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
“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!
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
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
It Takes Effort and Attention to Create Accessible Elearning. Who Benefits? Have you ever wondered whether your elearning needs to be accessible? That is, whether it needs to be perceivable, operational, understandable, and robust for use by those with disabilities? The revision of the federal procurement standard Section 508 has just been published (it’s been a standard since 1998, and under review for the past few years). In short, Section[…]READ MORE about Creating Accessible Elearning
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 the[…]READ MORE about The Client’s Critical Role in Custom Elearning Development