Author: Justin Venters

The Addie Model Explained

In my current role as an eLearning developer, I have been using the ADDIE model to help build effective training and performance support tools for clients. Using this model helps keep our workflow in sections with clear results and obtainable milestones, in addition to providing staff members with a framework on how to engage clients. I’ll explain the ADDIE model by breaking it down into its five steps: Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. Analyze Analyzing a potential situation by collecting information related to it gives us resources to pull from. From there, we can start to think about how we...

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eLearning Designs for Non-eLearning Projects

In two recent posts, I wrote about the pitfalls of repetition and how form follows function when it comes to eLearning design. For this post, I want to step away from the authoring software and talk about how eLearning courses can be integrated into other projects that aren’t just stand alone eLearning courses. I have written in the past about how eLearning projects can differentiate from standard online courses, but this post is more about integrating eLearning components into other projects. Let’s take a closer look at how we can accomplish this. Large Video Projects When a large video...

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Benefits of Digital Assessments

It’s easy to stick to the same old approach when it’s been working for years. Why fix something if it’s not broken? Paper based assessments have been the cornerstone of quiz taking since we were all in grade school (when we needed to hike uphill in 5 ft. if snow!) Well there are several advancements and key takeaways that come with digitizing your assessments.   Let’s look at three benefits of adopting digital assessments No More Manual Grading The days of checking who has the right answer is over and it’s time to put down the red pen. By...

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eLearning: Form Follows Function

When designing an eLearning course, it’s easy to get lost in the gallery of pictures you’ve collected, or sizing the logo just perfect in the corner. Sometimes you need to take a step back and remember the golden rule—Form Follows Function. This is an old saying taught to me by one of my college professors, and one that is older than him. It actually stems from an old architectural phrase coined by American architect Louis Henry Sullivan meaning that the shape of a building should be based around its intended function, its purpose, and its reason to exist. So...

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The Future of Mobile Learning: Mobile Reinforcement

At last month’s Fridays for Workforce Innovation, our roundtable discussion focused on team building and leadership strategies. During the discussion, we identified the need for an easier training model that would also promote unity among employees. My team at Towson University Center for Professional Studies is now developing a mobile reinforcement app that will do just that. A Shift to Mobile Learning The shift from a learning management system (LMS) based learning to mobile learning is occurring in small pockets throughout the training community. This stems from the idea that most employees have greater access to smart phones and...

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When eLearning Is Not the Answer

As an eLearning specialist for the Towson University Center for Professional Studies, it’s my job to develop creative eLearning solutions for our clients. In fact, I’ve written about eLearning benefits in several blog posts. That being said, it’s important to remember that eLearning is AN answer, but not THE answer. eLearning can take many forms, but it can’t be the answer for every training need you face as a change leader or instructor. Throwing eLearning at a problem is much like using duct tape over various surfaces—sometimes it’ll stick and function correctly, increasing retention and test scores. Other times...

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Tips for Creating a Successful Client-Based Portfolio

It’s easy to get into the grind of work and focus on project after project, deadline after deadline. But sometimes it’s important to take a step back and look at all the new projects you’ve amassed. When thinking about how to keep your client-based portfolio up-to-date, ask yourself a few questions: What am I showing to potential clients? What is the best project we’ve done in the past year? Has demand changed for the types of projects we can create? All these questions can help steer your portfolio towards the types of work you can search for. Maybe you’ve...

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eLearning: Three Ways to Use It Differently

The Towson University Center for Professional Studies (CPS) develops customized workforce training programs for clients within the government and corporate sectors. One way our team does this is through the use of customized eLearning tools. When we think of eLearning, we usually think of slides with bullet points, images, and quizzes. It’s a linear program where the learner is starting at Point A and ending at Point B with the learning content in between. This is traditional eLearning and although it has its place, there are many other uses for eLearning authoring tools outside the norm. Let’s take a...

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What is eLearning Missing?

Break the eLearning Cycle For most of us, our lives involve repetition. It gives us a sense of comfort and allows us to enjoy the little things. It provides a sense of security so we can plan ahead because we know what is coming up next. Repeating gives us the control we so desperately desire. We all know of the standard eLearning format. First is the title slide, then objective screen, content, assessment, rinse, repeat. It includes previous/next buttons, and sometimes closed captioning. It’s funny how similar eLearning can be when it’s being developed by such different developers for...

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