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Yawn Proof Your e-Learning without Busting the Bank


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Kineo presentation given at the eLearning Guild's DevLearn 2009 in San Jose. Examples and tips to spice up your learning design and techniques for rapid instructional design. We also go through ten tips for engaging your learners.

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Yawn Proof Your e-Learning without Busting the Bank

  1. 1. Yawn-proof Your e-Learning without Busting the Bank <br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />What Makes You Yawn? 10<br />Rapid ID Approaches, Rapidly 5<br />Ten Tracks for Yawn-proofing 40<br />Questions & Wrap It Up 5<br />
  3. 3. What About You? <br /><ul><li>What makes you yawn?
  4. 4. What keeps you awake at night – what projects are you stuck on?
  5. 5. Take 5 minutes, then start shoutin’</li></ul>Photo credit: Big Yawn from twob’s Flickr photostream<br />
  6. 6. Rapid ID Approaches, Rapidly<br />Photo credit: *Time* ticking away from mike9alive’s Flickr photostream<br />
  7. 7. Designing rapidly <br />Show, don’t tell – pictures not paperwork <br />Get to a first version quickly – get it wrong first time<br />Get in front of users as soon as you can <br />Iterate until it’s right (or right enough) – think about the shelf life, it’s disposable…<br />Keep a playlist of 10 tracks for design…<br />
  8. 8. Ten Tracks for Yawn-proofing<br />
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  11. 11. Track 1: Hit Me with Your Best Shot<br />Have I got your attention?<br />Stories that show what can go wrong<br />Find the killer fact, stat, or quote<br />Learning from the marketing team<br />
  12. 12. Age awareness: asking provocative questions<br />
  13. 13. Track 2: Give Me A Reason<br />Object to learning objectives.<br />By the end of this course, you’ll yadda yadda yadda<br />Sell the course, don’t describe it<br />Find the fears, hopes and dreams<br />
  14. 14. Traditional objectives<br />As a result of attending this session you will be able to:<br />Identify three case studies of Fortune 1000 companies who are successfully using eLearning<br />Define ten tips for creating better eLearning and how these map to specific strategies and tools<br />Evaluate the pro&apos;s and con&apos;s of different eLearning interventions as solutions to specific kinds of learning challenges<br />Describe your own personal experience creating eLearning as a practitioner<br />
  15. 15. Using audio with stills to set the tone and focus the learner’s attention...<br />
  16. 16. Track 3: Let Me Tell You Something<br />Getting the best stories.<br />Get war stories from your best people<br />Get true stories from your newer people<br />
  17. 17. Recording with Skype to get an authentic voice...<br />
  18. 18. Track 4: Beauty is Only Skin Deep<br />Tear down the wallpaper.<br />Make graphics earn their place<br />Complement text, don’t fight it<br />
  19. 19. Make sure graphics have a purpose...instead of window dressing<br />
  20. 20. Track 5: School’s Out…<br />This is assessment in the real world.<br />Make it tough as hell<br />Make it open any time<br />Do it, prove it, move on<br />
  21. 21. Track 6: Hurts So Good<br />Make more mistakes.<br />Tallulah Bankhead: “If I had to live my life again, I&apos;d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”<br />Find the mistakes that hurt the most<br />Keep ‘em real<br />Play it out<br />Useful feedback<br />
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  24. 24. Track 7: A Little Less Conversation (A Little More Action!)<br />
  25. 25. “If I&apos;d had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”<br />T.S. Eliot<br />(or Mark Twain)<br />(or Blaise Pascal)<br />(someone said it…)<br />
  26. 26. Staying focused<br />Cut it to the bone<br />Watch out for dialogue<br />What’s the question?<br />
  27. 27. Track 8: What More Can I Do?<br />Think outside the course!<br />Create a learning campaign<br />Reaching out with online support <br />
  28. 28. Track 9: Keeping It Real<br />Making the most of media.<br />Video and audio where it counts<br />Guerilla approaches to shooting and audio<br />Flip video for secret shopper<br />Skype for expert interviews<br />
  29. 29. Flip video for secret shopper<br />
  30. 30. Track 10: Now What?<br />The end is the beginning.<br />Call to action and don’t let go<br />Build in ways to sustain performance<br />Moodle’s good for this <br />
  31. 31. Using survey monkey to get calls to action<br />
  32. 32. Back to your challenges…<br />How’s that problem looking now…any ideas?<br />What’s the one thing you might do differently?<br />
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  34. 34. Resources – you are what you share<br /><br />:<br />
  35. 35. Contact us – really! <br />Stephen Walsh<br />Cammy Bean<br /><br />Twitter: @cammybean<br />Blog:<br /><br />Twitter: @stephentwalsh<br />