Microlearning

My next session at DEVLEARN 2018 on Wednesday was how to making boring content interesting with microlearning.  This session talked about making the content super focused with one message per module.  The achievement of one specific objective is involved.  The presenter identified what makes training material painfully boring ... bullets lame questions reading objectives lots of content too long not relevant dull and repetitive not applicable to current tasks, adds no value and then they did the opposite ... short  (2-4 minutes) relevant exciting and fun "learn it, know it, do it" has a specific action item applies to everyone does not have theory or principles no company policies no boarding and un-meaningful statistics no definitions no content that is not absolutely necessary no basic information no history, no background ONE key message per video For an example, they showed a microlearning clip they had created for leaving an unknown USB drive alone ... it was short, to the point, funny.  It...
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Inspiration – Where to Find It

The first session I attended at DEVLEARN 2018 was at 7:30 am on Wednesday .. it was a discussion on unique places to find inspiration for the designing of learning materials, hosted by Kevin Thorn of NuggetHead Studioz. The first challenge he gave us was to design an e-learning module with a menu, based on the hotel elevator ... floors would have different information for the learner. Places for color inspiration: Carpet Fabric Nature Popular board games, Card Games Marketing Ads Children's Toys Comics - Will Eisner (I had actually explored this topic at Teacher's College).  PS Monthly He talked about the inspiration for the "hamburger"  symbol. We brainstormed a design for an e-learning module for emergency preparedness.  He talked about having the learner identify first considerations that affected how they were to prepare ... location, if they were elderly or had elderly inhabitants, young children, the time of year, etc.  Based on what they choose, different information would be provided.  The idea was...
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DEVLEARN 2018

I just returned from a 2 day conference in Las Vegas called DEVLEARN 2018.  It was been quite some time since  I had the opportunity to attend a large national conference.  It was a quick trip, unfortunately, however, I was like the energizer bunny, frantically taking in as many sessions as I could from 7:30 am in the morning till 5:00 pm at night ...  till I would just drop.  This conference is designed for learning developers and I finally felt I had found "my conference".  It was exciting, inspirational and one could just drink in the energy.    There were so many sessions, I found it overwhelming sometimes to choose.  I tried to get a cross section and each session was excellent. What was soooo exciting was that I got to see people I connected with at "a distance" via social media, or LinkedIn.  Others I had attended their webinars, such as Karl Kapp and the Storyline folks.  To see...
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10 Ways to Design E-Learning

  I saw this post today on 10 ways to design courses that make sense from b online learning.  I thought they were excellent and wanted to post them here to remember.  Always include a navigation screen at the start, with clear and simple instructions even if you think they know how to navigate the module Make sure learners can easily go back to previous screens if they need to review Pay attention to the layout of each and every screen.  Avoid cluttering screens with too much info.  Each screen should be pleasing to the eye. Draw on the experience of Subject Matter Experts Include a glossary - look up Articulate's Engage Interaction Glossary (places it at the top of every screen for easy access Include regular quizzes or case studies instead of leaving to the end and having one big on Give learners the option of finding out more information if they need to.  "Want to know more?  Click on...
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How Long Does It Take?

I am frequently asked how long it will  take to create a Rise or Storyline project.  This is something that has been difficult, at times, to estimate because frequently I am the author also.  In other scenarios, we receive the materials in such rough shape, I have to fill in the content the best I can - especially for the first revision. Here is a really interesting study that I will need to dive in deeper. http://www.chapmanalliance.com/howlong/          ...
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Dashboard Idea

I love the e-Learning Hero's weekly newsletter that comes out Sunday night as part of the Articulate Learning Community.  There is always one or more items that strikes my fancy.  This idea was created in PowerPoint, however, you could create it in Storyline with a 16 x 9 canvas. This week is it a "Dashboard" idea for directional course slide.  How cool is this!   I have to remember this one! ...
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