Gitika Nagra

Gitika Nagra is an Instructional Designer. Gitika is also an avid blogger and writes blogs on instructional design topics. She is a postgraduate in Biotechnology. Connect with her on Twitter: @Gitika_Nagra

4 Tips to Convert Training Presentations into Engaging Online Courses

4 Tips to Convert Training Presentations into Engaging Online Courses

As we all know, PowerPoint is a popular teaching medium and Wright J (2009) rightly says, “PowerPoint is a convenient prop for poor speakers, it can reduce complicated messages to simple bullet points.”

Across the world, PowerPoint has made inroads into most corporate training programs. We often come across references such as ‘Death by PowerPoint’ and ‘PowerPoint Poisoning’, criticizing the bulleted lists and standardized, boring look of PowerPoint decks. These are critical and sarcastic terms for boring presentations overloaded with information, which bore and exhaust learners.

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3 Best Practices of Training Customers through E-learning

3 Best Practices of Training Customers through E-learning

It is well-said that the customer is the king of a business and that’s why it’s very important that we engage our customers effectively and make them aware of our products, services, and the benefits of using them. Customer training is essential for customer satisfaction and business growth. Organizations worldwide are increasingly investing resources to train their customers on their products and services.

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4 Tested Tips to Develop Assessments for Online Sales Training Courses

4 Tested Tips to Develop Assessments for Online Sales Training Courses

As we all know, having strong product knowledge helps your sales force recommend the right products to customers, based on their needs. So, reinforcing training is very important if you want your sales force to have comprehensive product knowledge, wherein they will be able to enhance the buying decisions of customers effectively. Effective assessments help evaluate the sales force’s comprehension of the product. But, how can you develop assessments that will help assess your sales force efficiently? What are the aspects you need to consider to frame effective assessments for online sales training courses?

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Sound Effects in E-learning: Top 8 Sample Music Sites

Sound Effects in E-learning: Top 8 Sample Music Sites

One of the important aspects of e-learning development is music. Many instructional designers add music and/or other sound effects to make their e-learning courses more interesting for learners. Music is the language of emotions. Most of us love music, as it eases tension and anxiety. So, why don’t we provide background music and/or other sound effects in our e-learning courses? This will engage learners throughout the course, add an element of fun, and also increase learners’ attention.

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3 Major E-learning Trends: Evolution of Self-paced Online Courses from 2005 to 2016

3 Major E-learning Trends: Evolution of Self-paced Online Courses from 2005 to 2016

The way humans learn and develop has changed drastically; learners in 2016 are different to learners in 2005. A few years ago, e-learning was restricted ONLY to desktops, but with advancements in the world of e-learning, it has gradually shifted to smartphones and tablets. Finally, it has now evolved into multi-device learning and this continues to be a major, evolving trends as we move into 2016, and has influenced the way online learning is developed and delivered.

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12 Top Video Footage Sites for E-learning Designers

12 Top Video Footage Sites for E-learning Designers

Videos add great value to learning, reducing the load of reading and helping the learner retain information for a longer period. Video footage can be added in a course for a “wow” effect (e.g. the footage used to illustrate a technique). Videos help the learners to connect with your course and complete it. Adding videos to your online course boosts learner engagement that keeps your learner hooked, helping you create a memorable, enjoyable and exciting e-learning experience.

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3 Reasons Sales Reps Hate Your Online Training

3 Reasons Sales Reps Hate Your Online Training

Online training programs are very well-suited to impart training for sales reps. The fact that these courses can be accessed anywhere and anytime makes them ideal to train sales reps who spend most of their time travelling and can hardly take out time to attend a regular classroom training session.

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5 Useful Tools to Choose Color Schemes for E-learning Courses

5 Useful Tools to Choose Color Schemes for E-learning Courses

It’s said that you cannot (and maybe should not) judge a book by its cover, but the harsh reality is that we DO judge a book by its cover – appearances do matter! The right content is obviously important for creating a good e-learning course – but that’s not enough. Even the best content won’t interest the learner if it looks unprofessional and unappealing. When it comes to visualizing content, one of the most important aspects is choosing the right color scheme that is aligned to the content you’re working with. Your color scheme has the power to enhance or downplay the data, such as its relationships, the advantages and disadvantages, and so on.

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5 Image Editing Tools to Visually Enhance Your Online Training Modules

5 Image Editing Tools to Visually Enhance Your Online Training Modules

Now-a-days, instructional designers require more knowledge and skills than ever before. On one hand, they need to be knowledgeable about learning theories and on the other hand, they need to be adept in using technological/software tools.

Here, I would like to share a few image editing tools (other than Adobe Photoshop) that an instructional designer can use; helping them visualize content better.

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