How Understanding The Adult Learning Theory Helps Us Create Better eLearning

We tend to think of adults as being able to sit and absorb boring presentation after presentation. In truth, that’s just as ineffective as it would be for a toddler. Adult learning theory is a way into the minds of adults and getting there can help you create better eLearning for your employees. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How To Adapt Your Training To The Characteristics Of Adult Learners

Children and adults are at different development stages and have entirely unlike everyday lives and experiences. In this article, we'll teach you how you can boost your workplace training program's efficiency by understanding and catering to your adult learners' needs. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

If you want people to know something – teach them; if you want people to learn something – give them something to do!

A training request has come in, and it’s time for you, the new Instructional Designer, to design and develop the training. So now what? What are you going to do? What approach are you going to take? It’s so easy for you to get caught up in educational theories and industry trends, that you may just sit and stare at the screen – unsure what to do next. So, I ask again – now what?

 

While lots of professional IDs will give you lots of great advice, my advice is this: if you want people to know something – teach them; if you want people to learn something – give them something to do. That’s it.

 

It’s not fancy; there’s no catchy hook. It’s just simple, and that is why it’s the sole principle that drives my design of any instructional material from “tip sheets” to Instructor Led Training, and most certainly eLearning.

 

What do you think? Does it make sense? Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know.

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Ways To Apply The Pareto Principle To Learning

How can you apply the Pareto principle to learning? Ask any teacher, and they will tell you that they dedicate 80% of their time to 20% of the students. But there is more to this than just the time spent. When designing adult learning programs, there are rules you may want to keep in mind. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

3 Elements Of Good Storytelling: From Game Of Thrones To Adult Learning

From a campfire in a primeval forest to binging on Netflix, we process and understand our world and ourselves through the narratives we tell. We naturally gravitated toward storytelling as a vital tool in learning. But what can we—as learning professionals—learn from the great storytellers? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Dissect An xAPI Statement: Adult Learning With Technology

Discovering more about xAPI can be a lengthy and sometimes confusing process. There are plenty of resources out there that step you through each facet of the xAPI Statement. I thought I'd put my spin on a resource in a way that helped me understand the structure. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.