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!
by Art Kohn
Neuroscience has learned a lot about the way that the brain processes visual information. This article provides insights into the two distinct visual systems that operate concurrently and independently. Understanding these systems and how they work will provide instructional designers with important information bearing on ways to increase comprehension, retention, and transfer.
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.”
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!
How does Amazon.com so effortlessly connect “zillions” of people with “zigabytes” of product information? The answer, in part, is through using advanced knowledge-management (KM) techniques. In the eLearning field, we can learn a lot from how Amazon approaches the relationship between customers and information.
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.
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!