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How to Empower Learners with Asynchronous Training

How to Empower Learners with Asynchronous Training Have you ever wondered why it is that the same people who may play video games for hours online might not be able to make it through a 60-minute webinar or online class without losing focus? It may come down to one simple element, according to legendary game designer and creator of the Civilization series, Sid Meier, who proposed that the indicator of a good game is that it offers, “A series of interesting decisions.” With this adage in mind, what makes good online, asynchronous learning? If you create online training, pause a…

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Flash Support Ends 2020

NEWS FLASH: Flash is Outta Here!

Let Udutu convert your old Flash courses into HTML5 before it's too late! Flash to HTML5 — What Does the End of Life for Flash Mean for You? You may have noticed already that some browsers have already stopped supporting Flash and that it is becoming harder and harder to view Flash objects online. If you have e-learning courses this problem is only going to become larger. On December 31, 2020, Adobe Systems will officially stop updating and distributing Adobe Flash. Neglecting to convert Flash content to HTML5 will have implications for a number of industries. There are a number…

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Employee Training

Making the Case for Effective Online Training

Every business, from a small family-run restaurant to a major corporation succeeds only with effectively trained employees. Training keeps employees safe, reduces operational costs, improves productivity and, ultimately, increases profitability. In contrast, a business with improperly trained staff will typically stagnate and ultimately fail. In some cases, the business may simply neglect to train their employees. However, it's more common for businesses to spend time and money on training programs that just don't work. Employees may receive training--but, for a variety of reasons, the training is ineffective. Happily, web-based training, is a way to efficiently deliver training that works. With…

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Instructional Design

What Makes a Good Online Instructional Designer?

There's a big difference between designing distance learning and designing online curriculum. There's a question we often get asked: “How can I become an employed Instructional Designer?”  Some job seekers want to know what sort of certification they need in order to get a job. Other job seekers are frustrated that, despite possessing a lot of training in instructional design, they find it difficult to get a job. When answering these questions, we always make the distinction between the skills needed to develop distance learning curriculum, versus the skills needed to design asynchronous online training—distance learning and online training are…

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Tips For Learner Engagement And Online Course Development

Tips for Learner Engagement and Online Course Development

This is the second of a two-part series about online learner engagement. This week, instructional and eLearning designer Laureen Barry provides some tips on online course development and how to make your curriculum more engaging. Make Learning Personal Adding a personal touch to elearning content is one of the most basic ways to boost learner engagement. For example, use the first person: I, me, you, your, to make the learning more personal. The personal touch can form the fundamental structure of your curriculum as well. You can do this by using scenarios or characters throughout the course that the learner…

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