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Jeff Dalto

Effective Training Visuals—Abstract to Concrete

We’re back with the fourth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. The first in the series was about organizing elements within a visual to ease perception; the second was about directing the eyes of the viewer to key parts of the visual; and the third was about reducing realism and simplifying graphics. This time, we’ll focus on ways to make abstract ideas and concepts more concrete.

guestkerrymitchell@opensesame.com

Go Green! Why Now is the Time to Focus on Sustainability

Green Globe in Hand

Corporations, regardless of their size, have an ethical responsibility of citizenship and must consider this from a self-regulation standpoint within their own integrated business model. While the essential goal in the past business climate was to maximize profits, economic value will be judged differently to include newer variables in risk management brought forth by the acceptance of the realities of climate change. Risk Management policies are adding the concepts from the International Standards Organization (ISO). This is an organization that provides information, products, and services related to property and liability risk.

ITMGroupInc

How to Storyboard Your eLearning Course

This next step in course design, called storyboarding, is the process of visualizing what your elearning module is going to look like. It includes the visual elements, text, and audio. It identifies where interactions will be included. And it creates a roadmap of where the user will go in the module. The idea with storyboarding is to put your concept together visually and then start building it. Clearly, storyboarding is important. The last thing you want to do is start building a program and go back/forth during development. Storyboarding allows you to work out the flow and hopefully minimize errors.

guestlouisepalmer@opensesame.com

How to Avoid Embarrassing Skills Gaps with eLearning

Confident Man

When we started offering online courses about 3 years ago, we had not even considered that our courses would be useful to employees wanting to fill embarrassing skills gaps. During appraisals, an employee can easily bring up the desire to attend a conference detailing the latest techniques or latest research. But how easy is it for a senior manager bring up the fact that they need a little help with their presentation skills? How will a newly promoted manager feel when they have to raise the fact that they feel they have lost control of their team and could do with some management training? While some of us would feel comfortable to raise the issue, many of us would recoil at the thought.

guestceliarichardson@opensesame.com

Get QLTY: The Simple Way to Select Quality Leadership Training

Leadership Meeting

Quality leadership training for your front-line employees should align to your talent strategy which in turn should align to the overall corporate strategy. You may have determined the needs of your employees through a formal ‘Learning Needs Analysis’ or by informal data gathering on the current and future skills required. Either way, selecting a training solution should have clear and defined expectations from YOU and also include the ‘what’s in it for me’ factor for YOUR employees. You and your employees are the “Y” in QLTY.

Jeff Dalto

Effective Training Visuals—Reduce Realism

This is the third in a series of blog posts intended to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering the effectiveness of the visuals they include. The first in the series was about organizing elements within a visual to ease perception. The second was about directing the eyes of the viewer to key parts of the visual. This time, we’ll focus on something that may seem counter-intuitive: reducing realism.

Karen Fields

In Praise of Not Knowing Too Much

Person behind stack of binders

In a perfect world, people who know everything there is to know about a topic (also known as Subject Matter Experts) would also be absolutely wonderful at putting their ideas together so they could share their knowledge with beginners, and help everyone become as competent as they are. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case. In fact, Subject Matter Experts are often the worst people to train others on their specialty because they assume that everyone knows at least as much as they do and they struggle to frame information in a way that the uninitiated can understand.

guestchrispearson@opensesame.com

Equality & Diversity: Still a Difficult Formula to Resolve for Many Organisations

Since becoming UK Law in October 2010, the Equality Act has received a great deal of press with recognisable discrimination cases in professional and international football, sports media, healthcare, leisure and the police, to name but a few.

guestjohnhopkins@opensesame.com

eLearning in the Real World: Rising to Meet the Challenge of a Global Workforce

lots of apps

When a top five Fortune 500 company set out to elevate its internal performance by ensuring strong core skills for new hires, Technology Transfer Services was up to the task of creating a large pool of global-ready training resources. Our company was identified as the prime training vendor—tasked to coordinate project delivery, help design visual guides and instructions, and to provide software training—all on top of producing a bulk of the training material, including approximately 160 elearning modules.

GuestLaurentTimmermans

Athenasia Consulting Simplifies the Marketing Plan Process

Athenasia

Ever wondered how to write a marketing plan? Laurent Timmermans, Founder and Managing Director of Athenasia Consulting Ltd, recently uploaded his "Marketing Plan Made Easy" course on OpenSesame to simplify the planning process. He shares what his course covers and the unique delivery that ensures users walk away with a plan in their hands.

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