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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

e-learning mistake A lot of e-learning is compliance-based and often how it has to be delivered is a bit rigid. I've heard plenty of examples where some compliance training requires X number of seat hours to certify the completion of the training. This is ridiculous because the seat hours are completely disconnected from whether the learner demonstrates any semblance of understanding. But, like I said, that's not going to change. And as an e-learning developer, you're stuck. Outside of compliance training, another large chunk is what I like to call regurgitative training. That's ...

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e-learning Like many organizations, we have to take compliance training. And when I heard we had a 3-hour harassment course coming, my first emotional response wasn't positive. Why do I shudder thinking of taking a 3-hour e-learning course? We all know why. I hear all the time that e-learning courses are boring. This isn't 1995. What's going on? We have conferences that teach us how to build better courses. We have an industry full of experts whose whole existence revolves around pointing out boring e-learning and selling their services to de-borify. I write this blog hoping ...

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e-learning You built an e-learning course and the client is happy. Now what? There's a lot that happens between getting the course uploaded and then delivered to those who need to consume it. And then after that, what happens next? Here are a few ideas. Implementation Strategy Once a course is built, it needs to be rolled out to its intended audience. Often this part of the course construction is out of the hands of the person who builds the course. However, it's still a major consideration and many clients (especially if they're internal managers) ...

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e-learning technology "Where do I put my e-learning courses?" The answer to this seems obvious to someone who's been building courses for a while. However, there are many people new to the industry and it's a question I get frequently. Today, we'll do a quick survey of some common considerations when it comes to getting a course to your learners. Does the e-learning course need to be tracked? If so, it needs to be published for a learning management system (LMS) using one of the standard tracking options: SCORM, AICC, or xAPI. If not, then it ...

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e-learning course What do you think when someone says, "We need to build an e-learning course?" My first thought is, "Do you really need a course?" An "e-learning course" can mean many things and serve many purposes. Some people use the word "course," but what they really mean is "we need to make content available." What they see as a course is more like a marketing campaign. And for others a "course" is only a course if it's focused on performance. Which gets into understanding what people want and why they want it. Then ...

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closed aptions for e-learning A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Training Program Manager, Articulate. If you're a Google Chrome 89+ user you now have access to Live Caption which is an accessibility feature that provides real-time captions for audio that plays through the browser. This is a really excellent feature for audio that runs through your browser when viewing courses that have videos or narration, especially if the audio doesn't have captions. Check it out below. Initial Thoughts on Google Live Caption I tested the Live Captions on a few different e-learning products that ...

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e-learning course Here's a quick tip for those building e-learning courses: as a course developer you serve as the intermediary between the organization and the learner. You are the bridge between both parties. Not All E-Learning Courses Require Learning Before we continue, let's assume that we're not talking about compliance training which often doesn't have specific learning objectives. With compliance training, the organization commissions the course to meet some sort of compliance requirement. However, the person who takes the course wouldn't be taking it to meet real objectives. They're only taking it to meet ...

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multimedia E-learning courses are mostly screens of content made up of media: text, shapes, illustrations, pictures, and video. Adding those things to your course is simple, usually just a matter of inserting said media onto the screen. However, building a cohesive course is more than just inserting stuff on a screen. There are other considerations. Design the Look of the E-Learning Course What's on a screen?

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e-learning One challenge I see for those who are just getting started with e-learning is that while they have the authoring tools to build the courses, they tend to lack the other connections and resources to pull the courses together. It's important to build a network of contributors and resources. And this starts with having the right people because they come with the right content, reviews, feedback, and approval. Here are a few considerations:

  • Client. Someone is commissioning the course. They provide objectives, scope, deadlines, and access to resources. They also sign-off on
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e-learning "Help, I am just getting started with e-learning and don't know where to start!" There's obviously a lot that goes into e-learning. And creating courses can be a bit daunting for those less experienced. So let's break it down a bit to help you get started. People Don't Have Course Deficiencies People don't sit around waiting to take e-learning courses. Those courses exist as a solution to something. The goal isn't to build the course. The goal is to meet some objective and the course is a means to getting there. This seems obvious, ...

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PowerPoint tip Here's a cool PowerPoint hack. I had an illustrated character and needed a font style that matched the illustration style. To get the effect I used PowerPoint to create a title font and changed the format. In this post, I'll show you how. Free Illustrations for E-Learning I used one of the free illustrations from Blush which is a great site for illustrations. The paid account gives you a bunch of options to customize. As you can see, the illustration style is organic and looks a little ...

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e-learning Instructional design isn't really that complicated. At its core, it's about teaching something to someone who acquires new skills and knowledge and can apply them to meet some objective. The challenge with a lot of e-learning is that courses are designed to be presentations of content, but not focused enough on the teaching and application. Content is obviously a key component of learning. But learning is a process where the content is synthesized with experience, activities, and feedback to do something new or perhaps better. Just looking at content with no ...

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