eLearning Articles

Virtual Worlds - Simulation or Reality

Virtual Worlds - Simulation or Reality?

It’s always interesting to note someone’s response when they hear you’re using a virtual world as a learning environment. Simulation is generally the word used in the response…‘Ah, so you’re simulating the real thing’. Well yes, I suppose we are. In a way. But what I’ve thought more and more about since implementing learning within a virtual world environment is that simulation and reality can become very blurred in the virtual world. I’m no longer certain it can be simply described as simulated learning – the experience is very real. So is it simulated? Or is it reality? And does it matter?

6 Reasons To Use Focus Groups in eLearning

6 Reasons To Use Focus Groups in eLearning

In this article, I'll delve into the most notable benefits of using focus groups when developing and designing eLearning courses. If you've been on the fence as to whether focus groups are worth to be incorporated into your eLearning development strategy, these convincing arguments may just be the catalyst you need to start using this analysis tool.

9 Ways to Bring Talent and Learning Management Together

9 Ways to Bring Talent and Learning Management Together

In this part of my series on how to save the Learning and Development industry from certain doom, I explain why talent training and learning need to come together to create a culture in which the correct things are taught to the correct individuals. I offer nine ways to achieve this, and also explain the importance of informal learning in achieving all-round business success.

6 Tips To Estimate Your eLearning Course Length

6 Tips To Estimate Your eLearning Course Length

In this article, I will discuss the key factors that you'll want to bear in mind when estimating your eLearning course length. This will allow you to create eLearning courses that are just long enough to achieve the desired learning objectives, but still short enough to avoid learner boredom and frustration.

Flipping your EFL Classroom? Go ahead!

Flipping an EFL classroom makes a lot of sense since it allows the teacher to focus on helping student develop their communication skills. Learners have more time to engage in actual, meaningful interaction in the target language in class, where the teacher is available to offer timely feedback and assistance. Teachers can reach more students in a way that caters to their learning pace and style. Best of all… it’s not really that hard to do.

Key Tips for Working with Short Attention Spans

Key Tips for Working with Short Attention Spans

YouTube videos are usually about 3-4 minutes. An average phone call is less than 2 minutes, according to Statista . It makes sense—people have short attention spans. Research firm Basex says that unnecessary workplace interruptions take 28% of US workers’ days and $650 billion a year in productivity. So, how do you design effective e-Learning courses when your learners are easily distracted?

Top 10 Free BaseCamp Alternatives

Top 10 Free BaseCamp Alternatives

In this article, I'll highlight the top 10 free BaseCamp alternatives, and walk you through how to use each free project management tool to take full advantage of its features. These free project management tools can help you to stay on track by creating a virtual base of operations. Keep in mind that while all these tools are free, most of them offer advanced features for a fee (monthly or annually).

A Time of Crisis for the UK Learning and Development Industry

A Time of Crisis for the UK Learning and Development Industry

In this article, part one of my series on saving the UK Learning and Development industry from certain doom, I examine how the L&D industry is struggling to keep up with times and highlight what needs to be done to meet demands and expectations. This is a brutal, no-holds-barred assessment of L&D, taken from my own experiences talking with L&D professionals and research into the state of the industry. Part 2 will establish how – and why – to bring learning and talent training together.

Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning

Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning

In this article, I'll share 10 tips to use collaboration tools in eLearning, so that you can create eLearning courses that are truly interactive, immersive, and innovative. Each tip, trick, and technique will allow you to not only more effectively utilize collaboration tools, but to make social collaboration an integral part of your eLearning strategy.