Newcomers to any field often have the world in front of them, and newbies to the Learning & Development (L&D) and Instructional Design (ID) profession are no different. The tendency is to put everything they’ve learned to practice, in the hope that they’ll produce more effective eLearning solutions. In the process, they often make some rookie mistakes. How To Avoid Common Errors That Rookie L&D Professionals Make Here are 10 common rookie errors to avoid. 1. Assuming That When The Client Asks For A Learning Solution, It's The Right Solution For Whatever Problem The Client Is Trying To Solve Or Objective They're Trying To Achieve Training won’t always solve an issue. And one of the most important questions novice L&D professionals must learn to ask is: Is training the solution to a problem? An established factory (in business for 30 years) owner might be concerned about falling quality and productivity and increasing safety incidents. Their answer: Train the … [Read more...] about 10 Most Common Mistakes Rookie L&D Professionals Make…And How To Avoid Them
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One of the biggest challenges that eLearning professionals experience is demonstrating the return on investment (ROI) of their training programs. In order to attract project sponsors and to justify resources invested in the development of eLearning, projects need to prove that they deliver real benefit to an organization. This article discusses considerations that need to be factored in when calculating eLearning ROI. Tips For Assessing Return On Investment Of eLearning eLearning has revolutionized how individuals (personally as well as in corporate settings) learn. There are a number of reasons why businesses and individuals gravitate towards eLearning programs, including: Flexibility Cost-effectiveness Standardization Repeatability Convenience ...just to name a few. However, as with any business venture, eLearning projects need to show that they deliver real benefit to an organization. If they can't demonstrate such value, then they are likely to not attract champions … [Read more...] about Assessing Return On Investment Of eLearning
Do you want to create super engaging, interactive, results-oriented eLearning courses that people love and WANT To Finish? In the Instructional Design for ELearning program, I teach you everything you need to know to become a successful instructional designer. This is not just a TRAINING program, but also an IMPLEMENTATION program. You will get: More than 10 hours of training Workbooks, handouts, case studies, and transcripts to accompany each lesson Templates that you can immediately apply to your own course designs Exercises and quizzes to test your understanding of each lesson There is a discussion board, where you can ask questions, share feedback, and communicate with me and other students in the program. As a bonus, you’ll get two complete tutorials for Articulate 360 and Adobe Captivate and a step-by-step lesson about developing effective eLearning portfolios. The first course covers the basic elements of course design including blended learning, … [Read more...] about Instructional Design for ELearning Program: Your guide to creating successful instructional design for eLearning courses!
Keeping your portfolio organized will help you find the items you want to show your prospective employer easily. Also, a well-organized portfolio will show you put some thought into it. There are many ways to organize your eLearning portfolio. Below are just some of them. You can: Put your documents in chronological order starting from the year you began working in the field and ending with the most up-to-date samples of your work. Personally, I do not favor this method because if you have many years of experience your portfolio will overflow with samples and overwhelm the person viewing it. If, on the other hand, you have only spent a year or two in the field, your portfolio will clearly show that. Categorize your artifacts based on the ADDIE model. This way, your portfolio will have five sections. The first section will be dedicated to analysis. Your analysis documents will go here. The next section will be dedicated to design. You will most likely include your design … [Read more...] about 4 Ways To Keep Your ELearning Portfolio Organized
In this post, we will talk about the format of your portfolio. There are two possibilities: you can either create an electronic or paper-based portfolio. First, let’s look at digital portfolios. Below are some of the most popular tools you can use to create your electronic portfolio. While they are not listed in any particular order, I personally prefer VisualCV, not only because it is easy to use but also because it can convert your digit resume/portfolio into a PDF file that you can easily print and bring to the interview. Silkapp Dropr Weebly Blogger DoYouBuzz Flavors.me VisualCV Webs Wordpress Wix When it comes to the paper-based portfolio, your options range from inserting your artifacts into a three ring binder to investing in a professional portfolio binder. Regardless of which option you choose, consider purchasing sheet protectors to keep your portfolio pieces safe and clean as well as make your portfolio look more polished and professional. It is … [Read more...] about How To Create ELearning Portfolios That Help You Get Hired
By now, we have talked about the sources you can use to build your portfolio. Now, let’s talk about different artifacts that should go into the portfolio. Below are some of the most common documents that most employers want to see in portfolios. If you have any other samples worth showcasing, feel free to include them too. Needs Analysis Document – This document will show your employer that you know how to conduct research and that you are familiar with various methods of gathering data. Design Document – Being able to create a design document is often a requirement in many organizations. This is the blueprint for both eLearning and face-to-face training. Most employers expect to see at least one design document to get an idea of how you design training exercises. Storyboards – Always include at least one storyboard, and whenever possible, consider including different types storyboards. For example, if one of your storyboards was created in Word and another one in … [Read more...] about 9 Documents That Employers Want To See In Your ELearning Portfolio