If 2017 went by too quickly for you, here’s your chance to catch up on some reading. Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field. Did you have a favorite L&D post from 2017? Let us know! Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect Are you a Learning Dispatch newsletter subscriber? A favorite newsletter feature[…]READ MORE about The Year in Learning—89 Hand-Picked L&D-Related Articles from 2017
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. If you missed them, subscribe to the Learning Dispatch newsletter today for learning updates throughout the year! NOTE: The[…]READ MORE about The Year in Learning—Top 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?
What Does a Subject Matter Expert Do, Anyway? SMEs May or May Not Be Instructors Subject matter expertise can be part and parcel of instructing. A K-12 teacher is both an instructor and an expert in their subject (like fifth-grade math); a college professor is often a subject matter expert (SME) first (researcher in genetics) and a teacher second; corporate trainers often spend years in the field and then transition[…]READ MORE about The SME Role in Course Development
“Upvote” Our SXSW EDU 2018 Workshop: “Online Learning for Everyone! Designing for Access” Friends and partners, we have a chance to present an accessible elearning workshop at the SXSW EDU 2018 Conference and Festival next spring. It’s the SXSW-connected event in Austin for education, training, and professional development. We would very much like to present on how to make online training usable and navigable by those who have disabilities— and[…]READ MORE about Send Us—and Accessible Elearning Development—to SXSW EDU 2018!
Why Use Both an Instructional Designer and a Course Developer: Won’t One Person Suffice? Continuing our discussion about roles in a training team, this month we’re looking at the advantages of separating the roles of instructional designer and course developer. It’s pretty common for an elearning development team to have a single person who is responsible for building elearning. They analyze the need for a course, design the course, build the course[…]READ MORE about Instructional Designer and Course Developer: One Person or Two?
Corporate Training Tips & Tricks—Save Your Money & Prove Your Worth, Book Excerpt #3 NOTE: The following article is taken, with minor changes, from Corporate Training Tips & Tricks: Save Your Money & Prove Your Worth by Katrina Baker. It is one of three articles by Microassist Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny. To hear more training tidbits from Kevin and other learning and development professionals, we encourage you to get your copy of[…]READ MORE about Corporate Training Development Tip #3: Take Training Yourself
The 2017 TxDLA Annual Conference held in Galveston, Texas from March 28-31, 2017. Conference Sessions focus on trends in educational technology, education innovations and best practices, research, accessibility and universal design, cybersecurity and data analytics, faculty and student support, PK-12, educational outreach, and workforce development, administration, leadership, and policy, gamification and virtualization, and more. Microassist was represented at the TxDLA 2017 Annual Conference by Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny and Heather Poggi-Mannis from[…]READ MORE about 2017 TxDLA Annual Conference Backchannel
A week at the CSUN Assistive Technology conference in San Diego leaves the mind reeling. So much new information! So much of it related to learning! A few presentations made this connection explicit, directly correlating learning and accessibility. What I’d really like to talk about though, is the way that accessibility, the process and principle of making content available to those with disabilities, relates to elearning. Drawing from various presentations,[…]READ MORE about How to Make Elearning Accessible: Insights from the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference