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Pamela S. Hogle
Pamela S. Hogle is the staff writer for Learning Solutions Magazine. She is an experienced journalist, technical writer, editor, and eLearning content developer who has worked in Israel and the United States. Pam has taught university students in person and online and created eLearning content for journalists, college students, and public officials through The Poynter Institute’s News University, where she created courses on news literacy, grammar, and numeracy. Pam holds master’s degrees in journalism and human-canine life sciences.
Blending Fantasy with Reality Drives Successful Alternate Reality Games September 28, 2016
Alternate reality games (ARGs) are an effective way to hone essential soft skills, such as communication, collaborative problem-solving, critical thinking, and negotiation; the games can be used to teach “harder” skills as well, such as digital media literacy, or to deliver compliance training. Find out more in this article!
Buzzword Decoder: Serious Games and Gamification September 27, 2016
Serious learning games present opportunities to create engaging and interesting content that learners voluntarily spend time with—and learn from. Gamification also engages learners and might draw them in to spend more time with eLearning content. This article explains both approaches.
Is your eLearning successful? A learner’s ability to correctly answer multiple-choice or true-false questions doesn’t mean that she can apply that knowledge to doing her job. Use these strategies to measure learning more deeply.
Waterfalls or Whirlpools: Why Use an Instructional Development Model? September 20, 2016
Using a model helps with the identification and analysis of a problem, the description and prediction of potential ways to address the problem, and the conceptualization, design, and implementation of a solution. In eLearning development, it can ensure addressing the real need, rather than simply creating training. Here are some of the most-used models.
Learning Leaders: Jean Marrapodi's Key Question for Training Designers September 15, 2016
Adult learners come to training with different levels of knowledge and different gaps. Guild Master Jean Marrapodi talks about how to teach to the “holes” in the Swiss cheese—how to design training when you can’t assume that everyone has the same foundation.
Five Questions to Ask Before Choosing an eLearning Format September 14, 2016
What’s the best way to provide training? Learning occurs in a variety of situations and for different purposes. Delivering information in an appropriate format and using an appropriate means of delivery can make it more accessible and therefore more useful to employees. Ask yourself these five questions before choosing an eLearning format.
Buzzword Decoder: Just-in-Time Training September 13, 2016
Short, tightly focused training delivered just in time—at the moment and to the location where learners need it—can improve job performance and reduce the need for longer, costlier training. Here are the reasons you should consider just-in-time training, some approaches to designing and delivering it, and the benefits.
Personalizing the Learning Process: A Developer's Role September 12, 2016
You can personalize the eLearning process, even if management has defined uniform learning outcomes. Developers can structure and code content to make it available to learners in multiple ways, offering learners control over which content they access and when. Here are some possible strategies for developers to consider.
“Accidental” Plagiarism Is Still Plagiarism September 8, 2016
Anyone using even a small snippet of someone else’s work—text, images, music—must give credit to the author. Not doing so is plagiarism, an unethical act that damages the credibility of your eLearning content. Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Ask the Right Questions Before Designing eLearning September 7, 2016
Clear goals and a design that focuses on these goals are what moves eLearning from forgettable to successful. Keeping the questions presented here—and their answers—firmly in mind throughout the design process can help.
Ten Ways to Create Useful Hyperlinks September 6, 2016
Hyperlinks in eLearning content can make the content more valuable to learners, but to be useful, the links have to be clear and meaningful. These 10 tips will ensure that links add value to your eLearning.
Back to Basics: Avoid Assumptions in eLearning Design September 1, 2016
When targeting training to adults, eLearning designers cannot safely assume any technical knowledge unless the training is specifically geared toward a technical audience. Learners might have learned to use specific tools or instruments for their work, but that does not necessarily translate to ease with email, social networks, or even a computer mouse.
Video on Your Budget and Your Schedule August 31, 2016
Learners retain information presented visually better than information presented only as text. Microlearning videos, as part of an eLearning strategy, enhance the effectiveness of training. Create low-budget, high-engagement microlearning videos with free tools!
Buzzword Decoder: Microlearning August 30, 2016
Breaking long-format online or in-person training into small “nuggets”—microlearning—makes it possible to give learners the information they need at the time they need it, at their desktops or via mobile devices.
Meeting Demands for Change and Flexibility in eLearning: Bill Donoghue, CEO at Skillsoft August 25, 2016
The eLearning sector faces increasing demands for change and flexibility. Learners want to control how and when they use eLearning. One response is Skillsoft’s new content-delivery platform, focused on the learners’ experience that will include collaborative and social-learning features.
Informal Learning Calls for Hands-off Management August 24, 2016
Social media platforms make it easy to develop large “professional” learning networks. A learning network can arise around use of the same software tool, discussion of learning strategy or eLearning design and development models, or exploration of content on the same topic. Learn about it here!
Guild Master Jean Marrapodi believes that eLearning should be accessible to all learners. Universal design is important for ADA compliance, she says, and it improves learners’ experience and makes eLearning more convenient.
Buzzword Decoder: Adaptive Learning August 16, 2016
Technology puts adaptive learning, tailoring educational content to each learner’s level and progress rate, within easier reach of millions of people. The advantages to this approach include greater engagement and real-time monitoring of progress. Here’s an explanation of the concept and how it fits into instructional design.
Will the Nanodegree Replace the Bachelor's? August 11, 2016
Nanodegrees, Open Badges—whatever you call them, alternative credentials are filling gaps that traditional academic degrees can’t or won’t; employers are increasingly turning inward to design needed training. Here’s an overview of credential types, their risks, and their benefits. Along with workplace learning and newer ways to approach performance, this is a topic on which you must stay informed!
Keep Design Focus on User Experience August 10, 2016
User-centered design engages learners in all stages of design, development, and testing of eLearning products. This approach can help eLearning developers and designers avoid costly mistakes, achieve better design, and produce usable, successful eLearning modules.
Enhance Performance with Content Curation August 3, 2016
Content curation is an essential element of any eLearning strategy; it can help cement learning, boost performance, and save employees’ time. Here are seven reasons to make content curation an essential element of your learning strategy.
Buzzword Decoder: Content Curation August 2, 2016
Whether you see the Internet as information overload or a filter failure, the answer is content curation—separating out gems of useful and relevant content from a vast flood of information. Identifying and sharing this content pays off for eLearners and for all employees.