SHIFT's eLearning Blog

A 4-Step Recipe for Maximum eLearner Engagement

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 12:23 PM


We’ve all met them. Ask about online courses they’ve taken, and they’ll roll their eyes. Current eLearners are bored and can’t wait for their courses to end. Whoever put together these courses – was it you? – didn’t have the right recipe for eLearner engagement.

In the past, most professionals who designed, taught or coordinated eLearning courses needed to understand how learning occurs and a bit about brain-based learning tips resulting from neuroscience research. That’s no longer enough. You need to know the key ingredients required to effectively engage eLearners by engaging their brains.

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A Simple Guide to Creating Your First eLearning Storyboard

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 12:57 PM


What to know before you start:

Don't begin an eLearning course without a clear path in mind; like any other effort, planning is key. For that purpose, a storyboard can come in very handy.

What's a storyboard?  The term "storyboard" comes from movie production, where creators sketch out a film in a series of still images. An eLearning storyboard is the blueprint of the course, like a lesson plan - except a storyboard doesn't describe just general content, but everything else as well, from graphics to video. Start reading these helpful articles:

Why do I need one?  Storyboards provide many benefits, of which these are just a few:

  • Sequence instruction and show how different elements relate and fit together;
  • Generate a clear plan for project management;
  • Make sure you, clients, and team members are all on the same page;
  • Document changes and previous ideas.
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A Handful Of Tips To Kick Your Bad eLearning Design Habits

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 12:13 PM


Every eLearning project is different, and comes with a different set of demands. However, when it comes to slide design, there are some best practices that fit all or nearly all situations. Following these basic tips ensures a clear and effective lesson, while still leaving room to customize and add your own personal touch.

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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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: eLearning design, eLearning