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  • Interactivites
    the overview and pause at any time by pressing the Pause button on the bottom left of the player The buttons at the bottom right of the player allow you to control the volume and shift the video to full screen On Screen Text Below the player you will find on screen text This includes the detailed information you will need to know in order to meet learning objectives for

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  • Overview - Effective E-learning
    sectors and non profits have all come to rely on electronic learning as a valuable instructional tool However many organizations still struggle to determine if e learning is the appropriate platform to deliver training and instruction to their members Many are unsure about costs technologies and the potential of e learning to achieve learning outcomes At the end of this lesson you will be able to Identify the types of e learning and the advantages and disadvantages of each recall strategies for designing developing implementing and evaluating e learning and make informed judgments about the appropriateness of e learning based on your organization s needs E learning is an increasingly popular mode of instruction More than a million K 12 students take online courses each year and more than 25 percent of students attending U S postsecondary institutions were enrolled in at least one online course in 2008 Today technology based methods account for 30 percent of all corporate training a significant increase from 11 5 percent in 2001 E learning s booming popularity is most commonly attributed to the following benefits Increased capacity to instruct more students while maintaining learning outcome quality equal to comparable forms of face to

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  • 1 - What is E-learning? - Effective E-learning
    down into two categories synchronous and asynchronous Synchronous e learning occurs in real time with participants actively communicating with each other Synchronous e learning might be conducted by way of a webinar or a tele video conference Asynchronous e learning does not occur in real time Usually it involves an interactive learning tutorial or information database posted online and accessible at participants own convenience E learning is learning done over an electronic platform that allows participants to learn almost anytime from anywhere E learning can be done either synchronously or asynchronously Synchronous e learning requires simultaneous participation of all learners and instructors at different locations Asynchronous e learning does not require simultaneous participation of learners and instructors There are advantages and disadvantages to adopting either a synchronous or asynchronous platform Synchronous e learning is any learning event delivered in real time to remote learners Synchronous e learning allows real time interaction and fosters a sense of community amongst learners Synchronous e learning can take a variety of forms such as Multicast webinars Tele video conferencing Chat Asynchronous e learning refers to learning situations in which the learning event does not take place in real time Instruction is available on demand

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  • 2 - Is E-learning the Right Choice? - Effective E-learning
    tutorials increasingly personalized Many asynchronous e learning tutorials allow participants to progress at their own pace and interactivities can incorporate instruction that appeals to all three learning styles auditory visual and kinesthetic Still e learning is often not the best means of instruction Skill specific knowledge delivered to a small group of localized people is probably best delivered in a traditional classroom setting And no matter how effectively designed no synchronous e learning can reproduce the interactive collaboration that occurs in the classroom Finally even if e learning would seem to suit instructional needs organizations must be sure that all participants have access to the requisite technologies for online instruction There are a number of factors to consider when deciding if e learning is the appropriate platform to deliver instruction The pros and cons of e learning vary depending on program goals target audience and organizational infrastructure and culture An e learning program might not make sense in situations where instruction is delivered locally to a small number of participants However when instruction requires repeated delivery to a large number of participants across an extended area e learning programs can cost effectively achieve learning objectives A significant instructional benefit of e learning is its ability to accommodate individual learning styles and knowledge levels of learners Within a single experience e learning can equally engage the three distinct learning styles of auditory learners visual learners and kinesthetic learners The self pacing allowed by asynchronous e learning allows advanced learners to speed through redundant instruction while novices progress slowly through newly encountered concepts In addition asynchronous e learning posted on the Internet allows incredibly efficient distribution to an almost infinite pool of participants Such is the potential of a well designed e learning program it can offer increasingly individualized instruction to an

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  • 3 - Blended Learning - Effective E-learning
    experience Blended learning grants greater freedom to incorporate the advantages of both e learning and classroom based instruction Organizations that realistically consider their instructional needs should be able to easily maximize the potential of both formats E learning can improve or detract from an organization s ability to offer instruction For example a course for lifeguard trainees on how to perform CPR is probably best delivered in a classroom setting that allows ample opportunity for guided role plays Clicking across a screen no matter how well designed the e learning module is simply not the appropriate format for teaching these types of skill specific performance objectives On the other hand a lifeguard staffing agency with personnel and pool locations across the country that wants to deliver its agency s history mission and professional expectations to all new recruits would probably find a well designed e learning program a very cost effective way to meet its instructional needs Against isolation You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Often an organization needs to achieve many different kinds of learning objectives Some of these learning objectives lend themselves to classroom based instruction while others can be effectively achieved

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  • 4 - Developing Effective E-learning - Effective E-learning
    heavily on the quality of its design The first step when designing instructional material is identifying the purpose of the instruction What should participants take away from the learning experience Are these outcomes knowledge or performance based How can participants demonstrate mastery of the skills or information at the heart of the lessons learning objectives The answers to these questions will determine the appropriate methods of instruction When learners are able to easily use e learning they are much more likely to focus on the material being instructed Learners typically do not tolerate extensive training before taking an online course The usability of an e learning program must keep learners focused on learning rather than using the learning application Inability to for instance navigate to the next screen easily disrupts flow Because many Internet users have developed habits of skimming rather than reading material information in an online course needs to be designed to accommodate how people read online This means judicious use of highlighting fonts and formatting to increase readability An appropriate balance is needed between boring and flashy in order to capture attention and enhance learning without creating unnecessary distractions Remember the user s experience You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Granting learners greater autonomy has been shown to increase learners motivation It is often beneficial to free up course navigation and give learners more control over their e learning experience Rich learning activities require learners to make choices about what to experience during an e learning module This keeps learners actively engaged rather than passively advancing down a prescribed path Just be sure that activities are designed around allowing students to practice desired learning outcomes rather than on the complexity of the materials or tools required for the activity to take

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  • 5 - Implementing Effective E-learning - Effective E-learning
    design and technology supports Strong implementation addresses all four components The course should be designed to connect the ability of the facilitator with the needs of the participants Everyone has knowledge of and access to the necessary technologies And if necessary technological support is easily available These online tools are useful for managing your donors and their donations Implementation is not just instruction It is the moment at which the elements of effective instruction meet These can be broken down into four core areas that compose an e learning system Participants The facilitator The course design Technology supports The demands of each area will differ depending on the type of e learning system being implemented For example an asynchronous e learning program might not include facilitator guidance On the other hand an experienced classroom instructor implementing a webinar will need to make a number of adjustments in his her teaching style It s important to get a sense of the people who are actually going to use the course Specifically why is this training important to them How will it improve their performance If possible schedule some time to meet with the end users of the course It s always a good idea to get them involved in the course design so that courses meet their real needs When implementing a course pay particular attention to How tech savvy are participants Are they experienced e learners Where are participants In what environment are they receiving the e learning Have they collaborated in the organization s decision to implement e learning These questions must be answered on a case by case basis However common to all participants engaged in e learning are considerations of access to technologies and receptiveness to e learning instruction So long as those two elements are in

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  • 6 - Evaluating Effective E-learning - Effective E-learning
    in classroom based instruction By tracking reaction learning and behavior outcomes organizations can easily assess the impact of online training on important organizational outcomes Evaluation in e learning does not differ considerably from evaluation in other forms of instructional design Evaluation is the process of seeking feedback and is particularly concerned with the performance of training participants after training is completed Based on Donald Kirkpatrick s Four Levels of Evaluation feedback is captured in regards to Reaction How participants like the training Learning How much participants learned from the training Behavior How actual performance changed as a result of the training Results How well the training program overall met your organization s needs An evaluation plan for an e learning program is essential to determine if the course meets the stated goals and if not to determine what to revise Evaluation provides the data needed to determine the effectiveness of a program so that stakeholders can decide whether to accept change or eliminate any or all of its components Good evaluation involves specifying a set of criteria to be evaluated identifying appropriate means to measure the criteria and analyzing the results It looks beyond the surface to make informed decisions

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