Engaging Learning and the Serious eLearning Manifesto

Clark Quinn

There were nine elements that characterized why learning should be ‘hard fun’ More recently, we released the Serious eLearning Manifesto. Here we had eight values that differentiated between ordinary elearning and serious elearning. design games

eLearning Land

Clark Quinn

This post is just a bit of elearning silliness, parodying our worst instincts… Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. Microlearning, contextual performance support, mobile elearning, chunking, just-in-time, it’s all there. design strategy

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Redesigning Learning Design

Clark Quinn

Of late, a lot of my work has been designing learning design. Helping orgs transition their existing design processes to ones that will actually have an impact. That is, someone’s got a learning design process, but they want to improve it. design strategy

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Designing with science

Clark Quinn

How should we design? Some good guidance comes in books such as: eLearning & the Science of Instruction (Clark & Mayer). Design for How People Learn (Dirksen). and less directly but no less applicably, Michael Allen’s Guide to eLearning. design strategy

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Learnnovators Deeper eLearning Series

Clark Quinn

For the past 6 months, Learnnovators has been hosting a series of posts I’ve done on Deeper eLearning Design that goes through the elements beyond traditional ID. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point: Good Objectives. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 3 – Concepts. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 4 – Examples. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 5 – Emotion.

Thoughts on Learning Design Strategy

Clark Quinn

At the DevLearn conference, I ran a Morning Buzz on Learning Design Strategy. I started with a set of questions to address, so I’ll go through their comments in roughly that order (though we didn’t exactly follow this structure): What is learning design strategy?

Learning Design Insights

Clark Quinn

I attended a recent Meetup of the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology, and it led to some insights. I was tapped to host the Learning Design conversation (there were three others: LMS, Measurement, and Social Learning), and that meant that a subset of the group sat in on the discussion.

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Getting Serious about eLearning

Clark Quinn

Well, I won’t give it all away, since we’re doing an official launch next week, but in short, we’re attempting to do something about what we perceive as the sorry state of elearning. design strategy

Some new elearning companies ;)

Clark Quinn

Here’s a collection of those that have piqued my interest of late: Sisters eLearning: these folks are taking a kinder, gentler approach to their products and marketing their services. Their signature offering is a suite of templates for your elearning featuring cooperative play. It’s a serendipity model, where there’s a chance it just might be the right bit at the right time, which is certainly better than your existing elearning.

How to Design eLearning Content that Improves the User Experience

TOPYX LMS

eLearning provides many benefits over traditional learning, including cost control, 24/7 availability, enhanced collaboration, and appeal to a technologically literate workforce. eLearning LMS LMS User Experience Online Learning

Beyond Instructional Design: How Performance Support is Revolutionizing eLearning

Jane Hart

Trivantis have asked me to host this free webinar, in which I will consider how you can move beyond instructional design to designing for performance support. Ready to get results with performance support? In the session I will cover the following aspects. Trends in modern authoring. Insights on providing resources and bite-sized content, such as video, screencasts, or text instead of courses. How to support content personalization.

Egoless design

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago I wrote a series on design heuristics that emerged by looking at our cognitive limitations and practices from other field. One of the practices I covered briefly in one of the posts was egoless design, and a recent conversation reminded me of it. The context for this is talking about how to improve our designs. This applies to instructional design as well. Otherwise, we shouldn’t have this problem with elearning avoidance.

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Design like a pro

Clark Quinn

And yet, if you’re going to be a learning designer or engineer , you should know the science and be using it. That’s the premise behind the Serious eLearning Manifesto , for instance (read it, sign it, use it!). You could read Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn as a very good interpretation of the science. We see elearning that’s arbitrary info dump and simplistic knowledge test. Look, if you’re going to do design, do it right.

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Levels of eLearning Quality

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’ve been both reviewing eLearning, and designing processes & templates. As I’ve said before , the nuances between well-designed and well produced eLearning are subtle, but important. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the work is well-produced, and explore some levels of differentiation in quality of the learning design. Which brings up another way learning designs go wrong. design

eLearning Process Survey results!

Clark Quinn

So, a few weeks ago I ran a survey asking about elearning processes*, and it’s time to look at the results (I’ve closed it). eLearning process is something I’m suggesting is ripe for change, and I thought it appropriate to see what people thoughts. design strategy

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eLearning Design - Posts about Designing eLearning

Tony Karrer

I received a question about a particular eLearning Design challenge that someone was facing and I realized that the title of my blog and the way I post doesn't really do justice to talking about design and patterns in designing eLearning in this blog. I'll try to work on that, but here's a list of posts that are relevant to eLearning design and eLearning patterns: What Clients Really Want The basis for many of the eLearning design decisions.

Creating a Better eLearning Experience for Your Employees Part 1: Storyboards

TOPYX LMS

This tool communicates the story of an eLearning course, giving course designers a visual concept of what the course should consist of before they start crafting it. eLearning and Corporate Training eLearning LMS Employee Training

Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual

Clark Quinn

Rob Hubbard organized a suite of us to write chapters for a use-focused guide to elearning. The trouble is; the range of elearning technologies and the options available can seem bewildering. Even those who are highly experienced in one aspect of elearning will lack knowledge in some other areas. And here’s the Table of Contents, so you can see who wrote what: So What is eLearning? design games mobile social strategy technology

elearning versus mlearning

Clark Quinn

pointed to this post saying “mLearning is starting to diverge from eLearning not only in specific meaning, but in approach and design as well”, and I want to politely disagree. Depends, of course, on what you mean by elearning, to start with. The clear implication is that elearning is about courses on the desktop. Of course, I acknowledge that, to most, elearning is the simple case.

The Quinnovation eLearning Process Survey

Clark Quinn

My interest is in finding out about the processes used in designing and delivering elearning. design strategyIn the interests of understanding where the market is, I’m looking to benchmark where organizations are. Sure, there are other data points, but I have my own questions I would like to get answered. So I’ve created a quick survey of seven questions (thanks, SurveyMonkey) I’d love for you to fill out.

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Workshopping what’s needed: going deep on elearning

Clark Quinn

It’s past time, both at the level of our elearning design, and at the level of elearning strategy. In different places with different goals, but each is a way to proceed on going deep on elearning. If getting serious about elearning design is your thing, you should join us on Wednesday, Nov 30 at Online Educa in Berlin. It’s past time to stop producing elearning that’s ineffective. design strategy technology

Reviewing elearning examples

Clark Quinn

I recently wrote about elearning garbage , and in case I doubted my assessment, today’s task made my dilemma quite clear. I was asked to be one of the judges for an elearning contest. Importantly, it could easily be argued that several were appropriately instructionally designed, in that they had clear objectives, and presented information and assessment on that information. design

Quip: design

Clark Quinn

If you get the design right, there are lots of ways to implement it; if you don’t get the design right, it doesn’t matter how you implement it. Too often, people under design and overproduce, resulting in great looking products that are worthless. This is certainly the case in elearning, but you see it in other fields, too. Similarly, I’ve found that if you get the design right, you don’t need lots of production. design

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Evidence-based Design

Clark Quinn

In my last post , I asserted that we need evidence-based design for what we do. There are several good books out (and I believer that there is at least one more on the way) that summarize the implications of research design. Ruth Clark has been a co-author on a couple, eLearning and the Science of Instruction, and the subsequent Efficiency in Learning. Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is another good one. design

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eLearning Grows Small Businesses

TOPYX LMS

eLearning tools provide solutions for small businesses wanting to facilitate employee collaboration. Some people mistakenly assume eLearning systems are designed primarily for large businesses. eLearning Encourages Employee Collaboration. LMS & eLearning

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Higher Education Curriculum Design , Academic and Applied Leadership Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand.

How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning

TOPYX LMS

A number of these company leaders are interested in investing in eLearning, or online learning. What holds them back is the unknown about eLearning’s return on investment. Does eLearning have a good ROI? Measuring the Initial Investment of eLearning. eLearning is not free.

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eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. The list focuses primarily on the use of eLearning, technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Clayton R.

Interface Design for Learning Review

Clark Quinn

This book is very valuable not just for interface designers doing learning solutions, but also for IDs and developers who end up having to design. Similarly, she provides an overview of elearning in Chapter 3, and UI basic terms in Chapter 4. She even discusses the design of learning spaces. design Dorian Peters has written the first book I’ve seen on UI for learning, linking two of my favorite things. Understand that I did my Ph.D.

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What is Elearning?

TOPYX LMS

Thank you to our Guest Blogger spearhead eLearning. Elearning is described as the delivery of training or education through digital or electronic methods. The History of Elearning. These initial systems were only designed to provide information to learners.

Flash Dead for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Of course, that still leaves some really hard questions about how you design for all the different mobile platforms with widely different screen sizes and their non-standard inputs and widely varying connection speeds. eLearning Technology.

Instructional Design Orthodoxy

Xyleme

I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. In my blog posts, I’ve been challenging instructional designers to embrace cultural shifts, and evolving technologies rather than brace against them.

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Deeper Design: Working out Loud and the Future of Work

Clark Quinn

After I wrote the Deeper eLearning series of 6 posts with Learnnovators , we wondered what to do next. We decided to do a course together, free-to-air, and write about the process as well (a bit of Working Out Loud), with the intention was to try to do deep design on a pragmatic basis. First, there are four articles talking about the design, that Learning Solutions magazine was kind enough to host: The first post talks about our initial plans, and how we settled on a topic.

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3 Ways to “Spring Clean” eLearning Content

TOPYX LMS

Are you using LMS-based learning or utilizing any eLearning content? It’s safe to assume that individuals understand eLearning to simply be learning that is enabled and available online. eLearning can be fun, easy, and affordable. The Importance of Organizing eLearning Content.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Of course, I’d recommend skimming through eLearning Learning to find the latest and greatest. Applications in Learning - eLearning Technology , March 3, 2008 Have LMSs Jumped The Shark?

elearning, strategically

Clark Quinn

While I’ve lots more to say, I put a short version of my vision of elearning strategy in Michael Allen’s 2009 e-Learning Annual.

ID - Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world?

Charles Jennings

Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Most learning vendors tout their ‘expertise in instructional design’ as a key reason as to why we should engage them to produce learning content.

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What Features Do Technology Companies Need in eLearning Software?

TOPYX LMS

Many choose eLearning software to help them train their workforce. eLearning can help IT companies and departments tremendously, addressing their training needs in an automated, centrally managed, time and cost-effective way,” stated eLearning Fits the IT Industry to a T.¹

3 Tips to Make Corporate eLearning Courses More Engaging

TOPYX LMS

percent of Fortune 500 companies utilized eLearning (online learning) technologies.¹ Large companies aren’t the only organizations investing in eLearning; small- and mid-sized companies are, too.² eLearning technologies like learning management systems and mobile learning tools allow organizational leaders to manage training content conveniently, from a central location. They also make it simple for leaders to design eLearning courses that encourage engaged learning.

eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

This is either in terms of specific needs, e.g., improve customer satisfaction, or as part of an overall eLearning strategy. I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post.

Answers to Your Questions About eLearning

TOPYX LMS

eLearning has become a hot topic in the past few years. Obviously, eLearning has the capacity to meet a vast array of corporate needs, thus its popularity. It is the rare business owner who is totally uninterested in eLearning. Answers to Common eLearning Questions.

Leverage eLearning Tools to Organize Business

TOPYX LMS

Once a system of organization is established within a business, every employee and administrator should understand it and adhere to its design. Leveraging eLearning Tools for Business Organization. LMS & eLearningBusinesses can’t exist apart from organization.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. link] December 9-10, 2010 What’s Hot, What’s Not in e-Learning , eLearning Guild Online Seminar. link] January 28-29, 2011 Designing the 21 st Century Classroom , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.