How do I develop my content development team?
Please let me start by saying one thing: I’ve got the best team of eLearning professionals with whom I have ever worked. They’re collaborative, they work extremely hard, have a passion for their position and the business, and they make coming to work an absolute joy every day. I just have one question: How did it ever get this way? It’s quite funny. They are different in just about every way. Novice, intermediate, experienced. Different backgrounds, different interests, different goals. Some creative, some in-the-box thinkers. I sometimes wonder how they even get along. They all seem to be open to criticism, sometimes harsh criticism, from each other. Is this typical, or is this unique? Or did I just get lucky?
And when I really think of it, maybe there are a few strategic ideas that I can pass on to my colleagues:Read More
Question: Why quiz with eLearning?
Answer: Because quizzes give measurable results. Teaching is only half the battle – we need to see if our learners are learning, right?
So quizzing is a standard component of any eLearning module and thanks to a tool like Articulate Storyline 2, we have even more options in the way we quiz.Read More
Well, technically the title should read “The A, B… Gs of the eLearning Content Development Phase”. The acronyms, of course, standing for “Alpha”, “Beta” and “Gold”.
Regardless of the names, I wanted to talk about what each of these stages of eLearning content development involves. And believe me; in my experience as project manager, designer and developer, I’ve seen the full array: Alpha, Beta, Beta2, Pre-Gold, Gold, Gold2… Is it possible to stop this madness?!Read More
Remember the old joke about goldfish memory? Not too long ago, it was thought that a goldfish had a 3-second long-term memory (This has since been disputed). The joke centers around a conversation that occurs as two goldfish are swimming around their bowl:Read More
I recently completed a Greek Mythology course on Coursera. I found it fascinating how the ancient Greek storytellers like Homer and Ovid were able to create elaborate stories that have become timeless and have been retold and redeveloped in TV and films centuries later. After reading The Iliad and The Odyssey, I wondered: How in the heck did Homer remember all of this? As Instructional designers, we are tasked to create memorable learning experiences that may improve the skills or, even more so, the behaviors of the user. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to get people to remember a few points about a 30-minute module…even when we give them the objectives up front to tell them what they need to remember!
“Storytelling” is the new trend in eLearning. We all have a favorite story that we like to hear, and maybe retell. But how do we pull off the masterstroke of storytelling in eLearning? Perhaps we can learn a few things from Homer and Ovid:
Tom DiMartini | 05/28/2015