5 Rules for Creating Relevant and Fluff-free Content (INFOGRAPHIC)

5 Rules for Creating Relevant and Fluff-free Content (INFOGRAPHIC)

Whether you’re designing interactive courseware, a PowerPoint deck for a live training event, or the script and storyboard for an instructional video, these 5 rules will serve you well. Information overload is a common pitfall that eLearning designers should be wary of. Your goal should be to create a course that packs in only that much information that fulfills the learning outcomes. Relevance increases learner engagement. So Cut the fluff and make more room for the content that really matters. The How to Keep Your eLearning Content Relevant Infographic presents 5 rules for creating relevant and fluff-free eLearning courses. 1.…read more >
7 Ways to Easily Create More Video

7 Ways to Easily Create More Video

Learning professionals have a firm grasp of the value of online video. They also experience anxiety—not just about finding ways to use video more effectively, but also about cost. It’s a dilemma. Many equate good video with high-end production (scripts, storyboards, actors, directors, shooting schedules, post-production, etc.) Perhaps it’s time to broaden our definition of online video. Effective video content need not be a mutually exclusive choice between high, unsustainable production cost and low do-it-yourself (DIY) quality. Here are 7 different ways to create and use online video: 1. High-End Hollywood First things first: professionally produced video can be a…read more >
What’s Wrong with Using Learning Styles?

What’s Wrong with Using Learning Styles?

Reflections from DevLearn: Can preconceptions about learners limit their ability to learn? At last week’s DevLearn event in Las Vegas, we launched a new survey. We’re asking L&D professionals their opinions on Neil Fleming’s (and others’) model—that individuals fall into distinct learning styles, like Visual, Auditory, Read-Write, and Kinesthetic. (If you're reading this before October 16th, there's still time to take the survey!) The topic is thought-provoking, to say the least. Many of us have been told we have a particular learning style. “You’re such a visual learner” and similar phrases come often from teachers and instructors. This seems to…read more >
Send In The Training Reinforcements

Send In The Training Reinforcements

With interactive video training, businesses can apply learning reinforcement techniques needed to keep sales training from evaporating. Not everyone is a born salesman. Effective sales techniques can be taught in the classroom (real or virtual), but too often that training disappears very quickly if the material is not reinforced. In his 2013 ATD blog, Sales Horizons co-founder Richard Ruff noted, “If your organization does not reinforce the skills learned during sales training, learning will decay—and decay will be rapid. Indeed, many skills may disappear within three months.” Ruff and others maintain that coaching and institutional support (easily accessible messaging, success…read more >
What Really Matters in the Flash Debate

What Really Matters in the Flash Debate

Technology companies should serve the needs of the end user, even when it’s hard to do. In a recent TechCrunch article, LiveRail’s head of client services Vijay Balan posed the familiar “Flash is Dead” argument, using some unnecessarily harsh rhetoric (i.e., “the upcoming Flash-pocalypse.”) As expected, this stirred up a snarky flash debate between partisans of Flash and HTML5. Balan’s piece focused on digital video publishers, but the issue impacts other users of online video—especially eLearning professionals. To be clear, Flash is an older, desktop-centric technology in the late stage of its existence. For mobile devices—particularly those running Apple iOS—it’s…read more >
The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning

The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning

eLearning Applications for Interactive Video Earlier this year, Viddler commissioned an intensive research survey of learning and development (L&D) professionals. Our goal was to better understand their views and priorities on the subject of interactive video in workforce development. The first hurdle we discovered is that many in the L&D world do not have a clear idea of what “interactive video” means! Some felt that simply pushing play on a video constituted interactivity—an idea discussed in my previous blog. Once respondents were shown some examples of in-video interactivity—such as timeline comments or links, questions, etc.—they had definite opinions on what…read more >
Is Flash Dead? Or is the Venerable Web Technology “just resting”?

Is Flash Dead? Or is the Venerable Web Technology “just resting”?

Like the infamous Dead Parrot, the Adobe Flash plugin is at the end of its viable life cycle as a Web technology. Recent disclosures of exploitable bugs in Flash—plus this week’s decision by browser developers at Mozilla to disable the plugin—have accelerated the trend away from Flash in favor of HTML5 for Web video and animation. Even Adobe’s beautiful plumage (in the form of HTML5-based output from Flash Professional) cannot disguise the fact that Flash is increasingly viewed as an unnecessary security risk. Flash Dance The demise of Flash should not come as a surprise. In 2011, Steve Jobs’ open…read more >
Show or Tell: Should I Use Text or Video?

Show or Tell: Should I Use Text or Video?

Show or Tell - Should I use text or video? The debate between show or tell has existed since prehistoric times. But how do you know which one to choose? Let me explain. Imagine someone rushing down the street, completely lost and running late for a special showing of Jurassic Park. He stops and asks you for directions to the movie theater. In this situation, you have two options: tell him, explaining the directions, or show him, opening Google Maps on your phone, complete with exact street names and distances—and even push the directions to his smartphone. Which option is…read more >
eLearning Evolved Part 1: Why Should I Use Video?

eLearning Evolved Part 1: Why Should I Use Video?

Why Should I Use Video? Has one of your favorite books ever been turned into a movie, only to leave you disappointed? At some point, you'll have the “book was better than the movie” experience. The reason is simple: While you were reading, your mind was busy filling in the blanks with your imagination. You took the abstract words from the page and created your own world, complete with your unique characters, places, and scenes. Even though it’s the same book, no two people will have the same “imaginative experience.” Instead, It's your own unique experience. Memory vs. Imagination With…read more >
What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?

What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?

When someone uses the phrase, "interactive video," what do they mean? The answer may surprise you. Online video has been with us since the early 2000s. As popularized by YouTube, the ability to watch videos on demand is part of our digital culture. But what are people actually doing when they watch that inspirational clip? Press the "Play" button? Maybe adjust the volume or go to full screen view? Nod and share it on Facebook? If the player is little more than a tiny TV, then the video experience is "flat" or passive in nature (even if the video itself…read more >