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visuals in e-learning

4 Ways to effectively use visuals in e-learning

Instructional Designers

Keeping learners engaged simply requires some fine tuning of the way the slides are visually designed. Heavy text, obsolete fading effects and cluttered information all have to go and be replaced by attention-grabbing, point-making state of the art design. All instructional designers need to do is spruce up their visual design skills and keep their audience in mind when putting together learning materials.

learning ecosystem that works with xAPI

Building a learning ecosystem that works with xAPI


For corporate L&D departments it is getting increasingly challenging to keep track of all workplace learning. Implementing xAPI allows L&D specialists to make very informed decisions about what the learning path of each employee should look like, identify performance gaps in real-time and intervene rapidly to correct it and above all build the necessary bridges between employee experience and the company’s key objectives.

digital training strategy

First steps for building a coherent digital training strategy


It’s obviously clear that the direction learning needs to go is digital yet it’s not enough to simply purchase a LMS, upload some modules and start emailing invitations to enroll. It takes a solid and coherent strategy. Considering all this, and that every journey starts with a single step, where can one actually start? Here are a few steps any L&D professional should take when they want to build a coherent digital training strategy.

workplace learning results

4 Must-haves for the best workplace learning results


With increasing employee turnover, offices scattered all around the globe, people working from home it seems difficult to design learning paths that will fit and include everyone as well as get results. There are, though, some things that L&D specialists ought to take into consideration before beginning to set up the department’s battle plan. Here are four aspects of a workplace learning strategy that guarantee positive results.

instructional designers should know about Creative Commons

What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons

Instructional Designers

Creative Commons was created to help all those who create content, whether they are writers, video makers or designers, to use already existing content without having to pay for it. Everything from text to video or sound can be used while being appropriately attributed. So check out a few things all instructional designers should know about Creative Commons.

better graphic design in e-learning courses

5 Tips for better graphic design in e-learning courses


Since the way things look play such a great part in a person’s decision to buy or go through with something, it puts instructional designers in the position of paying a lot more attention to how training courses look rather than focusing mainly on the learning objectives and information to be delivered. So here are a few ideas to put into practice for those who want a better graphic design in their e-learning courses.

employee engagement with e-learning

Using incentives to increase employee engagement with e-learning


It’s always been a challenge for instructional designers to answer the “what’s in it for me” question that every learner asks themselves at the start of a course. Getting someone to study requires a lot more that the logical explanation of why they should do it. Developing a coherent incentive system to go with corporate e-learning helps a lot with this issue as well as with increasing employee engagement and retention.

UX e-learning design

Beyond 508 – UX e-learning design


Many organizations that are not required to do so by law choose to be 508 Compliant as this provides greater inclusivity. Since this section is directly referring to all technology driven software, this also applies to all virtual learning. For companies this means that all e-learning programs should abide to the rules and be easy to access by anyone in any circumstance.

e-learning personas

Why creating e-learning personas can improve online training efficiency


Generally people are prone to respond well to those who appear to like and, most importantly, understand them. For e-learning designers this means they need to know who they are designing it for and what makes that particular target audience (or audiences) tick. Using personas (or learner profiles) is a good way to make sure that the end user is always minded, right from the blueprinting stage of a course.

metaphors and learning

Metaphors and learning: Why instructional designers should use metaphors in L&D content

Instructional Designers

A better understanding of mechanisms that lead to memory formation and ultimately learning means that training programs can be a lot more effective but also that authoring tools and course design have to be permanently tested and improved. Some of the most recent research that produced interesting results has been dwelling into the intricate ways our mind encodes metaphors.