For instructional designers whose product is one that learners will think of as a “course”—an online higher education offering, a MOOC, a corporate online class, even the dreaded webinar—the learners’ experience is critical to success. We can borrow techniques from web strategists to ensure that the content on sites is relevant and useful. Here are some ideas you can start using today.
by Pam Boiros
Even though the need for a strategic learning program may be clear, you may need to convince the rest of your organization to jump on board. However, building a business case for a learning solution involves much more than a static business plan. Want to understand what business case success looks like? Here’s a blueprint.
by Ben Carmel
As we break away from discrete training efforts and move toward joining formal-personal and social-informal learning together in one continuous, systematic program, what are the steps and practices that will make that process smoother? How can we help people learn to function at a high level without the need for formal training? Here’s a thought-provoking look at some answers.
by Chip Cleary
Companies are planning to spend more on training for front-line managers, but will this create better results? The challenge is getting what’s taught in the classroom and in eLearning to transfer to the job. This seems daunting, but physical therapists (PTs) routinely get this transfer to happen. Here are six tips, ideas from research and from the masters of misery, your friendly local PTs.
by Pat Walsh
As you consider your learning and performance ecosystem, remember to include your physical spaces: meeting rooms and classrooms. In many cases, these rooms have limited technology to optimize learning and communication, although digital presentation solutions have been available for some time. This article presents some options that can result in deeper learning when properly used.
We spend millions of dollars and countless hours in training our staff on how to deal with customers and partners. But what about training our customers directly? Research and countless company journeys, such as that of software leader Bluebeam, show that customer training is key to unlocking bottom-line business results that can range from increased profits to decreased customer attrition.
by Cammy Bean
Responsive website design is the current darling of the web world and for good reason. Essentially, it means that content will respond to the screen size it detects. Here’s what you need to know about responsive design for eLearning, and some ideas to get you started using it in your projects!
Making video for eLearning might have some of the same steps as for a Hollywood production, but it’s not the same in many other ways. In eLearning, we have to work harder and smarter for our productions to work for our audience. The hardest question to answer about eLearning video is, “How much will it really cost to make?” Here is how you can answer that question.
Diagnostic assessments—questions that evaluate a learner’s prior knowledge, experience, confidence level, motivations, interests, or personal needs—are useful in many ways. A diagnostic can shape personalized learning paths, put learners in the right courses, and help you determine where to allocate resources. Here’s a five-step process to help you design effective diagnostic assessments.
by Bill Brandon
Both human resources and learning and development are evolving, but at different speeds in different organizations: some quickly, some not so much. We hope they are becoming more strategic and more relevant, but how can we be sure we are doing the right things to make it so? This interview with Gene Pease offers an introduction to an evolving science and the analytics that are so important.