Let The Learner Lead: How Learning Technology Can Support Skills, Competencies, & Constructivism (Includes Webinar Recording & Slides)

A big thanks to everyone who attended yesterday – a wonderful chatty group as always.  And thank you to eLearning Industry for hosting our discussion of learning technology and theory!

You can watch the recording or take a look at the slides:

The slide deck suggests some books that relate to the topics of skills and competencies.  I also mentioned articles on various topics, so here are those additional links:

Here’s the full session description:

How do you encourage a person to learn without telling them what to believe? How do you assess skills without asking learners to memorize facts? It’s all in the learning environment.

Many learning professionals incorporate constructivism into their instructional design approach. Constructivism seeks to actively involve the learner in a process of meaning and knowledge construction. Learners are exposed to an environment and framework that allows them to derive meaning as opposed to passively receiving information.

Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist at Adobe, will provide food for thought on the following points:

  • Definitions of constructivism and some related terms, such as project-based, experiential, and inquiry-based learning
  • Benefits and limitations of constructivism
  • How constructivism can be applied to a training course or program
  • How to create an effective learning environment using technology
  • Suggested reading and additional resources

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7 Overlooked Employee Training Software Benefits

With more and more millennials entering the workplace, organizations are turning to employee training software to meet modern expectations. But is a new LMS worth the investment? In this article, I’ll highlight 7 overlooked benefits of employee training software. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Experimenting with Interactive Video & Overlay Slides

New in Adobe Captivate 2019, overlay slides enable you to add a slide to a specific frame along an interactive video’s Timeline. While the video is playing, when it reaches that frame, it pauses, and the slide appears as an overlay.
The video resumes when the overlay ends. It may continue from where it left off or from another bookmarked frame along its Timeline (either back or forward).
Adobe provides an excellent example in the Resources section. It’s called “2019 Release – Interactive Video”.Following a similar technique, I created a short course titled “Are You Ready to Learn?”

In this article, I’ll discuss some of the questions which led me to experiment with overlay slides, and the answers I discovered through testing.

1. Bookmarking Overlay Slides

Question: Can an overlay and a bookmark exist in the same location along the Timeline such that it is possible to jump directly from one overlay to another?
Initially, I created bookmarks and overlays separately. Then, I accidentally added a bookmark by double-clicking a frame that was already inhabited by an overlay, and “voila!” I had a bookmarked overlay.
I also followed the same process to add overlays to existing bookmarks.

Bookmarks and overlays on the Timeline.

Bookmarks and overlays on the Timeline.

2. Overlay Slide Backgrounds

Question: Are overlays slides required to have a background?
Answer: No.
These images illustrate the effect of overlays slides with and without backgrounds. As you can see, backgrounds create a focal point and can be visually appealing, but they are not essential.

An overlaid slide without a background.

An overlaid slide without a background.

An overlaid slide with a transparent background.

An overlaid slide with a transparent background.

3. Scored Quiz Questions (Not Knowledge Checks)

Question: How can I add scored quiz questions to overlay slides?
Answer: Create custom quiz questions using buttons, smart shapes, and Custom Actions (and possibly JavaScript too).

This image shows custom, scored quiz questions I added to some of the overlay slides. In this situation, the scoring does nothing (because they are acting as knowledge checks), but it is possible.

Quiz reporting on a custom quiz question

Quiz reporting.

4. Animation

Question: Do animations work on overlay slides?
Answer: Yes. Perfectly. No problems. No workarounds.
These images show animations on overlay slides.

An animation on an overlay slide.

An animation on an overlay slide.

Animations on an overlay slide.

Animations on an overlay slide.

5. Audio and Closed Captioning

Question: Can audio and closed captioning be added to overlay slides separate from the main video audio?
Answer: Yes.
As you can see from the image, overlay slides can have dedicated audio and closed captions. When the video pauses to display the overlay slide, its audio pauses as well, and its closed caption disappears.

The overlay slide’s audio takes over (very smoothly), as does its closed captions.

Independent audio and closed captions on an overlay slide.

Independent audio and closed captions on an overlay slide.

Note: I found it necessary to add a single “space” caption to the point on the main Timeline just before the overlay. Otherwise, when the video resumed, the last caption on the main Timeline flashed briefly before being updated.

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7 Better Learning Design Principles To Help With Your Next Project

Have you been forced into an order-taking role by stakeholders that don't value effective learning? Are you tired of importing PowerPoints into authoring tools? What you need is a tool that will help guide your conversations toward a better learning outcome: The 7 Better Learning Principles. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

New scenario examples to inspire you

I’ve added several example scenarios to this collection, along with discussion to help you evaluate the designers’ choices.

Challenges you might not have seen before include:

  • Can you convince Carla to analyze the problem instead of throwing a course at it?
  • Your patient has HIV. Should you tell his wife?
  • Your student is stressed and might be cutting herself. Can you convince her to talk to the counselor?
  • Can you recognize gang activity and respond appropriately?
  • Something is bothering Hana. Can you persuade her to talk about it?

Screenshots of several branching scenarios

You’ll consider several design decisions, including:

  • What level of production is really necessary?
  • Should players have to choose every word they say in a conversation, or just some phrases?
  • How much information should we present, and how much can people easily figure out on their own?
  • How often, if ever, should we interrupt with hints or correction?

September scenario design course is open for registration

We examine these types of activities in my scenario design course, which begins the first week of September. In this four-week course, you’ll immediately apply what you’re learning to a project on your job and get personal feedback from me. This is a popular course with limited seats, so register soon.

Content – its relevance, frequency and tone – are at the heart of compliance training

An effective learning intervention is one that has the right mix of various learning factors. In Part 2 of the post on Designing impactful compliance training programs, we will look at CONTENT. The content for compliance training interventions generally covers subjects that are considered dull. With the content often dotted with legalese related to policies, […]

5 Effective eLearning Design Tips For Reducing Cognitive Load In eLearning

Information overload has an adverse effect on the learning process and retention. Employees tend to lose interest in your course when it gets flooded with content. But with the right eLearning design, you can create quality content for your learners. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.