Social Leadership describes a type of authority that applies in communities, outside of formal hierarchy, and based upon our reputation, earned over time. It’s not an alternative to formal leadership, it’s complimentary to it: but it’s reach extends where formal power cannot go. It’s important because, in the Social Age, so much of our sense making and performance is rooted around co-created knowledge, around socially moderated learning, around storytelling and sharing. Today, as i prepare to launch the 2nd Edition of the ‘Social Leadership Handbook’, i want to expand on the notion of ‘curation’, which is the foundation of Social Leadership.
More and more students are flocking to the online classroom for the convenience of earning college credits from the comfort of their home. However, many of these students are ill-prepared for the dedication and discipline needed to be successful in the online environment. Oftentimes students have misconceptions concerning the rigor of online courses, and they often underestimate the amount of time and discipline necessary to complete assignments, discussions, quizzes, and projects. Therefore, it is important for the instructor to set the tone of the course to help students succeed. So how do you help your students succeed in the online classroom?
As I’ve discussed before, microlearning is an approach to training that delivers content to learners in small, targeted bursts. The learners choose their path and pace through the content. When a learning organization begins to incorporate a microlearning strategy into its overall training curriculum, it’s safe to start with five-minute Storyline modules or brief videos. They’re just the beginning, though; you can choose from many more micro options:
As eLearning has evolved, in recent years there’s been a move toward microlearning. Organizations are embracing shorter and more abbreviated learning, in a move toward greater efficiency. Not only are shorter eLearning courses less time consuming, but what organizations are finding is that they’re also more effective.’ Today’s learner has less time and a shorter attention span, making it unrealistic to assume employees can sit for an hour or more to complete an eLearning course without interruption. This is what’s driving the shift toward just-in-time, bite-sized learning. The thought is that it’s better to engage a learner for 10 minutes of truly productive learning time where information is absorbed and retained, as opposed to presenting them with an hour-long course that has no impact.
Cientos de artículos, libros y blogs de diseño nunca dejan de recordarnos lo importante que es ser consistente cuando se crea cualquier pieza gráfica, ya sea una pieza publicitaria o un curso eLearning. No lo discutimos. Pero como diseñador instruccional, usted sabe lo difícil que es pasar de las palabras a los hechos cuando se trata de mantener un look-and-feel consistente a lo largo del curso. Después de todo, somos gente creativa y artistas en el corazón. Nuestros cerebros se cansan y gritan por un poco de chispa en el momento en que diseñamos un par de diapositivas.
Product designer William Newton wrote a compelling article some time ago on the tiers of good design and the pyramid they form. But this idea can be applied to more than physical product design; it can be used to create better eLearning courses, as well. Find the original article here: The Design Process: A Pyramid Using this same structure, we explore just how the pyramid can help you improve your eLearning design workflow.