As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on spaced learning, marketing, networking, free tools and images, and L&D skills.
Spaced Learning and Practice
Tool for creating automated spaced learning with options for nudges in multiple platforms. This could be used for performance support, reminders for feedback surveys, etc.
Brain Science: Enable Your Brain to Remember Almost Everything | Learning Solutions Magazine
Use memory boosters to reduce how much people forget after training.
So how often should information be boostered? We recommend that you send boosters out in three phases. You can keep this in mind by remembering 2+2+2. Send out boosters after two days, two weeks, and two months…
This first set of boosters should be “recognition boosters.” The strategy here is just to get people to try to recognize the right answer from a list of options…
The second phase of boosters should be sent about two weeks after the training and at this time you should send out “generative boosters.” In a generative booster, the learner does not just recognize the right answer from a list. Instead, they have to think about the topic and then create an answer out of their head…
The third phase of boosters should be sent about two months after the training, and at this time you should send out “integrative boosters.” An integrative booster again prompts the learner to retrieve the information, but this question specifically asks them to provide concrete examples of how they have made use of this information in their job.Art Kohn
Marketing and networking
Marketing YOUR Freelance eLearning Business – YouTube
Ant Pugh on all the marketing tactics he tried when he started freelancing. One problem was that he had no overall strategy for his marketing, just a lot of tactics. The tactics that work for one person might not work for another because they don’t fit the strategy.
How to be good at networking
Good networkers don’t see themselves as networkers. They’re mostly trying to help people.
Most people approach networking from the wrong angle. Rather than going into conversations thinking, “What’s in this for me?” he recommends that you should think: “How can I make this person’s day better?” …
This moment crystallized a few simple ideas when it came to Gordon’s approach to people: Kindness and empathy are simple to execute, actions are essential, and you always have to consider who you’re interacting with and how what you do impacts them…
So what is the major takeaway for those who want to be seen as connectors and/or expert networkers? Gordon says the first step is to remember it’s not about you. The bottom line is, relationships get stronger through empathy, service, and creating reciprocity where everybody wins. Here’s the thing. Good networkers don’t see themselves as networkers at all—they just want to help people.Kaleigh Moore
The LPI Capability Map – Learning and Performance Institute
Free self assessment on skills and competencies in learning and development
Five Best Practices Teachers Can Learn from Dungeon Masters – How being a DM who creates experiences for players is like creating experiences for learning
The Learners in the Learning “The Learners in the Learning” is Peter Nelson’s summary and reflection after one of my recent webinars. He connects my points about focusing on what learners need to do to his own experiences with a great example about the value of observing actual learners.
Directly observing the behaviors of these folks gave me the insights I needed to tailor the solution. The same applies in a learning setting. Go watch that customer service agent IN PERSON and see for yourself what they are doing well, what they are not doing well, and what they might be totally missing.Peter Nelson
Free tools and images
eLearning Development Calculator – Estimate the Time to Create a Course
Bryan Jones created this development calculator using the benchmark data from the Chapman Alliance study. This also includes ways to estimate the course length based on the length of ILT, number of slides in a slide deck, a script, etc.
Free teleprompter in your browser. If you’re doing a quick video and need a script, this lets you edit right on the page. Position it near your camera to maintain eye contact.
Open Peeps, Hand-Drawn Illustration Library
Public domain (CC0) Illustrated characters with mix and match hair, bodies, expressions, and poses.
eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp
Interested in becoming an elearning freelancer? The eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp is all about the business side of freelancing and consulting, specifically geared for instructional designers and elearning developers. This program helps you grow your business through live weekly workshops, recorded videos, resources, templates, and activities to build skills and get organized. Enrollment includes an online community for ongoing support.
Enrollment is currently closed, but you can join the waitlist to be notified when we open up for the next cohort in 2023.