Patti Shank’s Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning is a summary of tactics you can use to create memorable, relevant practice opportunities and provide constructive, beneficial feedback for learners. Everything in the book is backed by research and written to be immediately usable by instructional designers and trainers.
One of the common objections I hear to using storytelling in training is that “stories don’t work for all kinds of training.” Those who are skeptical of storytelling often claim it doesn’t help software training. However, I think stories can have a place in some software training.
In this post, I’ll explain how to write and structure the conversation between two characters to deliver eLearning content.
Several studies have found learners can remember information in a narrative format better than bullet points. One strategy for creating a narrative is delivering content with two narrators having a conversation rather than the traditional approach of a single narrator lecturing. Instead of one voice acting as an instructor, this approach lets learners listen in on two characters who are talking about it.
When someone mentions scenario-based learning, do you automatically think of complex branching scenarios? While that’s
In this presentation, I explain why scenario-based learning works, ideas on different ways of using scenarios, and some tips for writing scenarios.
Chances are, your training evaluations aren’t very helpful. How much useful information do you really get from those forms? Will Thalheimer’s book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets changes that by giving guidelines and example questions for effective evaluations.
In this post, I’ll explain a technique for keeping learners engaged throughout the course. Instead of being so boring that employees just want to click through a course as quickly as possible, this strategy gives learners a reason to actively seek out policy information and better understand it.
Compliance training is a common use for elearning. All those policies and regulations that affect
Saul Carliner’s second edition of Training Design Basics is written for people who are brand new to the field and are creating their first training program. This is a great book for those who are just getting started with training. People switching careers into training or instructional design from another field would also find a wealth of information. Training managers who don’t come from a training background but want to understand it better would benefit, as would project managers who are looking for what to include in their task lists and how to estimate time and cost.