When I started working at Cinécraft, I was totally new to eLearning. I had no experience writing courses or using eLearning-specific development tools. However, I had a background in multimedia and writing, and a strong desire to learn, so I knew I could be successful. Now, a year later, I can build courses with both Storyline and Captivate, and I’m thriving as an instructional designer. Continue reading
Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth About Notepad
Notepad is our friend
… is one of my professional mottos. In 16+ years as a writer, I’ve consistently promoted this handy little tool (free with Windows!). Continue reading
It’s important to take a step back and think about the learner. Most learners are busy, not just at work but in their personal lives as well. Common sense tells us they don’t have much room in their brain to store information that is not directly relevant to their lives or jobs. When we ask them to take a training course, it needs to be engaging and easily connect key concepts to their everyday work. Unfortunately, training often becomes a one size fits all solution that does not take the unique needs of learners into account.
(This article was published in the March, 2016 issue of Training Industry Magazine.)
Have you ever sat in front of an eLearning course that you spent 200-250 hours designing and developing and thought learners are going to love this course? They are going to love it so much, they will be motivated to take it. They are going to stick with it till the end and feel compelled to take it again as the Flow Theory suggests! If your answer is yes, then you have probably already incorporated a successful serious game strategy. If your answer is no then keep reading.
“The Perfect Basket”
Everyone’s heard the old saying that you should never put all of your eggs in one basket. Whether you have relationship eggs, money eggs or real eggs, you want to put them in different places to minimize your risk of losing all of them at the same time.
As a non-risk-taker, this makes sense to me, and I usually follow this advice. However, this past spring I didn’t, and I ended up getting pied in the face, sitting in a cell block, and collecting brains.
Before moving on with the story, here’s a hi-level description of the product: Branchtrack is a superfast way to author, design and deliver branched simulations. They believe in “learning by doing, trying, playing and failing. (They) believe that serious can be fun and easy.” I learned about the tool while studying with Cathy Moore in her Scenario design workshop. Back to the wow.
If you’ve recently had a discussion about developing mobile learning for your customer the conversation of HTML5 has probably come up. So, what exactly is HTML5?
The simple answer is, HTML5 is the newest version of HTML. For those of you who aren’t aware, HTML makes up most of the web content and framework on the internet today.
When is it the right time to marry eLearning and video? We get this question all the time from clients. As technology has advanced and internet bandwidth has increased, training professionals are eager to enhance their offerings with more engaging, multimedia rich content.
So when is the right time to use video in your eLearning projects? Simply put, when you want your audience to learn a particular behavior, otherwise known as behavioral modeling. And, when you use it in an eLearning course it can be quite effective.