by Joe Ganci
What does a veteran developer and reviewer of authoring tools learn over the years? Joe shares some of his lessons learned, about vendors and developers, about complacency, and about the right questions to ask when choosing authoring tools. Read this to benefit from Joe’s insights and experience!
by Bill Brandon
Content—text, video, images, audio, links, blogs, websites—is everything on the web, including eLearning. This mass of content contains much that is useful to you professionally (when you can find it), and much that is frankly pretty sketchy. Learning Solutions Magazine is a free, organized island of useful professional information in this sea, and you should subscribe to it! Here’s why.
We hear a lot about giving the learner something to do through interactivity and we hear a lot about engaging the learner. They are not the same thing. Interactivity does not necessarily create engagement, and engagement does not necessarily require overt interactivity. Learn about the difference here, and about the “Four T’s of Engagement.”
by Art Kohn
Much of what we communicate in eLearning and other kinds of teaching relies on the written word. Many instructional designers worry that learners may be poor readers and so try to “write down to their level.” Is this the right approach? Is reading ability even a problem? Or is the problem our approach to writing? Here are some guidelines that may surprise you.
Learners prefer facilitated training—the personal touch. Adopting a persona when writing content can help an instructional designer make self-directed eLearning more personable. Create a persona whose voice your learners will respond to, whether as colleague or as guide!
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!
by News Editor
The edTotal Learning Record Store (LRS) enables organizations to post courses, videos, and any training content anywhere on the web from any mobile device and to securely track and store learner activity. With the edTotal LRS, content is untethered, housed anywhere outside the LRS or LMS, and tracked in the edTotal LRS.
by Bill Brandon
At mLearnCon 2014, The eLearning Guild recognized Guild members and conference attendees who have contributed their knowledge and expertise to the learning profession. Here are the names of the mLearnCon 2014 Guild Master and the winners of the 2014 mLearning DemoFest.