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Ten Online Training Do's and Dont's

Ten Online Training Do's and Dont's
There are many things to think about when creating an eLearning team and creating online training. This posts list 10 DOs and DON’Ts to consider when building your next team and course. It isn’t a complete list but it does cover the main bases. You can also checkout the animated presentation. Feel free to leave comments on sections that we should add. 1. Now-a-days, almost every training course has a PowerPoint (PPT). 2. Just because someone is an expert at selling the product doesn’t mean that they can design training. Instructional Designer (ID) The ID is in charge of getting all of the information out of the SMEs head. Designer The designer must take the paper concept of the course and make it come to life. 3. We’ve all gone to a website or opened a document and been in utter shock at how much text and information suddenly appeared. Use bullet points. 4. When a learner launches your online course they should know that it belongs to your company. 5. Learners can have three options: 6. Related:  Designing online courses

5 Important Analysis Questions Often, due to shortened project timelines, the Analysis phase of the ADDIE process is cut short or skipped all together. This phase might very well be the most important phase of the ADDIE process. It is during the Analysis phase that you uncover the information critical for the learner to be successful in their job. In Ethan Edwards webinar The 5 Most Important Analysis Questions You’ll Ever Ask , he highlights these 5 questions: What do you expect learners to be able to DO after completing the course that they can’t do now? Click here to access a replay of the webinar and supporting documentation. The Colors of eLearning Color impacts your courses and your learners. Choosing the “correct” colors can hinder or increase the speed of learning and retention. Colors can affect mood, have different meanings in various cultures, and bring immediate things to our minds. Here’s what we learned about each color’s psychological effect from reading Using Color in Learning. 2016 Update: We’ve added some insights from The Hidden Meanings Behind Famous Logo Colors along with adding the color pink to the list! Red is a stimulant and can evoke passion, intensity, and excitement. Orange is an antidepressant and can be used as a stimulant that is playful and enthusiastic. Yellow is another stimulant and promotes memory, optimism, and (sometimes on the other end of the spectrum) caution. Green brings tranquility and peacefulness. Blue encourages serenity and lowers the pulse (opposite of red), and invokes stability and serenity. Purple is the color of royalty, luxury, and success. White is seen as pure and clean.

Designing an effective online learning environment Along with the increasing demands of online learning, concerns about the quality of distance learning have remained among higher education administrators, faculty, and students, as well as the general public. Numerous factors may influence the quality of online instruction. One of these is the learning environment, which plays a significant role in student learning. Learning Environment and Learning Community Physical, social, cultural, and psychological factors of a learning environment have an effect on student learning. It is hard for learning to occur without an environment that is conducive to learning. Human beings have the need to feel connected. Criteria of Effective Online Learning Environments There are similarities and differences between classroom-based instruction and online instruction. Similar to a classroom-based learning environment, an effective online learning environment should meet the following criteria: Safe. Supportive. Interactive. Flexible and engaging.

How to Build Effective Online Learning Communities There is ample research to show that a community based education model can greatly enhance the learning capabilities of its members. Moreover, learning is inherently a communal activity, which is perfectly exemplified by the classroom setup, where a group of students interact amongst themselves and with the faculty. Transpose this behavior to the world of internet and we have what we call online learning communities. What is an Online Community? An online community is a group of people united by similar interests and purpose using the virtual medium to interact with each other. Learning, Meet Community A community that has collaborative learning as its primary purpose and uses internet as a medium to achieve the same can be referred to as online learning community. Types Of Communities The online learning community is basically differentiated on the basis of the tools and technology used and the process employed for collaboration. Why Develop an Online Learning Community?

Negotiating Out “Nice-to-Know” Information As training developers, our job is to make sure our students get exactly the information they need to meet the desired performance and business results. That means including what they need and, just as importantly, leaving out what they don’t need. It’s our responsibility to our students to make sure we aren’t wasting their attention and time with unnecessary information. Truly unnecessary information is easy to cut. Projects often kick off with content conversations with SMEs where they tell you everything the students need to know. So while a SME is waxing philosophic about the history of X, the theory behind Y, or the reason the company decided to do Z, a little voice might go off in your head saying, “I don’t think the students really need to know this.” So what do you do? Wrong answer #1: Include the information because the SME says so. Wrong answer #2: Ask vague questions to change the SMEs minds. Do they need to know this? So what’s the right answer?

5 Rules for Creating eLearning I’ve often thought that our eLearning courses are like one big presentation. We’re trying to share information but we’re also trying to capture attention. We can’t have our course just “stand there” and use a monotone voice to try and teach. We must engage, motivate, capture, and excite. Last week at Learning Solutions I ran across Nancy Duarte and a new book that she has written. I’ve seen her work in the past and have always been impressed. Here are 5 Rules for Creating World Changing Presentations. 1. 2. Use images to convey meaning. 3. Brainstorm graphics that can replace your words. 4. Don’t put too much on the page. 5. Use fewer words and let the course narrator “connect the dots”. Check out duarte.com for some inspiration. PowerPoint templates for eLearning.

Five tips for designing effective online learning modules Online learning makes it easy for students to learn what they need to move ahead in their training, courses, or careers. Whether you're designing your original content in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, when you add it to a Learning Content Management System (LCMS), the way you organize your content can help students learn the material successfully. The learning modules you design will be effective for students if you create a logical structure, reinforce key concepts, and add exercises at just the right points to help students evaluate their own learning. 1: Outline your session Perhaps the most important element in an effective online learning module is the way in which it is organized. 2: Create sections for major steps in the process Design your learning module so that each major task is its own section. 3: Make your introductions clear The introduction of your learning model sets the stage for everything that follows. 4: Reinforce the learning in each section with exercises

Best Practices: Creating Successful Online Modules by Michael Towse The development of e-Learning content benefits from a well-defined and streamlined process. Beginning the process before the actual content development starts will ensure that the learning objectives are achieved, that the e-Learning is usable across numerous platforms, and, most of all, that the content is accepted and completed by the desired audience. E-Learning products should be built on a solid process of events, each one, on completion, triggering the next, with parallel processes where possible and logical. Currently, Omnicare Clinical Research routinely uses a process that proceeds from storyboarding, on through storyboard review, module production, module review and testing, and finishes with a final review. This production cycle provides consistency throughout the design and delivery of the e-Learning, a quality that the audience greatly appreciates when they are completing their online modules. Partnering with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) Keep it simple. Production of media

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