Scalable eLearning Solution for Busy Pediatricians


(This learning program won the 2016 Brandon Hall Silver Award for Best Advance in Custom Content)

The Challenge

CEASE California is a non-profit, clinical effort and evidence-based training program combating a devastating issue in the United States: second-hand smoke exposure in children.

The CEASE training program has shown meaningful progress in helping pediatricians identify and approach their patients’ parents and caregivers to provide assistance for them to quit smoking. Unfortunately, the in-person training deployment is very costly (including costs of travel, staff time, etc.) and the expense was too high to sustain and scale. Amongst cost, other barriers from scaling the program to help children nationwide include the lack of time amongst pediatricians to complete an in-person training, and staff turnover requiring new staff training sessions.

The ELM Solution

The CEASE eLearning module ELM created contained three key learning objectives for pediatricians to take away from the program:

  • Understand the impact and prevalence of tobacco use (especially with second-hand smoke)
  • Learn what the CEASE method is and understand its components.
  • How to use the cease method in their practice to help reduce the risk of second-hand smoke in their patients.

Using our neurolearning methodology, each objective was supported by strong visual interpretation and design combined with meaningful challenges (such as drag and drop interactive context combined with short quizzes) after each objective to ensure the learner understood and retained what they had learned. Everything from the voice narration to the content was created to play upon pediatrician’s previous knowledge, and a strong storytelling element was implemented to help the learners better implement CEASE at their practice in a way that would strongly relate to their patients perspective.

The Results

A randomized study of 156 participants trained was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the online training module ELM created. The ratings of both the in-person and online trainings were of high quality with ratings greater than 4.5 on a 5 point Likert Scale for both groups. There were also no significant differences between the trainings in ratings on convenience, effectiveness and ability to engage participants. This shows that the online module is a viable, cost-effective way to scale the training across the U.S. and impact more children’s lives. The online training allows for an easy solution to train new staff members, and allows pediatricians to complete and absorb the material at convenient points in the day for them, creating minimal interruption in workflow.

Omnicom Media Group

Diversity and Inclusion 101

The Challenge

Omnicom Media Group announced that in 2016, diversity and inclusion initiatives were to come front and center as a company-wide business priority. Their learning and development team needed to find a way for all of their divisions to better interact and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion.  The company came to ELM to develop a solution that meshed with their fun, engaging company culture.

The ELM Solution

ELM developed the course for Omnicom Media Group, incorporating their Diversity 101 content and robot theme idea for the module. Because millennials make up a large part of the Omnicom workforce, ELM developed an interactive learning experience that was built with modern, on-brand design and supported with an engaging, funny, and relevant narrative. The script was crafted to relate all of the new information to the learner and describe exactly how each department is able to support the employees from all walks of life.

ELM also gamified the solution, incorporating simulations of typical conversations and employee might encounter, where their “battery life” in the right-hand corner would decrease if they got an answer wrong.

The Results

Omnicom Media Group has received positive feedback from a large number of its employees. The learning has sparked conversations around the office.

Omnicom Media Group’s leadership highly backs the learning initiative and was crucial to the success of the program, ensuring managing directors and other managers stepped in and helped oversee the training that makes it into the hands of every single employee at Omnicom Media Group.

“Leadership communication is one of the most important elements of our training success.”

We interviewed Omnicom on the success of their diversity training here:


J. Walter Thompson

Custom Animation to Teach and Engage an Internal and External Audience

The Challenge

J. Walter Thompson was facing two separate challenges that required a similar solution.

First, they needed a way to teach people about the company’s first female Creative Director and her impact in the advertising industry. The solution also had to be engaging enough to inspire young creative women to take action and apply for a scholarship in her honor called the “Helen Landsdowne Resnor Foundation Scholarship”.

Second, J. Walter Thompson was also having challenges getting across the purpose of their internal global talent microsite called Career Key. They needed a way to help employees around the globe understand the function and content on Career Key so they would use the site regularly.

The ELM Solutions

Project 1:

ELM created a short 2-minute explainer video with custom graphics and animation to engage a young, highly distracted audience of 17-24 year old women. To really grab their attention, the ELM design team used custom audio engineering. They edited a 1920’s hip-hop mash-up to emphasize important text or messaging in the video. ELM also used custom graphics to portray “Helen” and keep the video on brand, since it would be external facing on their website.

Project 2:

The ELM team realized a step-by-step video would not resonate with the vastly millennial audience at J. Walter Thompson. Most of the learners understood how to navigate the software. ELM crafted a compelling visual story through custom graphics and animation, painting a picture of the benefits on an employee’s career  using the internal CareerKey site vs. your basic “here’s the home page” course.

The Results

After launching the Helen Landsdowne Resnor Foundation Scholarship video on their website, J. Walter Thompson experienced a significant increase in scholarship application usage and submissions.

The CareerKey video was well received by J. Walter Thompson employees, who gave the company great feedback on the module. J. Walter Thompson was so happy with the results they are now thinking about trying out a learning that utilizes gamification.


Custom Sales Training: Taking learning From Static PDF to Digitally Engaging

The Challenge

NuVasive, an innovative medical device company, relied on instructor-led training for years. However, with a sales force that is constantly on-the-go, in-person training sessions were increasingly difficult to attend. For those that did attend the in-person training, there was a secondary issue of remembering and recalling the materials covered with nothing to reference after, so that knowledge wasn’t being transferred and applied to improve their performance and results.   

The ELM Solution

Our team at ELM partnered with NuVasive’s two internal instructional designers who were unsure how to take their learning methodology to the next level. Our team helped them digitize their content in an engaging and meaningful way to the end learner. We transformed existing PDF’s into interactive PDF’s, and helped their team choose an application compatible with these to deploy via mobile for their workforce. Our team also designed and developed custom animated videos to support each PDF, and serve as a reference to return to later if the learner had a question or need clarification.

The Results

Our team has developed 200+ minutes of microlearning for NuVasive’s sales team over last 3 years. We started working with NuVasive in their sales department, but since the success of the sales training, have partnered with them to develop better learning for more departments.

“The creativity and animations have not only engaged our sales force, but also reinforced their learning to help achieve greater success.”  -Senior Leadership at NuVasive

SalonCentric (A Division of L’Oreal USA)

Product Training For an On-the-Go Sales Team

The Challenge

SalonCentric, a division of L’Oreal, had over two hours of educational video content to launch a new line of L’Oreal products to its field sales team. Unfortunately, the video had an extremely low participation rate, with little product knowledge retention which prompted the need for a change.

The ELM Solution

ELM segmented L’Oreal’s video into multiple, self-paced, two-minute microlearning vignettes. Using Articulate Storyline, ELM customer branded the modules for SalonCentric and overlaid beautiful product imagery and interactive assessments. The modules apply best practices in instructional design and include highly interactive questions to allow learners to self-­assess their knowledge of the new product line. ELM designed the modules for mobile delivery (primarily Apple iPad) and helped L’Oreal integrate their training with both Salesforce and Cornerstone for seamless mobile video consumption.

The Results

The new learning modules for the product launch were much easier for the sales team to engage with, while maintaining their productivity.

Joe Sileo, Vice President, Training & Development at SalonCentric said “The quality of learning development that ELM produces goes beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s creative, fun, imaginative, and engages our learners. The best part is ELM achieves this without ever losing sight of our learning goals.”


Custom eLearning Solution for More Engaging Onboarding

The Challenge

MillerCoors needed to find a way for their internal departments to better interact and understand each other’s business objectives. Unfortunately, their onboarding was uncompelling and skimmed over by most of their employees and new hires. The company came to ELM to craft a solution that meshed with their fun, engaging company culture.

The ELM Solution

ELM developed an interactive learning experience that challenged the MillerCoors employees in understanding the four main functions at MillerCoors. The eLearning solution was built with modern, on-brand design, that was supported with an engaging, funny, and relevant narrative. The script was crafted in a way that did a very important thing: relate all of the new information to the learner and describes exactly how each department is able to support the learner’s current role. Finally, the learning experience was kept short, using a microlearning approach to not overwhelm the learner, and to make it easier to take the learning without interrupting the work day.

The Results

Once this new onboarding experience was launched to onboard new MillerCoors employees, the company saw a drastic increase in user participation and engagement.

Weight Watchers

Fast-Track eLearning Solutions

The Challenge

With a limited window of time and an extensive wish list, Weight Watchers’ Director of Global L&D, Matt Sharma-Stray, turned to eLearning Mind for a solution. “We had 13 different markets in place, but they all had their own content and training strategy,” he laments. “We needed to find a way to migrate all training and content back to one central team in the U.S. office.”

Sharma-Stray admits that Weight Watchers already enjoyed a long tradition of eLearning culture. When it came to new product offerings and existing content, however, he hoped for something more powerful and equalizing than past efforts.

The ELM Solution

“The real challenge for Weight Watchers was an extremely aggressive timeline,” says Jack Makhlouf, Chief Learning Architect for eLearning Mind. “They hoped to accomplish in just a matter of weeks a program that might take another firm upwards of three to four months to pull off.”

It was imperative that Jack first assemble the right team to execute on a tight timeline. Then, it was a matter of – if not creating new content for Weight Watchers – coaching the WW team to effectively use existing materials in a more organized and engaging way.

“They had the content,” says Makhlouf. “We organized their material so learners could log in and complete a course in just 5 to 12 minutes.” eLearning Mind synthesized existing media to create a streamlined module that respected users’ time while still delivering a centralized experience for all branches.

Makhlouf’s team has also been working on a new project for Weight Watchers: Localizing all content for 11 different languages.

The Results

Makhlouf’s efforts arrived just in time: “The entire look, feel, and nature of our eLearning changed with the addition our new eLearning program,” says Sharma-Stray. “We saw an increase in completion rates, but also received much in the way of internal recognition from users and management alike.”

Lesya Lysyj, President, Weight Watchers North America, agrees. “It was the best training we ever delivered.”

World Bank

Microlearning for the Basics

The Challenge

What happens when one of the world’s largest finance organizations turns their focus to educating beginners on the basics? Liana Korkotyan, SME Toolkit Program Consultant for IFC World Bank, was tasked with creating a way to introduce financial literacy to small business customers across the globe. Whether it was a rug seller in Turkey or a small café in Italy, the modules needed to target small business owners at the most elementary level, without bogging down bandwidth.

“We knew we needed to produce three-to-five minute segments and incorporate interaction with the audience,” says Korkotyan, “but we didn’t have any ideas for specific formatting and delivery.”

The ELM Solution

Korkotyan brought her material to eLearning Mind with outlines for the subject matter, but not much else. “Our first task was to find the ideal writer,” says Jack Makhlouf, eLearning Director at eLearning Mind. “We found a teacher who specialized in business accounting for beginners and worked with the designer to fill out the content based on what SME Tookit wanted.” Working with the right content producer offered the ability to tailor the material directly to the desired audience.

The visual style for the modules was another concern. “We chose a whiteboard format because it’s casual and engaging – perfect for small business owners,” says Makhlouf. The 12 modules are short, engaging and visually impactful. “The whiteboard format also allowed us to include assessment tools, like multiple choice quizzes, drag-and-drop interaction and ranking tasks,” he says. “This not only makes the modules more engaging, but gave learners the chance to assess their knowledge and refresh if necessary.

The Benefits

Thanks to her work with eLearning Mind, Korkotyan was able to create a set of educational modules that condensed basic principles into easy-to-access and understandable topics. “Our analytics indicate a healthy interest in the modules, and local partners are looking to make the modules part of their own customer education,” she says.

Makhlouf also considers the finished product a complete success. “We created learning modules that are accessible, palatable and approachable,” he says. “By combining storytelling with interactive tasks, small business owners have access to world-class financial training – no matter where they are.”


Microlearning to Engage Millennials

The Challenge

Annalect’s 450+ employees include some of the most innovative minds in technology, integrated marketing, and consulting. It’s a complex, fast-moving environment, in which there is significant resistance to spending time on training whether in class or on a computer. Plus, it’s a young environment — the average age of an Annalect employee is 27 years old.  These ‘Millennials’ are characterized by short attention spans, frequent media switching, and the constant presence of mobile technology.

The challenge: finding a way to provide learning opportunities for this young, smart, ‘too busy to train’ workforce that would help them to master the ongoing flow of new information quickly, effectively, and enthusiastically.

The ELM Solution

Microlearning — fun bite-sized learning modules done on the run on smartphones and tablets. Annalect reached out to eLearning Mind to help design, develop, and deploy this innovative approach to employee training.

Working with Annalect, eLearning Mind developed highly interactive five-minute modules full of personality. Activities, quizzes, videos and other multimedia were used to engage employees and track their learning. Videos submitted by learners themselves and displayed on a branded media player would further draw them in.

For deployment, eLearning Mind recommended the Absorb LMS platform — a progressive and social/mobile friendly SaaS-based LMS that allows users to add meta-tags to cross-reference topics, to conduct their own searches, and to develop eLearning roadmaps and blended learning paths that put them in greater control of their own training.

The Benefits

During Phase 1 of the rollout, employees are responding enthusiastically to the vibrant, bite-sized modules and are actually asking for more extensive educational opportunities, a complete shift from their former resistance to training.

This was a surprise to Julie Veloz, Annalect’s Global Head of Learning and Development: “We didn’t anticipate this. The quick, fun lessons seem to have neutralized the resistance to training. It’s as if microlearning has teased them into seeing the value of further learning.”

Annalect is now making plans to extend microlearning to their clients. eLearning Mind will be there to support that effort every step of the way.

Nestle Purina

Custom Development for Compliance Training

The Challenge

Nestle Purina Pet Care, a long time eLearning Mind (ELM) client, has utilized eLearning interactive training in a variety of departments including Human Resources, Marketing and Inductions.

They needed ELM to create an eLearning course for their manufacturing plant that would satisfy crucial federal regulatory compliance guidelines. Traditionally, regulatory training was periodic and ongoing throughout the year with mandatory attendance from supervisors and line managers. This type of in-person training – while crucial for the manufacturing facility – was severely debilitating to productivity and budget. In addition, the class length and inconsistent instruction impeded the ability of employees to learn the information they needed to pass the mandatory final tests, a requirement to maintain valid federal certifications.

The ELM Solution

ELM course designers concluded that a rapid eLearning course would accomplish the teaching objectives and could be quickly implemented, a necessary requirement in the face of approaching certification deadlines.

Within a month, ELM rebuilt the course from the ground up keeping the following objectives in mind:

  • Class length
  • Ease of use
  • Measurable retention
  • Final exam, compliant with regulatory guidelines

The final rapid learning course was a rich 30-minute experience, a welcome change from the 90-minute in-person training. ELM designers repurposed the original PowerPoint slides into an easily understood “roadmap” that learners at all training levels could follow. Bookmarking capabilities allowed employees to start, pause and return to the course as their schedule allowed. Additional content in the form of case studies and interactive exercises were added to support the original material, providing more context for the teaching objectives and allowing for a deeper level of retention. Knowledge was assessed through topic quizzes, which allowed learners to move forward or prompted a second review of the topic in order to reach the next subject. As a result, employees were more qualified and confident to pass the final exam – a 25-question test that required a 100% score to meet regulatory compliance regulations.

The Benefits

Nestle Purina Pet Care saw immediate success after implementing this rapid eLearning course.

  • Productivity remained high, as supervisors and managers had the freedom to undergo training as time allowed.
  • The bookmarking feature added convenience to the training and learners were able to stop and start the course as schedules dictated.
  • Significant improvement in training delivery costs.
  • The rapid learning course was scalable and distributed to Nestle Purina manufacturing sites throughout the U.S.
  • Learners benefited from consistent training and interactive nature of the course.
  • Across the board, compliance documentation was achieved because training could not be completed until a 100% score was earned.


Transforming a Live Event into a Scalable eLearning Solution

The Challenge

Several times a year Sony hosts a San Diego-based training workshop attended by marketing team members and managers from around the world. The benefits of the face-to-face training session far outweighed the $100,000+ annual costs to produce such an event. In addition to the expense, the productivity of key Sony team members was compromised for the days leading up to and after the training session. Furthermore, it was difficult to measure how much of the training session the employees had retained. As a result, Sony needed an engaging eLearning solution that would be scalable to its marketing departments around the world, and include a knowledge assessment component so the intellectual results and monetary savings could be measured quantitatively.

The ELM Solution

It was clear that Sony would benefit from an eLearning solution. To create a course as interactive as the live training session, eLearning Mind (ELM) instructional designers decided to incorporate three elements:

  1. Engaging narrative
  2. Classroom exercises
  3. Knowledge checks

Engaging Narrative

To recreate the conversational tone of a live training session, ELM conducted a series of interviews with Sony instructors to gain in-depth understanding of the course materials and how they had traditionally been presented. Using the interview transcripts, course designers developed a script read by a professional voice-over actor that communicated the training course objectives in the personable tone that was in keeping with Sony’s internal brand voice.

Classroom Exercises

Our course designers were tasked with simulating an authentic classroom experience in an eLearning environment. To do so they used a series of entertaining, visually stimulating, graphics to add a gamification element to the course. By engaging learners with educational games, the objectives of the original classroom exercises were more easily applied and understood.

Knowledge Checks

It was a key objective for Sony to measure the learners’ intellectual investment throughout the course. To ensure that the teaching goals were being achieved, ELM designed the course to flow through topics at a pace and level controlled by the learner. Periodic knowledge assessments measured retention and tracked scores as teaching goals were reached. Sony employees could dictate the lessons they already understood as well and request additional information for topics they needed more instruction.

The Benefits

A 45-minute interactive eLearning course that accomplished the original objectives:

  • Scalable to a larger audience: Sony could now distribute the course throughout marketing departments around the country.
  • Reduction in live staff training time: Productivity was no longer sacrificed for travel and training time.
  • Reduction of costs: Sony saved $100,000 a year in travel and training expenses.
  • Knowledge retention: Overwhelming quiz results indicated that more employees achieved learning goals using the eLearning course versus the live training session.
  • Interactive and engaging: Positive learner feedback confirmed that employees enjoyed the control and gaming aspects of the course.

Lee Hecht Harrison

Executive Coaching & Sales

The Challenge

Take executive coaching services and repurpose them into an online multi-course learning program for scalability and to create an additional product revenue stream.

Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a leading consulting firm for outplacement, leadership consulting, executive coaching, and career development services, wanted to reach a broader consumer base through an online teaching portal using a scaled version of their professional face-to-face services. Marketing their services to an audience that was previously unreachable would ideally create an additional revenue stream as well.

The ELM Solution

After consideration of the wide range of LHH professional services and coaching tools, eLearning Mind (ELM) course designers determined that a total learning program would need to be created. The designers concluded that LHH would benefit further from the addition of a library of eLearning modules and interactive knowledge assessments. Together, the comprehensive learning program, along with the library, would serve to deliver on the level of training that the LHH brand represented and establish a profitable product revenue.

To create this type of extended learning environment, ELM and LHH collaborated on the following points:

  • The courses should be highly interactive.
  • Modules would be self-directed.
  • Courses would be created to address each stage of the learner’s development.
  • Information should be engaging and interesting for learner retention.

In order to create educational materials that incorporated the standards of learning that consumers expected from LHH products, ELM designers immersed themselves in the LHH brand culture. Using this rich supply of knowledge, ELM designed more than twelve 10 to 15-minute courses on the subjects of Coaching and Leadership. Each module was developed using a situational awareness approach so learning could be self-directed. As learners progressed through the courses they were asked to test their new skills by responding to a series of simulated dialogue scenarios between an employee and manager. This style of instruction came to be referred to as a “what would you do in this situation” course and, depending on the answer to that question, the learner was able to gain the key feedback necessary to successfully progress to the next teaching moment, maximizing both interaction and engagement and resulting in improved comprehension.

The Benefits

  • The LHH-branded “Develop Me” online learning program appealed to new customers as well as current LHH executive coaching clients.
  • Twelve 10 to 15-minute multimedia, interactive courses were created. Each course was self-directed and self aware so learners progressed through individualized coaching experiences at their own pace.
  • Professional services were repurposed as scalable learning modules that supplied an alternative revenue stream.
  • The online learning portal reached new clients that could be redirected into additional LHH professional services.