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2014

Interviews

Outside the LMS Box: An interview with Ashley Tan

By Ryan Tracey / April 10, 2014

Dr. Ashley Tan leads the Centre for e-Learning at Singapore's National Institute of Education, which is the only institute in the country responsible for preteacher education. In this interview, Dr. Tan discusses the movement of instructors away from the institutional LMS toward open social platforms. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Learning Platforms, Lifelong Learning

Best Practices/Tips

Developing Engaging Content

By Randhir Vieira / March 20, 2014

Companies need training that is not only flexible and affordable, but can be deployed and consumed quickly. Enter eLearning. Trainers have the dual challenge of helping employees meet compliance or other industry requirements and respond to changing customer needs. These pressures mean trainers must create new online courses on the fly while ensuring the content is easily consumable to reinforce rapid learning. By using existing material and frequently measuring feedback, among other ideas, you can transform your online training program into a highly efficient machine for learning and competing. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Lifelong Learning

Interviews

A Look at Web-based Instruction Today: An interview with Badrul Khan, Part 2

By Ann Taylor / March 12, 2014

In part two of our interview with Badrul Khan, Ann Taylor and Badrul examine Web-based instruction in relation to Khan's "Framework for e-Learning." They also discuss Badrul's interviews with visionaries leading the way in technology-based education, and he shares advice for those just entering the Web-based instruction realm. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Theories and Principles

Reviews

Getting Smart About Content

By Clark Quinn / March 7, 2014

eLearning is behind the industry when it comes to dealing with content systematically. The Intelligent Content Conference presents a chance to understand what leading organizations are recommending and doing with content. The practices observed include design, engineering, and management of content in ways enlightened by new standards and tools that provide a multi-layer approach to customizing the user experience. » [Full Article]
TAGS: News and Trends

Best Practices/Tips, Interviews

A Look at Web-based Instruction Today: An interview with Badrul Khan, Part 1

By Ann Taylor / February 28, 2014

In the first of this two-part series, Ann Taylor and Badrul Khan discuss how Web-based instruction has grown since its inception and explore the particular case of MOOCs. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Theories and Principles

Best Practices/Tips

Using Game Mechanics to Enhance Leadership Education

By Zack Bodnar / February 24, 2014

Gamification has significant advantages for incentivizing learning and professional training as a complement to traditional learning management systems. This article highlights how the Deloitte Leadership Academy introduced game mechanics into its executive training program using Badgeville's Behavior Platform to leverage the same intrinsic motivators--namely peer recognition and a bit of friendly competition--to spur participation and convince busy executives to invest their valuable time to fully engage with the program. With the addition of gamification to their online learning system, Deloitte saw a 46 percent increase in student retention and significant improvements in course completion time. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Games and Simulations, Lifelong Learning

Reviews

The Fundamentals for Successful Program Design

By Susan Knight / February 14, 2014

In the second edition of E-Learning by Design, William Horton provides a comprehensive, engaging, and practical guide for designing eLearning programs confidently and effectively. Horton explains what to do, the rationale behind it, and the benefit to learners. Readers will find a wealth of information, based on sound instructional design principles, which can be applied to any eLearning project. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Theories and Principles

Best Practices/Tips

Getting Out from Under the Contract: The risk of over relying on third parties for eLearning

By Chris Jennings / February 10, 2014

eLearning requires a specific set of development skills and specialized technologies to support learning goals and program needs. To offer a dynamic program that evolves to meet the needs of users, try to use internal talent and systems that allow you to control as much of the content creation and supporting technologies as possible. This will create a program independent of third parties and keep your program relevant for years to come. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Design and Development

Interviews

The Agony or the Empathy? An interview with Anne Bartlett-Bragg

By Ryan Tracey / February 5, 2014

Anne Bartlett-Bragg holds a unique space in eLearning as both a researcher and a practitioner. In this interview, Anne discusses the importance of immersion. By empathizing with the learner, one can truly design the best solution. » [Full Article]

Opinions

Bridging the Gap: The Role of Ongoing Training and Coaching

By Kurt Andersen / January 31, 2014

Did you know there is a major gap in the sales training process? This article shares the results of a survey that explores the gap, analyzes why it exists, and proposes strategic methods for addressing this issue. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Lifelong Learning

Opinions

eLearn Enters a New Era

By Alison Carr-Chellman / January 29, 2014

eLearn Magazine is entering a new era and will look and feel rather different in the coming months. The editor-in-chief shares a preview of what is new and what is coming. » [Full Article]
TAGS: News and Trends