“Writing is the star of the show”

The title of this commentary is a quote from an article written by Harry Calhoun, called Why is writing for e-learning different?  at http://www.cedma-europe.org/newsletter%20articles/Training%20Magazine/Why%20is%20writing%20for%20e-learning%20different%20(Apr%2006).pdf eLearning that engages the learner is developed with good instructional methodology, relevant content, an easy to use interface, pleasing and relevant images and writing that flows and connects. However, when facilitating […]

Implementing a learning management system – lessons learned

The implementation of a learning management system (LMS) has its own set of project management challenges. Having implemented two LMSs – each very different in their nature and complexity – I have learnt six critical lessons to maximise success and minimise the challenges. Lesson 1 – Start with the right picture The foundation of each […]

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 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 […]