Last month, I discussed choosing a training method. In that commentary, I suggested that you choose a method that would be effective. This month, we take a quick look at what “effective” means, and one approach to creating training that gets the job done. To Develop Effective Training, Start at the Beginning What does it mean for training to be effective? I’ve recently finished Cathy Moore’s Map It: The Hands-On[…]READ MORE about 3 Keys to Creating Effective Training
Sure, you’ve got a training need—but the format? When you’re faced with choosing a training method, here are tips on deciding direction. Picking the Right Method for Your Next Training Project Matching Training Format to Training Need How do you fit the training format to the training need? Does a topic work better as in-person, instructor-led training; as an instructor-led webinar; as online, self-directed elearning? When choosing a training method,[…]READ MORE about Choosing a Training Method: 3 Things to Consider
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?
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
Two Types of Power to Move Your Learning Development Project Forward What Does a Project Manager Do, Anyway? We’ve talked about project management quite a bit on our blog, in videos, and in webinars. It’s a topic that contains multitudes. If you’re running a course development team, you need project management to help you develop your course on time, in scope, and within budget. I’d like to take a moment[…]READ MORE about Empowering Learning Development Project Managers
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
The Client Role in Learning Development: How Much Do You Really Need to Be Involved, Anyway? If you engage a learning company to help create training, there’s a temptation to hand off development and then not touch base with the learning company again until the training’s ready to be implemented. Just write the check. What more is needed? Such an approach is…problematic. A client has an essential role—ofttimes several essential[…]READ MORE about The Indispensable Role of Clients in Learning Projects
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?
Make Your Course Creation Process Repeatable with Clearly Designated Roles I often say that each person on a learning development team plays a different role. I’ve discussed using a role-based process for creating accessible elearning on our blog; our CEO, Sanjay Nasta, has also described the roles needed in elearning creation. Why Use the Concept of a “Role” When Developing Learning? When creating learning, there are multiple possible roles: one role might[…]READ MORE about The Importance of Using Roles When Developing Learning