by Kevin Lange
Audio adds necessary context to video components in eLearning productions, yet it is often overlooked or not done well because of cost considerations. However, even on a tight budget it is possible to improve the quality of the audio in your eLearning with the right equipment. Here’s a shopping list that will get you there without breaking the bank!
by Sarah Bright
If content is king in eLearning, graphic design provides the royal raiment that engages the learner’s attention and emotion. Dress (your content) to impress (the learners)! Here are 10 tips, 20 resources, and some do’s and don’ts that will make learning enjoyable (and fun to create)!
Should learning be easy and effortless? Many designers approach their task under the assumption that it should be. However, research says otherwise: Struggle has long-term benefits for learning. Read about it here, and about how you can put the research findings into practice.
Is interactive always better? Hands-on modules are great when teaching technical skills, but what about nuanced topics like effective communication or price negotiation? A recent study suggests that certain subjects benefit more from “vicarious” learning. Sometimes watching trumps doing. Read about it here!
by Mukta Raut
Although an eLearning module or course is more than the sum of its parts, despite our best efforts sometimes something seems to be missing. Often this is because the design or the execution needs a little help with meeting frequently encountered challenges. Here are basic solutions to five of the most common problem areas.
Soft skills—sales, leadership, and management, and other domains where there is no clear right answer because “it all depends on…”—are complex performances that involve rules of thumb, insights, and judgment calls. But there is a proven technique that helps learners retrieve the rules of thumb they’ve learned. Read about the One-minute Preceptor here!
Training and education (including eLearning) don’t really accomplish what we’d like them to accomplish. What we want is for someone to perform a task on their own, some time after they were taught how to do it. Performance support is the way to make this happen.