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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 Thompkins 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...


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....


Storytelling and E-Learning Supremely Powerful Combination of Awesome

This episode is all about storytelling. How to use it to enhance your learners experience, their buy-in and how to influence their behaviors. I have a guest on for this episode: Ryan Martin, a storytelling expert and the co-creator of Broken Co-Worker. We spend an hour actively discussing storytelling strategies, elements that make a great story and why you should be using more stories more often as part of your defacto elearning strategy. Enjoy!


Whats the goal Why are we designing this scenario in the first place?

Yeah, you call it needs analysis or something like that, but really it's all about finding what our learner will actually find interesting and engaging enough to make them BELIEVE they need to and then WANT to change. Sorry, don't mean to yell with all caps... but I got your attention, didn't I? How can you help people CHANGE, or LEARN something useful in 15 minutes of scenarios? I've got some ideas... and I do go on about explaining them with some great examples. Enjoy friend!


Working with SME's and Making it Awesome

Getting good at talking with Subject Matter Experts for our elearning and scenarios is ALWAYS a topic of interest, maybe because we demand too much and prepare in the wrong way? What about coming in with a model and expecting the SME to know nothing about our elearning project, in effect letting them be the Subject Matter Expert in their domain and letting us remain one in ours. I explore this and more in this episode. Enjoy!


Engagement is a Multi-Layered Strategy Just Like Good Foundation Make-Up

Ok, so in this episode, I deconstruct Engagement, what it means and how to get it layered on. The idea is that there are many different ways to engage people, some people will respond to one kind of engagement while others don't. What you want to do, is stack the odds in your favour... how do you do that? Engagement Scenario Strategies. I am ready!


About Anna Her Journey and Why She Loves Scenarios So MUCH

Are you ready to get emotional? Just kidding. This is to get you familiar with the reason why I do what I do, why I talk about scenarios, why I am so passionate about making them awesome and spreading the word. Yep, I get a bit personal... but nothing you've never seen anywhere else. And I encourage you to check out Broken Co-Worker... I am such a great actress.


How Perfection Ruins Elearning and What to Do About It

Woot! You're back for episode two! In this magical conversation with myself, I talk about that fear of not meeting perfection, the one that makes us afraid to share your first drafts, makes you spend and invest WAY TOO MUCH time on prototypes that are either never seen, or seen too late. I discuss some ways to overcome this disease because do not fool yourself, perfection is a disease and we must stamp it out. Say it with me "good enough, is good enough" Enjoy!


How To Use Context to Design Elearning

What is context in learning? Why do we throw it around like everyone knows what it means? Or how to use it. I piggyback off an article by Ethan Edwards that helps me deconstruct and share more ideas and tips on how to add context to your own scenario design in elearning so you can make it as awesome as you need to, for maximum learning engagement. If you have any questions get in touch with me via email.