Accessibility can be huge, and it can be overwhelming if you’re just starting….Where do I start? Well, the answer is you just start wherever you can. Being partially accessible is better than not being accessible at all.” – Kevin Gumienny on getting started with accessible elearning A few days after returning to Austin from the 2018 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, Microassist colleagues Vivian Cullipher, content specialist, and Kevin Gumienny, senior[…]READ MORE about Getting Started with Accessible Elearning (and 2018 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Takeaways)
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?
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
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
When writing multiple choice questions, do you ever wonder whether the stem should read “what option should you choose” or “which option should you choose”? And should options begin with a capitalized letter, even if they are incomplete sentences? Should options have closing punctuation? Should the stem end in a colon? Will anyone even care? And, of course, it’s not just about the quiz. Throughout your curriculum, there are decisions[…]READ MORE about A Note on Details: Which versus What?
Corporate Training Tips & Tricks—Save Your Money & Prove Your Worth, Book Excerpt #2 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 #2: Draw on Other Fields
One of the enduring challenges in the learning and development world is disseminating training classes to the largest audience in the least amount of time. Supporting a distributed workforce through effective training is an increasingly important challenge as companies expand across larger geographic regions. Conquering Distance Education: Top 4 Ways to Train Staff Across the Miles It isn’t uncommon for offices to be spread across the country (or even the globe)[…]READ MORE about Top Tech-Based Ways to Train a Distributed Workforce