Monthly Archives: February 2014

3 Online Resources to Track New eLearning Techniques

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Just like the lottery player who’s “in it to win it,” instructional design professionals have to remain in the eLearning loop to stay on top of the game. The Internet can help you keep track of new eLearning techniques, concepts, best practices, technologies and job openings. The three Internet resources below make great use of your time and can connect you with others in your profession.

1. The eLearning Guild

If you’re serious about continuing education, The eLearning Guild delivers an environment to learn, evaluate and adopt new custom eLearning techniques without reinventing the wheel. Four levels of membership allow the instructional design professionals to choose from a menu of options. The free associate membership includes Guild research, conference archives, job boards, webinars, magazines and more. Premium membership allows greater live access to over 300 continuing education opportunities each year.

2. eLearning Industry

When you’re searching for free eLearning resources, head to eLearning Industry. In addition to an excellent blog documenting new eLearning techniques and clarifying best practices, concepts and trends, you’ll find free tools to round out your toolbox — authoring tools, storyboard templates, photography, infographics and more. If you’re new to the instructional design field or contemplating a move from classroom-based design to eLearning, you’ll find free e-books and resources to guide you.

3. ASTD

ASTD is the world’s largest training and development association, and caters to the novice instructional designer focused on career development as well as the long-time professional who wants to brush up on new eLearning techniques. Membership fees start at $229 per year and include membership in a local chapter and Internet access to free and reduced-rate educational resources such as Watch & Learn Webcasts and archives, a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) certification center, international and regional conferences and trainings as well as the ASTD Job Bank.

 

3 Things to Know About the Tin Can API

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Let’s be honest with ourselves:  although SCORM claims to be able to communicate with any LMS (Learning Management System) and vice versa, eLearning and education professionals admit to finding huge gaps in employees’ training progress when evaluating results based just on this system.  Using the new Tin Can API system will allow program developers to better interpret data because this new API is able to measure learning in ways that the older SCORM program was not.  Below are three of the most important upgrades that eLearning professionals will benefit from when switching over to the Tin Can.

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eLearning: How Atrium Teaches Their Sales Team

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Michele Mavi, Director of Training at Atrium Staffing, shares her insights on how to train sales members.

Teaching ‘How to Think’ vs ‘What to Think’

My approach to teaching people how to sell differs from the traditional powerpoint presentations. I became a trainer because of my subject matter expertise rather than any formal education as a training professional. Nothing can fully replace the type of learning that goes on in an active classroom setting. My intention is to teach a thought process rather than specific information. Mentors are asked “How do you do that again?” because 80% of the information is invariably forgotten two weeks into the job! Teaching a thought process is a delicate thing and is usually strengthened in a communal setting. When people openly disagree and discuss chosen courses of action everyone learns something new. So I did away with the power points and handouts and opted for a traditional note taking system of paper and pen. We follow a roadmap that offered several ways to get to one’s destination.

Each Class Should Be Different

What I love about this conversational approach is that no two classes are ever alike. Role playing creates a unique classroom that allows our sales trainees to reinforce what they’ve learned. While one may know how to answer a question correctly on a written test, it’s quite another thing to maneuver the situation properly in person. How many times in our own lives have we planned for an important meeting, negotiation or even break-up? How often has the conversation taken control of us? For some of us more often than we’d like to admit! We’ve all experienced the following “I should have…why didn’t I, if only I had….I can’t believe I forgot to say…”.

eLearning Modules Complement Back to Basics Learning

eLearning excites me because I can incorporate it into back to basics learning. Back to basics learning is a helpful tool to keep people fresh, especially after new hires go through formal training and have hands on experience. It’s also great for our more seasoned employees who usually roll their eyes thinking there’s nothing more to learn! With an e-learning module we can measure retention as well as what people may be overlooking in their process…and in that case, the statistics don’t lie!