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How to get your SME to give you everything you need for your next scenario project

Ever work with an SME that just didn't understand what you did? or gave you info that just didn't fit with what you wanted to accomplish in the eLearning scenario? In this episode, I quickly share the approach you can take to get all the info you need, without having the SME learn the basics of instructional design.


How to create engaging elearning by modelling for success

In this episode, I discuss The 4 Disciplines of Execution by McChesney, Covey, and Huling. The book goes into great detail about how to manage successful teams and projects. I pull out some of those key lessons to help you improve the elearning you deliver. Mainly Agile Project Development, the Pareto Principle and discuss their exploration of Lag and Lead measures and how those can be used to design engaging elearning for the RIGHT audience. Enjoy!


Don't let standards that don't exist overwhelm you.

In this short episode, I discuss a recent conversation with a client who was struggling with how to deliver an e-learning module for one of his departments. The challenge was how to deliver something valuable without throwing the already stretched thin team into an 18-month project. I discuss the advice I shared and hope you take me up on it too. Share if you found useful. https://www.elearningsecrets.com


Overcoming procrastination in projects

Have you ever invested a ton of time on a project that then makes you afraid to talk about that project to stakeholders or SME's to get feedback? I help you by sharing a quick tip on how to build up resistance to fear, by tackling it head-on by getting feedback on a tiny fraction of that project.


Get rid of Learning Objectives to Change Attitude

Do you want your elearning scenarios to affect behavior change? Well, instead of adding more learning objectives, find out what stands in the way. What do your learners believe that is getting in the way of using all the information at their disposal? What is preventing them from applying their skills? I discuss strategies that will help you bridge the gap between behavior and performance.


How a Simple Process Fools Us Into Complacency

When you observe master storytellers, you can easily believe that the end product you get to enjoy, because of how effortlessly it was delivered, is not the result of careful deliberate practice. Or that this artful performance can be reduced to a pattern, we want there to be magic and when we see how the trick is done we cannot accept that the process is that simple - so we dismiss it, or pretend it does not need concerted effort to master.


How to use top performers in scenario design

As elearning designers we usually get access to a Subject Matter Expert, but this is not sufficient to design next level elearning scenarios. For that kind of awesome, you need to talk to the top performer as well.


How to get to the heart of the problem to design a great scenario

All the problems we work to solve, need to be deconstructed to discover the root cause. What is a problem we can actually solve? How do we discover it, even if someone already has told us what they think it is and how our training is going to address it? I'll show you how.


How to make sure your scenario brings in huge impact

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the information and activities that you have to build for your elearning module? In this episode, I discuss the Pareto principle, a strategy that will help you get focused on the most important things and deliver more value with your scenarios.


How to start work on an elearning scenario project

In this episode, you'll learn how to diagnose which areas you should focus on with your scenario. You'll also discover which questions to ask to find out what is going to be a scenario useful to your company or business.


Why Specialization is never a dirty word.

With the job posting these days, we are asked to take on and develop more and more skillsets. This leads to overwhelm and feeling like very few of the products you put out actually make you proud. So I propose you don't fight with your circumstances but create your own "invest in yourself" project. And I am here to help if it happens to be becoming world class at eLearning Scenario Design! Enjoy.


The pattern for 95% of your eLearning Scenarios

Don't stare at the giant folder of info or procedures, or a blank software page or search hours to find the right design template for your elearning. Just follow the steps I outline, to first design a great and compelling multiple choice question. Focus on it being contextual, have meaningful options and consequences that make them think. I give you practical tips, examples, and advice to achieve a great result. The rest is easy. Enjoy!


eLearning scenario Mechanics and Game Space

The only way we can innovate and create good disruption within our field, and create learning that can truly engage is by borrowing from other disciplines. Here I discuss how learning can be enhanced with strategies and patterns from games - specifically "mechanics" and "game space". I also go into details on my latest presentation at the Learning While Working Virtual Conference put on by Sprout Labs. Relevant links: Learning While Working Conference ...


Track and gather data from your learning the right way with SCORM

In this episode, I interview Chris Tompkins who is a de facto expert on all things SCORM related and the Director of Sales at Rustici Software. Why do you need to know about SCORM? Well even if you don't publish anything yourself, let’s say you have a technical team for that, knowing about the technology that's going to be used to wrap up your package Will help you create a better learning package and ultimately give you the data you need to enhance the learning impact it will have. The...


How to make your training more valuable!

In this episode, I discuss Needs Assessment, ways to connect what you do to big business initiatives. I discuss the elements that need to be in place for success and questions you can ask to ensure it happens. Other topics discussed are Brazil nuts, dog training, Kirkpatrick and follow up survey strategies.


How to help your learners focus in eLearning scenarios

In this episode, I discuss the details of cognitive load, how to develop learning that helps your learners focus, while still engaging them with the right elements, even if that means just a simple timeline display. I also discuss one of my research staples, e-learning and the science of instruction, by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer.. and use their best practices to help sequence and display learning in a way that does not affect the learning that needs to take place.


How Can You Influence Behaviour Change Using Scenarios?

This episode is loaded with psychology from Robert Cialdini's book Influence, I also talk about bullying and harassment and how to get the individual to feel empowered and ready to take action. Then I go on to discuss what makes a culture or a crowd difficult to influence in certain respects and the strategies to get the individual to feel they can take action to make changes. Enjoy!


How to Complain About Terrible eLearning

Have you ever heard people say "I could do that better" or "how can they call that learning?" or "what a page turner!" and thought... well, sure but what have you built lately? what are some examples you can point to that are great? Well, it is easy to criticize... hey, I've had my work called funny names, but those people have not produced anything award-winning... like, ever! So, how do you complain about the state of the elearning out there the right way?


How to Hack Attitude so Your eLearning Training Doesn't Fall Flat

In this episode, I talk about how to get an adult to be ready for learning. A lot of times we think just telling someone why something is good for them will be enough to convince them to take the time to do it. WRONG! If you have not addressed the attitude, the lens that they use to look at that topic, regardless of how awesome your training is... you will never have any impact. I will teach you how to use scenarios to shatter some of those misconceptions and leverage consequences and time...


7 Tips on How to Interview Subject Matter Experts for eLearning Scenarios

I get this question a lot: how do I get my SME (subject matter expert) to give me all the info I need to make great scenarios? How do I explain my process to them? How do I prepare so that I ask the right questions? I get into this and more and share strategies from the trenches of instructional design. Plus, bonus tips and psychological tricks that will actually help everyone (you and your SME) have a better experience. Enjoy and leave a review to let me know if you liked this episode....