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eLearning Should Tell a Story

By Brianne Bailey on Sep 27, 2016 11:11:00 AM

 Research shows that learners gain a deeper understanding when their training is built on a story.  The story presents real-life scenarios in which employees are to apply their knowledge to solve a problem or construct a plan. Here are a few examples of how to incorporate storytelling in to your training sessions.

 

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Topics: eLearning

Micro Learning Made Easy

By Bill Neville on Sep 20, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Have you ever taken a complex skill and broken it down into bite-size pieces?  When you are challenging your team to learn new skills, a bite-size skill may be more manageable. Micro learning is easier and more constructive, particularly in smaller amounts of time, with minimal cost involved. So, how do you set up a positive micro learning environment that is conducive to your business schedule and the amount of learning you need your team to garner?

 

Read on to find out!

 

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Topics: Learning Theories, eLearning

Designing eLearning for Non-Digital Natives

By D.J. Mendonca on Sep 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Creating an eLearning course for an audience who doesn’t have much experience with technology can be intimidating. Whether you are designing an elearning course that is targeted toward non-digital natives (such as “Introduction to Social Media”) or you want to make sure your courses are inclusive of learners from all levels of technical experience, we have some tips for you.

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Topics: eLearning, Tips for Effective Courses

Using Classical Conditioning in eLearning for Success

By Cristina Mendonca on Sep 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM

About a hundred years ago, psychologist John Watson did something he wouldn’t be able to get away with today: he purposefully created a fear of rats in a baby named Albert.

 

In a now-famous experiment, Watson introduced one-year-old Albert to a white rat, whom Albert loved. After a while, Watson began making a loud noise each time Albert reached for the rat. You can guess what happened next: baby Albert, who had just an hour ago been fond of touching his new pet, now wanted to be nowhere near it.

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Topics: Learning Theories, eLearning

Big Data in eLearning: 4 Reasons it's a Big Deal

By D.J. Mendonca on Aug 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Nearly every list of eLearning trends for the coming year forecasts the rise of “big data.” But few describe what they mean by this, or how it relates to online learning.

 

Here’s our take on this new trend — and some compelling reasons to jump on board with big data in eLearning.

 

What is big data?
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Topics: Industry News, eLearning

Who Steers the Ship? The Impact of Learner Control on eLearning.

By Cristina Mendonca on Jul 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Who should be in control of your eLearning course—the learners or the instructor? Which will result in more effective learning?

 

That’s a much more complicated question than it appears. Many say that allowing online learners to influence aspects of the learning process gives them a sense of autonomy that increases motivation and engagement. Learners love having control over the course experience—after all, they are used to the internet, where they are free to wander through sites at their own pace, click on content that interests them, and walk away from the computer when they feel like it. Why take that freedom away from them just because they’re doing an online training?

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Topics: eLearning

The Role of Emotion in eLearning

By Serafim Mendonca on Jun 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Many think learning is a dispassionate exercise for thinking only—anything that engages feelings will only hinder rational thought. But emotions are a central part of the learner experience because they are a central part of the human experience.

 

In fact, eLearning can be a roller-coaster of emotions for learners, from the excitement of opening the first lesson or the pride of completing an assessment well, to the anxiety of using new technology and the loneliness of trying to connect with others asynchronously. While emotion is rarely the actual objective of a course, its presence has an impact on the cognitive and social experience of the learner and shouldn’t be ignored.

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Topics: eLearning

Can You Repeat That? Designing Courses for Peak Memory Retention

By Brianne Bailey on May 5, 2016 2:53:10 PM
Studies show that up to 70% of the material covered in your corporate training will be long forgotten—just 24 hours after the end of the course. This statistic is enough to increase the blood pressure of any instructor, whose entire task is to ensure that new information is retained by learners.

 

But it’s not entirely the instructor’s fault. Memory retention can be influenced heavily by course design, including the types of instructional strategies are employed. Pepperdine University offers a four-part process to improving memory and retention: GULP, which stands for Get it, Use it, Link it, Picture it. Let’s see how each of these steps might look in an online course.

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Topics: eLearning, Tips for Effective Courses

Three Must-Haves for Optimal eLearning Effectiveness

By Herb Tieger on Apr 8, 2016 12:23:22 PM

It’s becoming a widely accepted fact that eLearning platforms are as effective as—if not more effective than—traditional in-person learning environments. But that doesn’t mean that eLearning course design is easy. In fact, improving learning effectiveness is one of the top challenges facing training and development professionals today. But don’t stress—there are a number of design elements in your online course that are proven to increase learner retention and learning outcomes. Today we’ll talk about three.

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Topics: eLearning, Tips for Effective Courses

The 3 Writing Skills You Need to Create Effective Lessons

By Brianne Bailey on Mar 9, 2016 12:22:35 PM

No course can be successful without quality content, and good course developers know that learner engagement and instructional effectiveness depend on how coherent and appealing the lessons are. This means that you need to polish off your writing skills—you want your learners to be engaged with your text, not distracted by it.

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Topics: eLearning, Tips for Effective Courses

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