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The E-coach Blog
By Alison Bickford on May 6, 2013
It’s 2013 and I am still seeing poor quality e-learning courses being built by so-called ‘professional’ e-learning developers who then sell these to uninformed organisations. Common issues include:
- Poor navigation
- Poorly chunked and sequenced content
- Overwhelming use of text
- Poor attention to visual design
- Little use of scenarios to create context
- Insufficient learning activity and problem-solving practice
To help support organisations in their quest for quality e-learning, I have created a checklist that I invite you to download and use.
Please download this 3 page Checklist to Assess the Quality of an E-Learning Course.
Use this checklist to:
- Assess the quality of off-the-shelf e-learning courses before purchase
- Self-assess the quality of an e-learning course your developing
- Assess the quality of e-learning currently on your LMS
…or give it to your e-learning developer to comment on and justify their design.
Note that this checklist is not exhaustive, but is a good starting point. A more detailed e-learning style and function guide is available to E-Learning Academy members.
Please feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to receive your thoughts and ideas about this checklist. Thank you.
By Alison Bickford on April 20, 2013
Video podcast 34 is the third in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines an learning and development or training department functional perspective to managing change. It explores 5 areas of impact:
- Team readiness to use technology
- The LMS
- Learning assessment
- Striving for excellence
- Preparing managers and learners
Why not download this free training resource from iTunes.
Or read the transcript
Or watch the entire free tutorial series on our YouTube Channel (video podcast 34 is embedded below)
By Alison Bickford on April 14, 2013
Below is a 3 part recording of a webinar I presented on behalf of Redback Conferencing in March 2013, entitled “Video is King: Top tips in designing and using video for online training”. This recording is also available from our YouTube playlist, Video for Organisational Learning.
Should you have amy questions or thoughts, please leave a comment. Thank you.
By Alison Bickford on April 6, 2013
One of the main reasons for having a Learning Management System (LMS) is the reporting function. Reports are used to assess e-learning uptake, Return on investment (ROI) and to justify an LMS upgrade. They are also utilised to provide evidence that a user has completed the training that has been assigned to them.
Compulsory doesn’t mean ‘compulsory’ if there is no consequence
There is no point communicating an e-learn is compulsory to complete if the feedback loop is not acted upon. Run weekly reports, and use the ‘chain of command’ to communicate non-completions. If required, write a policy that clearly articulates what occurs to staff, should compulsory e-learning not be completed.
Failure to act upon non-completions results in weakening the message behind what is considered by the business to be important, mandatory learning. It also creates risk associated with failing to demonstrate that legislated training has occurred.
“There’s something wrong with the system”
Depending upon the maturity of your LMS implementation, and the stability of your IT operating system, there can be times when staff have completed an e-learning module but the system has not registered completion. Under these circumstances, it is important to take a balanced view – a stand of giving the staff member the benefit of the doubt, and of checking to ensure they have understood the topic. Consider asking the staff member questions about the e-learning content. Check their understanding before closing the e-learning course from the ‘back end’ LMS database.