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What is instructional design?

If you have been involved in learning and development, you may have heard the term “instructional design”.  But what is it and why is it important? Instructional design is the creation of learning experiences and materials in a manner that results in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. The discipline follows a system of assessing

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Source files vs published files. And why it matters.

In elearning, you might hear about published files and source files.  Here is a really simple explanation. Source files are the files that are created by the program that is used to develop the course (sometimes called authoring tools).  They can only be opened and changed by the same program that created them.  For example,

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How long should an elearning course be?

There isn’t a simple “one size fits all” answer to this question.  It depends on your course content, how engaging the course is, who it is aimed at and many other variables. Our experience, and a lot of research, suggests that best practice is elearning courses that are around 10-15 minutes long.  Any course over

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Assessments in Elearning

Most elearning programs allow you to create assessment questions.  There are a number of types of questions you can use including: Multiple choice True / false Multiple response (select more than one correct answer) Matching (match the correct answer to the correct definition or phrase) Sequence (put the answers in the correct order), and Hot

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Can you have videos in Elearning courses?

Yes, you absolutely can.  You can also choose whether they auto play or not and set up the course so that the learner is required to watch them, or not. Should you have videos in Elearning courses is another question.  Here are a couple of basic points to consider. Videos are fantastic training tools to

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ELearning Authoring Tools

What is an ELearning authoring tool? An ELearning authoring tool is a program used to create an ELearning course.  There are many different authoring tools available as stand alone tools or within an LMS.  For more information on LMSs, click here. Different authoring tools have different capabilities and, obviously, different costs.  The most popular authoring

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The “Lack of Training” Excuse

I am watching news of the Victorian Covid outbreak and once again, I hear “lack of training” appearing as an excuse. Now, I don’t have one second of training in how to manage returning overseas travelers in quarantine.  But, even with no training, I am absolutely sure that engaging in sexual relations with the quarantine

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What is SCORM in elearning?

  If you have dealt with eLearning, you may have come across the word SCORM.  But what is SCORM? SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.  Now, in case you are still reading, I’ll try and explain it as simply as possible. SCORM is a set of technical standards for eLearning that basically tell

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What is a Learning Management System?

Like all industries, there are many words and definitions used in the training industry that people outside the industry may not understand.  One of them is a Learning Management System (often called an LMS). An LMS is simply a way of storing training records so that you know who has completed which training.  A simple

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When should you do refresher training?

Aaahhhh, those words that can bring grown men and women to their knees groaning in agony – “Time for your annual refresher training”. But when should you do refresher training?  Here is a list of 5 times that you should. When a process has changed.  It is still the same process but steps have been

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Assessments in Elearning

Assessments in elearning are quick and easy as they only have to be set up once and, as long as they are running off an LMS (Learning Management System), the results are automatically recorded and reported.  One question we often get from new clients is “What type of assessments can I have in an elearning

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Is face to face training finished?

As the Covid-19 Pandemic pulls and stretches the seams of the social fabric that binds us together as a society, as a nationality and as one humanity, H.G. Wells famous quote “Adapt or Perish” has never been as relevant. And, like all industries, the training industry has made adaptations to try and stay alive. Unless

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Five Common Induction Training Mistakes

Induction training is the new employee’s first impression of an organisation and sets the tone for their future working experience. Great inductions inform and engage employees so they are work ready and excited about working for the company from the first day. Bad inductions can leave new employees confused and disappointed and in some cases,

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Is An Expat Assignment For You?

Does the idea of an expat assignment conjure up images of sipping gin and tonic in tropical surrounds with a slight breeze blowing and Michael Buble playing softly in the background while waiters and other house staff cater to your every need? Or are you more inclined to have visions of fighting your way through

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The Dingo’s Got My iPad

One of the main concerns of our clients with using iPads or tablets in the field is the risk of damage to the devices. While there is not much that will save an iPad (or anything else) if it is run over by a haul truck or loader, a good cover and taking reasonable care

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