by Anita Rosen
Mobile training and performance support sounds like a simple and sensible idea: make help available where people need it, on devices that they always have with them. But, it turns out that making things mobile isn't quite as easy or straightforward as one might wish. Here's an analysis of the things you must consider in the design and execution of mLearning.
When you write text for eLearning content, do you use language that sets up unrealistic expectations for the learners? There are many types of assumptions that instructional designers can make when they write, that can undo even the best design. Here is an explanation of three of the most common of these assumptions, and what to do about them.
by Pam Boiros
Social interaction has always been, along with experience and practice, a mainstay of learning for human beings. Until recently, this took place primarily in the “informal” arena. The use of online social media to support formal learning has now entered the picture, extending the blended learning paradigm. Here is a set of tips for adding powerful social support for learning.
To accomplish more with fewer resources, many organizations are turning from costly traditional face-to-face (F2F) training to alternate methods, such as self-paced eLearning and distance learning. Here is a summary of the techniques used recently to convert a four-day F2F course to a synchronous distance format, highlighting design considerations, successes, and best practices.
A key activity for learning and development groups is supporting the growth and effectiveness of informal and collaborative learning among employees or members of a community of practice. Social and mobile technologies are essential to success, as this case study illustrates. This is essential (and inspiring) reading for all!
by Cammy Bean
When keeping the focus on the future in 2012, it’s important to include your own ongoing professional development as part of the picture. If you’re new to the instructional design and eLearning fields, it’s good to look at what those who are established have done to develop themselves. If you’re an established practitioner, compare notes. Here are some tips from a top professional!
by Bill Brandon
In 2012, without a learning strategy (whether for their organizations or for themselves) and without a development strategy, professionals in the learning business (training, education, or what-have- you) will be seriously challenged by the most fundamental decisions. The key to strategy is context.
Course navigation, and how to best manage the limited resources of working memory and the computer screen, are key considerations in eLearning design. The effect of course maps on learning is difficult to assess, as the research findings are mixed. This study examined whether a course map affected the length of time to complete a training course and the achievement results of 846 adult learners.
Multiple-choice questions don’t get a lot of respect from some instructional designers when it comes to evaluating higher-level thinking. However, these questions can be effective if the designer knows how to write them. Here is your guide to creating meaningful multiple-choice items.
Virtual classrooms, also known as synchronous eLearning or “learning from the Cloud,” remain a popular venue for teaching at a distance. However, being effective in this virtual space requires some different approaches. Here are key tips that can help you – and your learners.