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Your ELearning World

Marina Arshavskiy

Senior Instructional Designer
Marina Arshavskiy is the owner of Your eLearning World, an eLearning company committed to helping organizations become more effective by creating groundbreaking, result-oriented learning solutions. Marina has consulted extensively with private organizations and government entities, both in the United States and abroad.
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6 Ways Of Capturing eLearning Feedback

6 Ways Of Capturing eLearning Feedback

Several years ago, I attended a Creative Writing course at a local community college. On day-1, the instructor handed out a stack of documents –the Day’s Outline– and asked us to quickly review them to understand what we were about to learn. What happened next is a classic case of miscommunication and misunderstanding – something that eLearning course creators should learn from and avoid!
How To Create Next Generation eLearning

How To Create Next Generation eLearning

Way back in October 1999, during a seminar on Computer Based Training (CBT) in Los Angeles, a new phrase was introduced to the audience for the very first time – eLearning. Back then, while Internet access to the masses was restricted, training course developers (mostly programmers and IT professionals) still managed to produce eLearning courseware accessible through intranet, CD-Rom, and – to a lesser extent, via a handful of websites. Today, with instant communication available to the masses and cloud-based learning on the rise, the next generation of eLearning is poised for takeoff. In this article, we’ll talk about what it will take to create next generation eLearning.
5 Ways To Use Simulations To Develop Leaders: Risk-Free, Realistic Leadership Preparation

5 Ways To Use Simulations To Develop Leaders: Risk-Free, Realistic Leadership Preparation

The often repeated phrase “Good leaders aren’t always born – they can be made!” is true. Quite often though, these leaders are created with the help of highly sophisticated software; and not in boardrooms or around negotiating tables, but behind a screen and a keyboard! While traditional leadership development tools, such as learning exchange, action learning, and role-rotation, are good, they can be time consuming. There may be a considerable lag-time from the time that future leaders enter such programs, to the time they finally emerge as fully trained leaders. The use of simulators is a very quick, cost-effective, and risk-free way to develop leadership skills; and many world class organizations have already embraced them. In this article, we’ll talk about different ways to use simulations to develop leaders.
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Copyright Protection In eLearning Design: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Work

When eLearning content designers create material for their courses, they invest considerable amount of time, skill, effort, and money into its production. If you are an independent designer, or running your own eLearning consulting business, you have much more at stake in your creations. As a result, there is often an implied understanding of “ownership” for the content. However, oftentimes content created through your toil and labor can be surreptitiously copied and used by someone else; depriving you not only of acknowledgement of ownership, but also of potential material and financial benefits that may have accrued to you. Copyright aims to put an end to such “misappropriation” of content that lawfully belongs to you. In most cases (though there are limitations and exemptions) such protection grants the original creator the right to own the content, and decide who can use, share or disseminate it. In this article we will talk about copyright protection in eLearning. We will also go over some useful tips to consider when dealing with copyrighted content.
Measuring eLearning Effectiveness: How Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Can Help Validate Investment Decisions

Measuring eLearning Effectiveness: How Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Can Help Validate Investment Decisions

For any business endeavor to be justified, business leaders ask their management teams to provide concrete facts and figures, in terms of Return On Investment (ROI), that show beyond doubt that the proposed initiative is worth undertaking. Similarly, once the project has been commissioned, senior management and project sponsors need to know whether their investment was justified – in hind sight. Therefore, to rationalize eLearning projects prior to development, Instructional Designers and project managers need to collect, evaluate, and report on specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Big Data In eLearning: Relevance, Importance, And Opportunities

Big Data In eLearning: Relevance, Importance, And Opportunities

eLearning has experienced a lot of momentum, largely as a result of a number of technological breakthroughs. Newer eLearning authoring tools have been developed, and more sophisticated Learning Management Systems (LMSs) have been deployed. eLearning course developers are also using new multimedia approaches for course delivery, as well as leveraging social media platforms and other online forums to disseminate information about eLearning, as well as to deliver the courses themselves. All of that results in a lot of data! In this article, we will talk about using Big Data in eLearning.
Leveraging Gagné's Nine Events Of Instruction

Leveraging Gagné's Nine Events Of Instruction

Robert Gagné put forward a unique set of events to help Instructional Designers create effective learning materials. His nine-event based system uses a behaviorist approach to guide Instructional Designers on creating content that can accomplish specific learning objectives set for learners. As eLearning content designers, you can leverage Gagne’s Nine Events Of Instruction to produce highly engaging and motivational courses. Here are some thoughts and guidelines on how you can achieve that.