Category: Blogpost

10 Aug 2015
learner engagement

How to motivate learners in E-learning?

Motivating learners through e-learning courses is not an easy task to accomplish. In simple terms, motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation provides a reason for doing something.

In the e-learning context, learning motivation should be the reason or desire for one’s learning. The e-learning reason should be designed in a well-structured manner that will motivate learners to learn more effectively and resist less. If an e-learning course fails to provide a reason or engage the learners, it means that it has simply failed. Here are 5 tips that will show a smooth path to my readers in motivating their targeted audience in the e-learning process. Moreover, my tips will also answer the following two questions.

  • How to develop learner engagement in the process of learning, which is the main concern.
  • How to avoid drop-outs in your e-learning courses?

Tip 1 Catch hold of Learner’s attention: Grabbing your learner’s attention has a major impact on the e-learning environment. The important things to remember here are first, content should stimulate your learner’s curiosity and second content should be relevant. 

Online learning takes place in an ambiguous environment that makes it adopt the learner engagement strategy. Under this, the training should not be revolved around knowledge awareness, but it should involve action by the learner in between the training. 

Knowledge check questions from within an e-learning course are a prominent example of checking the learner engagement in your course. Using various resources of e-learning such as video, audio, avatars, music, and animations also serves as a significant effect on the learner’s mind.

 Tip 2 Course should be well-structured: To avoid drop-outs in your e-learning course, make it well-structured. An excellent blend of various online resources should be made to achieve e-learning objectives and goals. A designer should clearly state the expectations of the e-learning course. Moreover, the course should be accompanied by the guidelines and instructions, total number of assignments, contact hours, peer interaction posts and projects to be submitted for the course.

 Tip 3 Boost the spirits of your learners by your presence: The problem of drop-outs occurs majorly because of a lack of an online support system for learners. Regular communication with the learners is key to success. 

One must make sure to participate in online discussions on social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. This will allow learners to exchange ideas with each other and definitely enhance their knowledge.

Tip 4 Monitor and Feedback of Performance: The performance should be monitored very carefully, as providing an e-learning course to learners is only half the work done. The critical aspect of an e-learning course starts when performance is monitored and feedback has to be prepared.

03 Aug 2015
cloud LMS

Is there something better than Cloud computing in E-learning?

Readers, my immediate reaction would be No, not yet. Cloud computing is by far the best technology evolved for effective E-learning. The Cloud LMS is an innovative approach that allows learners to access learning material and information anytime and from anywhere. There are several more reasons why the cloud-based system is better than traditional systems and they are:

1. Less Costly: Cloud LMS can be considered as an alternative to minimize cost as this does not require downloading and installing any specific software requirements and personnel for the development and maintenance of this software as all these processes happen in the cloud data center.

2. Enhances Performance: This reduces the need for crash recovery since the data is stored in the cloud. The cloud service provider is responsible for any data crashes.

3. Speedy Updates: Since the e-learning applications are run through the cloud power, the software gets automatically updated in the cloud source. This enables e-learners to get updates instantly.

4. Multiple Devices: A Cloud LMS can be run on multiple devices like smartphones, PCs, and tablets with internet connectivity.

5. Scalability Activity: With the help of the cloud LMS business can adapt according to the rapidly changing environment. This allows businesses to increase or decrease the resources just by adding or removing the number of servers as per the requirement of the businesses.

6. Global Talent Pool: The Cloud LMS allows users a similar experience on any internet connection with minimum software requirements. The same work can be done from multiple geographical locations just by connecting a server to the cloud.

7. Improves Security: In traditional methods, the system crashes result in huge data loss which is a major setback to the business. If the data is saved through cloud computing then it’s a safer option as both the software and the data are located on remote servers that are well protected against security breaches.

 

 

 

16 Jul 2015
data import

How to Import Multiple Questions from Excel Spreadsheet in Storyline2?

 

Follow these steps for a successful data import from the Microsoft Excel sheet to Articulate storyline:

Create an Excel sheet with the following columns:

  • Quiz Question Type
  • Score Points
  • Questions
  • Answer Choices (Answer Option1,Answer Option2,…)
 

 

In Quiz Question Type we can use abbreviations like:

 

Abbreviation
Question Type
TF
True/False
MC
Multiple Choice
MR
Multiple Response
FIB
Fill in the Blank
WB
Word Bank
MD
Matching Drag and Drop
MDN
Matching Drop-down
SD
Sequence Drag and Drop
SDN
Sequence Drop-down
NUM
Numeric
LIK
Likert
PO
Pick One
PM
Pick Many
WW
Which Word
SA
Short Answer
ESS
Essay
RD
Ranking Drag and Drop
RDN
Ranking Drop-down
HM
How Many
 
 
Score Pointscolumn is used for graded questions, we can allot marks to correct answers in each quiz. The Points can range from -1000 to 1000. Points for incorrect answers are not supported.
 

Questions Text is required for all questions. In This column you can add your questions as shown below.

 
Answer Choices are required for all graded question types.
You can make upto 10 columns for answer choices and the correct answers are denoted by an Asterisk (*). In the example given below * True and all the underlined options are the correct answers.
 
 
 
For choice-level feedback, separate each answer choice and its feedback with a pipe (|) as shown in the image below.
 
 
For matching questions, separate each answer choice and its match with a pipe (|).
 
 
 
 
 

01 Jul 2015
instructional designer

Instructional Designer- A blended mix of various skills

One question that generally comes into the Layman’s mind-Who is an Instructional Designer and what exactly does he do? To get the answer to this, first, we need to understand what is Instructional Design.

Instructional design is a set of activities that are designed to identify the skills, knowledge, and attitude gaps of a targeted audience by creating, selecting, and suggesting learning experiences that close that gap. The main focus of Instructional Design is to compress the learning process and fill the gaps.

The person who performs this whole set of activities is known as an Instructional Designer. This person should be able to research and analyze the learning needs of the targeted audience and should be able to use elearning tools and techniques to reach the organization’s ultimate goal.

The responsibilities of an Instructional Designer are not easy, he needs to perform multiple tasks such as:

  1. He is a designer:He designs the blueprint and specifications which can be used for delivering learning experiences.
  2. He is a developer: He develops what he designs, i.e. he is a course developer also.
  3. He is a guide:He guides consultants, technologists and trainers in whatever issues they may face
  4. He is a writer:He writes effective copy, audio scripts, video scripts and instructional text.
  5. He is a thinker: He thinks of making instructional design model more effective
  6. He is an innovator: He innovates best practices and innovative teaching methods.
  7. He is an explorer: He explores latest processes and skills related to his area of activities.
  8. He is a communicator: He communicates and maintains relations with faculty, teachers and clients.
  9. He is an evaluator: He evaluates all his designing and developments and comes to a review or revision.

An instructional designer can make a mammoth difference to the learning material and ensure that the learning goals are met.