5 Ways to Bring Contextual Learning to Your Association

Then it exploded. By itself, this sentence doesn’t say much. What exploded and was it supposed to? Why did it blow up? Are we talking about a car in an action movie, a firework, or some leftovers that were microwaved for too long? Without context the information is meaningless. eLearning works the same way. Making [...]

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Education Programs Prepared With Purpose

Training can be used to help teach many different things including facts, step-by-step processes, and soft skills like team work. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are different ways to teach and assess these various types of learning. It’s usually easier to create learning offerings for the lower levels of learning, like memorizing [...]

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Don’t Just Tell, Show: the Value of Examples

I found something interesting while cleaning off an old shelf recently. It was a children’s story called Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann. I planned on reading it one last time and then donating it. Instead, I kept the book. Here’s a summary. Officer Buckle is a police officer. He spends a lot of [...]

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PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?” The two presentation programs share many of the same features, such as the ability to include text, images, audio, and video. But whereas PowerPoint tends to progress linearly from one slide to the next in a fixed sequence, Prezi [...]

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Using PDF Job Aids for Just-in-Time Training

When someone is on the job and needs an answer fast they don’t have time to go through a whole eLearning course. They need an answer they can get to just-in-time. This is where job aids come in, especially PDFs since they can be printed out or accessed on a device without giving the viewer [...]

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Tips for Working Successfully with an eLearning Partner

According to the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Similarly, in eLearning, it takes a team to create a course. You might have a different person in each role or you may have a few people wearing multiple hats, but it’s unlikely you’re creating an online course alone. Three of the [...]

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Secret to Creating Self-Motivated Learners

When was the last time you got excited about learning something new? Maybe it was the first time you said something in another language or played a song on a musical instrument. Why was this experience exciting? Chances are it was something you wanted to learn and you started off with small, but meaningful learning [...]

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How to Create Clear Learning Objectives

The phrase “learning objectives” gets thrown around a lot in discussions about training and development. Courses are supposed to have learning objectives, competencies should be related to them, quiz questions should assess how well they’ve been met, and more. But what are learning objectives? For that matter, why are they important, and how do you [...]

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How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint

Having a solid foundation in PowerPoint is a must when using rapid content authoring tools to create online learning. Many rapid content authoring tools are either based on or an add-on to PowerPoint (PPT), including: Adobe Captivate,  Articulate Presenter, iSpring Presenter, Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, as well as Digitec’s own Direct-to-WEB. If you’re not an [...]

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Simplify Your Learning: 5 Tips for Slimming Down

At some point, we’ve all been stuck in a meeting or class that seemed to drag on forever. You don’t want anyone to have that feeling while they’re taking your eLearning. If a course or lesson lasts too long, learners are likely to stop paying attention and start wondering, “How much is left?” So, here [...]

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