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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

e-learning example There are so many creative examples in the e-learning community. Many of them you can see in the weekly e-learning challenges. If you don't have it on your docket to review them every week, you should. You can checkout the recap every Thursday for some good inspiration and often fun examples. Here's an e-learning example from Sarah Hodge that wasn't part of the e-learning challenges but is a great example. Some of the things I like about this ...

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overview of the communication process Effective e-learning is more than putting together screens of information and presenting them to learners. Instead it’s a process of curating content and then communicating it in a way that the learner understands and ultimately can apply. The challenge sometimes rests in how the content is communicated, which then determines the level of understanding for proper application. In a previous post, we did a quick overview of some of the challenges with communication and how to overcome them. Today, I’d like to take a quick look at ...

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three ideas for effective communication in e-learning We often build a single course to suit all learners. This presents possible challenges to the learning process. Let’s take a look at why and discuss a few options to help remedy some it them. Effective Communication Involves Common Understanding We use words all the time that have loaded meaning and often don’t mean the same things to people. For example, even a word like e-learning can be a bit confusing. First, we don’t even have agreement on how to spell it. Is it eLearning, elearning, ...

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learning objectives for effective e-learning Most e-learning courses have some sort of stated learning objective. Ideally, the course is designed to meet the objective. From my experience, many of the objectives in e-learning courses aren’t very actionable. They lack clarity and most importantly, they lack measurement. And those are the two things you can do to ensure your e-learning courses are effective. Create Clear Learning Objectives for Effective E-Learning Many times we’ll see learning objectives like this: understand company policies or learn how to give feedback. These types of objectives are fuzzy. What ...

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performance-based e-learning E-learning courses generally fall into one of two buckets: tell people something or show them how to do something. One is all about the information and the other about performance. Both approaches have value. The reality is that a lot of e-learning is information-based and mostly driven by compliance requirements. Outside of certification of completion, there's little performance requirement other than compliance to the policies or directives. For example, generally you don't have an organization full of sexual harassers and then present a course on sexual harassment and all of a ...

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e-learning decision maker You just spent months working on an e-learning project. You tested it. Got feedback. Made adjustments. And now you're ready to launch. But then the person for whom you've been building the project says, "Before we launch, let's get my manager's approval." And at that point, things to start to unravel. The boss wants to make changes. The legal team gets involved. Marketing comes into make sure the messaging is right. And so it goes. This stuff happens. We've all been there. When building an e-learning course, one of the first things ...

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e-learning template E-learning templates can be a bit challenging. On one hand, they speed up production. And then on the other they may introduce constraints in the learning experience design. An e-learning course screen has a specific structure. It's usually rectangular and contains text and imagery. The text and imagery are laid out on the screen and is constrained by up, down, left and right placement. Of course, the possibilities for layouts can be endless, but there are probably just a few dozen layouts that make sense for e-learning courses. Here are a ...

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unlock navigation "We have to lock the course. If we don’t, the people will just skip all of the content until they get to the end." If you build e-learning courses, you probably hear this all the time. But here's why you need to unlock your course. Being Exposed to Information Isn't the Same as Learning Just because people are forced into the content doesn't mean they're learning from it. Reading, seeing, or hearing information is just a small part of the learning experience. Locking the course navigation can only measure a person's access to ...

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free game ui header There's a lot to say about gamified e-learning. I've shared some ideas in previous posts with links to some examples, free templates, production ideas, and recommended books. One thing that seems to be a common challenge for many e-learning developers is crafting the right visuals for a gamified experience. Even though gamification and games aren't the same thing, often I look for game user interfaces (GUI) to provide some simple visual ideas. They offer a visual design that is cohesive and includes a lot ...

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closed captions and live transcripts I present at a lot of conferences and workshops. I've always thought about having captions during the live presentations. They come in handy for the person who can't hear and needs them. And they potentially add value for the person who can't quite hear everything: maybe the room is disruptive or the speaker talks too fast. Or perhaps, English isn't the first language and hearing and processing is a little slower. In either case, having a transcript in real time is valuable. Here are a couple of ...

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free illustrations Rise 360 is a great application to create e-learning. It's form-based so it's easy to use. Pull all of your instructional content together. Then go into Rise 360, select from dozens of various content blocks, and add your content. Super easy. No programming required and because of the way it works, it doesn't require any design work. But what do you do if you want some graphics or illustrations to go with your Rise 360 courses? Check out these open source illustrations from unDraw.co. They ...

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e-learning template header I get lots of questions about e-learning templates. Recently, I shared some tips on how to get the most value out of a template, which I'll build on today. Templates make sense to speed up production and create some visual consistency. They don't make sense if you're doing a lot of editing and tweaking. At some point, it becomes easier to build from scratch rather than modify templates. Many people mix and match templates, which generates many of the questions I get. Today, I'll like to share some thoughts ...

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