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How eLearning Tools Can Leverage Your Strategy To Create A "Symphony In Learning"

Symphony is about relationships, about putting the pieces together. In the Conceptual age, successful people are those who can see the big picture, detect patterns, understand connections among variables, see things in the light of other things, and make meaning.

eBook Release: eLearning Design And The 'Right' Brain
eBook Release
eLearning Design And The 'Right' Brain
Discover more about the interactive elements in eLearning that will appeal to the right brain and help create memorable, sticky learning experiences.

About The eBook: Symphony In Learning

Orchestras play in a symphony, where every musical instrument - regardless of its size and the duration it is played - work in harmony and come together to produce a beautiful whole. Similarly, learning should offer opportunities for learners to experience how the various elements that are learned come together to solve a problem, address a challenge, or move on to the next level of learning. There are 3 main ways to ensure Symphony in learning, namely assessments, mind maps, and videos.

Assessments, Mind Maps And Videos

Assessments

In eLearning, assessments can be designed in a variety of formats, based on what learners need to be tested on. The focus should be on giving learners the chance to synthesize information and combine it to derive meaning.

Assessment Type Function Example

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Mind Maps

A mind map is a visual representation of an idea or concept. Mind maps help learners get a holistic view of the course. As opposed to a linear view, mind maps cluster related content and give learners the freedom to explore the cluster of their choice. Mind maps help form connections, even between seemingly unrelated thoughts and concepts and are a very visual way to see the big picture.

Mind maps in eLearning can be used to represent:

  • Menu: Present the menu as a doodle instead of plain tabs and open navigation so that learners can explore.
  • Sequential activities: Have a mind map with the main steps, and branches explaining each step in detail.
  • Summary: Present the main points in the map and reveal details on click.

A Peek Into The Classroom

Have a blended learning program lined up? Share a mind map of the entire program in the introductory session. It can give learners an overview of the various sessions and their particulars such as the date, whether it is classroom or online, pre-requisites, and more. Additionally, mind maps can also be used to capture opinions during a brainstorming session and for planning activities.

Videos

In promoting symphony, videos and video snippets can help learners get a comprehensive idea of where things lie in the bigger scheme of things. A look at the versatility of videos:

  • Usage

Welcome your new hires with a welcome message from your CEO.

Address change management issues with members of the C-Suite speaking about the need (for a new ERP, new policy, etc.).

Show an accident that could have been avoided with better security and vigilance.

Shoot an expert assembling a product, operating a complex machine, or putting on PPE and share it with learners.

Record your senior sales reps negotiating with a disgruntled customer and share with your sales team.

  • Purpose

Instantly makes them feel welcomed and valued will appeal to their sense of identity.

Puts misconceptions to rest and lets them see the relationship between the current problems and the proposed solution.

Makes it easy to picturize what went wrong, and the steps that could have averted the mishap.

Helps learners get a firsthand experience with topics they can’t directly view/handle.

Offers them the opportunity to observe and get the body language and the nuances of dealing with customers right.

Additionally, a well-structured table of contents (TOC) and overview slides also help learners get a bird’s eye view of a course in one go!

The best and most effective learning is achieved through stories. Stories increase our understanding by showing things in a different light. Remember the bundle of sticks that taught us unity is a strength? The ability to craft a compelling narrative will make the difference between active and passive learning. Stories are being used by organizations to:

  1. Market products by connecting with consumers on how they help solve their problems, increase social status or make life easy.
  2. Share organizational goals and how individuals can contribute toward the achievement.
  3. Help employees share their personal experiences which will enrich others.

Stories In Learning

From making it easy to remember dry facts and taking decisions, to helping learners interpret information to form judgments and restructure by viewing things from a new perspective, stories can be used for a variety of training needs. If you want to read about the instructional design involved in storytelling for eLearning and are interested in replacing the linear, predictable, and theoretical with emotional, creative, and artistic components, download this eBook: "eLearning Design And The 'Right' Brain" to become a 'Right' brain expert; and, moreover learn how its role in learning can be of use to you!

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