Blog - 2015

  • December 29, 2015

    You Might Need an Instructional Designer If…

    By: Jack Makhlouf

    We get it: Small budgets and that one guy in HR who swears he took an instructional design course in college might sway you to get the job done in-house. And at times, it might even be adequate for less-important training or quick-fire leadership tips. But sometimes, trying to develop instructional design and training in-house […]

  • December 23, 2015

    How to Design Addiction from “FOMO” into eLearning

    By: Jack Makhlouf

    It’s called the “Fear of Missing Out,” or FOMO. It’s that feeling you get when you haven’t checked into Facebook or you RSVP to that event, even if you don’t really want to go. It’s what keeps you scrolling through pictures on Instagram or checking Twitter every five minutes. It’s the sense that if you […]

  • December 21, 2015

    How to Avoid Letting the “Turkey Effect” Affect Learner Retention

    By: Aaron Hill

    You’ve probably heard the story about the turkeys that go to the flying convention, where they learn to soar like eagles. Of course, after the convention, all the turkeys turn around and walk home. It’s a poignant metaphor for instructional design. What good are beautifully designed eLearning modules if learners forget what they’ve experienced the […]

  • December 18, 2015

    How These Four Interaction Styles Rewrite “The Golden Rule”

    By: Jack Makhlouf

    You’ve probably heard of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have other do to you. Basically, the Golden Rule tells you to treat people the way that you’d like to be treated. There’s a problem, though. What if people don’t want to be treated like you? Every individual is just that–an individual. […]

  • December 15, 2015

    How to Engineer “Aha!” Moments In Your Training

    By: Jack Makhlouf

    It’s the Holy Grail for L&D professionals: that moment when learners go from passive participants to involved champions because they had an “aha” moment. The “aha” moment is a much-sought after, often-misunderstood facet of training, but it doesn’t have to be a slippery, illusive concept. By taking certain steps, it’s possible to engineer that lightbulb […]

  • December 11, 2015

    3 Reasons Epic Fails Happen in Corporate L&D

    By: Andrew Fayad

    You did the research. You created the content. You even got people to take your course. But it still wasn’t a success. Forgetful learners, unenthused managers, and a lack of engagement caused your training session to fall flat. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results each […]

  • December 08, 2015

    Should I Convert or Update My Flash Course?

    By: Greg Kozera

    The verdict is in, and it looks like HTML5 has officially dethroned Flash as development language of choice. Unfortunately, if you developed your eLearning in Flash, that can leave much of your current courseware and eLearning modules out of date and incompatible with many of your learners’ devices. Before you perform a straight conversion from Flash […]

  • December 04, 2015

    How to Blend in ILT For the Perfect elearning Solution

    By: Andrew Fayad

    Obviously, we at ELM have a pretty vested interest in eLearning: it’s what we do. But just because we’re champions of putting your training online, improving learner interaction, and increasing memory retention doesn’t mean we think eLearning is a one-size-fits-all solution to training. In fact, many times eLearning is enhanced by the use of instructor-led […]

  • November 30, 2015

    Did Our 5 Big Predictions for eLearning this Year Come True?

    By: Andrew Fayad

    At the beginning of the year, we predicted some of the trending issues that would make headlines in the eLearning sphere for 2015. So, how did we do? With the benefit of hindsight, we peek at the highlight reel for 2015 to find out whether the forecasts made through our eLearning crystal ball came true–or […]

  • November 25, 2015

    5 Signs It’s Time For Your SPOC To Get A Makeover

    By: Andrew Fayad

    We get it: Change can be hard. But when your small private online course (SPOC) isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s probably time to make some alterations. After all, not only is ineffective training a waste of time, but it can be a burden on financial resources as well. If your SPOC is guilty of the […]

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