Savvy adult learners are always mindful of what they learn and how they learn it. Old-school and outdated learning approaches just won’t cut it anymore! For instance, if you try teaching with overhead projector slides today, or structure your learning as “click next” modules, chances are you’ll lose 100% of your audience – very quickly! As L&D professionals, therefore, understanding and embracing instructional design trends matter. Why trends matter The Merriam-Webster online dictionary describes “trend” as “…a prevailing tendency or inclination”. Psychologists will tell you that these two character traits, tendencies, and inclinations, also motivate many individuals to commit to certain courses of action. And if, as trainers, you wish to influence learning outcomes, then you need to embrace trending instructional design practices. Trends, by definition, continually evolve and change. But embracing the latest – i.e. currently prevailing - ID trends isn’t just about doing things … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Leverage Instructional Design Trends: How to make eLearning more appealing to the masses
With a large percentage of global workforces in lockdown mode, “normal course” business is a thing of the past. And that includes employee learning and corporate training programs. Even once lockdown restrictions eventually end, it’s likely that this new reality of working (and learning!) from home will continue into the foreseeable future. So, how can corporate L&D teams make remote learning more relevant, without compromising training objectives? The answer: Incorporate more mobile learning (mLearning) into corporate blended training programs. Understanding blended training Over the years, in-class, instructor-delivered training has given way to different learning models, including fully self-directed online learning. Where in-person instruction played a leading role in prior training models, 100% self-directed learning today does not rely on any trainer interaction. However, over time, a middle-of-the-road training model, called blended training, has evolved. This model is a … [Read more...] about Here is How to Quickly and Easily Leverage MLearning to Make the Most of Blended Training!
People may have different perceptions on what mobile learning really is, and that will certainly vary based on the purposes you use mLearning for. Generally, some may think that mobile learning is just one of the ways eLearning is narrowed down. Nothing more than that. In the back of their head, the only difference will be a smaller screen compared to a wider screen. Frankly though, what do we first think when referring to eLearning? Turns out we think of any form of learning that we receive or deliver, using electronic devices such as computers and laptops via internet or intranet/extranet networks. That is at least the definition we get from the masses. However, when we refer to mLearning, we think of types of learning we receive or deliver using hand-held and portable devices. The "e" in eLearning is broad and stands for all electronics. Whereas them in mLearning stands for mobiles. That, of course, is a no brainer, you may think. And you will be right. Because digging deeper … [Read more...] about Mobile Learning: Is it More Than Just eLearning on The Phone?
A while back, when mLearning became popular, instructional designers trying to accommodate all learning modes began designing two separate versions of their courses: a regular eLearning version and a Mobile version. Since creating two different versions of the same course can be very time consuming, most courses were still created just in the eLearning format. As time went on, the need for building device-agnostic content became apparent. So, what is device-agnostic content? It is learning content that can be accessed on any device including ipads, smartphones, laptops and TVs. Device-agnostic content adjusts to the browser and the size of the screen the learner is using. One of the most valuable benefits of creating device-agnostic content is that it allows learners to start their training on one device and continue on another device. Thanks to HTML 5, eLearning developers can develop device-agnostic content quickly and effectively. The main limitation here is that not all … [Read more...] about Designing Device-Agnostic Content
Nowadays, most people own at least one mobile device. As a result, mobile learning is fast gaining popularity not only because it is cheap and convenient but also because it is one of the preferred methods among most people. Many companies, organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions have already embraced MLearning. While there are both advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning, the benefits clearly outweigh the challenges. The main benefit of mLearning is that it allows people to turn otherwise downtime into more productive time. For instance, people can take mobile courses while driving or cooking dinner. As instructional designers develop mobile learning solutions, they should realize that not all types of courses are suitable for mobile delivery. Learning aids using mobile devices have been found to be most effective for: Just-in-time (JIT) learning Review and Refresher training Access to Flash Cards and Reminders Evaluation and … [Read more...] about How Mobile Learning Can Help Your Organization?