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SCORM Vs. Tin Can API: Which is The Right Fit For Your Organization?

TinCan VS Scorm

Developing effective eLearning content that translates into workplace performance matters! It requires a lot of effort, time and cost to create engaging eLearning content. Creating is not enough, it also needs to be well tracked, recorded and analyzed to measure the learning via Learning Management System (LMS). To make this happen, the LMS should be able to communicate with the eLearning content. It only happens when the developed content adheres to set of technical standards such as SCORM or Tin Can API. So choosing an apt platform to publish the eLearning courses must be well thought out. Read more

Caught into a Debate on Articulate Rise – Features and Shortcomings

Debate on Articulate Rise_Elearning authoring toolIt won’t take long for a discussion to turn into a debate, particularly when a group of eLearning professionals gather under one roof. Fortunately, I was one of ‘em, we had a great time discussing each other’s observations on Rise – a new responsive eLearning authoring tool from Articulate for rapid eLearning development. Luckily, I had a few microlearning sample / example courses created using Articulate Rise. In this blog, I will share the insights I gathered from our debate along with my examples on Articulate Rise.

Broadly, we discussed on various features and shortcomings of Articulate Rise. Read more

Best Practices for Cost Effective Translation and Localization of eLearning Courses

Translation and Localization_Swift eLearning

Learning becomes more meaningful when it is culturally relevant and engaging. And corporate eLearning or online training is more effective when delivered in the learner’s native language. Translation and localization of the eLearning content for globally dispersed learners brings consistency in training. It helps the workforce to understand the company’s policies and procedures effectively while delivering the consistent message across the organization.

Cutting Cost with Efficient Translation and Localization Expertise

Translation and localization is a complex process involving lot of time and money. But selecting the right expertise and technology can make all the difference. To get the maximum return on your training investment (ROI), you need to choose the translation and localization vendor who can create culturally-relevant localization (on-time and on-budget) and accurate translation. Read more

Instructional Designer’s View on Articulate 360 Rise

Instructional Designer's take on Articulate Rise

Over the last decade, a significant number and variety of eLearning course development tools have emerged. The prominent eLearning authoring tools we use today are Articulate Storyline, Lectora, Captivate, Elucidat, etc. for custom eLearning as well as multi-device eLearning. Every tool has its utility based on what eLearning requirement it suits for. Time and Instructional Strategy are two major factors considered while selecting an eLearning course development tool. Instructional designers have key role in selecting the right authoring tool. They will act as a guiding needle between the learning requirements and the selection of course development tool.

In this blog, we will discuss an Instructional Designer’s take on Articulate Rise. I will list Articulate Rise features and discuss their relevance with Instructional Design Process, instructional strategies or Learning impact. This will help an instructional designer to understand and opt Articulate Rise for varied learning needs. Read more

Multi-Device Elearning: Responsive eLearning Design or Adaptive – What’s the Best Choice?

Responsive Vs Adaptive

With the rise of mobile devices and varied screen sizes, Responsive eLearning has become quite essential to create multi-device eLearning or mobile learning. It enables learners to access the eLearning courses from their preferred devices. As eLearning designers, we need to develop eLearning content such that it works swiftly and smoothly on every device. Before you could design mobile learning effectively, it is essential to understand the responsive as well as adaptive design principles. In our previous blog, we have discussed, “Why Responsive eLearning Design is a Must-Have for Online Training Content?” In this blog, we will discuss responsive eLearning design while comparing it with the Adaptive eLearning Design.

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E-Learning Course Development Standards

eLearning development standards

Today e-learning is a large industry; it has variety of solutions, approaches, strategies etc. for unique learning needs of organizations and institutions. E-learning is a proved methodology for its learning effectiveness, cheaper cost and less time of development. Globally e-leaning courseware developers are mushrooming with claims of providing the best quality in the least costs.

As a Learning Manager or any authorized person who is responsible for training and development of resources must have enough knowledge of certain basic standards of e-learning course development. This will help you to understand your learning need better and assess vendors who can provide it.

In this discussion we have enlisted few important areas of consideration and will come-up with more things in future.

Following are the basic modals, strategies or standards of e-learning courseware development:
E-Learning Course Developmental Procedure

There are modals which helps you execute an e-learning project in a systematic process. Among different models, ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation) is considered as base and the most perfect modal for an e-learning course development. Dick & Carey Modal is another one used by e-learning developers.

Course Enabling Objectives

These are the complete sentences to describe what learners are expected to do or should be able to do after completion of the course. Benjamin Blooms and Rober F. Mager’s had significant contributions in preparation of instructional or enabling objectives.

Content Chunking

Cognitive educational theories are followed in content chunking. Content should be chunked for easy assimilation and retention.

Content Flow

Each and every chunk of content should have logical flow to help learner know, understand, apply and judge i.e. From Known to Unknown, General to Specific and Complex to Simple.

Content Sentences

The sentences should be succinct and in constructive or progressive structure. Every learner has learning pattern (as I mentioned in my previous discussion) as stepping pattern. So, as a good trainer or instructor, identify these learning patterns and encapsulate subject matter into sentences so that they create aha effect in learner’s brain.

Learner Interactions

Learners are best engaged if they are prompted to interact with the subject matter of the course. Interaction for the sake of interaction doesn’t help learner to experience effective learning; interaction should help learner to establish desired pattern of connections in brain. Assessments and navigation are not such interactions.

Formative Assessment

These are the best opportunities to practice learned concepts. These activities help learners to strengthen the connections established during the content presentation.

Summary

A quick and a brief recap to help leaner to practice recall and retain what has been learnt in the course.

Summative Assessment

This is for the course designer to get confirmation on achievement of enabling objectives.