11 Instructional Design Truths According to Cat .gifs buff.ly/1PFmo9a By Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist If the Internet has taught us anything over the last twenty-five years, it’s that every single event in the history of all humanity can somehow be represented by adorable cat videos. Why fight it? We present some common instructional design truths best illustrated by, you got it—those furry little monsters.
Nikos Andriotis of eFront has produced an interesting two part post on the fundamental balancing act that needs to take place before and during the creation of e-Learning content. Part One is divided into Cost, Scripta Manent (Latin “written words remain”), Size Matters, Check Back and Scale Back. Part Two looks at Scope, Plan Ahead, Adapt to Change and Prioritize. Click here for Part One Click here for Part Two
You really should pop over to Karen McGrane’s blog and see what she had to say in her talk about why multi-device publishing is important. Karen highlights the zombie apocalypse which is upon us: an onslaught of new mobile devices and, from a learning perspective, defeating the zombies will require flexibility and stamina – in our content. Karen provides you with the whole caboodle – the 47 minute video, the… Read More »It’s Not About Smartphones, It’s About Separating Content From Form
You don’t need a whole new graphic editing suite if you have PowerPoint on your PC. This beginners introduction lasting just over 4 minutes introduces you to the simple process. You can then used saved files in any authoring tool. Created by Articulate.com
Josh Devanny of Fuse Universal wrote an interesting article on LinkedIn in which he set out a number of important points to consider when conceptualising a project and beginning to design learning materials specifically for mobile (smartphone) delivery. He writes more on each of these key points: Start Simply for Smartphones Think Consumer Compress and Chunk Content Think Tactile Know the devices Single, double or treble plays The new learning… Read More »Great Learning Design is the Key to Success in Mobile Learning
Those clever guys at ELearning Brothers have produced a video which tells you how to get rid of annoying noises and eliminate background noise in your eLearning voice overs. In this video, they use Adobe Audition and Audacity, which is a free tool.
Tom Kuhlmann has really come up trumps this time! Anyone who is putting together learning resources on a budget these days knows that the stumbling block for many of us is producing a coherent graphic message running through not just each resource but a whole set of resources that contribute to a course. In this article, Tom has not only presented some new and refreshing ideas, he has also pulled… Read More »7 Ways to Create Characters for Your Online Training Courses
To quote the guys at SHIFT, “Personalising learning, which must include making the eLearning more human, is one important way to maximize the potential from eLearning.” Here they come up with 7 tips which will help you to do just that, put more of a human element into your eLearning resources so as to make them more engaging for the learners. The seven tips are: Put Learners At the Center.… Read More »7 Tips for Humanising Your eLearning Courses
Christopher Pappas has pulled together his 10 top tips for using slideshows in eLearning. There are now a number of tools which allow you to start with PowerPoint slides and end up with interactive resources that include quizzes, media, animation, branching and much more. I guess, of those out there, I have used iSpring more than the rest. I can get great results using it. I use iSpring in conjunction… Read More »Top 10 Tips to Create Effective eLearning Presentations and Slideshows
A few weeks ago, Connie Malamed put together a beautifully concise article on colour palettes for eLearning. Connie suggests that there are probably at least four things you will want to get from a colour scheme: promote a positive experience, avoid causing eye fatigue, project the appropriate mood or psychological effect, and be appropriate for the audience and content. She then goes on to discuss: Branding Based on audience and content… Read More »8 Ways to Choose a Colour Palette for eLearning