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How to turn the staff training to contribute in the goals of an organization?

converting business goals into learning objectives

Every business will have their own goals to achieve and they make every possible effort to accomplish these goals effectively and efficiently. A very common goal that we find in most of the product/ service based companies is, providing an effective on-job training to up skill the staff. The best approach to meet the training goal is to establish direct connection between business goals and training.

In this blog we will discuss how we can connect business goals with training outcomes i.e. learning objectives?

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Custom eLearning: 4 Fundamental Ingredients to Set Your eLearning Content Development on Fire

Top 4 Proven Instructional Design Strategies to Enhance eLearning

Skilled Instructional Designers are similar to Master Chefs! They cook the dish of quality eLearning in all formats – custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, mobile learning or microlearning. Whichever may be the eLearning format, the core ingredients they use determine the learner’s appetite for learning. Keeping these ingredients handy can help instructional designers create effective eLearning content that promotes in-depth learning which brings behavioral changes as well as improves on-job performance. Read more

Top 5 Benefits of Custom eLearning in Retail Industry

Top 5 Benefits of Custom eLearning

In the Retail Industry, custom eLearning offers massive benefits as opposed to the traditional instructor-led training in terms of retail employee training. Training the sales staff pose industry specific challenges such as restricted training budgets, dispersed workforce, high turnover rates, etc. Embracing custom eLearning for product knowledge, onboarding, compliance and sales skills would help retailers overcome these challenges. Read more

Elearning Design: How to Choose the Right Graphics for eLearning?

Graphics in eLearning

Why Use Graphics in eLearning?

Well, as the saying goes the picture is worth a thousand words, choosing the relevant graphic/visual in eLearning matters. Choosing is not enough, you have to execute it properly to reinforce learner’s understanding and ensure its learning value. Many studies suggest that well-designed graphics in the learning process:

  • Minimize the cognitive load
  • Build mental models and
  • Support motivation

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What is the Rationale of using eLearning in Business Application Training?

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Business Application Training is one of the very important corporate training programs in organizations. It helps organizations to improve their business efficiency by enhancing individual workforce skills.

Business Application Training is a wider concept which includes every learning need that has influence on organizational brand and future business prospects. In this blog, I will be covering three learning needs which are common for broader spectrum of industries. We will also discuss rationale of corresponding preferred learning solutions.

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Incorporating Infographics in eLearning

Elearning infographics
As instructional designers, we aim to design eLearning courses such that it reduces cognitive overload and gives a sense of accomplishment to the learner.

But what is the secret sauce to create effective eLearning courses?

Declutter the screen with irrelevant images, graphics and heavy on-screen text. And your 50% job is done. Yes, it’s just that. Whether it is custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, mobile learning or even microlearning; Relevancy is the key. And incorporating infographics in eLearning can take your eLearning courses to the next level. In this blog, we will highlight the relevancy of infographics in eLearning. Read more

Is Elucidat Analytics a Replacement to Traditional LMS?

Elucidat Analytics

Elucidat is a cloud-based eLearning Authoring Tool which provides responsive eLearning courses faster and easier. Elucidat makes eLearning development smooth and easy through its pre-built functionalities that are readily available for us to use. Elucidat Analytics is one of such functionalities that has been recently introduced.

Analytics in general are quite essential to track learner progress and calculate eLearning ROI no matter what the eLearning format is – custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, mobile learning, microlearning and blended learning solutions.

Elucidat Analytics:

Elucidat analytics allows you to track data about your learner’s interaction with the course. For example, when your project is being accessed, through which devices they are being accessed and for how much time a learner is spending on a course.

The best part of the analytics feature is, we can easily track whether the learner has passed or failed in an assessment. This helps us in designing better assessments for the learners.

Getting started with Elucidat Analytics:

  1. Create a course with an assessment in it
  2. Release the course using any of these options – “online publish” or “SCORM package for learning Management system”
  3. Share the course through the URL link or by asking learners to get registered on the LMS.
  4. Once the learner starts viewing the course, Elucidat Analytics will automatically start collecting the data.

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New Features in Lectora 17 to Enhance Custom Rapid Elearning Development

Lectora 17 New Features

Lectora Inspire – one of the powerful rapid eLearning authoring tools is now out with more exciting features. Trivantis has recently released Lectora 17, an upgraded version of Lectora. Lectora 17 – is now at its best to deliver better HTML5 support to create responsive mobile learning that an eLearning developer can ever dream of. The new features of Lectora 17 are here to support all the realms of eLearning, be it custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, mobile learning, gamification, microlearning, Flash to HTML5 conversion and so on.

Let’s quickly dig deep into the new features to see what makes Lectora 17 one of the best authoring tools. Read more

Articulate 360 – Initial Product Review

Articulate 360
Articulate has released Articulate 360, a brand new subscription-based offering with lots of exciting features, applications and resources. It comes as a complete authoring package with just one annual subscription that lets you access entire Articulate 360.

As an eLearning designer, I am so excited with Articulate 360 and the features it is offering. So let’s dive into details to see how Articulate 360 is going to make an eLearning designer’s life easy. In this product review, I’ve noticed considerably new features that include:

  • Enhanced mobile responsiveness is with exclusive HTML5 support for multi-device eLearning
  • Streamlined review process allowing a big-time collaboration
  • Better preview options before you could actually publish the course
  • Multiple publish formats for any device

To help you simplify eLearning development journey and bring the best out of you, Articulate 360 comprises:

  • Three brand-new authoring tools – Rise, Preso and Peek
  • Upgraded versions – Articulate Storyline 360, Articulate Studio 360 and Replay 360
  • Additional Resources – Articulate Live, Articulate Review and Content Library

Web Apps:

Rise is a web-based authoring tool that enables you to build fully responsive eLearning courses that works on all devices – no manual coding is required. It has been a major focus area of this release. With simple and user-friendly interface, you can take your rapid eLearning as well as custom eLearning development to the next level. This is my favorite area and I was expecting this feature in Articulate 360.

Articulate Review is an online review tool where the SMEs, clients and stakeholders can view the eLearning courses provide and provide their feedback. It a great tool to gather consolidated feedback.

Articulate Live provides excellent online training support from its user communities and industry experts. Participate weekly webinars to get a better understanding on how to create great eLearning content.

Content Library includes media assets, characters and templates that make the eLearning development easy.

Desktop Apps:

Articulate Storyline 360 is an updated version of Articulate Storyline 2 and comes with a new responsive player that adapts to various mobile screens. This new responsive player is pretty impressive and supports HTML5 touchscreen gestures to deliver an effective mobile learning course. Moreover, the user interface remains same. It also comes with features like responsive preview toolbar, superior HTML5 output, dial interactions, rename motion paths and much more.

Studio 360 is an updated version of Articulate Studio and comprises apps such as Presenter 360, Quizmaker 360 and Engage 360. It lets you create media-rich PowerPoint-based courses responsive to all mobile devices.

Replay 360 is where you can create and share professional screencasts with webcam.

Peek lets you take screen recordings, customize and share at ease. This means creating application/simulation training is now so easy.

iPad App:

Preso is an iPad app that helps you create learning videos with easy narration and annotation of images and PDF slides.

Conclusion:

Though this is not an extensive product review, I find Articulate 360 as an impressive eLearning authoring tool that can save your time and money in eLearning development.