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This Week’s Best eLearning News and Articles (Issue 4)

Integrating Motivation with Instructional Design
As an Instructional Designer, motivating learners is an important consideration because in reality learners are not always motivated to learn. They are busy, have other things to do, don’t see the course/session as being important or have had a bad learning experience in the past.

The Concept of Individualized Learning Plans in eLearning
Individualized Learning Plans constitute a user-specific learning program or strategy that resembles a mapped academic plan, reflecting each learner’s unique set of strengths, weaknesses, goals, needs, abilities, preferences, and interests. It constitutes an educational technique, undoubtedly easier to implement in the field of eLearning.

8 Easy Steps to Evaluate and Buy New Training Software
Evaluating and buying training software can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these 8 steps when considering new training software and you won’t go wrong!

Moving from Linear to Non-linear Courses: 3 Simple Tips
We have all witnessed the recent paradigm shift from linear to non-linear e-learning courses. Well, this means that instructional designers are all on their toes struggling to create non-linear designs. Creating designs that allow learners to explore knowledge through challenges and decision-making, definitely is not an easy task. So what really needs to be kept in mind while choosing the non-linear approach?

Applying Informal Learning Using a Social Gaming Platform
“Informal learning takes different forms, even when channeled into a formal process such as an online cross-company social game. The OD group recommends gaining an initial grasp of user reaction and experience before launching on a massive scale.”

Understanding People is the Most Important Thing in eLearning Design
The art and science of design acknowledges the habits and actions of people. Effective images, video and text take into account the reasons people do what they do to ensure the viewer gets the right information and takes and takes away the right message.

Top 5 Tips To Engage Your Learners Without Annoying Them
One of the worst things your e-Learning course can do is annoy your learners. But sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between what’s engaging and what’s annoying. You should certainly do everything possible to make sure your learners have a positive experience—just don’t annoy them.

What the Best eLearning Designers Do (And You Should Too)
Design is more pervasive than you think it is. The moment you fire up your eLearning tool and make a slide, you face issues of design whether you like it or not. And if you explore them a bit and find ways to improve a design, you become a designer yourself. You may primarily be a student, an author or a corporate executive. But you can effectively design an eLearning screen too.

How to Motivate Adult Learners
It seems like motivation is always a struggle, especially in online courses. This article has some great advice about how to engage and motivate adult learners.

How do we deal with unwilling corporate learners?
Recently Brent Schlenker returned to blogging after a year back in the corporate training world, and he talked about some of his experiences. At the end of his post he made an interesting – if not depressing – statement.


Free eLearning Webinars

Build it 508 Compliant in Lectora
Learn how to create 508 Compliant e-Learning courses in Lectora! In this free webinar, e-Learning developer Leslie Fisher will demonstrate how to create a course that is accessible and engaging for all your learners.
Wed, October 2 – Two Webinars at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM ET

Free Best of DevLearn Webinar: 21st Century Learning Design
Free Webinar from The eLearning Guild: 21st Century Learning Design on Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 AM PT by Lance Dublin.

10 Ways to Turn Your Learners into Zombies
It’s almost Halloween and time to get your spook on. Do you dare to enter the elearning House of Horror? Terrorize your e-learners with haunted offerings that will make them scream with fright. No, we’re not talking scary content. We’re talking scary design! Join us for a truly horrific session in which we tour of the graveyard of bad design ideas that refuse to die. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT by Cammy Bean, Kineo VP of Design.

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