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 […]

OECD Report predicts online learning

I recently scanned the report, Education at a Glance 2012 OECD indicators and a paragraph on P485 caught my attention. It was the only mention of online learning that I could find in the report. (There was no mention of ‘eLearning’). However, what it said is significant for many of us. Even though it is […]

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 – […]

We want eLearning – Now what? Part 6 – Achieving success

This is the final post in a six part series on implementing eLearning. For your eLearning to be successful and give you value for money, people need to use it. As with any major change, a good implementation plan and strategy for supporting change is needed. The type and cost of the support needed will […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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We want eLearning – now what? Part 4 – Expertise and skills

This is the fourth of a six part series on how to implement eLearning. Once you know what you want to implement, the success of the eLearning will depend on having people with the appropriate knowledge and skills In February 2011, the Flexible Learning Advisory Group published the report – Enabling workforce development – insights […]

We want eLearning – now what? Part 3 – The applications

This is the third of a six part series on how to implement eLearning. When you have a picture of your organisation’s requirements, it’s time to get to know the eLearning technology. You need to know something about the applications and their cost before you can establish the business case. The important thing to always […]

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We want eLearning – now what? Part 1

This is the first of a six part series on how to implement eLearning. The first, and perhaps most important step, for implementing eLearning has nothing to do with the technology. It is understanding your training requirements and your overall business objectives. How will eLearning support your business goals? Will it be through the development of […]