Microassist CTO and Event Training Chair Hiram Kuykendall Leads Development of OpenAIR 2016 Online Training Game Editor’s Note: A variation of this story is available as a press release on our News and Media page. Staff photo © 2018 Microassist. Austin, Texas, August 25, 2016 — One out of every five adults in the United States has a disability. For many of them, accessing and navigating online information is a daily challenge atREAD MORE about International Competition Provides Nonprofits with Accessible Websites
The Learning Dispatch
Why hire a learning and development company? You don’t need to. That’s kind of important to point out. Companies perform training functions internally all the time. They develop and deliver employee training, they create and deploy training for their customers, they write and distribute training for their channel partners. They may have a training department or they may leverage internal resources. And it can be effective. And yet… even veryREAD MORE about Learning and Development: Why Hire an Outside Company?
Instructional designer Brandon Winston joined the Microassist curriculum development team in May 2016. In roughly three minutes, Brandon gives insight on what an instructional designer does and why he’s so passionate about the process of developing custom training. Interview transcript VIVIAN CULLIPHER: Hi, I’m Vivian Cullipher with Microassist. I’m here with Brandon Winston, one of our newest employees, our newest staff members here at the company, and I just wanted to introduce himREAD MORE about Meet Instructional Designer Brandon Winston [Audio Interview]
Recently I was asked about common issues for our clients to be aware of when contracting for custom elearning. After all, our goal at Microassist is to provide our clients with a final, custom-built online training product that gets people to learn in a new, engaging, and all-around satisfying format that enables learners to acquire a new skill and perform at a higher level. So how do we get there? It turns out that theREAD MORE about The Client’s Critical Role in Custom Elearning Development
While emphasizing the “why” of digital accessibility, Microassist CTO and noted accessibility advocate Hiram Kuykendall also provided web and application developers over an hour’s worth of web accessibility resources and instruction during Austin Adobe User Group’s (AAUG’s) June meeting. Below, I’ll cover a bit of the overview he gave, as well as point to accessibility resources developers will find helpful as they build and test their projects. In addition to hisREAD MORE about Principles and Tools from Modern Accessibility Techniques, Hiram Kuykendall’s AAUG Presentation
During our recent webinar, “Reaching New Audiences through Online Training,” one attendee asked, “Do people retain training better, same or not as much with video versus reading?” I wanted to poke around in the research before answering. It turns out that the research doesn’t offer a very clear answer. As can be the case, different studies show different things (ever wonder if butter is good or bad for you?). Individual studiesREAD MORE about Is Video or Text Better for Learning Retention?
When you’re considering a new elearning project, how much thought do you give to the size of the instructional design shop that you’re engaging for elearning development? One Person or a Team? There are several questions when designing learning—do I do this in-house or should I outsource? Should our training be instructor-led or self-guided online? Something else? The question of team size—an individual or a group—often gets overlooked. It shouldn’t.READ MORE about Your Perfect Elearning Development Shop: An Individual or a Team?
Over the last seven years working with program managers, I have found that they are terrific at looking at the “big picture” of their programs, but they sometimes need help evaluating available resources for creating training related to those programs or the related projects. “Should I create the training in-house?” This is a question that program managers might think about. Developing training with available staff resources is certainly an option.READ MORE about Questions to Ask Before Developing Training In-House
So you need to train someone to do something. What are your options? There are several different training methods and a number of variations on each. Essentially, I usually group them in three areas: instructor-led training, webinars, and elearning. Under instructor-led, we can place the standard classroom learning environment. There’s an instructor, with students in the room with the instructor. The instructor can be the classic sage-on-the-stage, or the moreREAD MORE about Learning Fundamentals: Which Training Methods Work Best?
Complimentary Webinar with Dr. Kevin Gumienny We often see training as an educational event for internal staff or skills development. But training presents opportunities beyond simple instruction. You can use training—especially online training—to reach out to those completely outside the bounds of your immediate organization. Training can further your organization’s mission. It can engage potential customers. And, it can equip channel partners to be ambassadors for your brand. In thisREAD MORE about Webinar: Reach New Audiences through Online Training