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Sessions in Block 5
Who cares how many people attended your training? No, really, who cares? If someone does, then it’s an important metric. However, your stakeholder is probably more interested in behavior change: How much did the employee apply what they learned to their job, and how has performance improved?Read More
When you ask people about their top three roadblocks when trying to create engaging eLearning, one of them is always budgetary constraints. Instructional designers often have bigger ideas than their budgets will allow. This has certainly been my experience, but over the years, I’ve found ways to get around this by using free and low-cost resources and good old-fashioned DIY.Read More
Companies are always looking for innovative methods to convey training content. Particularly in professional roles where training is costly, complicated, or even dangerous, there is a strong need for technology-enabled training that’s easily repeatable and cost-effective. Scalability is just part of the puzzle—content also needs to be designed for accuracy, immersion, and efficacy so that trainers can provide impactful training experiences with high fidelity to the actual task.Read More
Not all games are created equal, and preparation of instructional content for games is an important consideration. How can you (in practical terms) harness the positive attributes of games, including the fun of play, to produce effective and efficient learning?Read More
Many instructional designers and trainers are stuck in the rut of event-driven learning, whether that means eLearning courses, face-to-face sessions, or virtual training sessions. You probably know that varied, spaced learning delivers better results, but many people find it hard to put this into action.Read More
Many people have helpful information to share with others, but the idea of writing a book can seem overwhelming. Even if the writing itself is something you are confident about, the “getting published” part can be difficult. Working with major publication companies is challenging and takes a lot of time; by the time a published book gets out into the world, some information might even be out of date!Read More
Keeping training assets current with a constant cycle of releases is a significant drain on resources. Release notes must be scoured for changes, and corresponding workflows identified and prioritized by customer impact, before training content can be updated. This session is a case study of the tools and procedures developed by the product education team at athenahealth to automate this process and more efficiently update assets affected by each release.Read More
Onboarding shouldn’t be an impersonal and disconnected experience. But today’s workforce is diverse and often dispersed globally, making it difficult for new employees to feel connected. At HDR, an engineering firm, new employees felt isolated and unable to make meaningful connections during onboarding. The result was a lack of engagement and motivation to complete required training. HDR needed a way to build connectivity and accountability into learning and onboarding.Read More
The role of the learning developer is expanding in scope and responsibility. Today’s learning professionals need to know how to deliver useful content at the time of need. They have to take into account the complete user experience, including user context, device capabilities and limitations, mobile interface design, and audience personas. How does a developer know the best tools to create solutions that translate into a memorable user experience?Read More
Communities of practice (CoPs) have become a hot topic in the past few years. They are an excellent tool for developing skills, sharing tacit knowledge, and shoring up retention of high-performing staff. But they differ from teams and other types of groups in many ways. Understanding what CoPs are and how they work—rather than just looking at how to create and manage them—is critical to supporting their success.Read More
As with any team effort, course development projects have specific players with specific functions designed to work cohesively toward one objective: satisfactorily completing on time within budget. It never fails, however, that a new requirement sneaks in at the goal line, forcing designers to scramble for time and resources. What if you could strategize an offense that converts potential obstacles into assets?Read More
Digital learning has arrived, but the learning community is still playing catch-up. When looking at where the L&D industry is going in the future, you need to address two key strategic questions: How can digital learning demonstrate greater value to learners and the business, and how do L&D professionals need to adjust their approaches to learning in order to deliver that greater value through digital learning?Read More
Stories have the power to move people. They allow the storyteller to forge a personal connection with the audience and create a situation where promoting learning and inspiration becomes infinitely easier. At their core, stories create a world where learners are interested, are engaged, and want to learn, which leads to higher retention of information and better understanding of concepts and ideas. But how do you design a good story?Read More
What separates amateur video from professionally shot and edited video presentations? Many in eLearning would be quick to blame small budgets and lack of equipment for less-than-professional video. However, the real problem is that many who shoot, composite, or produce video for learning aren’t visually literate. In other words, they don’t know the basics of visual design and how to apply it to the video medium.Read More
The delivery of personalized online training has yet to match the advantages of individual instructor-led training. Most online learning approaches lack the dynamism and customization they need for a learning experience tailored to individuals. Currently, online learning methods rely on adaptive content delivery that falls short of delivering a unique teaching experience. There is a need for a new generation of teaching machines that actually learn from students using artificial intelligence.Read More
You have been hearing about the Experience API (xAPI) for years. You know what it does and the benefits it brings, but how do you use it? Where do you start? Where can you see samples? What kind of data can you send over? In this working session, you won’t just hear about xAPI; you’ll start learning how to use it with any of your HTML5 files.Read More