You may not have a PhD, but it's likely that you have information or life experience that other people would find valuable. If you've ever wondered how you could create and sell an online class, you'll find the answers here.
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First things first. If you want to become an online student, don't enroll without doing your homework. This online college checklist will guide you through the top 10 things you need to do before applying to an online program.
So, you know how to choose an online school that is properly accredited, credible, and offers the program you need.
But, have you compared the school's test-taking policies to your ability and preferences? For some students, the way tests are administered and graded has a major impact on their educational success and satisfaction. While some students thrive taking higher-stakes, traditional exams, others prefer project-based assessment or open-book options.
Most online students start a bit older - usually when they are in high school or college. Parents are often wary about enrolling their children in online programs when they are still learning to read and when recess is still considered a big deal.
I flew to Indianapolis this month to give a presentation about online learning. While everyone was complaining about the cold, I was just glad that the ice had finally melted. Ready or not, summer is almost here.
It's that time of the year when assignments start piling up, professor inboxes are filled with desperate pleas, and energy drinks are purchased in bulk.
If you're feeling a bit overworked or worried, don't despair. The semester is almost over and your hard work will be worth the effort. For a quick pick-me-up, take a look at this new list of inspiring quotes for online college students.
Have you found a school that is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC) instead of a regional accrediting body? The DETC is a legitimate accreditor with high standards. But, some students do run into problems when trying to transfer credits from DETC-recognized colleges.
Earning a degree online can be expensive. But, did you know that the federal government offers over a dozen programs designed to help students finish college? In some cases, the funding doesn't even need to be re-paid.
An essential ingredient for interactive and engaging elearning is to let the learner explore and collect information that assists in making decisions. A common design concept to facilitate exploration of content is the interactive desktop where the learner can select desktop objects to collect information. Today I am offering a free elearning template designed that [...]
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At the iDesignX conference in Australia I shared some tips on instructional design challenges. During my session, Blair Rorani from Ever Learning sketched his notes and then tweeted them during the session. They’re so cool I couldn’t just let them fade away. So here are Blair’s sketches coupled with some quick notes from my presentation [...]
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Linear, click-and-read courses are pretty common and usually held up as the worst of online training and cause of boring courses because they’re mostly information dumps with little focus on how the learner can actually use the course content. They may be the worst of elearning. Or perhaps not. Let’s review some common reasons why [...]
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Had a great trip last week to Sydney and got to meet many of the blog readers I’ve corresponded with over the years. If you haven’t attended an iDesignX conference, I recommend doing so. You get to meet many of your peers and sit in on some good presentations. As I was returning home I [...]
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I facilitate a lot of elearning workshops and from my experience most of the people who attend are just getting started. Generally the transition to elearning happens like this. They’re good at explaining things and go from explainer to trainer. Then somewhere in the process the organization says that they’re switching to online learning. Now [...]
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The other day I was doing a search for business meeting images and ran into this collage image. It kind of looks like a comic book layout. I played around with some ways to use this image in an elearning course. Here’s a quick demo of the image converted into an interactive slide. I just [...]
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One of the biggest challenges in course design is creating a course consistent with the organization’s learning objectives. Often courses are built around fuzzy objectives where the expected outcome isn’t quite clear. Another issue is that the course doesn’t end up meeting the objectives. Learning Objectives Require Clear Goals Why is the course being built? [...]
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In today’s world, elearning is an important part of learning and training employees. Some organizations use it exclusively and some blend it with other learning activities. There are a lot of things you can do to create successful elearning, but here are some guaranteed ways to make sure that you don’t succeed and waste a [...]
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What happens when you find yourself managing a training department for the first time? How do you get from first-timer to rockstar? A lot depends on the maturity of the business and what existed prior to your arrival. Understanding the basics is a great place to start. But just so we’re clear, these basics may differ from any instructional design and development basics you may have picked up along the way in your career from other training professionals. Your Training … Continue reading →
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“A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week” - George S. Patton In my last post I mentioned the popular quote, “Done is Better Than Perfect!” And that it was one of the most important lesson I’ve learned in my career. Unfortunately, I had to re-learn the lesson a few times before it really stuck and became a part of mindset…and training development workflow. I’ve tried over the last few years … Continue reading →
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The world of Corporate Training is really not that complicated. But with all of our instructional models and frameworks, we like making it a little more complicated than others believe it to be. There are situations where all the detailed processes of instructional design are required. But, in my experience, those projects are rare. The perceptions others have of your work is critical to your success. Here are my top 5 development tips that will increase your perceived value within … Continue reading →
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The combination of new hires, current employees, and veteran executives are the driving success of any company. This means that all new information must be seamlessly distributed throughout the various departments of the organization. If there is no process in place to keep individual employees accountable for necessary training about company policies or products they deal with on a daily basis, then you cannot expect employees to perform at their optimum potential. A Learning Management System (LMS) solves this issue with flying colors. Value … Continue reading →
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One of the best ways to help a cause is through education. However, education efforts can be costly, ineffective or worse, both. With online learning, you can minimize cost for maximum educational reach. How can you use online learning to increase your efforts? Offer courses as a give-away for donations or to contributors. Sell courses related to your subject matter as a way to create revenue. Share your knowledge to the world to encourage the public to get involved. Educate workers … Continue reading →
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Hi eLearning community! I’m very happy to announce that I have joined the amazing Litmos team as the Chief Learning Strategist. My official start was April 1st, but I didn’t want to announce it then because…well…April 1st is a bad day to announce anything. I’ve been part of the eLearning community for a very long time…even before we called it eLearning. Remember, CBT and WBT? (Actually, one of my first speaking gigs was at the WBT Producer conference.) My time … Continue reading →
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I was reading this article the other day, which is a story about how the CEO of PayPal recently condemned his staff in a company-wide email for not using the Paypal app on their own mobile devices. My first reaction was ‘surely you can’t condemn staff who don’t like your app?’ Isn’t it worse for them to pretend to find the PayPal app useful and only download the app to keep their boss happy? But this guy is the CEO of a successful tech startup (many reports I … Continue reading →
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