7 Tips On How To Use Empathy In eLearning

We all remember a story where we root for the hero to succeed or the villain to fail. This empathy with characters drives us to continue turning the page to see who ultimately wins or fails. This article looks at how can we translate this into eLearning courses.

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8 Storytelling Elements To Integrate In Online Training

Stories captivate your audience and create emotional connection. They tie the online training topics into real-world applications, thereby increasing employee motivation and engagement. In this article, I'll highlight the 8 essential storytelling elements eLearning professionals should include in online training.

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5 Essential Elements Of An Effective eLearning Story

Most of us aren't natural born storytellers. While some can spin a yarn with ease, our talents lie elsewhere. But that doesn't mean that we can't write a meaningful and attention-grabbing eLearning story for our eLearning course. In this article, I'll share the 5 essential elements of an effective eLearning story.

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6 Tips To Use Animations In eLearning

Animations may bring out our inner child, but they also have the power to improve knowledge retention, engage online learners, and simplify complex concepts. In this article, I'll talk about why you should use animation in your eLearning experiences and share 6 tips for using them in eLearning courses.

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Storytelling In eLearning: 7 Tips And Tricks For eLearning Professionals

Can you weave a story that catches the hearts and minds of your audience? In this article, I’ll share the 7 top tips and tricks to include storytelling in eLearning and craft provoking tales for your eLearning content.

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Developing eLearning Characters: A Quick Guide For eLearning Professionals

Are you looking for ways to connect with your learners on a more personal level? This article explores the benefits of using characters in eLearning, and highlights eLearning character types and some of the top tips that can help you create more dynamic and emotionally-centered eLearning courses.

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5 Ways To Create Unique Training

Check out these 5 ways to create unique training:

1. Add Character(s)
You can give each course you create its own unique personality by choosing a different cutout character each time. Your safety training course might call for an older, confident male character to instill safety rules in your learners. Your form compliance course might need a young, fun-looking guide who can spice up the topic. There are so many different directions you could go!

Of course, you’ll need a good resource for finding professionally cutout people images. One of my favorites is the eLearning Brothers Cutout People Library. The eLearning Brothers have a photography studio where they photograph all their models under the same lighting to ensure consistency. Plus, they do all the background removal work in Photoshop for you. No more staring cross-eyed at the magnetic lasso tool!

2. Use Your Personal Experiences
Personal knowledge and experiences can be a great source of information and a way to make your eLearning stand out from standard courses. Maybe you secretly know a ton about baking and can theme your course around that. Or perhaps you’re full of fun facts like “Ohio is one of the top five pumpkin-producing states in the United States,” and can turn your course into a trivia game.

Take a look at this great article to learn more about how your interests and experiences can give a unique touch to your training content: 6 Tips to Use Your Personal Interests and Experiences in e-Learning Course Design.

3. Fire up the Lights, Camera, Action!
Give your learners a break and let them watch some TV! Well, maybe not the next episode of The Voice, but you could add some training videos, especially if your course involves teaching anything hands-on.

Camtasia® screen recording software, which is bundled with Lectora® Inspire, is a great tool for creating instructional training videos. Here are some helpful how-to articles if you’re using video in Lectora:

How to Add Events to Audio and Video in Lectora and Lectora Online
How to Add Closed Captions to Video and Audio in Lectora
Recording Audio and Video with Lectora’s Built-in Tools
How to Create Your Own e-Learning Video

4. Get Interactive
What’s way better than another block of text or bulleted list? A game! Even if it’s just a simple drag and drop interaction, adding some game-like elements can make your training course feel more unique. If you don’t have the time and budget for all-out gamification, check out the eLearning Brothers Interaction Builder. You can download interactions pre-built for your specific authoring tool and instantly have a game in your eLearning course.

5. Localize
Want to make your learners feel special? Make your training course unique to them and their location. Add in local flavor with photos, correct phrases and more. This is especially important when you’re creating courses for learners in another country, but you can apply the same ideas to training created for learners in your own city. For example, if I were creating a course for coworkers in my office, I’d throw in some references to Skyline Chili and goetta. (Know what city I’m talking about? Tweet @Lectora with the answer and this blog link if you do!) Get more localization tips here: Localization Made Easy.

Download a free 30-day trial of Lectora Inspire to start trying out these 5 ways to create unique training.

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