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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating eLearning Courses in 2022

What do you think is the most important thing you need to focus on right now to GUARANTEE that the eLearning courses you are creating are successful?

  • 8 min read
  • Thu, Jan 06, 2022 @ 12:19 PM

10 Types of Visual Content Proven to Boost Learner Engagement

Humans love visuals. In fact, we are wired to respond more to visuals than to words. That is why we are so hooked on Pinterest and Instagram. This is also the reason why Facebook posts and tweets with images get liked and are retweeted the most. But as an Instructional Designer, what should interest you more is the fact that the human brain can process visuals faster than text. So if you care about creating more engaging eLearning, you MUST include powerful and engaging visuals in your courses. Visuals take away from the burden of reading through tomes of text, navigating language ambiguities, and making sense of jargon and complex sentence structures. Learn the ten most useful tools that you can incorporate into your eLearning courses to get your content to stick and resonate with your audience: 

  • 17 min read
  • Thu, Nov 25, 2021 @ 04:44 PM

Would You Take Your Own eLearning Course?

Anyone seeking to create meaningful and engaging eLearning courses can benefit by remembering what it is like to be on the other side. It is bad practice to subject learners to any training that you would not participate in yourself. It’s time you stop blaming the “boring” content and commit to stop tormenting the learners who are required to take your course! Our job as eLearning designers is to FASCINATE and DELIGHT the learner from beginning to end. In the excitement of launching a new course, it’s easy to overlook details. Therefore, it can be very useful to have a checklist for last-minute touches.

  • 6 min read
  • Sat, Oct 16, 2021 @ 09:46 AM

Now What? Five Things You Should Do After Launching Your eLearning Course

Okay, so your eLearning course is all wrapped up and ready to go – but what do you do now? Do you feel a strange sense of inertia? Like you should be doing something? You’re right. If you are creating eLearning programs at your company, this post is for you! There are five essential things to do after you’ve done with the development phase. Here they are:

  • 11 min read
  • Sat, Jul 17, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

Instructional Designers: Understand The Role of Emotions in Learning

Learning has deep roots in our emotions. Plato knew this 2,000 years ago, but it is only recently that neuroscientists have discovered conclusive evidence to support this premise.  Science all along knew that emotions are triggered after the brain processes the information it receives. (We knew this too, from experience.) Now a revolutionary study by Dr. Shlomo Wagner of the University of Haifa has proven that a person’s emotional state directly influences how his/her brain processes information. Emotions are either pleasant (positive) or unpleasant (negative). When a person experiences positive emotions, the person learns well. When the person experiences negative emotions, the learning is not so effective. According to Dr. Wagner, the brain responds differently to different emotions.

  • 10 min read
  • Wed, Jul 07, 2021 @ 11:15 AM

Attention-Grabbing eLearning Design: 5 Techniques You Should Try

Unless you have a phenomenal photographic memory, chances are you struggle to remember things and wonder how you can make information stick better. The answer? PAY ATTENTION! When you pay attention, you are far more likely to retain that information. This also applies to the learners you design eLearning courses for. Effective eLearning course design starts with understanding the science of attention. Neglecting this important step makes the difference between learner’s remembering your content for a few minutes, hours, or a lifetime.  Try some of these techniques for getting learners’ attention from the get-go: 

  • 12 min read
  • Thu, Jun 24, 2021 @ 09:19 AM

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game.

  • 11 min read
  • Sat, Jun 19, 2021 @ 10:10 AM

The Ten eLearning Commandments [Infographic]

Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Outliers’ says that to truly master something takes 10,000 hours of practice. That’s a long time. But while Gladwell is probably not too far off the mark, we’d add one small caveat: 10,000 hours of practicing the right way, with the right foundations. So we’ve put together the 10 commandments eLearning professionals must follow to see their courses be a success. Take these rules, incorporate them into your eLearning, and get busy mastering your craft.

  • 11 min read
  • Sun, Jun 06, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

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