Your subject matter expert can be a great training resource. Here’s how to set your SME up for success when delivering training. Do SMEs Make Good Trainers? How many trainers have started out as subject matter experts? Often, recruiting a subject matter expert (SME) to become a trainer is the easiest move a training manager can make. Who would make a better trainer than someone who’s already an expert? BeingREAD MORE about Do SMEs Make Good Trainers?
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Interview with Microassist’s senior learning architect Kevin Gumienny and instructional designer Brandon Winston on what it takes to convert classroom training to elearning. Topics covered include: What is elearning? Advantages of elearning over classroom training How to make sure you create effective elearning when converting from classroom training How long does it take to create elearning? How much does it cost? How effective is using elearning vs instructor-led training? READ MORE about Converting Classroom Training to Elearning [Audio Interview]
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, seniorREAD 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 alsoREAD 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 aREAD MORE about Microlearning—Is it a Good Fit for Your Training Program?
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 featureREAD MORE about The Year in Learning—89 Hand-Picked L&D-Related Articles from 2017
2017: The Year in Learning 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 (stay tuned for a categorized digest of these resources). If you missed them, subscribeREAD MORE about The Year in Learning—6 Favorite 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 aboutREAD 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?
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