Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Scaling Your Training Organization to Meet Growing Demand for eLearning

Do you need more instructional designers and course developers to meet the growing demand for e-learning inside your organization? Is your e-learning development team feeling overused and overrun? How do you scale to meet demand? As e-learning goes mainstream, corporate education teams and academic institutions are finding it hard to keep up. There is a natural evolution taking place as training organizations adapt to meet the ever growing plea for more and better e-learning courses. Tools, technologies, and methodologies are changing to enable e-learning development throughout the organization. Discover scaling solutions to problems your organization is encountering or will encounter as e-learning becomes more widely adopted.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Instructionally Effective PowerPoint Conversion for eLearning

Throughout the past two decades, millions of learners in instructor-led training courses have been literally put to sleep by overuse of PowerPoint as a medium for training. That’s not to say that PowerPoint itself is the culprit. The fault lies in trainers that believe that simply sharing knowledge is training.

As the common saying goes, “Telling Ain’t Training”. PowerPoint is designed to present information and is suited very well for that purpose. But for knowledge and skill transfer to occur, training needs to be a two way street. Learners need to demonstrate they understand and remember key information. They need to practice skills.

One major danger in using converted PowerPoint presentations as the basis for e-learning courses is what may be termed “PowerPoint Poison”. When a PowerPoint is converted carte blanche as a presentation, with maybe only a quiz at the end, it not only lacks instructional effectiveness, but it also creates a negative effect.

When learners who have not experienced a lot of e-learning courses before encounter one of these types of courses, they immediately assume this is how all e-learning is. As so often happens in instructor-led classes that have little to no interaction, the learner is quickly bored. They tell their colleagues and friends how boring it was and the next time an “e-learning” course comes out, they’ll already have a negative opinion about it.

Yes, simply converting PowerPoint presentations can be harmful to your e-learning initiative’s health.

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