by Mukta Raut
Although an eLearning module or course is more than the sum of its parts, despite our best efforts sometimes something seems to be missing. Often this is because the design or the execution needs a little help with meeting frequently encountered challenges. Here are basic solutions to five of the most common problem areas.
As the half-life of knowledge grows shorter, it is becoming harder for learning and development, including eLearning, to keep up with the demands placed on it. Attention spans are also getting shorter, and it isn’t enough to consolidate content down to a day instead of a week or to reduce to 90 minutes what used to be a three-hour-long training session. Is microlearning the answer?
When a company decides to embark on an eLearning project, there are many decisions to make. One of these decisions is about the choice between synchronous and asynchronous learning. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches? Here’s a quick guide!
by Bill Brandon
Here is a different, creative way to kick off your eLearning design and development! Hackathons are events in which individuals with diverse backgrounds, from coding to graphic design to instructional design and management, can collaborate on a development project, including those involving games and gamification. Read the background in this article, and the story of a very recent example!
by Nic Laycock
Can eLearning support development of complex physical skills? Is eLearning useful for hobby activities that support a balanced lifestyle and relieve stress? Consider how mLearning and eLearning contribute to success in campanology … or just enjoy the video clips in this musical, mathematical, holiday-themed article!
Soft skills—sales, leadership, and management, and other domains where there is no clear right answer because “it all depends on…”—are complex performances that involve rules of thumb, insights, and judgment calls. But there is a proven technique that helps learners retrieve the rules of thumb they’ve learned. Read about the One-minute Preceptor here!
An engaging learner experience supports greater returns on investment through transformative learning. Online learning will extend your budget and reach as well as change behavior and performance with a highly visual interactive multimedia experience. The good news: With these tips you can spice up your training, engage your learners, win over stakeholders, and not break the budget.
by Art Kohn
When the long-term training goal is retention and transfer of skills and knowledge, effective instructional design recognizes that certain key activities before and after a learning event (including eLearning and mLearning as well as instructor-led learning) are more important to success than what happens during the learning event. This article explains what pre-training is and its benefits.
Training and education (including eLearning) don’t really accomplish what we’d like them to accomplish. What we want is for someone to perform a task on their own, some time after they were taught how to do it. Performance support is the way to make this happen.