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E-Learning Motivation Made Easy: How To Keep Learners Engaged

E-Learning Motivation Made Easy: How To Keep Learners Engaged

We think E-Learning is great. It’s cost-effective, time-efficient and ideal for delivering standardised training to huge groups of learners spanning even greater geographical areas. However, it does not come without its challenges. One of the key issues with E-Learning lies in its struggle to retain, engage and motivate learners. Today, we’ll tackle the topic of motivation, giving you sound advice and simple ideas to help you excite and motivate learners.

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on June 8, 2015 at 15:03 — No Comments

The Six Golden Rules for Using Graphics in E-Learning

We are all forced daily to trundle through reams of written content to get to the information we want. We have learned to quickly scan text, pick out the points of interest and ignore the rest. Today we’ll tell you how you can use graphics to highlight which information is most important for your learners and to help them to memorise it.

Why are graphics so great?

Graphics are amazing because they can easily summarise huge amounts of written information in a…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on May 25, 2015 at 15:01 — No Comments

The difference between chimpanzees and us: Social Learning?

The difference between chimpanzees and us: Social Learning?

Our ability to learn from one another and build upon each other’s wisdom (known as social learning) means that we can find new, quicker and more effective ways of doing everyday tasks. In this blog, we’ll explore why social learning is one of the things that makes us unique as humans and discuss why it is so exciting.

We recently watched biologist, Mark Pagel’s TED talk, …

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on May 11, 2015 at 15:58 — No Comments

Loud and Clear - Best Practice Audio Use in E-Learning

Loud and Clear: Best Practice Use of Audio in E-Learning

So you read our last blog, 4 Questions to ask before using audio in your E-Learning and decided that it’s for you – great! In this blog,…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on April 15, 2015 at 15:44 — No Comments

Loud and Clear - Four Questions to ask before using audio in your E-Learning

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Not all E-Learning programmes need to have audio, but it can help learners and create interest, if used well. This blog forms the first of a two part series which will highlight the different questions you should ask before using audio in your E-Learning and the different ways to incorporate it.

There are a number of…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on April 7, 2015 at 12:48 — No Comments

Two heads are better than one: Five ideas for E-Learning team collaboration

The E-Learning profession is a high-paced and demanding industry. Many E-Learning professionals feel they are constantly racing to the next goal or to finish their next project. We’ve come up with five tips that will help your team to communicate with one another, enjoy their work and use their time efficiently.

1.    Use the best tools

As learning technologists, we know that using the right technology can transform a process…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on March 16, 2015 at 14:15 — No Comments

How does Tin Can API work in the real world?

I’m sure that by now many of you will already have come across the biggest buzzword to hit E-Learning town since the second coming of SCORM in 2004.

Yes folks, a new standard has landed on our shores and it’s called Tin Can API (AKA Experience API).

So what is Tin Can? What does it do? What does it look like? And what can it do for your organisation? Well let’s have a look.

To fully understand Tin Can it’s necessary to appreciate the history and indeed…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on March 2, 2015 at 15:57 — No Comments

Gamification of E-Learning in 2015

The use of game mechanics to increase learners’ motivation is not a new concept but this year gamification is set to come of age, moving away from being viewed as a gimmick to becoming a real contender as one of the key techniques used to motivate and engage learners. We can all expect to see gamification become more practical, more integrated, more fun and more common so we want to share why it’s so exciting!

In our predictions of the …

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on February 4, 2015 at 13:59 — No Comments

15 E-Learning statistics you need to know for 2015

It’s the beginning of a new year and 2015 looks set to be an exciting one for E-Learning! Just before Christmas, we brought you 10 Key E-Learning Trends for 2015 and today we’ve compiled for you a handy infographic with the fifteen E-Learning statistics you need to know for 2015.

The digital learning scene changes and expands so fast, it can hard to keep up sometimes.…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on January 12, 2015 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Learning is Evolving: 10 Key E-Learning Trends for 2015

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It’s that time of the year again, and no, we don’t mean office parties or writing our letters to Santa – I’m sure you are super organised and have that fun task completed already! It’s at this time of the year, when we take stock on what’s likely to be occurring for the coming year ahead and predict what the 10 biggest E-Learning trends of 2015 will be.

We think it’s pretty fair to assume that E-Learning is no longer a new concept!

The development of effective…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on December 10, 2014 at 16:35 — No Comments

Selecting the right Learning Management System for your organisation

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With organisations increasingly keen to monitor both formal and social learning, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are set to be a big trend for 2015.

In a market saturated with over 600 learning management solutions, (yes, that many!) choosing the right LMS for your organisation can be a daunting task but will reap huge benefits in terms of money savings, time efficiency and the ability to deliver innovative and effective learning campaigns.

In this latest…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on November 26, 2014 at 14:14 — No Comments

What are authoring tools and which one is right for me?

Authoring tools are software applications used to create E-Learning programmes and content. There is a massive selection of authoring tools available on the E-Learning market and we aim to highlight some of our favourite products and outline considerations you should take into account when deciding which authoring tool is right for your E-Learning needs.

There are many different types of authoring tool available: 

There are…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on November 12, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

8 Ideas for Exceptional E-Learning Interactivity

Interactivity is what differentiates dull and drab E-Learning from learning that provokes questions, draws in learners and captures information in a memorable way. If you want to create E-Learning that strikes a chord with learners and transforms learning from being a chore into something enjoyable, we’ve gathered eight ideas for exceptional E-Learning interactivity:

1.    Gamify your learning content

The …

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on October 28, 2014 at 16:35 — No Comments

5 Learning apps that are changing the world

The theme for the United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this year is to ‘think, decide and act together against extreme poverty’ so we’ve compiled a list of five learning apps that are working towards this purpose and making a positive impact on the world.

Mobile apps are increasingly popular because they allow learners to tap into on-demand, bite sized and just in time…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on October 17, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Want to be top in the class when creating assessments?

There are few words that provoke as strong of a reaction amongst young and old alike as when an instructor says, “I’m going to test you on that.” However, the way that many students and instructors view assessments is flawed. By identifying these flaws, you can stand to take the stress out of assessments for you and your students.

There are two main types of…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on October 7, 2014 at 17:47 — No Comments

Best Practice UX Design for E-Learning

By incorporating best practice UX design into your E-Learning, you can maximise information retentionlearner engagement and learner enjoyment.

UX design specialists tend to know how people use technology but not necessarily how people learn. There are elements of UX design we’ll cover in this blog that are universal and some that apply specifically to E-Learning.

Why is UX design…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on September 23, 2014 at 16:18 — No Comments

Top 10 Tips for First Time E-Learners

So you’ve enrolled for your first E-Learning course and you’re wondering how to get the most out of it. Just like traditional learning, successful online students tend to be self-motivating, disciplined and organised.

If you’re new to E-Learning and not sure where to get started, Aurion Learning have compiled 10 top tips that will help you start your online learning journey on a good foot:…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on September 1, 2014 at 10:03 — No Comments

New to E-Learning – Where to get started

This infographic is available to download here.

1.    Learning strategy

Define your aims and identify issues that need to be resolved.

2.    Set…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on August 12, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

How to work out if your E-Learning is a success and what to do if it isn’t

In a bid to rush to the next project, many E-Learning professionals carelessly skip over the evaluation process. Because we believe it is vital to learn from experience, our mantra of the moment is:

 “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”.

Therefore, today we want to take the opportunity to unpack best practice in E-Learning evaluation.

Evaluation is often overlooked because people lack the time, patience or clarity on the…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on July 29, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Top 5 Features of Articulate Storyline

Here at Aurion HQ, Articulate Storyline is our E-Learning authoring tool of choice. We like it because it produces fantastic learning content that hits the target both in terms of visual appeal and learning outcomes. Find out five reasons we think Articulate Storyline is fantastic:

This infographic is available to download here.

1. Ease…

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Added by Ciara Cunningham on July 15, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

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