From Novice to Grok

I have been reading The Gamification of Learning and Instruction, by Karl M Kapp. An excellent book that I recommend to anyone interested in the design of learning. Chapter 7 talks about the difference between the internal knowledge structures of novices and experts. This has interested me for some time because most of the eLearning […]

Does your eLearning support cognition or present content?

I recently read the article “What forty years of research says about the impact of technology on learning: a second-order meta-analysis and validation study” by RM Tamim, et al. It was published in The Review of Educational Research, vol 81, March 2011. Firstly, the article contains some quotes that are excellent reminders of the importance […]

Bells and whistles do not equal interactive learning

Most of us are familiar with versions of the Learning Pyramid developed by the National Training Laboratories. You can see an example of it at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DEVMARKETPLACE/Resources/Handout_TheLearningPyramid.pdf The key message is – the more we participate in the learning, the more we retain. You will notice that ‘audio-visual’ is listed as a passive teaching method – […]

Integrating work and online learning

I recently attended the annual conference for the Australian Institute of Training and Development. At the conference, Charles Jennings spoke about a learning framework, 70:20:10, that recognised the significance of structured informal learning. He also stated that there is less incentive to take people away from work and put them in a classroom. Roger Collins […]

value for money

We want eLearning – now what? Part 5 – Value for money

When implementing eLearning, the goal is to provide an eLearning strategy that delivers an appropriate cost benefit. What does eLearning cost? For this, I will refer to a report by the Chapman Alliance – How Long Does it Take to Create Learning?  According to this report, the average internal cost for creating 1 finished hour […]

eLearning lament

About 12 months ago, I assisted an organisation to enrol and support 26 of their staff in a Diploma of Project Management. The nine month program involved six workshops and the application of theory to a project in the workplace. The participants chose to participate. 23 of the participants have completed the Diploma by the […]

The impact of design in eLearning

The design of learner control and the aesthetic design impact on learning achievement and the value of online learning. Higher levels of interaction in online learning permit greater flexibility for the learner. However, too much freedom can disorient and frustrate the learner. Too little control precludes reflection and higher order thinking and further frustrates the […]