when they know the very real consequences and not just the potential implications. We are motivated by what others have gone through and knowing about the burned house and how it affected the people that lived there is a far more powerful teacher than a grouping of random statistics about house fires that do not have real people as an example.

So, trainers, instead of expecting course participants to take you at your word, let examples do the work for you. They are more effective than a giant block of text and can help you and your students do more with less effort. Giving them examples is like giving them a compass so they can actually find their way.

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Topics: instructional design

Attention-Grabbing eLearning Design: 5 Techniques You Should Try

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 12:26 PM


Unless you have a phenomenal photographic memory, chances are you struggle to remember things and wonder how you can make information stick better. The answer? PAY ATTENTION! When you pay attention, you are far more likely to retain that information. This also applies to the learners you design eLearning courses for.

Effective eLearning course design starts with understanding the science of attention. Neglecting this important step makes the difference between learner’s remembering your content for a few minutes, hours or a lifetime. 

Try some of these techniques for getting learners’ attention from the get-go: 

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Topics: attention-getting tips

Can eLearning Help You Win the Digital Skills Race?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 12:26 PM


We’re living in an era where business is becoming primarily digital. As that continues, we face a bigger and bigger gap between those who use digital technology and those who understand digital technology. As this field continues to grow, companies that improve their employees’ digital skills will increase their productivity, be more innovative, and ultimately, enjoy long-term stability and increased profitability. 

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Topics: HR

The True Cost of Not Providing Employee Training

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


When a lightbulb burns out, do you throw away the lamp? If you do, then you are either incredibly rich or possibly have a weird thing for new lamps I guess. But, if you’re like the majority of the lamp-owning world then you likely just replace the bulb, which allows you to save money and enjoy a brighter room too. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to "fixing" an existing employee, over hiring a new one, managers often throw out the lamp, so to speak. While companies have a pretty clear idea of what it costs to train an employee they ignore the real question: what is the cost not training an employee?

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Topics: Employee Training

How Do You Determine the Right Amount of Interactivity in eLearning?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


What is interactivity? No I mean really, what is it? We think we know, but it’s hard to pin down an actual definition. Try in your head quickly – not easy, is it?

An academic definition is ‘a mutual action between a learner, learning system, and material’, which sounds pretty nice, and accurate. More studies than we can count have shown that interactivity has a strong, positive effect on learning (Bosco 1986; Fletcher 1989; 1990; Stanfford; 1990). One of the most comprehensive of these was Bosco (1986) who conducted a full review of 75 studies and found that interactive media helped people learn faster and gave them a better attitude towards learning. 

Great! So more activity is better, right? Well, not really.

More interactivity doesn’t necessarily translate into more engagement. There’s a small but definitely existent line between an eLearning course being richly interactive, and one that bewilders the learners by having them jump through endless hurdles and challenges, disrupting the ‘flow’ of their learning. Just like chocolate, wine, and Netflix series, interactivity is best enjoyed in moderation. Click to tweet.

Now we’ve got that out the way with, we need to know how much is too much, and that’s where we come in. Finding a balance is dependent on a whole host of things, so really, you’ve got to have a think about many factors.  A good way to start is by asking yourself the following questions: 

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Topics: eLearning interactivity

5 Secrets to Increase Employee Engagement With Technology

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 12:01 PM


Employee engagement is serious business. In 2015, a Gallup study poll found that incredibly, only 30% of employees say that they’re engaged in their job. More than 50% of employees said they weren’t engaged, and almost 20% of employees stated that they were “actively disengaged.” [1] That’s a severe problem in the workplace. This isn’t just a single piece of research, either; other surveys have found that just 25 to 35% of the workforce across the U.S. are engaged in their work. This really is a silent epidemic. 

However, all is not lost. There may be a way out. Companies are finding smarter ways to boost employee engagement through the use of technology. 

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Topics: mobile learning, employee engagement

7 Factors For Ensuring a Successful eLearning Implementation

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Undoubtedly, one of the most important steps when adopting an e-learning solution in your organization is implementation

Successful execution of this step is strongly related to proper planning. 

Proper planning in regards to tasks, project leaders, cost and other implementation elements make up the basis for adequate execution and control. This step is to project implementation what blueprints are to a construction project. Therefore, changing anything after this step may have costly consequences.

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Topics: elearning success

Good Client- eLearning Designer Relationship Manifesto

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:18 PM


While your dating life might be just a swipe away, you need to treat your clients like the ones you want to marry. An eLearning designer’s job is not merely to design a course but to interact with clients (internal or external) and create a product that not only fits but anticipates their needs. In order to do this, you need to work on your relationship, build it and maintain it.

With the tips you’ll find here, you will be well on your way to getting clients to say “I do” to your next project by working on creating good design and upping what you bring to the partnership.

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Topics: eLearning freelance

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