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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

effective online training starts with an activity As we've mentioned throughout this blog, the default for many e-learning courses is to focus exclusively (or mostly) on content presentation. This is fine for some courses, but effective online training requires that the content is wrapped around some performance expectations and corresponding activity where the learner can practice and demonstrate competency. In previous posts we looked at two approaches to the Tell, Show, and Do model:

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tell show do practice review instructional design model "Tell, Show, Do" is a common instructional design model. We featured that in a previous post. The model is a simple reminder that steers the course design away from the common content dump and focuses on the action in the learning, mainly the doing part. But I like to add, “Tell, show, do! Then practice and review!” It rhymes and is another easy thing to remember about course design. I like discussing this with clients and subject matter experts who tend to focus ...

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tell show do instructional design From an ideal perspective, when we build courses, we're trying to change performance and not just share a bunch of information. That means we need a course design model that goes beyond content-sharing. One common approach for online course design is the Tell, Show, and Do model. It makes sense because it's simple, covers the basics, and steers us towards the course's performance expectations. Tell People What They Need to Know What do they need to know and why? The goal is to establish expectations and clarity around objectives. This ...

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e-learning locked course navigation I haven’t taken a survey, but my guess is that most people will tell you they can’t stand when an e-learning course’s navigation is locked. And to compound the frustration, many of those courses are narrated by the world’s slowest talkers. If a locked course is a frustrating experience, why do so many exist? There are usually a few reasons. I’ll cover three common ones and some ideas on how to get around them. Reason 1: Courses need to be locked so that all of the content is viewed. The last ...

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types of e-learning courses The objective of an effective e-learning program is to create the best courses possible with the resources at hand. From what I see, most e-learning courses are simple, explainer-type content. This is fine in the right context. However, many of those courses tend to be overbuilt with superfluous interactivity. One way to build the right type of course is to understand the types of courses typically created and where they fit in your e-learning ecosystem. First Step: Focus on the Right Objectives We don't always have control over the course ...

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free QR code With Covid-19, QR codes made a comeback. They're all over the place and scanning them with a phone is so easy. For a recent conference, we created a QR code to access the handouts and examples. They're worth considering as one more way to share resources in your e-learning courses. Here's a simple tip on how to create them for your training. Why Create a Free QR Code for Training Some training resources have really long links and make it difficult to share. I know that when presenting in a ...

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content dump e-learning I've been at this e-learning game for close to 30 years. While the technology has changed over the years, I still see a lot of the same problems e-learning (and training for that matter) had 30 years ago. The main problem is that pushing content passes for training. Thus a lot of what we call e-learning courses are mostly content dumps. Because the technology has made it easier to build "courses" the content looks better than it did 30 years ago; but courses like that are both ineffective training ...

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e-learning tips I am a simple person and usually try to explain things in three steps. They're easy to remember and share. Here is a round up of all previous posts that share three steps to do something to improve your course design and development. General E-Learning Course Design Tips

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back-up course files As a general rule, it's good practice to edit files on your local drive and not a network drive (or online storage like Google Drive or Dropbox). For example, when I work with a .story file that's on Dropbox, I'll sometimes get some sort of syncing error or a series of duplicated or conflicted files. This makes sense because the drive is constantly monitoring changes in the file and updating the file. One tip for Dropbox is to pause syncing if you're working from a Dropbox ...

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presentation tips I do a lot of presentations live and online. I also record a ton of tutorials. During those presentations I'm usually showing how to do something and attendees need to see the mouse movement and where it's at. Here are a few simple tips to highlight your mouse when presenting or recording your tutorial. Here's a video tutorial that walks through the tips below if you want more detail.   https://youtu.be/y_pZEX2c7tA Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube. Make the Mouse Pointer Extra ...

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color picker for e-learning I've written about the Microsoft PowerToys in the past. They come with some handy applications. There's an application that allows you to preview .SVG files. This is more important today than it was even a year ago as more and more courses are using .SVG. There's also a feature to rename your files. This comes in handy if you want to convert a folder of images to match a project's title. I was looking at the updated PowerToys and thought I'd highlight the new color picker ...

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download images from website Visually branding your e-learning courses is a common requirement. A great way to figure out how to brand the course is by mimicking what's available publicly from the organization's website (and intranet). These sites tend to have all sorts of media assets that are already vetted to fit the organization's brand and often work well for e-learning content. The challenge is how to get access to those assets. Connect with the Marketing Team Before you spend time scraping your sites for images, connect with the marketing (or web) team. In the ...

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