10 Benefits of Outsourcing Instructional Design for eLearning Programs

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Yet, many associations continue to have staff and volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) design and develop online learning programs because that’s been the default mode of operation. To provide a more engaging and effective learning experience for your online students, consider outsourcing instructional design. What Instructional Designers Do. 10 Reasons for Outsourcing Instructional Design. Curriculum design. Instructional practices.

What If Your Association Can’t Afford an Instructional Designer?

WBT Systems

Now, the bad news: you didn’t get the budget to hire a professional to design and develop the course. What are your options if your association can’t afford an instructional designer? You won’t necessarily save money in the long-run by handling instructional design yourself. It’s not always cheaper when you factor in how much time it takes staff to do what professional instructional designers can do much faster.


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2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

This is our most popular Managing eLearning post every year, and by now we know you want to see the hype curve first. Here it is: Our 2018 eLearning predictions set in terms of Gartner’s hype cycle. Cryptocurrencies are clearly at the peak of the general-purpose (non-eLearning) hype curve – a couple of thousand percent increase in value will do that. Cutting back on the administrative headache of tracking credits for certificants is an imperative for the eLearning industry.

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What Does an eLearning Consultant Do? The Complete Guide

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An eLearning consultant can help you answer this question and more. Through that work, we’ve seen the common questions that associations face when it comes to hiring an eLearning consultant— and now, we’re here to answer them: What is an eLearning consultant?

10 Types of eLearning Assessments for Your Courses

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Either way, we’d guess it looked quite different from the eLearning assessment types we’re going to discuss today. When it comes to eLearning assessments, there is a wide range of possibilities when it comes to interactivity and engagement. What is an eLearning assessment?

FocusOn Learning 2017: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Presentations Educational

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I was there last week for the eLearning Guild’s FocusOn Learning 2017 conference. In conferences, there’s definitely a sense of comradery: you’re an instructional designer? The eLearning Guild gave me a speaker for being a speaker (very punny.). It seems that the attendees are open to the idea of experiential, rather than didactic, methods of eLearning. It’s a rainy, cool day in Madison, and I find myself wishing I were back in sunny San Diego.

10+ Best eLearning Course Authoring Software Platforms

Web Courseworks Associations

Your team, subject matter experts (SMEs), and eLearning consultants work together to author content for your courses. At Web Courseworks, we provide eLearning solutions for associations, including an LMS with built-in course authoring functionality. What Does an eLearning Consultant Do?

21st Century Skills in eLearning

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The answer may seem obvious, but that’s not readily apparent in the eLearning we design. For example, instructional designers need to work with programmers, graphic artists, subject matter experts, and data scientists to develop effective eLearning curricula. Our eLearning curricula should promote these 21 st century skills. Our design choices reflect our values. The post 21st Century Skills in eLearning appeared first on Web Courseworks.

21st Century Skills and eLearning

Web Courseworks

The answer may seem obvious, but that’s not readily apparent in the eLearning we design. For example, instructional designers need to work with programmers, graphic artists, subject matter experts, and data scientists to develop effective eLearning curricula. Our eLearning curricula should promote these 21 st century skills. Our design choices reflect our values. Which century do you want to prepare your learners for: the 1900s, or the 2000s?

You Decide! Interactivity in New Media

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Learners are engaged with the media that surrounds them, and it wouldn’t hurt instructional designers to take a few tips on how to create engaging content. Luckily for instructional designers, the field seems to be in step with the implementation of branching scenarios in other sorts of media. Watch my webinar, Solving Complex Problems with Game-Based Learning , and learn more about branching scenarios and game-based learning and how they apply to eLearning.

Enhance eLearning Assessment to Maintain Learner Engagement

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One way to improve the learner experience is to aim to improve engagement in our eLearning assessment by addressing the variety and format of the questions and answers we use. The use of animations, transitions, and engaging multimedia all take considerable time and effort unless we have a large instructional design team well versed in HTML5 and CSS3, or an all-singing and dancing content creation suite, along with the requisite graphic design, animation, video editing etc.

LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

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Before getting started with using eLearning tools for your education or certification programs, it is important to know the difference between the different tools used to create, develop, and deliver eLearning content. There are a multitude of different tools available to instructional designers and eLearning developers, and it is important to consider which tools will help you to achieve the desired learning objectives and outcomes for your courses.


BYOD: Building Branching Scenarios

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Introducing people to new instructional design concepts is very important, but providing people with the tools and skills necessary to bring those ideas to life is just as important. I spent the past year telling everyone how fun and useful these scenarios are for educational purposes; now it’s time to teach eLearning Professionals how to make their own. Managing eLearning Blog associations Branching Scenarios elearning Learning Solutions Conference

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Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap


Elearnings as a whole are very attractive, as they offer an inexpensive alternative to classroom training. However, their effectiveness is often debated in the educational software community, as not all eLearnings are made with the same attention to detail. When building eLearnings it is necessary to consult people who teach and record their methodologies in making sure a message maintains its pertinence over time. E-learning elearning eLL

How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

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As is the case for your online learning materials, badges need to be researched, validated, designed, and given your full support. This article shows you how to design a Digital Badge Strategy to justify the existence of your badges, from the perspective of your business goals, your online learning strategy, and the perspectives of the users who will value earning each badge. What Does Designing a Digital Badge Strategy Look Like? Badge Design Strategy Canvas via digitalme.

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9 Ways to Increase Online Student Engagement

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When more students enjoy and complete your course successfully, your eLearning programs benefit from their return business and referrals. #1 A good introductory video could also serve as a promotional trailer, like this one from another Coursera MOOC, Modern & Contemporary American Poetry —a course we’ve discussed before on this blog because of its creative and effective instructional design. #2 Build opportunities for social learning into an online course’s design.

How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

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However, you don’t have the budget to hire instructional designers to develop courses. Market research will help you design online learning programs as well as other educational content (conference, publications and webinars) that will appeal to your target audiences—individuals and their employers. With the learning pathway approach, you don’t have to design a full-blown course. It’s frustrating when you’re the only one in your office who can see the future.

How to Get Useful Student Feedback on Online Courses

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Good feedback gives you the data you need to improve courses yourself and to make a case for hiring professional instructional designers to develop courses. Besides learning how to improve course design and delivery, post-course evaluations also help you collect testimonials for online course marketing. Blog e-Learning elearning evaluations feedback Online education tips planning program development student feedback

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

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Design and measure the association e-learning experience. Tagoras asks: Do you have a good understanding of adult learning principles and instructional design? If you’re not sure, consider hiring professional instructional designers—only 59% of survey participants do. They’re the high performers—the associations that describe their e-learning programs as successful are more likely to use instructional designers, 77% versus 59%.

5 Essential CME LMS Features for Your Healthcare Association

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This task is made even harder if your CME learning management system ( CME LMS ), the platform that delivers eLearning to your association’s members, fails to support you in the effort. eLearning content pricing that brings in revenue and is affordable for members. Responsive design.

Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable?


With the only resolution to this issue being to schedule yearly training meetings/events, or requiring intensive eLearnings where the floating personnel is not only taken away from their work, but they are often participating with varied levels of attention and an abundance of distractions. We as learning professionals already know that eLearning being ported to mobile for the sake of technological availability is not in itself an efficient utilization.

Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

Beth Kanter

I tested out the five phases of falling in love with measurement. Given the topic was measurement, I couldn’t help but go a little meta and play with incorporating learning analytics into the instruction. This blog post shares some insights about those two somewhat disconnected ideas. Elearning space defines it as: “Use of intelligent data, learner-produced data, and analysis models to discover information and social connections, and to predict and advise on learning.”

The Concept of Microlearning


Picture if you will an eLearning that takes an hour of your employees’ time. Microlearning is not designed to be the end all be all form of learning that people may wish for it to be. Is it something that lacks the complexity to warrant an entire eLearning? Are you yourself as an instructional designer capable of ripping out the fluff and unnecessary components in order to optimize the microlearning? The Concept of Microlearning.

The Future of the LMS


In the Learning and Development world training has migrated from solely instructional and self-taught. That being said, the platforms in which these games are being built are constantly evolving, giving designers better graphical capabilities, smoother operations, and in general more robust offerings. Mobile eLearning content is possibly some of the most under-utilized in the field. The Future of the LMS – Where Are We Going?

What Pokémon Go Means to the Learning Industry


If your training arsenal consists of Instructor led training and elearnings and your user base is not as receptive to the teachings as they used to be, another option now exists. As such, it is safe to say a well-executed mobile learning in augmented reality could captivate learners to levels we have yet to see, and it is up to instructional design developers to get us there. What Pokémon Go Means to the Learning Industry.