by Pamela Hogle
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.
by Kat Gore
Creativity is crucial when it comes to learning and performance. It gives learning professionals the tools to seize the possibilities presented by new technologies and put together inventive learning and performance solutions. The eLearning Guild’s new free eBook offers insights on creative inspiration: Creativity is a skill, and it improves with focus and practice!
by Joe Ganci
In the past, Joe has said, “No authoring tool balances power and ease of use.” Today he reviews a tool that really attempts to give you both. Some developers will like it right away, and others may find that it requires a period of adjustment. Find out why Joe feels this way about Xyleme!
Instructional designers sometimes have a problem: we get hung up in the content and forget about what the content is supposed to do for the learners—prepare them for something on the job. That’s how we get solutions that are only surface- level knowledge transfer, also known as knowledge dump. Here are four things you can do to stay out of that dump.
How do you engage people to make learning stick? Is it only by using media to grab the senses and emotions: video, audio? Is it only by using games that promise an easy and entertaining diversion from the work of learning? Or can you engage people’s minds in a way that is itself learning? What do a vicar, a preacher, and a duck have in common, apart from two feet and a mouth? Find out here.
If learners have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a course, doesn’t that mean they are ready to learn? No! They must actually be ready to learn. Here are the key things you should find out about and deal with before you answer that question.
Has anyone ever told you, “I hate eLearning!” Rather than make you defensive, would this make you curious about the reasons they felt that way? The author of this article wondered how to avoid triggering anger and frustration among learners, and she came up with these five great tips. Incorporate them into your design thinking!
by Jane Bozarth
In Cargo Cult Training, the designer or the leader replicates what he saw teachers do, capturing the artifacts of instruction without understanding what’s underneath. This happens in classrooms and in online instruction. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it (or avoid falling into it yourself)? Here are some answers.
As demonstrated in any number of recent Internet memes, the Disney princesses seem to be useful in revealing aspects of our world that might otherwise go unrecognized. This kind of analysis might be useful to shed some light on eLearning problems that we have become blind to. The result is a bit surprising!