Any learning or product administrator can tell you a scary story about a time when glitches, grammar, design, and function served as a foil to their learners. When users are already consumed with other tasks, a digital learning module that functions anything less than flawlessly can seriously reduce motivation. But discovering the right way to do quality assurance can be a time consuming and often frustrating task. Here at ELM, we’ve had our own share of frustration because the thing about quality assurance is: if your product is flawless, you’re done in a day. Otherwise, you have a time-consuming issue.
The idea of gamification often feels way too good to be true. A training method that promises increased engagement and produces learners that actually want to access materials and content? It’s no wonder that organizations are quick to jump on the gamification bandwagon. Unfortunately, poorly-planned gamification almost always falls flat, leaving learners bored and administrators wondering where they went wrong.
Once upon a time, the learning management system (LMS) was king. It was there that L&D professionals could produce, tweak, deliver, and manage employee learning. It seemed like a perfect solution until suddenly, it wasn’t. Huge, monolithic LMSs are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of more agile programming options. But why? As it turns out, the very features that were once the LMS’s greatest strength have become its folly. If you feel like your LMS isn’t serving your organization’s needs, consider these options to decide whether or not to make the switch.
Whether you have a huge L&D budget or you’re working with something more along the lines of a shoestring, digital learning can definitely increase your tab. Obviously high-level, expertly produced videos and modules will cost you a pretty penny, but they’re not always the ultimate way to connect with your learners.
Humans love a good story. From the dawn of time—think cave paintings and oral traditions—to the modern methods of seeing a movie or being absorbed by a good book, the power of stories captivates, motivates, and creates a strong bond between memory and content. After all, you could easily recite the plot of your favorite childhood book to a friend, but you might struggle to regurgitate that listicle you read online yesterday.
Microlearning is a term used in digital learning that has garnered a lot of interest; all types of companies have implemented it as part of their learning programs. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t always be more to learn about this short, catching learning trend.
When training initiatives aren’t successful, it’s easy to blame your budget. If only you’d had enough money, it would have had better results. But more often than not it’s not the size of your budget, but how you’re using what you’ve been given. Budgets have been an eLearning scapegoat for as long as eLearning has existed; unfortunately, more money won’t necessarily fix something that’s fundamentally broken. Instead, learn how to use what you have to increase training effectiveness.
If you love a good deal, the idea of purchasing off-the-shelf training programs for your company can definitely sound appealing. From a low per-person price to promises of big returns, a savvy shopper might be swayed into nabbing more generic content for the right price. But before you hand over your credit card, you should know that off-the-shelf eLearning isn’t always the best deal. For some organizations, it makes sense, but for many others with large numbers of employees—well, it could cost much more than anticipated.
We’ve all heard the story of Goldilocks before: Girl finds a house; girl tests out furniture; girl eats food; gets found by bears; gets scared and runs away. But while the tale serves as an important reminder to stay out of the wood and away from strangers’ food, it can be applied in a whole new way to your learning content. After all, what’s a fairy story if not a cautionary tale? In this case, Goldilocks could be used as a metric for learning gaps –along with a few other signs that you have a bear-sized problem.