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better graphic design in e-learning courses

5 Tips for better graphic design in e-learning courses

Online training

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

Online training

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

Online training

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

Online training

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

Course design

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.

video making for training

Video making for training – 3 steps to take before yelling “action!”

Online training

Like most business professionals, L&D specialists face the constant challenge to stay on top of the rapid developments in their field. Employing the latest technology is a must and video has lately become the favorite medium for getting information. There are many great apps, tips and videos out there that can bring out the director in anybody, but before yelling “lights, camera, action!”, here are three things to be checked off the list.

3 strategies on retaining top talent

The best 3 strategies on retaining top talent

L&D leaders

One of the biggest challenges faced by businesses these days is getting and retaining talented people. Employees stick with a certain organization if they are motivated to do so and recent studies about what drives people and what makes them effective show that essentially there are three very important aspects that lead to better performance and personal satisfaction: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

before designing an e-learning module

What to consider before designing an e-learning module

Online training

The key to a successful training program is making sure it is just what the company, the employees and the industry needs. That’s why L&D professionals need to conduct a training needs assessment, align learning with company objectives and also keep an eye on the future, all before starting to design an e-learning module. Making an effort to do all this will surely prove a lot more beneficial to all involved.

video games in training

Video games in business training? Don’t reject the idea just yet

Course design

People no longer need to remember large quantities of information because the growing digitization of everything makes it a breeze to instantly find out just about anything. While being able to access information so easily and quickly has enormous benefits, it also means that our capacity to discern what is important to remember is negatively affected. The use of video games in training might be able to turn this tide.

using captions for your training videos

The benefits of using captions for your training videos

Course design

Videos have gained a lot of terrain lately, whether they are meant for learning or entertainment. Yet as great as videos are for information retention and skill development, there is one small addition that can greatly improve these areas: using captions. So here are some advantages that the use of captions in training videos brings to the table: they increase inclusivity, focus and help those that have a different native language.