How Training Engagement Can Boost Your Bottom Line

Employee training engagement drastically improves profit margins. Lower costs with higher productivity and customer satisfaction help foster a healthier bottom line. This makes training engagement a critical competitive edge over organizations who aren’t prioritizing training that motivates. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How to Become a Successful E-Learning Developer

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Between the blog posts, community interactions, workshops, and webinars one of the most frequently asked questions is how to get started with e-learning or become a better e-learning developer.

I’ve written about this in several previous posts that cover how to build your skills, create your personal brand, and maintain a portfolio. You can find previous posts and a really cool interaction below.

How to Build Your Skills

Here’s a list of some of the posts on personal development.

Just Getting Started?

You know what’s better than reading a bunch of articles? Seeing it all in an e-learning module.

Sarah Hodge of SlideSugar recently shared a really great example of how to get started with e-learning. Not only is the content valuable, but it’s a demo worth deconstructing to glean ideas for your next e-learning course.

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See e-learning example here.

Be sure to check out the articles and Sarah’s e-learning example above.

What tips would you give to those who are just getting started or want to improve their e-learning design skills?


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Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

 

Learning Objectives Should NEVER Be About Learning

There's much talk about how to create effective learning objectives. But this advice seems to fall on deaf ears. If you expect your learning efforts to align with business results, then start creating objectives with a focus on operational and performance outcomes. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How To Master Your Foundation Skills Training Programme With Learning Pool’s eLearning Modules

Foundation skills are the basic elements of business literacy. They are the essential skill sets a modern employee needs to progress. Without them, people will struggle in their jobs and development may pass them by. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Weekly Challenge: A Couple of Visual Design Tips for E-Learning

As mentioned previously, I like to take part in the community’s e-learning challenges. They’re great to practice ideas and learn more about using the e-learning software.

In a recent e-learning challenge, we were asked to create a demo module and use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year (which is Living Coral). This came at a good time, as I was pulling together some content for a workshop and wanted to show a few different ideas around color in a course’s visual design. The examples below go from subtle to “in your face.”

Visual Design Tip: Make Everything Greyscale & Use One Accent Color

One tip we share often is to make everything greyscale. And then select a single accent color. One benefit is that it tends to make the screen content look a bit more elegant. And the accent color really pops. And it gets rid of a lot of conflicting colors and helps direct the eye.

e-learning example visual design

Click here to view the example.

In the example above:

  • Converted the car interior image to greyscale
  • Used the Pantone color for the label markers
  • Used a color schemer to create a second color to complement the Pantone accent color

Often less is more, and in this case getting rid of color in the image and working with one (or two accent) colors really makes them pop and it cleans up the visual design.

Visual Design Tip: Use Silhouettes and Bold Colors

This other example is a bit more bold and in your face and it’s create to draw attention. I’d use it sparingly, but it’s great for making key points or title screens. And it’s easy to do.

e-learning example visual design tip 2

Click here to view the example.

Silhouettes are easy to create from people and objects. They work best with strong contrast. I like them because their ambiguous which comes in handy for people imagery.

  • Create a bold background color
  • Insert a character
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast settings to create either a white or black silhouette.

Check out some of the other Pantone 2019 challenge entries. If you don’t participate in the e-learning challenges, you should. You’ll learn new things and be amazed at what others create and how different everyone is in approaching the same challenge.

If you do participate, write a post and share what you learned or a technique you used to build it.


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  • April 12 (Milan): Digital Learning Tour. My workshop will be in English. You can sign up for just my session if you don't want the entire package.
  • May 19-22 (Washington DC): ATD International Conference & Expo.
  • June 3 & 4 (Toronto). Articulate Roadshow. Sign up for one day or two: register today. Early bird ends April 30.
  • June 6 (Halifax). Articulate Roadshow. Register today. Early bird ends April 30.
  • July 24 & 25 (Minneapolis). Articulate Roadshow. Sign up for one day or two: register today. Early bird ends May 17.
  • August 14 & 15 (Seattle). Articulate Roadshow. Sign up for one day or two: register today. Early bird ends May 31.
  • November 4 (Manchester, UK). Articulate Roadshow. Details coming soon.
  • November 6 & 7 (London, UK). Articulate Roadshow. Details coming soon.
  • November 8 (Edinburgh, UK). Articulate Roadshow. Details coming soon.
  • We're currently working on additional locations and dates for 2019.

Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

 

How To Grow Your Negotiating Capabilities Using eLearning

One of the best ways to improve your negotiation skills is through negotiation training. For many years, traditional learning has been an effective training tool. However, thanks to technology, new methods of learning, which have proven to be more effective or cost less, are now available. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.