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 withoutREAD MORE about Accessibility Expertise: Determining Where It Belongs in Elearning Development
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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 goREAD 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 momentREAD 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 transitionREAD 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— andREAD MORE about Send Us—and Accessible Elearning Development—to SXSW EDU 2018!
Time- and Cost-Effective Ways to Make E-Learning Usable by Everyone Microassist Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny was recently featured in TD Magazine, ATD’s award-winning monthly magazine that covers learning and development industry best practices, emerging technologies, and trends. With increasing attention being given to making all digital content usable and navigable to everyone, without excluding those who may want to participate but who have visual, auditory, mobility, or other impairments, Kevin’s article,READ MORE about “E-Learning for All” — A TD Magazine Article
Ethan Edwards of Allen Interactions likes to make the point that we can’t make people learn. You can’t learn someone to do something. You have to create the conditions where they want to bring the information to themselves. And games are a great place to create a sense of engagement. Games create a new world, one with rules that put constraints on actions. In terms of training, this creates aREAD MORE about Game-Based Learning: How to Give Your Learners a Safe Place to Fail
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 essentialREAD MORE about The Indispensable Role of Clients in Learning Projects
We had a great turnout during our recent webinar, Develop the Elearning Your Project Deserves—for the Training Results You Want. As promised, here are elearning development resources from the webinar, as well as a few extras. We covered a lot of ground in the presentation, so if I’ve missed any resources on any of these elearning subspecialities, please feel free to note it in the comments below. Elearning DevelopmentREAD MORE about Elearning Development Resources: Develop the Elearning Your Program Deserves
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 courseREAD MORE about Instructional Designer and Course Developer: One Person or Two?