62 episodes

Connie Malamed, from The eLearning Coach site, shares fresh ideas and actionable tips for success with creating online and mobile learning experiences. Listen to interviews with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who provide strategies for both learning architects and educators. If you have a passion for instructional design, cognitive psychology, visual communication, social media learning, mLearning, and related topics, this podcast is for you.

The eLearning Coach Podcast Connie Malamed: Learning Experience Consultant, International Speaker

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Connie Malamed, from The eLearning Coach site, shares fresh ideas and actionable tips for success with creating online and mobile learning experiences. Listen to interviews with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who provide strategies for both learning architects and educators. If you have a passion for instructional design, cognitive psychology, visual communication, social media learning, mLearning, and related topics, this podcast is for you.

    Starting an Instructional Design Career in Higher Education

    Starting an Instructional Design Career in Higher Education

    Have you ever considered starting a learning design career in higher education? Have you wondered if academia is the best fit for your preferences and interests? In this episode, Peter Shea and I discuss the roles that instructional designers play in higher education and what it's like to work in that environment.



    Peter manages an excellent Facebook community called Instructional Designers in Education, which has close to 7000 members. He is also an instructional designer, teacher, editor, and writer. Peter is an advocate for immersive learning experiences and for using learning analytics to inform learning design. He has spent several years as director of professional development in higher education and is co-editor of a forthcoming book on technology for learning and assessment. Peter also created another social media group in LinkedIn for people interested in data-informed learning design. See the links at the end for access.



    WE DISCUSS:



    * The role that instructional designers play in higher education

    * How working in higher ed differs from L&D in the workplace

    * Importance of faculty relationships

    * Differences between working in community colleges versus universities

    * Salary comparison

    * Benefits and disadvantages of working in higher ed

    * Using simulations for learning

    * Importance of mixing it up with IDs in other fields

    * How learning designers in higher ed can improve the field

    * Effects of remote learning on higher education

    * Learning analytics in higher education

    * How to find a job in higher education

    * How to prepare for the learning designer role



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    TIME: 39 minutes



    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    * Instructional Designers in Education (Facebook Group)

    * Data Informed Data Design (LinkedIn Group)

    * Chronicle Vitae (Job listings)

    * HigherEd Jobs (Job listings)

    * Michael Feldstein Resilience Network









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    • 38 min
    ELC 061: Getting Started With Inclusive Design

    ELC 061: Getting Started With Inclusive Design

    Once you understand accessible design and inclusive design, you can’t turn back. That's because changing your design habits is not only easy, it has a big impact on the lives of others and it benefits everyone. Today I’m speaking with Brian Dusablon, from Learning Ninjas. Brian works in many roles, helping clients apply existing and emerging technologies to support process and business improvement. As an advocate, he creates and teaches about inclusive, accessible user experiences and improving the lives of others. He’s the person many turn to, to get answers to their accessibility questions. In this episode, Brian provides easily actionable steps you can take to start an inclusive design practice.



    WE DISCUSS:



    * Difference between accessibility and inclusive design

    * Limits of accessibility guidelines

    * Methods for adopting an inclusive design mindset at the start of a project

    * Creating your own standards for inclusive design

    * Lenses of accessibility to analyze for eLearning: animation; audio and video; color; controls; readability

    * How to design inclusively for animations

    * How to design inclusively for typical graphics and the challenges of infographics

    * How to design inclusively for audio and video

    * Looking at the lens of time in terms of inclusive design

    * How to get started quickly

    * What to do if management is resistant to inclusive design

    * Biggest challenges regarding accessibility in the learning industry



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    TIME: 33 minutes



    RESOURCES:



    * Learning Ninjas Accessibility Resources

    * The Accessibility Primer

    * 12 Lenses of Accessibility

    * Five Golden Rules of Alt-text

    * Wave Extension for Chrome and Firefox: In the podcast, Brian mentions reviewing HTML code output from Rise. You can do some checking with the WAVE plugin or use the “inspect element” function in your browser to see Rise output (or other tools) after publishing. To get to Inspect, right-click on a web page in Chrome.

    * Diverse Photos

    * Black Illustration Image Packs

    * Hemingway Editor



    A few sources for free diverse photos:



    * Women of Color in Tech

    * Gender Spectrum Collection

    * Nappy

    * Iwaria

    • 33 min
    ELC 060: How to Practice Evidence-Informed Learning Design

    ELC 060: How to Practice Evidence-Informed Learning Design

    I am hoping that this will be the decade of maturation for the learning industry. Part of that maturation will involve disseminating and applying relevant research findings from the learning sciences. In this episode, I speak with Mirjam Neelen about the conclusions that learning researchers agree on, how to identify learning myths and how to incorporate evidence-informed learning strategies into your work.



    Mirjam is a coauthor of Evidence-Informed Learning Design: Creating training to improve performance. She is a learning advisory manager with over 10 years of industry experience. In her current role, she leads learning experience design processes across Accenture's various business entities globally.



    WE DISCUSS:



    * Difference between evidence-informed and evidence-based learning desig

    * Disciplines that feed into the learning sciences

    * Learning principles that cognitive researchers agree on

    * Value of reflection in learning

    * Differentiating between learning myths and research-based findings

    * Why we should beware of applying neuroscience findings to learning experience design

    * Effective strategies for direct instruction and feedback

    * Effective strategies for worked examples, which are underused in workplace training



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    TIME: 26 minutes



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    RESOURCES:



    * Evidence-Informed Learning Design (book) by Mirjam Neelen and Paul A. Kirschner

    * 3-Star Learning Experiences: (blog) Articles written by Mirjam Neelen and Paul A. Kirschner

    * ELC 045: The Art and Science of Practice and Feedback with Patti Shank

    * Measured Approach or Magical Elixir? How to Tell Good Science from Bad by Willingham









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    • 25 min
    ELC 059: How Chatbots Can Support and Enhance Learning

    ELC 059: How Chatbots Can Support and Enhance Learning

    Vince Han says that part of the learning journey is a conversation. One way to have that conversation and to meet the needs of the modern workplace is with a chatbot programmed to engage people in interactive activities that support learning and behavior change. In this episode, I speak with Vince about the power of chatbots for learning and support and the ins and out of designing the conversational interface. Vince is the founder and CEO of mobile coach, a chatbot platform for interactive engagement intended to positively influence learning and behavior change. Vince is an industry thought-leader in learning technologies and often speaks about artificial intelligence and chatbot technology.



    QUESTIONS ANSWERED:



    * What is a chatbot and how does it work?

    * What platforms can chatbots work with?

    * Can many of the platforms enable chatbots to learn (or be predictive) from audience responses?

    * How can chatbots be used to support performance in the work flow?

    * What can a chatbot bring to different phases of the learning journey?

    * What are examples of how organizations are using chatbots as part of the learning journey?

    * How can you use a chatbot in a blended learning program?

    * Can chatbots deliver training?

    * Is there any research yet on how chatbots affect learning?

    * Why do chatbots appear to increase engagement?

    * How does the target audience respond to using a chatbot?

    * What guidelines do you suggest for those who are designing a conversational interface?

    * Does designing a chatbot conversation require continuous improvement?

    * When using a chatbot, can you always see how people responded?

    * What is the importance of tone in chatbot design?

    * What does the future hold for chatbots? What are the trends?



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    TIME: 28 minutes



    RESOURCES:



    * Chatbot Articles

    * Mobile Coach

    * Vince Han's Bio

    * Connect with Vince on LinkedIn and Twitter (@vincehan)









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    • 27 min
    ELC 058 Virtual Training is Much More Than a Presentation

    ELC 058 Virtual Training is Much More Than a Presentation

    How can you translate the in-person learning experience to an effective virtual classroom? This episode answers that question. Author and virtual training expert, Cindy Huggett, clarifies the misconceptions people have about the virtual classroom experience. She provides fantastic tips and techniques for facilitating an effective virtual learning event. You'll hear how to increase the interactivity and collaboration of the virtual classroom so that participants get involved.



    Cindy has been providing virtual learning solutions since the early 2000s, and is a recognized industry expert in teaching training professionals how to design and deliver interactive online classes. She is the author of several books, including the updated Virtual Training Basics and Virtual Training Tools and Templates.



    WE DISCUSS:



    * The difference between virtual training and webinars or webcasts

    * Why virtual students need their own device to participate

    * Three components of a successful virtual training event

    * How to prepare participants to be ready to learn

    * The biggest challenges of turning in-person training into a virtual classroom

    * What's changed in virtual training in the past decade

    * When to use participant web cams

    * Effective activities for a smaller number of participants

    * How to efficiently break people into groups in online training.

    * A brilliant start-up activity that breaks isolation

    * Managing participant use of audio

    * Which virtual classroom platform to choose

    * Examples of creative use of the virtual classroom

    * What’s in store for the future of virtual training.



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    TIME: 38 minutes



    RESOURCES:



    * Cindy's Virtual Training Resources (books, webcasts, recordings, checklists, etc.)

    * Cindy's Publications

    * Tips for Presenting Yourself on WebCam

    * Virtual Training Basics by Cindy Huggett

    * Virtual Training Tools and Templates by Cindy Huggett

    * Microsoft HoloLens









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    • 38 min
    ELC 057: How To Plan And Design Microlearning

    ELC 057: How To Plan And Design Microlearning

    Microlearning is a thing and it's coming to a workplace near you. Of all the trends and terms of the last few years, perhaps none have been as poorly defined as microlearning.



    Karl Kapp, PhD, professor at Bloomsburg University, and Robyn Defelice, PhD, Director of Training at Revolve Solutions, decided enough was enough. They set out to write the definitive book on microlearning, Microlearning Short and Sweet.



    In this episode, they clarify misunderstandings about microlearning and provide best practices for planning, designing and implementing it—whatever it is.



    WE DISCUSS:



    * Why they wrote a book about microlearning

    * How they define microlearning (spoiler alert: it's not about time)

    * Examples of successful microlearning projects

    * How cognitive science supports microlearning

    * Use cases for microlearning

    * When NOT to use microlearning

    * Best practices for designing microlearning

    * Elvis



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    TIME: 32 minutes



    RELATED RESOURCES:



    * Microlearning Short and Sweet by Karl Kapp and Robyn Defelice

    * Dishing Design Robyn Defelice's website

    * Karl Kapp's website

    * Elevate

    * Presentr

    * Primer









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    • 32 min

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