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This Week’s Best eLearning News and Articles (Issue 37)
How We Get Ideas for Serious Games
Last month, I shared a game evaluation worksheet I use when playing games. It’s more than just a fun pastime for me (although I definitely love to play!), but also part of my idea generation process for the games I design. I’ve said it many times: “you can’t design a great game unless you play lots of games.” What does it mean to evaluate a game? What format should you use? Read on.
How To Tap The Power of Learner Motivation
Everyone wants employees to be engaged and interested in learning, but what impact does motivation actually have on learning? It turns out that the mindset you approach a task with greatly influences your performance. Discover how you can intrinsically motivate learners and optimize performance.
7 Steps To Make Really, Really Effective e-Learning
There are many different things to consider when designing a course but what makes the e-Learning really effective to the point that 98% of respondents give a positive response? Human Factors expert Emil Reisser-Weston examines the 7 steps you need to take to ensure that your e-Learning is relevant, processed and recalled effectively. It will change your perception of what e-Learning should be.
Talentlms integrates cutting edge conversion functionality that let you reuse (literally!) any type of content you already have or consume material from popular web services. The extended set of available content tools let you create effective courses really fast.
17 Awesome Resources on Micro-Learning
We, at Learnnovators, have been fascinated about micro learning or bite-sized learning. We have been doodling about the possibilities this learning technique offers while developing cost effective and powerful mobile performance support solutions. Today, while contemplating on the design for a mobile-based bite-sized learning solution (made up of quick, short instructional videos accompanied by Quick Reference Guides) for one of our clients, we set out on a journey to explore and learn more about this wonderful approach. Read on…
eLearning: Creating Accessible Content
If you want to make your eLearning courses accessible for everyone, it’s a good idea to think about people who are hearing, visually, and dexterity (motor skills) impaired. Additionally, it’s important to consider the elderly population and people who speak English as a second language.
Using Mobile Devices, Wearable Technology and Augmented Reality to Improve Learning and Performance
Recent advances in mobile devices, wearable technology and augmented reality (AR) offer some exciting opportunities for your students. This article discusses how using these technologies will support their learning and performance needs.
Estimating ELearning Development Time and Course Length
When putting together cost estimates and preparing project plans instructional designers and e-Learning project managers often find it difficult to correctly estimate the length of the course and the amount of time it takes to develop one.
5 Reasons You Need To Be Using Games For Corporate Training
This article presents the case for the use of game-based learning in e-learning environments. The post considers the elements of games that make them engaging and successful learning tools. Read more to find out why you’re missing out by not using games for training and development.
The rules of e-Learning: Don’t keep your learners in the dark
There is a very great temptation to keeping things away from the learner, ‘until they are ready for it’. As online teachers it is our job to break the learning up into units that the learner can address in their own time and so we naturally analyse the learning in terms of its difficulty, hoping to lead the learner along the path of increasing knowledge.
Instructional Design Models and Theories: Programmed Instruction Educational Model
1954 – B. F. Skinner and J. G. Holland implemented Programmed Instruction Educational Model at Harvard by B. F. Skinner and J. G. Holland. Check the Instructional Design Models and Theories: Programmed Instruction Educational Model article to find more.
What’s New with Adobe Captivate 8
Most of you may be wondering what are some of the new features to Adobe Captivate 8. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Captivate 8 has made significant upgrades, improvements, and created brand new features never before used in any eLearning authoring tool.
Mike Rustici, Tells eLearningTV What’s Going on With the Tin Can API
Certainly our business is buzzing about the Tin Can API. In this episode of eLearningTV, I interview Mike Rustici, President of Rustici Software and get the latest scoop about the Tin Can API. To…
A Narrative Approach to e-Learning: Have we had enough of it?
The article explores 4 Audio Narrative styles that are followed in e-learning and suggests ways you can mold them to suit your learning needs.
Social learning in the virtual class
When we design an elearning course, our first concern is: how I can deploy an effective and engaging social learning activity online? While the simplest way would be to find a tool that would allow us to mimic online what we do in a class, there is another way to carry out this task successfully.
Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating A Blend
We have many options available when we design blended learning programs. The trick is knowing what technologies to use and how to facilitate the blend.
[Video] How to Edit Responsive Captivate 8 Templates
This video tutorial I want to show you how to edit the new Responsive Captivate 8 Templates. Let’s be honest, using Responsive Captivate 8 Templates are really cool. Especially, just think about how great it will be for the user to have a beautifully designed courses that fit their mobile device, tablet, or desktop.
Assessing Return on Investment (ROI) of eLearning
One of the biggest challenges that eLearning professionals experience is demonstrating the return on investment (ROI) of their training programs. In order to attract project sponsors and to justify resources invested in the development of eLearning, projects need to prove that they deliver real benefit to an organization. This article discusses considerations that need to be factored in when calculating eLearning ROI.
The DIY Guide to Converting Existing Content into an eLearning Course
Although instructor-led or classroom training still remains as one of the most common ways to train employees, the opportunity to implement eLearning to is a more cost-effective and convenient option. Those new to creating eLearning courses will find this post useful in answering their questions and providing them with a checklist of things to consider during the process of converting existing content, which goes far beyond simply transferring content to an online format.
Comparison of Free Virtual Classroom Systems
We recently did a research on free virtual classroom systems available in the market to meet a customer need. Here is our comparative analysis that you may want
A Guide to Gesture-based Interactions: Learning at Your Fingertips
Kids today grow up with touchscreen devices and seem to innately know how to use them. This is lucky for them, as smartphone designers across the globe seem determined to fit the most content and least number of buttons onto the front of a phone. This means gestures—scrolling, swiping, tapping, pinching, flicking—are becoming the dominant interaction of the smartphone user interface. Children intuitively know which touch gestures to apply, but what about those of us who aren’t so-called “digital natives?”
Free Adobe Captivate 8 Template Scenario
The template we are providing for free is perfect for your new Captivate 8 course. We’d also like to invite you to test out our free templates to see how they can help you streamline your eLearning development. What are you waiting for?
4 Steps to Becoming a Learner-Centered eLearning Professional
How do you learn best? What learning activities are the most motivational to you? How do you interact with other learners? What do you struggle with when learning new information or mastering a new skill? Understanding your own learning style and preferences is an excellent place to start when considering the benefits of a learner-centered eLearning model.
How Did You Become an Instructional Designer?
After being taunted mercilessly on Twitter, I was finally forced to reveal how I became an instructional designer. Read more…
10 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Corporate eLearning
In this post you’ll find the Top 10 reasons why you should consider investing in corporate eLearning, regardless of the size of your staff or budget. In fact, I’ll even share some insights about how online corporate training may help to actually reduce training costs and reduce employee turnover rates.
4 Free E-Learning Tools I Rely On
This week’s Articulate challenge is to share the free e-learning tools we really use. These are my favorites.
Teaching Students to Transfer Their Knowledge
The ultimate goal of teaching is more than simply imparting knowledge. Learn how to gradually transfer knowledge to your students using the Gradual Release of Responsibility method.
Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning Infographic
The Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning Infographic outlines the top benefits of asynchronous eLearning.
Top 10 eLearning Design Mistakes Infographic
The Top 10 eLearning Design Mistakes Infographic shows how you can can create excellent eLearning courses that provide maximum eLearning ROI on your training expenditure by avoiding 10 eLearning design mistakes. These eLearning design mistakes are…
The Benefits of Online Courses Infographic
The Benefits of Online Courses Infographic outlines the top advantages of online education.
The Learner-Centered eLearning Professional Infographic
The Learner-Centered eLearning Professional Infographic presents the small changes you can make over time to implement a fully learner-centered eLearning course. These changes include…
15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards Infographic
Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.
5 Golden Rules of High-Quality Instructional Design Infographic
The quality of an instructional design is often gauged on three things: effectiveness, efficiency, and cost. The 5 Golden Rules of High-Quality Instructional Design Infographic presents 5 rules that will help you achieve a high-quality instructional design…
How to Give Feedback in eLearning Assessments Infographic
The How to Give Feedback in eLearning Assessments Infographic presents 5 tips to provide effective feedback on assessments…
How to Get Your First Online Teaching Job Infographic
The How to Get Your First Online Teaching Job Infographic shows the general process that faculty must go through to get online teaching jobs.
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