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On the second day of Christmas Learning: speed

In the spirit of the season, i’m dedicating the last twelve days of writing to a series of reflections on key trends and features of learning in the Social Age. Today: speed. I hope Santa has an asbestos beard, because … Continue reading

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How to design great e-Learning: ask the right questions

It has to be said that i’m a rather amateur gardener, much preferring the ‘BBQ on a summer evening‘ end of the event to the ‘months of digging holes and spreading manure‘ part of the process. On those occasions when … Continue reading

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Skills training using e-learning. Using diagnostic exercises, feedback and justification to overcome the challenges.

It’s sometimes felt that you can only really train facts and figures with e-learning, that skills training requires face to face interventions. This is based on the fact that you can’t give direct feedback on behaviours to an individual within … Continue reading

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The ‘next’ button is dead. Using interactive stories as a navigation device.

Every now and then you come across something that’s really clever. This is one of those things: http://www.drawastickman.com/ It’s a story about a stick man. He has a few adventures, you get to help him out along the way. But … Continue reading

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Writing scripts for learning videos. What makes a conversation or scenario feel real?

We use a lot of videos in our e-learning. Sometimes they’re used to demonstrate behaviours, sometimes to set a context or bring in a leader to inspire (or at least enthuse) you. Sometimes we use a Guide to help make … Continue reading

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The role of the Guide in e-learning. Facilitating change.

We often use a Guide character within our videos. The Guide is there to interact with the protagonists and with us as viewers: they can speak directly to the characters and directly to us, breaking out of the dramatic scene. … Continue reading

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But is it any good? Creating e-learning that’s effective and engaging at the same time.

Creating a successful learning experience is not as easy as you might hope. It’s easy to create something that ticks all the boxes in terms of covering key learning, but which is as dull as ditchwater. Similarly, you can create … Continue reading

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Usability and utility in e-learning. How to make sure that you’ve got it right.

E-Learning is a funny creature. It’s created by a mixture of art and technology, always a heady if slightly risky mix. It’s a spontaneous activity stifled by process, it’s great communication strangled by noise. All to often, the magic gets … Continue reading

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Designing e-learning solutions. Questions of cost and quality and preconceptions.

Lots of people assume that e-learning is expensive to produce, that it’s not as effective as classroom based training, or that it’s good for knowledge training, but not for skills training. None of these things are true if the e-learning … Continue reading

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Building a Business Case: Five reasons to use e-learning and why they work

Anyone who knows me well will know that i’m not one for lists, but a number of people have asked me what the main reasons are for using e-learning. In no particular order, here are five reasons and some thoughts … Continue reading

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