Let's get one thing out of the way right from the start and answer the question, "Should you use audio narration in your e-learning courses?" Ruth Clark, author of E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, answers this question clearly when she recommends that you should have all speech as audio rather than as text on the screen, especially when describing a visual of some kind. Clark offers a wide variety of evidence to support this recommendation in her book, which is a must read for anyone who designs e-learning.
One of the reasons that e-learning is so successful is that it solves a problem of delivering training to audiences that are dispersed across the country and even around the world. Our workplaces have never been more global and the more global organizations are the more scalable and efficient e-learning delivery can be.
On Thursday, May 9, Mindflash hosted a webinar to discuss how Yammer uses Mindflash to conduct training. It was a very informative webinar, and I thought I would recap some of the highlights so you can learn how to use Mindflash and Yammer together to develop and deliver training in your organization. In this webinar, Yammer discusses three challenges that it needed to overcome, what they were looking for in an e-learning authoring tool, and how Yammer actually uses Mindflash to conduct training for employees and customers.
Unless you are among the fortunate learning and development leaders who does not care about tracking and reporting the training activity and results that are occurring in your organization, you likely have a beef with your learning management system (LMS) when it comes to its reporting capabilities. In fact, a recent ASTD Learning Circuits article says it best:
Services like Coursera, Venture Lab, and Udemy (to name only a few) make free on-line courses available to anyone in the world for free. What is even more incredible is that using these services, you can take a Stanford course facilitated by a Stanford professor on topics ranging widely from software programming languages to creativity. The typical course is structured over four to eight weeks with each week containing some combination of a video lecture, reading, written assignment, and/or individual or team project. There are open and facilitated discussions and participants who complete all of the activities will often receive a certificate of completion.
We all know the cliche that when companies cut back, training is the first thing to go. The tendency for organizations to downsize training is a reality that can negatively impact career prospects in the learning and development profession. Let's face it, the economy is sluggish and while the economy is growing, it is growing at a much slower rate than most people would hope. This impacts overall job growth, affecting career prospects in the learning and development profession.
Last year, I had the opportunity to evaluate an industry certificate program with the intent of making it available to employees as a skill development program. My evaluation included completing an entire series of courses, at the end of which I received a certificate of completion. The certificate was automatically generated, and I was able to print it out as an official record that I completed the program.
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Everyone is talking about blended learning, but that does not mean everyone is doing it. At the 2011 ASTD Techknowledge Conference, Allison Rossett presented results of a study that showed that most learning professionals say that the use of e-learning is important but that very few are actually implementing it. This statement makes me wonder why. My guess is that people make things more complicated than they are.
There are concepts and terms that are part of the every day life of the professionals within an industry. In order for a professional to be successful in one's craft, a thorough understanding of industry concepts and terms is a minimum requirement. e-Learning professionals have their own set of terms that are vital to know and understand. Below is a collection of some of the most important e-learning terms. My aim is that these concepts will help you do your job better and inspire you to find other terms not included here.