Is Your Learning Technology Fit For 2018 And Beyond?

Your learning technology needs to equip you with the tools to ensure your content performs effectively over time. Make the right decision, and you can adapt your eLearning to your learner’s changing needs. Choose the wrong technology and you’ll be lumped on-going headaches.

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How To Solve 3 Learning And Development Manager Frustrations By Choosing The Right Educational Software

Let’s look at the usual difficulties and motivations of Learning and Development managers in their day to day activities. This article breaks down 3 of their biggest frustrations, and gives you actionable tips on how to choose the right tooling to address these Learning and Development managers frustrations.

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5 Ways You Can Save Time And Launch Great Learning Content

If you’re confident in your strategy to develop brilliant online training and learning content, that’s great. But you’re only halfway there, to really hit it out of the park, you need to find ways to increase your speed to market – all in a cost-effective, efficient way, without sacrificing quality.

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Adobe Captivate 2017 Review: What’s New and Enhanced for Responsive Mobile Learning?

Adobe Captivate 2017, New HTML5 responsive Smart elearning Tool, mLearning

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Adobe Captivate 2017 is released and I am excited to see what this new version has to offer to the eLearning world. With this new version, Adobe has opened the doors for smart and advanced eLearning authoring focusing on mobile learning courses & responsive eLearning design. This eLearning authoring tool lets eLearning Developer create responsive HTML5-based eLearning content without any programming knowledge.

Adobe Captivate 2017, the updated version of Adobe Captivate 9.0.1, can be a game changer as it comes with capabilities to:

  • Reduce eLearning development time with the innovative new Fluid Boxes
  • Transform legacy Adobe Captivate eLearning (desktop) courses into fully responsive eLearning content
  • Deliver engaging, interactive, multi-device eLearning content with no hassles

Adobe Captivate 2017 is now power-packed with lots of exciting new features, enhancements and functionalities like never before. As part of Adobe Captivate 2017 review, we will have a look at the new features and improvements of Adobe Captivate 2017 Release.

New Features of Adobe Captivate 2017

It includes:

  • Adobe Typekit Integration
  • Fluid Boxes
  • Transform legacy desktop-only courses into fully responsive modules
  • Device-specific previews
  • Responsive sliders
  • Responsive text support
  • Customizable closed captions
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) support

Enhanced Features of Adobe Captivate 2017

It includes:

  • Multiscreen responsive eLearning authoring
  • Responsive themes
  • Responsive Motion Effects without programming
  • Shared Advanced Actions

I will be covering the enhancements in the next blog. But for now, let’s have a closer look at my favorite brand-new features of Adobe Captivate 2017.

Fluid Boxes for True Responsive eLearning:

Creating responsive eLearning courses has never been so easy. With the introduction of Fluid Boxes, you don’t have to worry about the break points to see how your content looks on various devices.

The Fluid Boxes are containers that hold the objects (text and graphics) enabling you use the white space more intelligently. These Fluid Boxes logically resize or align the objects without the developer’s intervention to adjust breakpoints manually. This new feature saves a lot of time and efforts in eLearning development while creating true responsive eLearning experience.

Adobe Typekit Integration:

With the integration of Adobe Captivate with Typekit fonts, you don’t have to limit yourself to the web-safe fonts in your eLearning projects for HTML5 and responsive eLearning courses. This integration will help you access the beautiful fonts from the Typekit font library from the cloud. It provides an optimal and consistent viewing experience across any device ensuring your on-screen text always looks like the way it should be.

Convert legacy courses desktop-only into fully responsive eLearning:

Converting previously created legacy non-responsive Captivate eLearning course to fully responsive eLearning course is now a matter of clicks. Adobe Captivate 2017 comes with the ability to save existing Adobe Captivate eLearning courses as responsive mobile learning courses. Captivate applies the Fluid Boxes to intelligently rearrange and group the objects logically.

Device-Specific Previews and Responsive Slider:

Eliminate the guess work. Now you can use Device-specific previews along with the Responsive slider to see how your eLearning content looks on various devices before the final publish. Select the specific device from the preset device menu to see the output.

You can also drag the responsive slider at the top to see how the eLearning content aligns for varied screen sizes right away in the authoring environment. You can even make a custom size and add it to the list of Device-specific preview.

Conclusion:

To conclude, Adobe Captivate 2017 simplifies and speeds up the responsive eLearning aka mobile learning to the next level. The new features and enhancements are worth the upgrade if you are looking for fully responsive eLearning courses aka mobile learning.

So Adobe Captivate 2017 authoring tool is not only intelligent by design but also efficient by nature. I will be covering a few more enhanced features of Captivate 2017 in the upcoming blog. Stay tuned to learn more!

Source: http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/adobe-captivate-2017-review-whats-new-and-enhanced-for-responsive-mobile-learning/

The Most Desired Qualities of an Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer Qualities Required in eLearning

Instructional Designers are indispensable in an eLearning courseware development process. They are involved since the identification of the learning need to the learning solution implementation phase. They understand the problem, develop corresponding solution and devise a plan for its effective implementation.

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Let’s discuss what qualities an Instructional Designer should possess to deliver these responsibilities.

An instructional designer should be a…
Quick Learner

As a professional courseware developer, Instructional Designers are ought to develop learning solutions on any concept under the sun. To do this, they must be quick learner with minimal assistances from SMEs.

Creative Explainer

An instructional designer should possess ‘Teacher’s Instinct’. Considering the Content, Learner and the Learning Outcomes; an instructional designer should adopt simple and intuitive explainer models at both, macro level (curriculum designs) and micro level (instructional strategies) of a learning solution.

Expository Writer

Writing has different styles to express your thoughts; but an instructional designer should possess an expository style of writing or developing the learning content. The content must be plain and easy to comprehend in simple efforts. Each piece of content should be put in a pattern that it construct one concept after the other.

Instructional Content Visualizer

Instructional Content incudes text, images, illustrations, videos etc. An instructional designer should represent these elements in an appropriate flow and graphic design sense. It includes the use of colors, symmetrical shapes, arrangement patterns and animation sequence.

Keen Reviewer

An instructional designer should have an eye for detail focus and correct every feature of an effective courseware development. High precision reviewing capability is vital to identify mistakes and loop-holes in content as well as other cosmetic designs. Even a minute element of the course should serve its intended purpose.

Innovator

Every learning need is unique with respect to the desired outcome behavior, learner and the content. An instructional designer must be an innovator to blend different instructional strategies and develop a unique learning solution for the problem. It requires an instructional designer to be well-versed in various instructional models, approaches and technologies.

Researcher

Developing a course requires lot of material to review. Quite often, clients supply content if it is related to organizational policies, specific products and services or in-house developed content (if any) etc. In normal course of work, an instructional designer define and get approve the learning objectives in specific behavioral terms and then develop content through their own research on Internet, Books, Videos etc. They ensure, the final content should help the leaner achieve the desired objectives.

Tech Savvy Developer

Every piece of courseware such as content, visuals, courseware development tools, learner interactive strategies etc. conveys some-meaning to learner; an instructional designer tries to have control on these and ensure learner receives the intended meaning. This require instructional designers to be conversant in learning science as well as in learning technologies such as eLearning authoring tools, sound editing software, image editing software etc.

Conclusion

An ideal instructional designer should possess capabilities to develop an effective eLearning courseware.

Source: http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/the-most-desired-qualities-of-an-instructional-designer/

3 Things You Should Stop Doing For Better Mobile eLearning

Global mobile usage is sky high, yet mobile eLearning often leaves much to be desired. Ideal mobile experiences may contradict traditional principles associated with presenting learning content, but when it comes to eLearning design, these 3 rules are likely doing more harm than good. Stop them now!

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