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Article TitleEngage Learners Emotionally in eLearning Experiences

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: What was the last book you couldn’t put down? The last movie you couldn’t stop talking about? The last song you found yourself playing repeatedly? While you may feel drawn to each of these for different reasons, chances are, you have emotional connections to them all. This article describes simple strategies for engaging learners emotionally with eLearning content.

Inspiring engagement doesn’t require an investment in high-end video production. Rather, a simple yet compelling story can help emotionally engage learners with the content, creating a motivational and memorable learning experience. These stories can also create a challenge that permeates an entire course or lesson.

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Article Title: Building eLearning Scenarios in Working Sessions with SMEs

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Many instructional designers attempt to write training scenarios independently, based on their knowledge of the client’s needs. While sometimes this can work, scenarios written in this way often lack the details to realistically simulate workplace situations. This article explains how collaborating with subject matter experts (SMEs) helps instructional designers create robust scenarios for training. The article also includes a short case study that illustrates how this collaboration can occur.

From your analysis efforts at the start of the project, you likely have a sense of how a particular scenario should be structured and what skills it should prompt learners to exercise. You might even know which situations to base the scenarios on. You probably know enough to build a basic structure, but you need the help of a SME to fill in blanks with realistic details.

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Article Title: Making Scenarios Realistic in eLearning

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Training experts and writing experts agree: showing is more effecting than telling when trying to convey a message, regardless of whether it’s a storyline for entertainment or a procedure for the workplace. This article suggests techniques for writing training scenarios that realistically simulate a work environment.

Many of us tend to write scenarios that describe situations rather than create them. For instance: Mr. Brock calls to cancel his flight. What should you do next?

A simple approach to making this scenario more realistic is to write dialog. What does a customer typically say when calling to cancel? Are there certain statements that could influence what the learner’s reaction should be? Writing dialog, instead of basic description, prompts the learner to not only identify the next step, but also to first recognize a trigger for that step.

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Article Title: What Makes eLearning Boring?

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Many have experienced eLearning that is just plain boring. This article describes four pitfalls that make eLearning boring – too much text, too much detail, too much repetition, and too much formality – and offers suggestions for making eLearning engaging.

It’s popular to hate PowerPoint because of the way a slide full of bullets strangles the life out of a presentation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Have you watched a TED talk? Those presenters use text sparsely and convey messages with images more often than not. Though it may not be practical to avoid text completely in eLearning, we can minimize it through diagrams, images that communicate, and occasional videos. Think visual design.

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