Applications of the Experience API (xAPI, originally Tin Can) continue to mature as developers and their organizations better comprehend it and its importance. But for instructional designers, managers, and vendors, there are still questions. The eLearning Guild’s DevLearn 2014 has a track dedicated to helping you use the xAPI effectively. Details are in this article by the track designer!
by Carol Leaman
Gamification is getting a lot of press these days, with promises of great improvements in learning. And while companies are citing successful employee engagement in gamified learning, the real question is whether gamification itself is a recipe for learning success, or is it just one ingredient?
For many companies, adapting eLearning content for use on smartphones is a first small step in providing learning content for mobile (mLearning). While redesign is always the best option, this article digs into deeper levels of adaptation and offers detailed guidance on ways to create effective mLearning from existing materials. And remember: Mistakes are your friends.
Even when the eLearning is well-designed, after completing it employees will need support at the moment they are actually trying to use what they learned. However, there may be no manager or coach or peer expert available in that moment to help them. Performance support, especially delivered on a mobile device, may be the ideal solution for this problem. Read about it here!
Most eLearning professionals will need to create a voiceover script from time to time as part of their job. But writing scripts for audio is different from writing text that a learner reads from a display. Where do you learn this skill? There aren’t many courses that teach this. Here are 10 tips that will help you to write better scripts!
The performance zone has never been more challenging. Change continuously disrupts it; threats or opportunities seemingly come out of nowhere. The ability to correctly anticipate change will make or break it. The job performance of employees is what fundamentally matters. Here are the five strategic areas where the learning organization must focus to enable that performance.
Many instructional designers know and use the linear ADDIE approach to development projects. At the same time, many are also aware of agile methods that offer significant flexibility and facilitate changes. Does a designer have to choose one or the other? Not really—and this article explains why.
The first time they open Adobe After Effects, some people become so frightened that they close it and never come back. If you are one of those people, take heart! Here is a tutorial that will get you started on the road to mastering some of the most powerful video software out there. It can make a huge difference in the quality of video in your eLearning productions!
by Lisa Russell
Words are a pillar of good design, and like any other part of the designer’s job, it takes work to make them effective. But the work need not be drudgery. You have an excellent laborsaving tool at your command, and in this article you will find great suggestions for using it!