3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training

3 ways to save time in training design

Do they want it yesterday? Here are three ways to save a lot of time when you’re designing training. Learn more.

Tips for webinars or virtual training

Webinar tips

“What tips do you have for giving webinars?” People have asked this a lot lately, so here’s my opinionated answer. Learn more.

Learning styles: Worth our time?

Learning styles debate

We’re wasting our time talking about appealing to learning styles when research has identified far more powerful techniques. This post summarizes two meta-analyses about learning styles and readers sound off in more than 70 comments. Read more

Do we really need narration?

Turn off that sound!

When should elearning be narrated? I think we should rephrase the question as, “When is it a good idea to force all learners to go at the same pace?” That’s what narrated material does. The pace of the narration controls the pace of the material. When you’re learning from narrated material, you can’t easily skim […]

Elearning example: Branching scenario

Branching scenario

You’re a US Army sergeant in Afghanistan. Can you help a young lieutenant make a good impression on a Pashtun leader? That’s the challenge behind “Connect with Haji Kamal,” a thought-provoking branching scenario. Try the activity and learn how it was designed. Read more

Could animations hurt learning?

Animated vs static content

A recent study suggests that the common habit of “building” information on a slide can interfere with learning. The researchers used Camtasia Studio to create two presentations on information security. The audio narration was the same in both presentations. The visuals were the same, too, except one presentation used an average of 3.4 animations per […]

Less text, more learning

Less text more learning

Do stakeholders want to add text to your materials? Here’s one study you can use to show how wordiness can hurt learning. The study compared three lessons about the same weather process. All lessons used the same illustrations but varied in the number of words. The lesson with the fewest words resulted in the most […]

How to add emotional impact with evocative images

Flying girl

The right image can turn a blah message into a memorable, meaningful experience. But how can you find stock images that aren’t, well, stock? Last fall I did a quick overview of how to find good stock photos. Here are more in-depth tips that will help you use stock photos to reach your learners’ hearts […]

How can visuals show abstract concepts?

How to show abstract concepts

Want to develop your ability to show abstract ideas? Find inspiration at these unusual sites. Le Grand Content: PowerPoint, death, and hamsters This short video takes typical PowerPoint visuals into quirky philosophical territory. According to the artist, Clemens Kogler, “Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand ‘association-chain-massacre’ which challenges itself to answer all […]

How to find good stock photos

How to find good stock photos