Emily Redmond – Elucidat https://www.elucidat.com Thu, 28 Jul 2022 13:45:40 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 What is elearning? https://www.elucidat.com/blog/what-is-elearning/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 09:55:53 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8862 Elearning is impactful and convenient, providing an array of benefits to both users and organizations. Development, technical improvement, and also better affordability of electronic devices have sparked the acceleration of elearning into the 21st Century. But what exactly is elearning and how can it provide opportunities for your organization? What is elearning? Elearning, short for […]

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Elearning is impactful and convenient, providing an array of benefits to both users and organizations. Development, technical improvement, and also better affordability of electronic devices have sparked the acceleration of elearning into the 21st Century. But what exactly is elearning and how can it provide opportunities for your organization?

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What is elearning?

Elearning, short for electronic learning, is a structured course or learning experience delivered through digital resources. 

The scope of elearning is wide-ranging, it can include a ten-minute quiz on your phone to completing a university degree at a distance, and everything in between. There are also numerous elements that can make up an elearning course, including video, quizzes, games, activities, and other interactive elements. 

Elearning can be accessed through any kind of electronic device, at any time, and anywhere; making this type of learning very popular.

Elearning history

The popularity of elearning has accelerated over the past few decades and is benefiting organizations across the globe today. It is useful to understand how and why this change has occurred by looking at the past of elearning.

In 1999, Elliot Maisie coined the term ‘elearning’ which sparked the rise in the term’s use and reputation. The rise of elearning has been facilitated by several factors to allow it to become the most popular way of delivering training. 

These factors include:

  1. The rise of the internet – previous to this, many relied on the use of printed manuals, CD-ROMS, and other restrictive methods for learning and training. The rise of the internet allowed for flexibility and increased interactivity for learning, abandoning one-dimensional practices. Resulting in virtual learning environments beginning to truly thrive, with people gaining access to a wealth of online information and elearning opportunities.
  2. Development of Multimedia – learner engagement improved, compared to traditional learning, as the ability to integrate different elements including images, audio, video, and graphics grew. This has subsequently improved the elearning experience of users.
  3. Affordable Digital Devices – with the first IBM computer costing the equivalent of $5000 today, the accessibility of computers was low. Today, however, the prices of digital devices of laptops and phones have become more accessible to all, leading to the rise of elearning. Mobile learning has particularly facilitated the growth of elearning as it is easier for individuals to learn about particular subjects and develop skills.
  4. Well-Built Learning Management Systems (LMS) – the LMS concept emerged directly from the rise of elearning. Many LMSs are now highly sophisticated allowing organizations to execute various forms of training. This has been seen through the movement from locally installed to cloud-based systems.

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Since these developments, learning methods have adapted further to keep pace with an increasingly digital world; particularly since the pandemic. Due to the need to work from home, more traditional learning methods, such as face-to-face teaching, have had to adjust and move online. 

This increased reliance on elearning has highlighted its value and importance, and has particularly shown that people are still willing to learn, despite living in an ever-changing environment.

Types of elearning

Elearning is used to train users to learn a new skill, increase knowledge in a certain area, or complete compliance training. 

Elearning does not always stand alone, however, as blended learning allows the combination of traditional classroom-based learning methods with online learning, to create a more dynamic learning experience. 

Elearning can also come in the form of distance learning, which refers to any style of learning that is carried out remotely without regular face-to-face interaction. Staff or learners are further apart geographically, which is typically favored by universities and students.

​​Online learning/training, similar to elearning (an umbrella term), is an entirely virtual method of delivering everything from lectures to work documents to webinars. A higher education institution, for example, will use an LMS to facilitate online learning. This can take the form of asynchronous learning where students are not required to be online at the same time, and utilize discussion threads and emails to complete assignments or synchronous learning where students must be online at the same time.

Digital Learning is a broader term used to define any learning/training that takes place on digital devices. It encompasses the application of a wide spectrum of practices, including blended and virtual learning. It requires a combination of technology, digital content, and instruction.

Microlearning

Microlearning is a way of delivering content to learners in short and digestible bursts, often at the point of need. It can take various forms, from text to an interactive, but the key is to make it short with a focused and specific learning outcome.

It works well for learning on the job, at a moment of need, and as part of spaced learning, where users build up their learning over time through a series of microlearning topics.  It can help drive long-term behavior changes in this context.

Gamification

Gamification is the practice of applying gaming formats and tactics to boost participation and engagement in elearning activities. Gamification can help to make elearning more enjoyable, immersive, and accessible, resulting in higher uptake and ongoing participation. 

Gamification is not just restricted to quizzes or polls. It can be as simple or as complex as you like, from quick-fire question rounds to gamified scenario-based simulations

Ultimately the key aim is to grab and keep the attention of your learners and motivate them to get involved.

Elearning software 

Authoring tools are used to create effective, engaging elearning courses. Authoring tools allow organizations to meet their elearning objectives by…

  1. Allowing you to personalize your content and adopt a people-centered approach to learning.
  2. Enables you to collaborate with your team effectively, allowing authors, SMEs, and stakeholders to work together seamlessly.
  3. Makes it easy to roll out elearning courses in different locations and update content to comply with new regulations quickly and with ease.

Authoring tools can be utilized in a variety of ways to provide impact such as for compliance training, retail training, sales training, and employee upskilling. Elearning software enables organizations to produce engaging, digestible elearning material at scale, and quickly.

LMS

A Learning Management System is built to meet organizational needs, by allowing you to effectively and efficiently create, roll out and manage learning and development. LMS platforms help organizations to keep track and stay compliant, create consistency at scale and use time more effectively for users. 

A popular type of LMS is one that is SCORM-compliant. SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model. This is a way of setting up an elearning course so that it can run from any SCORM-compliant LMS.

Benefits of elearning

Creating elearning presents businesses and users with a long list of opportunities to take your L&D to the next level. 

    1. It is scalable – any content created can reach all for no extra cost, meaning that you can onboard employees faster, meet compliance regulations more quickly, and increase productivity and performance at scale. 
    2. It is targeted – elearning enables you to produce personalized or adaptive solutions that can target an individual user’s role, needs, and skills gaps. Modern elearning can respond to how an individual interacts with content and/or how they score in questions. For example, by providing specific learning or signposting them to some useful steps to take to expand their experience.
    3. It is empowering – the opportunity for workplace learning and development is the #1 reason people want to work at an organization as technology puts learning and development in the hands of your end users. Corporate elearning helps to boost the hiring and retention of talent by providing helpful and ‘open’ solutions to personal development. 
    4. It is always available – people learn on multiple electronic devices, wherever and whenever they can. Digital learning is always on and it can be delivered in bite-size pieces that allow it to be used flexibly. With the average employee having just 20 mins a week for workplace learning, digital solutions let you think outside the box on how you can best help busy people develop their skills.
    5. It is localized – digital learning can easily be adapted and translated to meet the localized needs of global and varied audiences. You can enhance how learning interventions and performance-supporting content reaches and engages wide audiences in relevant and meaningful ways. To achieve this you should opt for technologies that enable you to easily swap out elements, be delivered in multiple languages, and provide personalized pathways.

How Elucidat fits

Elucidat provides a fully cloud-based authoring platform designed to allow any user to produce impactful online learning, on a global scale, on any device. Learning teams in the world’s most successful organizations are using Elucidat to work collaboratively and efficiently to generate real business impact through elearning, so you can keep up with high demand and business change. 

Book a tailored demo today and we will show you how we can help you solve your biggest digital learning challenges.

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How to be a better LGBTQI+ ally interactive resource https://www.elucidat.com/blog/lgbtqi-ally-interactive-resource/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:36:57 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8754 Pride is a time for everyone to reflect on the progress we have made towards LGBTQI+ equality and to acknowledge that we have the responsibility to do more. The LGBTQI+ community still faces unacceptable stigma and discrimination on a daily basis. To help inform and educate everyone about how to be more supportive, the Open […]

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Pride is a time for everyone to reflect on the progress we have made towards LGBTQI+ equality and to acknowledge that we have the responsibility to do more. The LGBTQI+ community still faces unacceptable stigma and discrimination on a daily basis. To help inform and educate everyone about how to be more supportive, the Open University worked with Elucidat to create a ‘How to be a better LGBTQI+ ally’ interactive project, with a key focus on LGBTQI+ young people. 

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How to be a better LGBTQI+ ally

Pride month celebrates the work of LGBTQI+ people, education in LGBTQI+ history and is about acceptance and equality. But it is important that it also acts as a stark reminder of the issues affecting the LGBTQI+ community. It is vital that everyone remembers how damaging homophobia was and still is, to understand how we can all be more open and understanding to everyone.

It is always important to understand the emotions, thoughts and feelings of the LGBTQI+ community. And how everyone, but particularly those who do not present themselves in this way, can be supportive and inform themselves of how to be a better LGBTQI+ ally. 

This interactive is based on the real-life experiences of LGBTQI+ young people from Free2B Alliance, METRO Charity, and Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust. It aims to help you become more aware of the issues facing LGBTQI+ youth today, as well as giving advice on how you can put being an ally into practice. As it can be easy for people to fall into the trap of being a bystander in certain group situations.

The ‘How to be a better LGBTQI+ Ally’ interactive, initiated by the Open University, was shortlisted in the Online Education Resource category for the Learning on Screen Awards 2022.

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Try it for yourself here!

“LGBTQI+ young people are often bullied and trans young people are at particular risk of being mistreated. So we worked with LGBTQI+ youth to create this immersive educational interactive, because young people were keen to share their experiences and co-create this novel tool. The interactive aims to support adults, including teachers, to better understand LGBTQI+ youth and instruct them on how they can become better allies to these young people.” Dr Mathijs Lucassen PhD SFHEA, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, The Open University

What learning design approaches have been used?

This project uses a series of interactive scenario chapters to tell the story of a situation faced by a LGBTQI+ young person. By the end of the interactive, the aim is to have helped learners become more aware of the issues faced in this community and to have provided practical advice so learners can start taking action by being an ally. 

It does this by:

  • Using storytelling techniques and immersive video drama to encourage empathy.
  • Asking reflective questions to get the learner considering the actions they would have taken in response to the situations being discussed.
  • Diving deeper into the story by sharing character thoughts and advice from experts.
  • Using Elucidat’s social polling feature to create connections between learners and demonstrate the different confidence levels people may feel in relation to being an LGBTQI+ youth ally.

Finally, learners get answers to common questions about being an ally and steps to take to be a better ally today.

Summary

It is vital that everyone can be supportive and inform themselves of how to be a better LGBTQI+ ally. This interactive supports everyone to become more aware of the issues facing LGBTQI+ youth today, as well as giving advice on how you can put being an ally into practice.

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The best elearning podcasts to listen to right now https://www.elucidat.com/blog/best-elearning-podcasts/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/best-elearning-podcasts/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2022 10:58:12 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8647 Want to know the best elearning podcasts to listen to? Stay on top of the latest trends, advice and best practice from top learning professionals and gain fresh inspiration for your elearning projects. Here’s a breakdown of the top elearning podcasts to start listening to right now… Top 10 elearning podcasts 1.  The Learning at […]

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Want to know the best elearning podcasts to listen to? Stay on top of the latest trends, advice and best practice from top learning professionals and gain fresh inspiration for your elearning projects. Here’s a breakdown of the top elearning podcasts to start listening to right now…

Listen to the top elearning podcasts

Top 10 elearning podcasts

1.  The Learning at Large Podcast

Our elearning podcast explores the challenges and triumphs of delivering people-centered learning at scale, with global leaders. Join our host, Kirstie Greany, in uncovering the strategies being implemented in the world’s most successful organizations to deliver transformative large-scale learning experiences

With over 30 podcast episodes, discover the challenges and innovations facing L&D and how we can ensure success for the future.

Listen to the Learning at Large podcast now

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2. Rod’s Pulse Podcasts

Rod’s Pulse elearning podcast is great for anyone who is interested in learning about the latest elearning technologies. Rodney B. Murray currently has produced over 200 podcast episodes, interviewing a wide variety of experts including Narine Hall – Founder & CEO of InSpace, Adam Geller – Founder & CEO of Edthena, and Dan Avida – CEO & Co-Founder of Engageli. 

Check out Rod’s Pulse Podcasts here

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3. The eLearning Coach

With over 70 episodes, Connie Malamed hosts The eLearning Coach which covers topics from social media learning, to instructional design, to visual communication. Connie shares new ideas and actionable tips for success with creating the best learning experiences. 

Interested in hearing more? Check out the latest podcast episodes

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4. The Online Course Coach

Jeff Long has created The Online Course Coach elearning podcast to provide insights and recommendations on how to best teach online, specializing in video-based online courses

With guest speakers spanning across several industries, listeners can benefit from learning about Learning Management Systems (LMS), how to market your online course, and website creation.

With over 50 episodes to get your teeth into, start listening now

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5. Trends and Issues

This elearning podcast keeps the listener up-to-date with the latest trends and issues in instructional design, educational technology, and learning sciences. Every fortnight, Dr. Abbie Brown and Dr. Tim Green – professors of instructional design and educational technology, share their observations through this great podcast.

Catch up on over 10 podcast episodes right here

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6. Scenario Secrets 

The Scenario Secrets podcast, hosted by Anna Sabramowicz, explores practical strategies on how to design your own award-winning scenarios, work with subject matter experts, leverage engagement strategies, and so much more. 

With 100 episodes so far, this is one of the great elearning podcasts that dives deep into exactly how to create the best elearning content.

Get stuck into the Scenario Secrets podcast now

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7. The DIY Narrator

The DIY Narrator is the perfect podcast for instructional designers who narrate elearning. This podcast provides over 30 insightful listens into the world of elearning narration to truly engage your learners. Discover exactly how to connect your learner to the message and intent of your e-learning project. 

Start to explore how to improve your narration skills for delivering the best elearning content by listening to the podcast here

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8. Instructional designers in offices drinking coffee

Join Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden every Wednesday in their elearning podcast Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee. With over 150 episodes to listen to, this podcast covers topics including corporate training success, storytelling, gamification, and microlearning

Listen to this IDIODC podcast here

Dominknow Elearning podcasts

9. The Mind Tools L&D podcast

The Mind Tools L&D podcast is hosted by design expert Ross Garner who has created over 160 episodes all about elearning, development and human resources. With a weekly guest appearance, you will gain critical insights into the issues facing L&D.

Want to discover more about topics including agile training and gamification? Check out the Mind Tools L&D podcast here

Mind tools Elearning podcasts

10. Kineo’s stream of thought

Hosted by the Kineo team, the Kineo’s stream of thought podcast shares their creative ideas with the L&D community about all things elearning, LMSs and beyond. Be inspired by their latest thinking and thoughts from the elearning professionals.

Listen now to their 25 podcast episodes here 

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So what now?

Ready to dive into an elearning podcast? Start learning as you listen with our Learning at Large PodcastHow a clear process empowers everyone to create quality learning at scale 

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