Thanks to the power of modern graphic and animation tools, you can apply just a little knowledge of visual principles to make your eLearning designs soar. In 131 Tips on Graphics and Animations for eLearning, a free eBook available from The eLearning Guild, dozens of today’s leading eLearning practitioners offer their ideas and insights to help you take your designs to the next level.
Managers, executives, and other clients often come to the training department with the solution to a perceived problem already in mind. They often have a laundry list that they believe the course should or must address. How can you direct the conversation to performance and not knowledge? Here’s a simple tool to turn things around: the Do—Know—Access triangle.
As mobile device usage soars, organizations are changing their questions about mLearning from “Should we?” to “How should we?” In 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation, an eBook available for free from The eLearning Guild, 23 of today’s leading mobile learning experts share their thoughts and strategies to help guide your mLearning initiatives.
by Patti Shank
When The eLearning Guild asked practitioners about the authoring tools they use for asynchronous eLearning development, we learned which tools they use most, which they deem most important, and which are most likely to be their next purchase. Whatever your role in eLearning, you will want to read this summary!
”Smile sheets.” “Happy sheets.” We often hear level-one evaluation (the learner’s reaction to instruction) dismissed as trivial or unimportant. But maybe we’ve been asking the wrong questions. Here’s why level one is important—and how to do it in a way that provides insights that matter and that supports correct assessment of your work.
The intention of instructional design theories and models is to ground or guide us in our learning design efforts to address learner and organizational needs. But do they all have equal value? Here is a summary of the research findings of M. David Merrill.
by Jane Bozarth
Steve Jobs once made the observation that diverse experience is important. Without that diversity, he said, “A lot of people … don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” Here’s how to gain some perspective.
Performance support—simple tools that guide and support people as they carry out tasks—is an effective, low-cost complement to instruction. Here are five quick points that you can use as the basis for your “elevator speech” that explains the concept to your colleagues and stakeholders, and three valuable resources that will help you implement the concept.
by Jane Bozarth
Good practice is made up of work, and thought, and mistakes, and time. Things that look easy in the hands of a skilled professional are often the end result of years of practice and experience. Jane offers some sobering thoughts about what it takes to make things look easy.