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Why Responsive eLearning is Essential to Meet Modern Learner Needs

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Students today expect courses to be designed to accommodate multiple devices; do your courses deliver?

Long gone are the days when students would only use desktop computers to access a fixed eLearning course.

Today’s students are using devices of all sizes and shapes — their mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers — and they’re often switching between them multiple times per day depending on their location. Nearly all millennials (87%) say they use two to three devices per day, and employees from all generations are expecting to receive training and learning on their mobile devices.

Is your course meeting their needs? If you haven’t yet implemented Responsive eLearning, then it’s likely many students have, or will soon, move on to somewhere else.

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Topics: responsive eLearning design

Motivate Employees to Participate in Training: 8 Ideas

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

Let’s face it; the word “training” rarely inspires much joy in an office. People commonly associate training with school, and few people really want to go back there or take time out of their job to do it. But, the fact remains, that training is still pretty much the best way to make workers better at their current job and possibly even to move them up to a higher position.

You might think “shouldn’t telling employees to take a course be enough of a reason for them to do it?” Making training mandatory will up attendance, but it is motivation that actually allows learning to happen. Motivation is what turns an interest in a subject and a desire to get ahead into actual action. 

Consider how many times you have said you want to do something like write a novel or learn a new language but have you done those things? If you have those goals but haven’t accomplished those them, then you have experienced the frustration that comes with having the desire but not motivation. Your employees also need this push of inner strength that motivation brings in order to actually seek out and absorb the information available.

But how do you motivate them to attend training? Read on to get an insight into getting your employees to take action towards development.

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Topics: employee motivation

Before, During, and After Training: Improving Knowledge Transfer in Your Organization in 3 Stages

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

As someone who cares about the prosperity of your business, you want your employees to be able to apply the knowledge acquired from the training programs to resolve real problems at the workplace. You have invested time, money, and effort to train your employees; you want to make sure that they DO and not just recite theories, quote statistics, and recount case studies. You want your employees to be able to figure out what is wrong with a machine and fix it, than just know the troubleshooting tips.

Unfortunately, transferring learning is easier said than done. According to research, packing your courses with punchy content does not always deliver the knockout effect you desire. 

Learning transfer is challenging because human beings are complex individuals and every person is different from the other. It is difficult to predict how each of them will respond to a course. One game that appeals to the intelligence of one learner might be too challenging for another one. Again, someone may comprehend an idea very well during the training but may not be able to apply his knowledge to solve a real-world problem.

The most powerful reason why learning transfer is ineffective, as was revealed during the ATD International Conference & Exposition 2016, is that 90 percent of training is designed without a well-defined strategy that facilitates it.

There are various other factors that determine how efficient the transfer of learning will be. Read this paper to find out. When you have an idea of the variables you have to work with, you can design more effective training programs.

As a training manager and an eLearning designer, you have to provide a COMPREHENSIVE learning experience. You have to keep in mind that learning does not start and stop with the training session. You have to take care of all the stages of learning transfer: before, during, and after training. 

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Topics: learning transfer

How to Design an eLearning Course that Resonates with Your Learners

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

“Are you feeling me?” 

Well, are you? Or, more importantly, is your audience feeling you? Understanding you? Connecting to what you’re putting out there? To get a resounding “yes!” to these questions you need to concern yourself with resonance which is, among other things, “a quality that makes something personally meaningful or important to someone.” Or in the words of Tony Schwartz in his book The Responsive Chord "Resonance takes place when the stimuli put into our communication evoke meaning in a listener or viewer."

But why is resonance so necessary to eLearning course design? Another definition for this concept has to do with sound and “the reinforcement or prolongation of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a nearby object.” In simple words; this means one vibration causes another vibration or a ripple effect.

For your audience, if you pluck just the right heartstring for them, their learning process gets easier because one piece of information will set off reminders of other knowledge, making it simpler to connect them all together, so they don’t feel like so many individual things to remember. And when things are easier they are more likely to continue with your course and retain information.

Your lesson will resonate when your audience feels it, understands it and becomes mentally/emotionally invested in it. As an eLearning designer, you need to be in sync with your students, to harmonize with them, their goals and their experiences. This is the only way to fight your way through the content crush, or oversaturation of content and information that your audience is subjected to each day.

To do this your eLearning course content should have these attributes:

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Topics: eLearning design

Designing for Motivation: Three Theories eLearning Designers Can Use

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Motivation. The word is bandied about too much these days. An entire body of literature has sprung up around it. There are coaches who teach people how to cultivate motivation. There are websites, courses, seminars, and workshops to teach the how-to's, the wherefores, and the what-ifs of motivation. 

So first,  let's address what is motivation? And why should you care about it as an eLearning professional?

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Topics: eLearning, eLearning tips, motivation

Why Reading on Mobile is Different (And What You Can Do About It)

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

  • About 80 percent of all Internet users have a smartphone. 
  • About 1.2 billion people access the Internet from their mobile devices.
  • Within the next two years, the smartphone will most likely be the only computer you own. In fact, for many people in developing countries, the smartphone is their first computer and the only Internet-enabled device they own.

If you are a trainer, an HR manager, or an eLearning developer, these statistics spell out loud and clear that it is now time to design and develop courses for mobile users. With high-end smartphones that stream at 4K speeds, increased battery life, and bigger screen sizes, you can expect mobile devices to eclipse desktop or laptop computer as the preferred medium to consume virtual content. 

Learners have already started sending out signals about their preferences. According to a 2013 report published as part of the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape Initiative, 43 percent of the 2,000 learners who attended the survey, report that they consider being able to access learning on their mobile devices “very useful.”

You should create eLearning courses keeping in mind that your learners will take them on all kinds of devices, from the desktop computer with its chunky monitor to the mobile device with its palm-sized screen. Get ready to deliver. 

In this post, we will tell you how reading on the mobile screen feels different than reading from a larger laptop computer screen. We will also provide tons of tips to help you create a distraction-free mobile viewing experience that aids learning.

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How Digital Trends Are Impacting Learning within Companies

Posted by Brigg Patten on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

We’ve come a long way in the ways of corporate training and learning. The history of corporate training and development dates back to 1872 where Hoe and Company established factory schools to help train machinists during the Industrial Revolution. By 1917, corporate training had expanded into “Show, Tell, Do and Check” method from Charles R. Allen where he would walk his shipyard workers through complex processes. By the 1950’s and 1960’s, computers help introduce virtual reality and technology-assisted instruction. 

As the world becomes more innovative, so are the ways we learn in school, at our jobs, and in life. Gone are the days where onboarding and corporate training is a one size fits all video for employees to learn and engage in. Today, corporate training programs have the choice, from microlearning to custom eLearning development, on how to best train their incoming workforce. As such, these training programs will most likely incorporate current digital trends to not only help engage top talent but help them grow within their career and stay with the company longer. 

Below are four digital trends that are impacting corporate training and learning, and why organizations should consider incorporating them.

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Topics: learning trends

Improve Your eLearning Design Workflow with the Pyramid Method

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Product designer William Newton wrote a compelling article some time ago on the tiers of good design and the pyramid they form. But this idea can be applied to more than physical product design; it can be used to create better eLearning courses, as well.

Find the original article here: The Design Process: A Pyramid

Using this same structure, we explore just how the pyramid can help you improve your eLearning design workflow.

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Topics: eLearning design

What are Personal Learning Networks?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

If you assume students are only learning from eLearning courses, you are failing to leverage a huge part of the learning process. 

Ask yourself where do you learn?

Most of us might answer “in a classroom”, but, in reality, the majority of learning comes from other places, like Personal Learning Networks. And these networks are personal, meaning there are no two PLNs that are equal; each of us has a unique range of people we learn from including peers, coworkers, supervisors, experts and other professionals. Today more learners use tools like Google and Wikipedia to acquire new skills and knowledge. They subscribe to personal and professional blogs. Or they ask questions through their social media networks to get the most relevant answers from the members of their PLN.

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Topics: Personal Learning Networks

Design Tools to Build Visual Hierarchy in eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

How do you read an article in the newspaper?

You start with the headline that screamed at you from the newsstand. Then you read the sub-headline, which is printed in a smaller font size. Next, you proceed to read the body copy.

Why do you read in this order? You read the headline first because its large, bold font grabs your eyeballs as soon as you glance at the newspaper. Next, the sub-headline catches your attention. You are compelled to read in this order because of the way the text is presented.

This is visual hierarchy, where information is ordered based on its importance and visually presented using contrasting forms to influence the viewing order.

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Topics: eLearning design

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