Designing an e-learning course is an exacting process based on SOUND LEARNING PRINCIPLES. It requires a team of professionals from multiple disciplines to do a complete job.
The process of designing and developing an e-learning course involves application of a number of principles and practices.
The development of Experience API has transformed the world of corporate training. This brand new specification for learning technology has opened the floodgates of knowledge.
Tin Can API, as Experience API is sometimes called, is an embodiment of innovation in the field of learning. This API could change the very face of learning because of the following reasons:
An instructional designer today requires far higher knowledge and skill sets than before. They need to be proficient with Conceptual Tools on one hand and Technological/Software Tools on the other.
Conceptual skills refer to learning design theories and instructional design principles that IDs need to apply when designing course material. Software skills, on the other hand, help them to create the final product, that is, the eLearning courseware. So, it really helps if an ID understands technology and is comfortable using rapid authoring tools.
Having understood the role of training in increasing the potential and skillset of employees, most organizations today have set training and development teams in place. But an increasing number of them are still choosing to outsource their learning or training needs to professional eLearning vendors that offer different training services.
UNESCO released a paper titled “The Future of Mobile Learning” where the potential of mobile devices to cater to urgent educational needs is discussed. The section about Seamless Learning caught my attention and I thought it has relevance in the corporate learning situation, where learning needs to extend beyond classroom environment.
With several LMS options available in the market today, from open source to proprietary systems, choosing a right LMS that is a good fit for your organization, can be a daunting task. One way to make it simple is just narrow your choices based on your needs.
Here is a list of questions that can help you in selecting a good fit LMS for your organization.
Traditionally, Indians used indigenous methods to wash their hair using byproducts from plants such as Acacia concinna and Sapindus (Soapnut tree). With liberalization, MNCs introduced shampoos, which were sold in bottles and made available only in urban customers. The products were available only in the big stores in cities. Shampoos sold in big bottles were expensive to rural customers and “mom & pop” stores never stocked them because it didn’t cater to their target segment.
“Man is a social animal” – Aristotle.
The purpose of training is to address different learning styles and to facilitate knowledge transfer at the workplace. So, trainers need to understand how adults learn and make learning possible. Adults like to learn in different ways and one of those ways is through interacting with people. In fact, adult learning theory addresses the importance of social interactions and learning.
According to the Towards Maturity, Benchmark Study 2012-2013, about 70% of the organizations are planning to implement mobile learning in the next two years. Is your organization one among the 70%, looking to implement an mLearning solution on a larger scale? If so, how do you make your Flash-based eLearning courses work on mobile devices, which are repulsive to Flash or Flash objects? The solution is you can make Flash-based courses HTML5 compatible, which is universally accessible by mobiles and non-mobile platforms.
Right from the time Steve Jobs announced that Apple devices would not support flash plug-ins, the concept of HTML5 assumed significance. Later when Adobe announced that it had stopped the development and support of flash for android versions, it made HTML5 even more significant.