Making elearning accessible is the right thing to do. It’s also often a project requirement. Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny shares conference insights from CSUN ATC 2018 on how to include accessibility in your elearning development process. He’ll introduce using pattern libraries for accessible elearning development, explaining how they can make your development process more efficient. CSUN Session Takeaways for Developing Accessible Elearning The 33rd California State University, Northridge Assistive Technology Conference[…]READ MORE about Using Pattern Libraries for Accessible Elearning: Insights from CSUN 2018
What does it mean to be accessible? What determines accessibility compliance for your digital content? Sure, there’s a standard (typically WCAG 2.0). But how do you know what level of WCAG 2.0 conformance is right for you, your organization, and legal expectations? Accessibility Standards: The Foundation of a Solid Accessibility Strategy What does it mean for digital content to be accessible? That is, what does it mean for digital content[…]READ MORE about How Accessible Should My Digital Content Be? Understanding WCAG 2.0 Conformance Levels
Your subject matter expert can be a great training resource. Here’s how to set your SME up for success when delivering training. Do SMEs Make Good Trainers? How many trainers have started out as subject matter experts? Often, recruiting a subject matter expert (SME) to become a trainer is the easiest move a training manager can make. Who would make a better trainer than someone who’s already an expert? Being[…]READ MORE about Do SMEs Make Good Trainers?
You’ve likely taken training with a video component. But is it worth the effort or dollars to incorporate it into your own training program? Here’s what the research says about using video in training, and a few tips on how to get started. So, I’m Thinking about Using Video in My Training Perfect. It’s a great time to start. Tools for developing video are sophisticated and mature. They are also[…]READ MORE about Using Video in Training: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
Organizations are finding that microlearning creates effective training more quickly and less expensively than traditional courses. Is microlearning right for you? Here are a few points to consider. Microlearning: Is it a Good Fit for Your Training Program? You might have heard about microlearning. It’s the idea that training is best delivered through targeted, short (no more than ten-minute) instructional segments, usually online. What’s more, several organizations have found that a[…]READ MORE about Microlearning—Is it a Good Fit for Your Training Program?
2017: The Year in Learning Are you a Learning Dispatch newsletter subscriber? A favorite newsletter feature is “This Month in Learning.” In it, Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny links to 5-10 articles from various disciplines related to learning and development. Here are Kevin’s top 2017 learning and development articles culled from the 80+ mentioned throughout the year (stay tuned for a categorized digest of these resources). If you missed them, subscribe[…]READ MORE about The Year in Learning—6 Favorite Learning and Development Articles from 2017
Communal Learning, Online and In Person Earlier this year, I attended the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. While there, I tweeted fairly consistently (@keving789), and our company Twitter account (@microassist) was pretty active. I wrote a blog post (see above) on what CSUN tells us about how accessibility and elearning work together, and in March, wrote a commentary for Mealey’s Litigation Report on what the conference had to say about[…]READ MORE about Communal Learning, Online and In Person
The Importance of Having a Graphic Designer on your Learning Development Team Do I need a graphic designer on my learning development team? Yes. Generally, I prefer to weigh the sides of an issue and make a carefully nuanced decision; but when it comes down to it, you need a graphic designer on your team. Of the information transmitted to the brain, 90% is visual. Articles with images get 94%[…]READ MORE about Graphic Designers: Do You Need One on Your Learning Development Team?
Building accessible online courses requires specialized skills—but do all accessible elearning development skills reside in a single role? Manage Accessible Elearning Development by Looking at Processes We talk a lot about making sure that elearning is accessible to all learners. Accessibility, in the context of elearning, means ensuring that people with disabilities (generally related to cognition, mobility, hearing, and vision) experience the course in the same way as those without[…]READ MORE about Accessibility Expertise: Determining Where It Belongs in Elearning Development
Testing Your Online Course: How to Evaluate Elearning Functionality before Launching How does testing fit into elearning development? It’s tempting to assume, when an elearning course has been created, that everything will just work. Advancing through the course will perform as expected; when questions are answered, the correct feedback will appear; completion will be properly registered with the user’s account. And yet… Here are some things that I’ve seen go[…]READ MORE about But What Could *Possibly* Go Wrong? Testing Your Online Course