It is that time of the year when we look back and review the milestones and achievements of the entire year. We have done a quick review of the blogs that we posted in 2011 and based on the responses received we have compiled a list of the popular ones. We hope that you find it useful having them compiled at one place.
Our world has become computerized and technologically advanced, so it only stands to reason that education methods follow suit. There isn’t necessarily a need to see someone stand in front of a class to deliver the information when the same can be done much more economically and efficiently via e-learning. How else eLearning is beneficial when compared to traditional classroom instruction?
Having a checklist helps ID to ensure the learning objectives and goals of the eLearning program are aligned while designing an eLearning courseware. What are the parameters that need to be followed and implemented by instructional designers to develop an effective eLearning courseware?
There could be a lot of resistance from the employees when eLearning is first introduced in an organization. What are the top-most reasons for employee resistance to eLearning and how can they be addressed?
SME’s are a wealth of information and can provide valuable inputs for creating a comprehensive learning solution. How can you tap into the SME knowledge when working with him/ her for inputs for your training solution?
What do you do when you have an eLearning course that contains a bunch of facts: numbers, trends, statistics, rates, and so on? How do you make your graphs, maps, charts, and tables visually engaging? More importantly, how do you help your learners remember some of this information?
Selling is not an easy job and it involves a lot of skills. You need to have a good knowledge about the domain, the products and the profile of the prospects. What are the other qualities that are essential for an effective sales person?
An employee handbook or employee manual is a booklet given to employees by the employer and it contains information on an organization’s policies and procedures. How important is the employee handbook?
Self-directed teams comprise groups of employees who handle their day-to-day work with minimal direct supervision. How can you build self-directed teams in your organization?
Performance appraisals are indispensible for both employees and managers. However, they sometimes create tension among employees and make the environment hostile. What is the best way to go through the process of performance review?
Employee retention involves bringing about a lot of measures to convince employees to remain in the organization on a long term basis. Motivating and retaining employees is not an easy task. What is the best way to go about it?
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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. – Maya Angelou
Proper use of audio narration goes a long way in enhancing the effectiveness of an online course. According to the modality principle, put forth by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard Mayer, using audio to explain on-screen text helps deliver better results by reducing the cognitive load on learners.
As instructional designers, at the start of every new eLearning project, we are called upon to think of a strategy which is best suited to the project at hand given the technical, time, and financial constraints. In this scenario, we often tend to mix up our strategies with models. Though the two might overlap, there is a fine distinction between a strategy and a model. We will understand the distinction between the two so that we have a very clear idea of what each is and what is its place in the scheme of things.
Setting off the fire with eLearning – Ideas for Fire-safety training at your workplace
Welcome to today’s blog post. Since the enactment of OSH Act of 1970, workplace safety has moved up the agenda of every company. As a part of this initiative, employees are being made aware of the recognized hazards at their workplaces and the safety measures to be followed during an emergency situation. One such training program that is very important for employees is the fire safety training. To be honest, I do not have a clue about where the emergency exit is or where we can find the fire extinguishing equipment in our office. In this post, I will try to discuss a few ideas to implement fire-safety training through eLearning at your workplace.
E-learning courses are used extensively by companies to equip their staff members with the needed knowledge and skills. According to Ambient Insight, global self-paced eLearning market reached the $49.9 billion mark in 2015, registering a compound annual growth rate of approximately 9.2% over a five year period.
Audio is an essential component that makes your eLearning course complete. Effective use of audio in eLearning makes courses engaging and helps the learner retain information for a long time. When we develop an eLearning course, we spend a lot of time deciding on the visual elements and tend to ignore the audio.
In this blog, I’ll discuss a few tips for effective audio narration in an eLearning course.
There comes a time when even the greatest instructional designer has a creative block. Although we have our various learning design principles to help us come up with good ideas, there are times when you are required to go beyond the conventional clicks and interactivities and come up with out-of-the-box ideas that will blow your learner’s mind.
Forget training and eLearning. Did you ever think what you really mean by a good design? Try to think about the term ‘good design’ comprehensively. For this, imagine and think about something that has been well-designed and approved by everyone. Else, hold this elegant design and consider the following things to define a ‘good design’.
Every Instructional designer needs to have good knowledge of standard instructional design models like ADDIE or Gagne’s nine events. These models facilitate the development of learner centric eLearning courses. But, it is not easy to remember all these concepts and apply them at the right instant of time to develop a successful eLearning course.
First impressions are usually the last impressions. This saying holds good for the description you give for your eLearning course. Typically, a course description is shown on the launch page of your eLearning course. The main aim of your course description is to provide your learners with an overview of the course; what it is all about, and what to expect from the eLearning course?
Welcome to today’s blog post. Every day, learning professionals try to find new ways to engage learners and make trainings more interesting to them. In this process, the current generation of learners stands as the most challenging target audiences. I’ve tried to understand the needs and tastes of these learners and had come out with an idea that can take our training programs a step closer to them. I had enquired quite a number of people about their likes and dislikes on current learning trends. Many of them expressed a common point that these courses lack personalization. I didn’t immediately understand what they meant. But, after going through some more details, here I am writing this post about how to add a personalization element to your course and make them believe that the course has been tailored specifically to suit their taste.