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What Is e-Learning?

e-Learning is the digitization of course material to electronic format.

What Is Instructional Design?

Instructional Design is the process of gathering information then disperse this information incrementally and in a specific order so that learners can learn.

In more detail...What Is Instructional Design - Basics?

e-Learning Instructional Design Basic Components

Instructional Design is a systematic approach to deliver learning
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Design is setting order to any given process
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e-Learning is the digitizing of traditional learning to electronic format
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A Little History - There are many websites with numerous amounts of information on the subject of instructional system design (ISD) and e-Learning.

There are thousands of experts providing their opinion and expertise on the subject. e-Learning Instructional Design is an industry that has flourished over the past several decades. However, e-Learning and Computer Based Training have only recently been thrust to the forefront with the rise and expansion of the internet.

Purpose Of Digitizedi Instructional Design Website?

To help build effective and better e-Learning, keep trainees motivated and enjoy training. The information this website will provide will remain concise for the benefit of its readership. It will provide correct usage of business analysis, learner analysis, e-Learning Instructional Design, and needs analysis.

Every business and institution can benefit from proper instructional design as it relates to e-Learning. However, the maze of dis-information and misinformation that cloud the field of instructional design and e-Learning has both confused & complicated an initially basic eTraining concept.

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What Motivated Me To Create an e-Learning ISD Resource Site?

There are several instructional methodologies, origins and schools of thought. There is also debate on whether or not all design steps in the various development models the most popular instructional model being ADDIE, Analysis Design Develop Implement Evaluation (ADDIE) are necessary in all course development. The latest ISD model being the Successive Approximation Model (SAM)

There is a plethora of new buzz words that constantly flood the e-Learning community, yet these seemingly new terms are often old terms re-worded with a new twist by new authors on any given day.

Even more confusing, there are many definitions used to describe Web Based Training, Online Learning, Computer Based Training, e-Learning? Are these eTraining definitions all one in the same? Or, are there functional differences that required necessary re-defining? No wonder the terminology of e-Learning Instructional Design has become somewhat confusing.

e-Learning Instructional Design In Transition

But, you can easily, create excellent instructional sound and effective online training for your small company, and you will. My goal is to provide primary Instructional Design and e-Learning related resources to help you reach your company, personal or home school eTraining needs and goals.

Ineffective Instructional Design

To the end user or trainee, the complex back end system or its expensive cost is irrelevant. The hundreds of hours spent in development, the team of high paid developer professionals, managers, programmers, vendors are worthless if the learner is not motivated to learn. By following traditional curriculum design framework for instructional design to the letter will produce a dead-end eTraining product. I have witnessed this development scenario played out by the hundreds. The end user must be motivated to take training and continue the training with interest.

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I have also observed the butchering of instructional design, no clear terminal course objective was set, several confusing objectives crammed into single excessively long paragraphs. This is always done "in the interest of saving time" as the old excusatory quote goes.

More emphasis should be placed on the proper delivery of course objectives to the end user and less attention on back end related components like SCORM, AICC, or over obsessiveness over corporate legal related issues.

New e-Learning Development Methods

Large teams of e-Learning developers boasting years of experience nor giant sized corporation status does not guarantee a sound e-Learning program.

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There is a systematic tried and true approach to creating effective e-Learning Instructional Design.

An aesthetically pleasing interface, strong attention getting introduction or opening screen are just some of the components that guarantee a solid and effective online learning experience for the end-user or trainee.

The biggest advantage in providing e-Learning is the ability to incorporate multi-media. Multi, the use of animation, sound and movie videos. These elements are a must in every eTraining project.

For instance, strong attention should be given to the course introduction, the eTraining course introduction should capture the trainees attention and include relevant animation (not just frivolous images flying around) and some choice introduction music that will help relax, motivate and set the mood.

In addition, there must be considerations for site navigation, practice activities, proper feedback etc. From an instructional view, the training should include a Whole-Part-Whole anatomy of the course that include brief clearly stated terminal objectives.

Terminal Lesson Objectives

The terminal goal is the unifying thread of the entire course. This terminal goal must clearly state how the training will impact the company and individual. It must integrate the corporate mission statement as part of the overall theme of the course from the introduction and again during the final summary of the eTraining project.

Of course the training will include all the individual performance goals that lead up to the terminal goal and mastery e-Learning Instructional Design.

The online learning project therefore must be constructed to offer the user a low learning curve and high retention potential.

These are just a few of the components and features that should comprise any e-Learning Instructional Design training program. We'll cover all these elements in detail throughout this website and related it's eTraining articles.

Let's Get Started Developing the Best e-Learning

How? By placing the focus on the trainee not the back end system.

With all the tools available to create web based training which one(s) do you use? Which one is best for the job?

e-Learning Tools, The Wrong Majority

Is industry using the best e-Learning Instructional Design development method?

Seventy to Ninety percent of corporate industry at large use MS Word and Power Point as the eTraining development tool of choice. These tools first digitize existing content and then auto create what's referred to as simple electronic page turners. There is nothing wrong with this simple method other than it should not require a full team of professionals and hours of meetings just to reproduce an electronic or PDF course from a printed version of existing course materials.

There are many tools that can build web based training programs. But you want a tool that offers creativity and flexibility. Why? Because you need the creativity that can help express learning content in a aesthetic and systematic manner. You need the flexibility to easily integrate your learning lessons into existing learning systems that can address both front end and back end advantages.

Which e-Learning Tools To Use?

I strongly recommend using Flash. Why use Flash? You can create impressive and very detailed learning screens. You can achieve this without any programming skills. But, with those who can learn ActionScript can create awesome and effective learning content. Using just this one e-Learning development tool you can build simple cartoon animations on up to database integrated projects. It's flexible, it can be used for the student desktop or if the learning modules are created properly in the beginning, Flash desktop e-Learning efforts can be utilized in future LMS systems.

e-Learning Software, Is Flash The Best Tool For Development?

Flash is seamless and streamlined. It can pass information straight from the Flash interface directly to your database or the most advanced SCORM learning management system. MS Word and Power Point actually have no capability to pass information back to an LMS or SCORM values at this time, yet upwards of seventy percent of all corporations use these limited and static e-Learning software for eTraining development.

Most other e-training development efforts rely on several different tools to achieve the same results Flash can do all by itself. For comprehensive e-Learning Instructional Design production development and team collaboration, Flash should be the development tool of choice.

eTraining Development and Lessons Learned

I've witnessed large corporations simultaneously employ DreamWeaver, Lectora, and or Captivate to create a simple online electronic page turner, what a travesty. This simply reflects the corporation's lack of imagination and creativity skills. It further strengthens the notions that the more money thrown at it the better. No wonder so many e-Training projects are considered a bore and are a flop a few days after the launch. eTraining development can be both effective and not take a long time to create.

Your online training or teaching efforts don't need to fail. You can create effective academic lessons using Flash. You can succeed where corporate America has failed.

Home Schoolers, Teachers, Parents

Flash is not just for corporations anymore.

Calling all home schoolers and teachers of all disciplines! You can benefit your students by employing Flash to create e-Learning course content. Enhance the learning experience for your child or student using game based scenarios. Properly done, you can ignite and motivate your pupil to spend more time learning and enjoying it.

Learning Theory

Based on the analysis, learning theories such as behavioral, cognitive and constructivism will also be a decision to my made by the designer as to which is the proper methodology to utilize for the training.

You can build effective and better elearning for your students. Learn about the who, what, when, where and why about instructional learning theory basics.

Benefits of e-Learning

The main benefits of e-Learning are listed as follows:

Author once, publish everywhere - Author once, then publish the e-Learning. With e-Learning you don't need to schedule multiple classes or hire multiple instructors. Once published the e-Learning can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Clone the best teacher and best practices- The best instructors and their teaching techniques can be cloned with e-Learning. Students and employees can be exposed to the most efficient methods of learning.

Activity can engage the trainee - We learn by doing. e-Learning can be embedded with various activities and practice screens that will help to reinforce the learning material, accelerate and solidify the mastery of course goals.

Rapid Development - Flash provides the elearning software tool for rapid development. Anyone can quickly and easily develop engaging etraining courses.

A Failing Education School System?

America boasts about having the most computers in the world, the most internet connections in the world, and the best education system in the whole world, they boast to spend more money per student than anyone else in the world.

Why do American students rank at the bottom 23 of the 25 of all developing industrialized nations in math and science? You would not know our education systems is failing 50% of its students if you listen to main stream media.

The e-Learning Instructional Design Solution

Introduction To Lessons Learned e-Learning

Proper e-Learning is a combined synergy of many disciplines to be designed as a student centered project.

In its most complex form, e-Learning can include Scenarios, Activities, Practice Exercises, e-Learning Development Tools, Supporting Software, ISD Models, Project Management, Memory Techniques, Case Studies, Complex Back-end systems like SCORM and or databases, Simulations, Programmers, Project Management to prevent scope creep, Instructional Designers, Stories, Custom Graphics, Course Outlines, Storyboards, ISD Maps, Media Maps, Design Documents, the psychology of learning, research, complex learning methodologies, the list goes on and on.

In the more complicated instance, defining the right approach to training is first determined by which of the three domains your training is categorized, is it behavioral, cognitive or affective domain?

It's most simplistic form eTraining can involve identifying a problem and then posting a how-to learning aide.

The goal of this site is to provide e-Learning Instructional Design Best Practices Solutions.

Contact Me
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To help make your elearning projects efficient, reusable, self-maintenance(so all staffers can easily make updates), project makeover, training project review, please send me an e-mail using the link provided at the bottom of the screen.

It is important to understand all the underlying technical details and learning theories in order to create the most effective training. You need someone who understands the complexities of production yet using practical experience can produce simplistic training.

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Be sure to check out the Flash eLearning examples in my portfolio, and feel free to contact contact me if you desire further discussion.

e-Learning Instructional Design

Whether you are creating an e-Learning course for a small business, homeschool, or a large corporation, you can build the perfect e-Learning project.