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    Boosting eLearning Effectiveness: Focus on These 4 Key Areas

    Are you struggling to see the engagement and results you expected from your eLearning courses? Do you find yourself wondering if there’s a way to enhance your course’s effectiveness without having to overhaul the entire content? You're not alone. Many course creators face these challenges, but the good news is that significant improvements can be achieved by refining key elements of your course rather than starting from scratch.

    Beating Infoxication: How To Design eLearning Courses That Prevent Information Overload

    Picture this: You're cozied up in your favorite chair, laptop ready, diving into an eLearning course with the hope of gaining new insights and skills. But instead of a seamless flow of learning, you hit a wall — a wall of text, images, and endless bullet points that seem more like a virtual avalanche than an educational experience. You're not alone if you find yourself feeling lost in the flood of 'content infoxication' that has become all too common in online courses today. It's an unfortunate truth that eLearning can sometimes feel less like a well-crafted journey and more like an information dump, leaving learners feeling more like they're sifting through a cluttered attic than walking through a well-organized museum. The distinction? It's all about strategy. The art of eLearning isn't in the volume of what's presented; it's in the careful curation and presentation of content. Your courses should not resemble a hoarder's haven of information.

    What is E-Learning and How Companies Are Benefiting From It?

    In recent years we have experienced great changes in the workplace. As a result, we have seen an exponential growth of e-learning in companies. In fact, according to a report by consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, the eLearning industry is expected to skyrocket from $8.4 billion by 2020 to $33.2 billion in 2025 But before digging deeper, let's discuss: What is eLearning exactly? And what are the benefits it offers to both learners and companies? Continue reading.

    5 Human Psychology Facts You Can Use To Create Effective eLearning

    The potentials and limitations of our brain shape the way we learn. Professionals, from psychologists to neuroscientists, have started to integrate brain research into online learning.

    The Key Components of a Learner-Friendly eLearning Course

    It's so easy to assume the content is all that matters in an eLearning course. But, how information is presented affects its effectiveness. The design, for instance, influences how students interact with information. Think about one of your existing eLearning course designs: Is it too cluttered? Or is it designed to properly guide learners toward clear goals?

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    • Wed, Sep 22, 2021 @ 05:55 PM

    How Usable is Your eLearning Course? Follow the 5 E’s For Best Results

    Usability applies to any user interface, from a door handle to an airplane cockpit - or an eLearning course. It means, simply, how easy it is for users to get what they need out of the device. How usable your eLearning course is, is one of the most important factors that make or break your entire program. Usability is so critical in eLearning because every minute students spend learning to use the software is a minute out of their time spent learning the content. What is Usability? Usability is a measure of how well a specific user in a specific context can use a product/design to achieve a defined goal effectively, efficiently and satisfactorily. If you are in the middle or just starting an eLearning course, before you go any further, ask yourself if you have covered the 5 E's of usability. Use these as guidelines or standards to make sure your course is as easy to use as you can make it.

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    • Wed, Sep 08, 2021 @ 04:44 PM

    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.

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    • Sun, Jun 06, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

    How We Read Online— A Guide for eLearning Professionals

    Brain research opens up new opportunities eLearning designers should make the most of. One such opportunity lies in how people read online. By tracking eye movements and fixation points while readers look at web content, study after study found answers to questions like

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    • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 11:11 AM

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      Despite the potential of eLearning courses to elevate your team's capabilities, a common hurdle remains: many employees are simply not engaging with these courses. This lack of engagement isn't just a minor inconvenience; it signifies a deeper issue that could undermine your entire training program investment. The crux of the problem often lies not in the quality of the content or the aesthetics of course design—though these are important—but rather in a misalignment between the course offerings and the actual needs of your employees. Without a keen understanding of what drives your team's engagement and how they benefit from specific learning experiences, even the most sophisticated courses can miss the mark, leading to wasted resources and missed growth opportunities.

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      In today's fast-paced world, eLearning courses can't stay the same forever. They need to keep evolving to stay relevant and effective. Updating your courses isn’t just about the latest tech and teaching methods. It also means keeping the topics and content fresh and aligned with the latest trends and market demands. You need to constantly check if your content is hitting home with your audience and making the impact you want. This ongoing assessment is key to ensuring your investment in course development pays off. But knowing when and how to make these updates can be tricky. It's tough to be objective about your own work, but it's crucial to keep your training content from becoming outdated.

      8 Essential Content Types to Boost Engagement in eLearning Courses

      Traditional eLearning methods—think of those straightforward, lecture-style lessons—are just not cutting it anymore. In a world full of distractions and with everyone's attention span shrinking, it's hard to keep learners interested. This lack of engagement doesn’t just make learning tedious; it also leads to poor results like low course completion rates and learners not really getting what they need out of their training.