With so much buzz around online education, it is not surprising that the interest in Learning Management Systems is constantly growing. More and more people around the world recognize the value of innovations in training and education and start searching for the right Learning Management System software to satisfy the needs of modern learners.
Starting your own online courses business is exciting and terrifying at the same time.
On one side, it is the only way to get out of your day-to-day office routine, long hours of office work and the boss you cannot stand.
On the other side, you take a huge risk and put everything on the line. You have a family to support, a mortgage to pay.
The thought that you might fail, get in debt up to your ears and beg for your job back terrifies you.
I bet you had not one sleepless night weighing all pros and cons, am I right?
You’ve read dozens of books, hundreds of eLearning industry experts interviews, thousands of blog post on how to be a successful entrepreneur, how to create engaging courses, how to apply effective eLearning techniques…
But all of this is a theory.
You need real-life examples from people like you, who risked, made mistakes, faced challenges and got where they are now.
More than a year ago we launched a new blog series called “Experts’ Interviews”. We have interviewed many talented people: award winning instructional designers, experienced educators, teachers, conference speakers, bestselling book authors, LMS consultants, and instructional technology specialists.
All these people shared their experience, the mistakes not to make, obstacles to overcome, valuable pieces of advice and ideas to inspire and motivate.
Over the years technology has been changing the way we live, communicate, educate and learn. Smartphones, laptops, social networks, unlimited access to the Internet, immediacy of information… Technology has become such a significant part of our everyday lives that we stopped noticing it. But are these changes for the good or bad? Have we become less creative and able to think deeply? How to deal with screen addictions and students’ social anxieties when it comes to face to face interactions?
When teachers begin to experiment with blended learning, they immediately face a bunch of questions: What are the benefits of blended learning? Which blended learning models should I use? How to make the blended class effective? What hidden rocks should I be aware of? And many others. To clarify the blended learning question we’ve interviewed a Google Certified Teacher and the author of numerous book on the blended learning – Catlin Tucker.
The way adults and children learn differs radically, and “being too old to learn” is not the main point. You can use the same LMS software and even apply the principles of kids’ learning to teaching adults, but if you don’t know what makes an adult learner engaged, motivated and excited about your online course, the chances the training will fail are pretty high.
Creating your first online course might be overwhelming, especially when you have no prior instructional design expertise or industry knowledge. To help you not to get stuck and create a good and engaging eLearning course we’ve interviewed a Strategist and a Senior Instructional Designer with over 20 years’ experience – Michael Milroy. In this interview Michael covers the fundamentals of a good online course, the common mistakes made when developing eLearning courses, recommends where to look for inspiration, how to get started with eLearning course development and which trends to follow in 2017. Enjoy reading it!
There is a lot of buzz around the Agile ELearning Development nowadays. Because of its collaborative approach and cost control the agile methodology has proven its effectiveness in software engineering projects and started gaining popularity among the instructional designers and L&D specialists working on eLearning content development.
To help you understand the Agile ELearning Development approach, its benefits and variation from the ADDIE model we’ve interviewed an eLearning expert with over 25 years of experience in the field of learning and user performance support – Kasper Spiro. Kasper not only answered all the questions eLearning professionals can have, but explained the Agile ELearning Development process by the example of his own company to help you get started.
Does your learning correspond with modern learner’s needs? Recent Bersin by Deloitte research on changes transforming learners’ needs inspired us to share with you informative TED lectures that will help you to make your eLearning project satisfy modern learners’ needs and be appealing to society and market changes.