quality assurance

Fix Those Pesky Digital Learning Quality Assurance Pain Points

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

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.  

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gamification

Playing with Gamification? Those Badges and Leaderboards Aren’t Enough

By | eLearning Solutions, Gamification, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

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.

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LMS

Discover Why More Companies are Choosing to Ditch Their LMS

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

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.

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L&D

Hack Your Digital Learning: Guerilla L&D Creates More Compelling Content

By | Building A Learning Culture, Disrupting Learning, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

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.

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stories

Chemical Romance: Why Your Brain Falls in Love with Stories

By | eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

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.

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budget

Why Your Digital Learning Budget Isn’t the Problem

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

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.

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elearning

Bargain Shopping for eLearning? Why Off-the-Shelf Isn’t Always the Best Deal

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

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.

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learning gaps

The Goldilocks Syndrome: And Other Signs that You have Learning Gaps

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

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.

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