Best Practice Guides

Elearning tips from the pros

Book cover imageFor the past four years, we've asked members of the eLearning Network to submit their tips in the run up to Christmas. These appear on our Insights blog.

We have reviewed the last four year's worth of material, and pulled together the most useful of them into a freely-downloadable ebook: Elearning tips from the pros.

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EPIC knowledge base

A very comprehensive series of whitepapers on all apsects of learning technology, development and research.

Graphics for Rapid Elearning

Rapid e-learning should be beautiful. This guide gives you some simple tips for grapics sourcing and selection to help make sure you don't compromise on look and feel with rapid e-learning.

How to design learning communities

A free guide on how to design, develop and support learners through learning communities: Why you should establish a learning community; The benefits learning communites can deliver; The critical success factors involved; The role of the facilitator / moderator; The barriers and how to overcome them.

How to design Rapid E-learning

Stephen Walsh explains how rapid e-learning design is different -- and better -- than traditional methods. Is there room for design in Rapid E-learning? You better believe it. In this free report, we share the three ways in which Rapid E-learning Design is different -- and better -- than traditional e-learning methods: (1) Where you start from: use structures and patterns to accelerate design; (2) How you get to release: get to first version quickly, iterate to release; (3) How you keep it relevant: wide range of tools, many of them free.

How to Market Rapid E-learning

Developing effective rapid e-learning isn’t simply about delivery. With so much effort needed to create a course it’s easy to underestimate the amount of effort to get it out to the audience, accepted and used.Of course it’s common sense. A successfully marketed course is likely to: increase take-up of the training; ensure return on investment in training – unused training is a waste; ensure staff are trained in the skills and knowledge they need to do their jobs successfully.

Learning and performance support

This paper explores the issues of learning and performance support. There has been a great deal of interest in recent years in the concept of performance support systems. In essence, this means providing all the knowledge a person needs to carry out a task without interrupting their workflow. Not surprisingly, it’s often referred to as workflow learning and in the e-learning world it has been dominated by the growing interest in embedding just-in-time systems and procedural hints and tips.

Marketing your elearning internally

This free guide has been created specially by Joe Quilter of PSP learnix for the benefit of eLN members. It provides a host of practical tips and hints for the successful marketing within an organisation of elearning and blended learning programmes.

Project Initiation Checklist for Rapid Elearning

If you are starting a rapid e-learning project, you will accelerate your progress by ensuring the key elements are in place to get going. Doing so will save valuable time down the line rectifying unresolved issues or help prevent unnecessary development or time spent on tangential activities. This free short insight report explains the differences between rapid e-learning and standard e-learning project definition; the key actions you need to take to initiate your rapid e-learning project.

Soft Skills and Rapid E-learning

One of the key benefits that e-learning can deliver is a safe environment in which learners can make mistakes, learn from them, and reflect on how to avoid them on the job. The most effective way of doing this is through the design and development of soft skill simulations. But how do you go about it in rapid e-learning?

Sustaining performance in rapid e-learning

A free guide on how to ensure your learners get the best from rapid e-learning. The traditional model of 'design, develop, deliver' is out of date for e-learning. Rapid e-learning needs a different approach, one that enables constant updating and feedback to sustain learner performance and ensure e-learning remains vital and relevant. Experienced learning designers realise that once e-learning is launched, the real work begins.

Top five tips for choosing the right authoring tools

There’s a huge array of authoring tools out there and, when it comes to finding the right one for you, it can be hard to know where to start. If you choose the wrong one, it won’t live up to the promise of delivering rapid e-learning – so here are our five top tips for sourcing the right tool for your needs.

Top five tips for creating great systems training

All too often, a systems training course becomes a glorified user manual because it tries to train learners on everything that there is to know about the system! Read on for Saffron’s top five tips for creating great systems training that focuses on what learners need to know.

Top five tips for managing resources

The project has been signed off and requirements gathered - now for the planning! To plan a project’s resources, you’ll need to have a really clear idea of the number and types of resources needed to spring the project into action. Without efficient resource planning things can start to fail rather quickly. Here are our top five tips to avoid that happening.

Top five tips for running a successful video shoot

Many clients want to include video in their e-learning courses meaning that we need to become film directors as part of our day job too. But it’s not just about having a director’s chair with your name on the back. Follow these tips to ensure your video shoot runs like clockwork.

Top five tips for writing XML for beginners

XML can be a great tool when used correctly, but it does sometimes suffer from being a development buzzword. The trick to understanding how best to use XML is to remember that its focus is to provide an independent structure for a collection of data. What happens with that data is a problem for other programming languages that need to work with it.

Top ten tips for accessibility

An inaccessible e-learning course risks non compliance, frustration, anxiety and lost productivity. Our top ten tips will help you avoid all that and build something accessible, usable and ultimately more effective.

Top ten tips for excellent instructional design

We all want our e-learning to be a positive experience for the learner and deliver results for the business. Here are Saffron’s top ten tips for delivering engaging, effective, excellent instructional design every time. 

Top ten tips for writing effective questions

Whether they’re for an assessment or part of the training course itself, writing questions can be a tricky business. Read on for Saffron’s top ten tips for creating effective questions that test learners in the right way, on the right thing.