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Industry trends in gamification while creating E-learning courses

With e-learning gaining popularity and becoming sought-after, course creators are in constant pressure to find new, innovative methods of designing compelling and engaging e-learning courses. Gamification is one of those novel ways that has the capability of capturing the learner’s attention.

Learners these days are increasingly distracted and have a very low attention span. Text-rich courses no longer garner learner’s attention. Gamification uses the principles of game mechanics to make learning fun, entertaining and memorable. 

Millennial learners are adept with modern technology. With social media and online games becoming the rage among the new-age learners, gamification is becoming increasingly popular in today’s e-learning setting.

Key benefits of gamification include:

  • Learning made fun
  • Enhance learner engagement
  • Enhance problem-solving capabilities
  • Provide a personalized learning experience
  • Reinforced learning

Let’s see where gamification is headed in the E-learning industry.

Connect to the modern, millennial learner

The majority of learners are millennials who are generally more restless with short attention spans. Designing an E-learning course that cater to them is a big challenge. Their connect with games makes gamification a boon to E-learning course providers.

Gamified LMS gaining popularity

Learning management systems (LMS) are embracing the new wave of gamification. Many LMSs are now incorporating gamification techniques like scores and  leaderboards that would help retain a learner’s interest. 

Amalgamate with other E-learning strategies

Although gamification can be used as a standalone learning strategy, the current trend is to use it as a mixed learning strategy. Gamification when amalgamated with AR and VR makes your course more immersive. Similarly, using gamification along with microlearning enhances learner engagement.

Gamification is the in-thing in corporate training

Corporate training programs are increasingly incorporating gamification into their training modules. Gamification makes it easy to categorize learning modules based on the level of expertise. Leaderboards, badges, and scores make learning at the workplace a fun-filled activity. Creating collaborative learning modules help bring in the element of team play.

Today’s learners are born in the digital age. While using gamification in your E-learning course, do not just limit yourself to leaderboards and badges. Think beyond providing instant, extrinsic value to the learner. What the learner actually wants is a long-lasting, intrinsic value that your course can provide.

With gamification, the possibilities are endless. Beat the boredom of your learners. Go the gamification way!

 

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Top 5 online courses for PMP exam preparation

Wanna pump up your project management skills? Identifying the best one from a hundred options is a pretty tough task. 

Getmeacourse is a wonderful platform where  you can find a whopping 45,000 courses on PMP exam preparation. We’ve curated the top 5 courses specially for you. Almost all of these courses are from specialist trainers who have mastered project management and have worked on some terrific projects around the world. So without much ado, here’s the best of PMP training, curated by GMAC curators specially for you!

These are in no particular order. Some will assist you on the ladder to certification, and some will help hone your project management skills.

  1. PMP® Exam Prep – Project Procurement Management By Casey Ayers

This course is highly engaging and very comprehensive. It’s self-paced and has 4 modules. It has a near perfect rating and an affordable cost. 

     2. Project Management: The Basics for Success by Rob Stone

This instructor-led course has got great reviews from past students. You will learn about various things from the role of high performance teams, the stages in a project cycle, monitoring project activities and assessing the progress of the project. 

     3. How to Prepare for Your PMP Exam by Cornelius Fichtner

This is a comprehensive program delivered by professional PMP trainer Cornelius Fichtner is a self-paced course containing 8 lessons.  The course aims to provide a basic understanding of project management and the PMP Exam.

     4. Project Management for Business Professionals

This course by Ray Sheen, gives you real time experience on the mechanics of project management. The course, a tool-packed, practical one, is based on PMI’s standards. 

  1. PMP® Exam Prep:Detailed PMP Math by Sabri C

This course covers the theoretical concepts of project management in detail. The concepts covered in the course are well complemented with examples and real-life samples.

We hope this information helps you understand what kind of courses are out there. 

Go to https://www.getmeacourse.com/?query=PMP to find yourself the perfect fit.  Happy learning! 

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Podcasts for Elearning Trainers

Podcasts are currently the most influential way to attract an audience while maintaining a relationship with advertisers. 

But first, how can podcasting help us? It can help:

    a. Grow your audience
    b. Build deeper connections

Why? Because it is:

  • Easy to consume 
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to operate

Starting a podcast is simple and consists of four main steps: 

1. Finding a podcast directory 

   a. Free – SoundCloud (upto 3 hours)
   b. 90 day trial – Buzzsprout
   c. Paid – Transistor 

A podcast directory is really important to start a podcast. Before publishing your podcast on popular sites like Itunes and Google Music, it is recommended to publish them on a smaller site first. 

Our favourite podcast directories for three different types of consumers are the ones listed above. 

2. Creating a structure while maintaining spontaneity

Before starting to record, create a simple structure for a smooth flow of the podcast. This may include small one-liners such as:

Introduce the guest
Ask the guest about their background
Begin e-learning section 

This allows you to cut down on recording/editing time and ensures that when the conversation slows down, you have a list of ideas ready to speed up the discussion. 

But, you should also encourage originality. For example, if the section on e-learning ends with the host beginning a story of his/her initial journey in the space, this type of conversation should be encouraged. 

The main aim of a podcast is to connect with an audience and anecdotes such as these allow the audience to relate to the speakers. 

Maintaining a consistent tone is also important. Don’t switch topics abruptly. Ensure that the next topic can be derived from a conversation relating to the current topic. 

Guest: And e-learning use has risen by over 50% in important sectors such as corporate education year-on-year since 2016.
Host: Speaking of corporate education, <Guest Name>, weren’t you a part on NDSA, the biggest corporate education workshop in the world? 

Keep the podcast informal or formal, do not switch styles, as this confuses the viewer and may lead to confusion from advertisers on the message of the podcast. 

3. Equipment
  a. Microphone
  b. Editing Software

A microphone can be anything from a professional mic to your in-built computer mic. Depending on the quality of the podcast and the audience, a mic can be very important. 

Editing software will be used to cut the podcast into smaller clips, improve the audio quality and render the completed file. 

We recommend Audacity.

4.Specifications 

Some sites such as iTunes require artwork and a podcast description. But this is worth it as, iTunes streams over 85% of mobile podcasts.   

We recommend publishing your podcast on a smaller site first because it is very hard to get noticed on bigger sites. 

Advertise your podcast with tags on sites like Instagram, Twitter and FaceBook to help it get noticed.  

Name your podcast with something innovative which still relates to your topic. A podcast on technology can be called Tech Talk with <Host Name>. 

This allows recognition by name and also conveys the overall message of the topic. 

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The new normal in learning

Picture John Smith from the 1960s, 70s or even 80s. Life followed a fairly linear pattern of school-job-retirement. A layoff may throw a spanner in the works, but it was definitely not the norm. If John was, say, a draftsman in an architect’s office, he could hope to get a steadily increasing payslip, maybe change jobs to bigger firms, or even go to night school and become an architect himself. Continue Reading “The new normal in learning”

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Taking Quality Education into Learners’ Laptops!

Did you know that the average worker in the US will have 11 distinct jobs during his career?

Technology is not the only thing that constantly keeps changing in today’s times. With technological advancements come the added challenge of skills becoming obsolete before you know it. If you do not brace yourself and upgrade your skills, you may as well bid goodbye to career growth. Continue Reading “Taking Quality Education into Learners’ Laptops!”

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The Great Democratization of Education

Something changed towards the second half of the 20th Century. Along with civil rights and suffrage in the US, elite universities across the West started welcoming students of all classes, colours and genders. New countries such as India emerged from the ashes of colonialism, and sought to build egalitarian societies with education for all. Continue Reading “The Great Democratization of Education”

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Road to success: The influence of visual elements

The primary focus of creating E-learning courses is to impart knowledge to learners. But not all the courses rich in content become popular and successful. Have you ever thought about why? 

One of the reasons could be how the content is presented. Anything that is visually appealing grabs eyeballs. A recent research reports that nearly three-quarters of human beings are visual learners. Visual representation of content keeps the learners engaged and communicates key concepts better. 

Agreed that a lot of extra effort, money and time go into the creation of visually-rich courses. But, when weighed with the advantages the visual content provides, all this extra effort is worth every dime.

Let us now dive deep and evaluate the advantages of making our E-learning courses visually rich. 

  • Visual elements stay in the long-term memory
    While words are processed in our short-term memory, images get stored in our long-term memory. Thus, visual elements form the most effective way of putting a concept across.
  • Quicker and simpler communication
    Information represented visually is processed and understood quickly. The processing time of visuals is 60,000 times faster than text. So, an E-learning course that shows content visually will have an edge over a text-only course.
  • Better comprehension
    Visual elements have the power of stimulating the human brain in such a way that affects the learner’s cognitive capabilities. Shape, size, colour and spatial orientation are better comprehended when visually represented.
  • More mobile-friendly
    Visual content is more suitable for a mobile-friendly course. In an era when screens are getting smaller and navigation happens through a touch screen, content that is visual has a better impact.
  • Learning made fun and engaging
    With the use of visual elements, it is relatively easy to bring in the fun-element in the otherwise monotonous courses.

Before we hang up our learning hat, I would like to mention one important aspect of including visual elements in your E-learning course. While including appropriate visuals would be advantageous in more ways than one, the opposite can be disastrous. Please take care to incorporate only relevant, good quality visuals. The visuals used must help the learners connect unfamiliar concepts with the familiar ones. The visual elements must be able to depict a difficult-to-understand topic in a simpler way. 

So, it is not just the structure and the content of the course that makes a course successful. It still requires a special ingredient. Visuals!