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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

articulate user conference I'm really excited about the Articulate User Conference this year. It's on October 25, 2022 and co-located with Devlearn. The conference includes five tracks covering 25 topics. They're all designed to be practical sessions where you will walk away with solid tips & tricks to help build better courses. I'm also excited because there are a number of new speakers and people you'll recognize from the community. People who frequently share examples of what they build and offer help in the e-learning community. It'll be a great ...

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downside-e-learning content When I first learned to build e-learning courses, the general instruction for building e-learning content was to craft some learning objectives, organize and present the content, and then assess the learners using some sort of simple quiz. I think that's how a lot of people learned to build courses with many of them following a similar structure. Back in those days, the course authoring tools weren't easily available and building something overly sophisticated required a lot more resources. Thus, many courses were relatively simple in terms of the instructional design ...

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unlock course e-learning "Step away from the solution." I say this all the time when building courses. It helps me and my clients focus on the training program's core objective. The course we're building exists to help meet the performance objective; but the course itself is not the objective. This takes us back to what we discussed earlier: the problem of locking the course navigation. Usually the rationale is that all of the content needs to be viewed. Or, learners will skip past everything to get in and out of the course ...

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locked e-learning courses I often see community members asking how to lock down a course. In fact, it is one of the most common questions. The reason for this is that people want to make sure learners see everything in the course. This is especially important in compliance training, where the goal is to ensure that everyone takes the course and is exposed to all the material. Thus, many clients ask that all of the course is locked so that people can't "skip" any of the important information. If the goal ...

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Rise 360 virtual presentation in Zoom A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Senior Manager, Training Programs at Articulate. Like many of you, we have a ton of zoom meetings and often I’m tasked with presenting information or training sessions. My initial inclination was to build something in PowerPoint or Google slides, but I switched to Rise 360 and haven’t looked back. I find that even though Rise 360 is designed to be more of a traditional e-learning course authoring tool, it really does lend itself as a great presentation tool. Let me ...

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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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