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Serious eLearning Manifesto

Serious eLearning Manifesto
We believe that learning technology offers the possibility for creating uniquely valuable learning experiences. We also believe, with a sense of sadness and profound frustration, that most elearning fails to live up to its promise. We further believe that current trends evoke a future of only negligible improvement in elearning design—unless something radical is done to bend the curve. Finally, we have concluded that in order to elevate elearning to the height of its promise, we need to begin with a personal commitment to a new set of standards. Through continuous assessment of learner performance, the elearning experience can optimize use of the learner’s time, individualize the experience for full engagement, address needs, optimize practice, and prepare for transfer of learning to performance proficiency. Supporting Principles Do Not Assume that Learning is the Solution We do not assume that a learning intervention is always the best means to helping people perform better.

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Top 10 Tips for creating Accessible eLearning Making elearning courses accessible is important for many companies as it ensures there are no barriers to staff being able to complete training. Some courses also need to meet the USA’s section 508 requirements. Check the following Top 10 Accessible eLearning Tips to find more. Creating Accessible eLearning Tips Making a course accessible means that learners with disabilities can complete the same course and perform the same functions as any other user, ensuring that the content is widely and effectively used. Photographs, illustrations and infographics can all significantly enhance content and positively aid learning, but the information contained in these images is not accessible to all users.

Blended Learning Blended learning is not the same as technology-rich instruction. It goes beyond one-to-one computers and high-tech gadgets. Blended learning involves leveraging the Internet to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, meaning increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of his or her learning. The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns:

Time to Develop One Hour of Training Designing training is as much of an art as it is a science. However, that doesn’t mean we should abandon the act of trying to figure out how long it takes to develop an hour of training. Scientific measures and standards can be applied at least as rough guidelines. With some type of standard, it becomes possible to gain a general idea of how much time a training project might take. While many may argue about using “one hour of training” as a measuring stick because of the difficulty of determining exactly what one hour means, it is a common term and has some traction with managers trying to plan resources. It’s not perfect, but it is a way of making comparisons.

Top 9 Competencies of an Informal-Social Learning Designer Informal/Social learning is one of the major revolutions happening around us that demands a shift in the mere thinking of ‘learning’. It requires us to unlearn and relearn some of the traditional notions related to the learning style/preference, and the dimensions and the elements of learning design. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the top 9 essential competencies that a learning designer is required to possess for designing effective informal/social learning interventions for today’s workplaces. It is exciting to be part of the learning revolution happening around us, with new learning paradigms and technologies emerging on a daily basis.

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Use Perfect Learning Objectives To Boost The Quality of your e-Learning The best way to create terrible e-Learning is to dump content in an authoring tool (as if it was PowerPoint) add some questions and call it a course. Everybody knows (or should know) that learning development starts with defining clear learning objectives. This blog post precedes the course and tool to explain to you the basics on how to create good learning objectives.

New EUA Publication: ‘E-learning in European Higher Education Institutions’ All news November 20, 2014 The European University Association (EUA) has published a new study, entitled “E-learning in European Higher Education Institutions”, which aims to contribute to ongoing policy discussions on e-learning in Europe and to support universities in their efforts to further enhance and promote innovation in learning and teaching. The new publication presents and analyses the results of a survey conducted by EUA between October and December 2013 which gathered 249 answers from higher education institutions from across Europe. The survey asked about the type of e-learning institutions use, their experiences in this area and their expectations.

The two brain systems that control our attention: The science of gaining focus 3.8K Flares Filament.io 3.8K Flares × I’ve noticed lately that my mind has been wandering a lot so I wanted to see how attention works and how to manage it better. It turns out a lot of us have wandering minds and struggle to stay focused. In fact, when we’re reading, our minds typically wander anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the time. Voluntarily keeping our attention on one thing continuously can take a lot of effort, so it’s not surprising that I struggle with this sometimes.

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How to Fight Information Overload Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel. This has to stop somewhere. The Key Components of a Learner-Friendly Interface Design The Key Components of a Learner-Friendly Interface Design It's so easy to assume that information is all that matters. The truth is, how such information was presented or formatted affects its effectiveness. The design of the screen, for instance, influences how students interact with information.

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