7 Questions to Ask to Create Effective E-Learning

We don’t always hear clients asking us to help them improve performance. Much like homeowners trying to design their home, people focus more on form than on function. It’s up to us designers to marry both & come up with a solution that is beautiful but at the same time, fulfils its unstated purpose. Continue reading 7 Questions to Ask to Create Effective E-Learning

The Role of Knowledge

For a few years now, the term *knowledge* has been getting a bad rap from across the spectrum. From a Learning Design perspective, we say: “In real life, no one will ask you to list the steps to perform first aid, what actually matters is that you’re able to administer first aid when the need arises.” And even in general, we tend to discourage people … Continue reading The Role of Knowledge

Duolingo Gets Both Gamification and Learning Design Right

Good gamification enhances the experience of learning something, while at the same time advancing you towards your goals. Duolingo gets this bang on, and I was recently blown over by this beautifully-designed, gamified language learning experience. This article describes my observations. Continue reading Duolingo Gets Both Gamification and Learning Design Right

Rich Learner. Poor Learner.

Evan, Laura, and Allen work in the L&D department of a large company. One morning, their manager Helen calls them into her cabin. She says “Congrats! You’re going to DevLearn in Vegas!” Celebrations ensue, and the three excitedly get ready for the journey. Before leaving, they individually make plans for the trip. Here’s what each of their plans looks like: EVAN At the end of … Continue reading Rich Learner. Poor Learner.

5 Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Learners

The deluge is upon us! Run for cover! Well, I’m not talking about an invasion or a natural calamity. I’m talking about the stuff that we are faced with every minute of every day – the torrent of information that keeps hitting us, threatening to sweep us off our feet and drown us, if we’re not careful. Ah, the curse of social media, which constantly … Continue reading 5 Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Learners

There Ain’t No Better Teacher Than A Mistake

… as long as it leads to a lesson learned. It was a series of online sessions on instructional design that I was facilitating. The audience was a smart group, comprising mostly of people from HR and talent development. Needless to say, the session was very interactive, and as I had come to expect during the series, they were questioning me and challenging me at … Continue reading There Ain’t No Better Teacher Than A Mistake

Beyond Effective E-Learning – Changing Habits, Not Just Behaviors

“We absolutely nailed it! Folks are loving this!” exclaims Terry. “Reporting rates have increased… incidents have gone down… people are really using strong passwords! Management couldn’t be happier.” chips in Janet. Terry and Janet, both learning designers in the corporate world, are discussing their freshly-launched security course, and how it has become an overnight sensation. They have every reason to be happy… learners and management … Continue reading Beyond Effective E-Learning – Changing Habits, Not Just Behaviors

Why I Still Love Bloom But Not His Verbs

I have a confession to make. I’ve sat in scores of meetings with project stakeholders, painfully agonizing over the verbs to use for defining the objectives of a course. Should we use ‘Develop’ or ‘Construct’? Which one is better – ‘Describe’ or ‘Explain’? Would it be more appropriate to say ‘Classify’ or ‘Categorize’? You get the idea. After all, objectives define the boundaries of a … Continue reading Why I Still Love Bloom But Not His Verbs

Learning Design Best Principles – From The Learnnovators & Quinnovation Project

We, at Learnnovators, joined hands with Clark Quinn of Quinnovation to develop a course on ‘Workplace of the Future’, which we recently shared with the learning community free of charge. The links to the course, as well as a series of blog posts by Clark Quinn explaining the underlying process, are provided at the end of this post. The idea of the project was to … Continue reading Learning Design Best Principles – From The Learnnovators & Quinnovation Project