Five Tips To Make an Instructional Designer’s LinkedIn Profile Shine
LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with approximately 467 million members across the globe. It can offer a great networking experience to eLearning professionals and can also lead to new business or career opportunities. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to promote your brand (could be your company or you as a professional) amongst thousands of like minded professionals, decision makers, partners, talent seekers, or customers.
By: Raptivity Marketing, March 27, 2017
A Trainer's Perspective on Making Corporate Training More Productive
For quite some time now, we have been focusing on how to make corporate training better. In a recent blog post, we spoke about making compliance training fun. Continuing on the same lines, today we are going to explore how to make compliance, and rather, all internal training more interesting for employees.
By: Raptivity Marketing, February 28, 2017
Can compliance training be fun?
Let’s face it. No one EVER looks forward to compliance training sessions. The reason people attend compliance training sessions is same as the reason six-year-olds brush their teeth every morning. Because it’s mandatory.
By: Raptivity Marketing, Jan 17, 2017
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 8
As an educator or a course creator, you often want to find out how your learners are experiencing the content, so that you can optimize it if needed. This episode is about hosting your eLearning content and tracking learners’ performance and progress.
By: Raptivity Marketing, Dec 19, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 7
When developing eLearning, you want to repeatedly check how it’s going to look like to your learners. It could be a hassle to follow the same few steps each time you want to get to the preview. This episode is about Raptivity’s unique live preview feature that lets you customize interactions seamlessly.
By: Raptivity Marketing, Dec 12, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 6
We often think of micro-learning as videos, podcasts or slideshows only. How about making it interactive? Well, it’s not as difficult and time-consuming as it sounds. This episode is about creating interactive micro-learning modules, swiftly and easily.
By: Raptivity Marketing, Dec 5, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 5
Raptivity has over 190 ready to use interaction templates ranging across varied categories. Did you know that you can easily harness this stunning variety of interactions within your existing authoring environment.
By: Raptivity Marketing, Nov 28, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 4
You probably already know that Raptivity offers a variety of templates that are quite flexible. But did you know Raptivity has something called a Media Toolbox? Well, lets see how Raptivity’s Media Toolbox feature can let you create engaging and instructionally effective interactions.
By: Raptivity Marketing, Nov 21, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 3
You often have some ideas about what instructional treatment you want to give to your content or how you want to present it to your learners. But how can you identify the right interaction templates based on your ideas?
By: Raptivity Marketing, Nov 14, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 2
When using template-based interactions, you are often restricted to fit in your content within the given layout. You can’t tweak the templates for your specific instructional design needs. And, your courses may look repetitive after using a particular template few times. Ho to deal with it?
By: Raptivity Marketing, Nov 7, 2016
eLearning Coffee Breaks - Episode 1
As an instructional designer or an educator, you often come across different kinds of content. It could be a concept, a process, a diagram, an assessment, or a story. Each type of content needs a different treatment so your learners understand and retain the knowledge effectively. How to creatively deal with such varied content?
By: Raptivity Marketing, Oct 31, 2016
Gamifying The Compliance Story
With all training, it is important to identify the desired outcome. With compliance training, the buy-in from senior management, from the trainers, and the employees is key. For some, it may be a "check the box" that it is done. This attitude can come from managers and push downward.
By: Susan Wines, Oct 5, 2016
Interactivity and the Flipped Classroom
Flipped Classroom, as defined by Wikipedia, is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom.
By: Isha Sood, Sep 7, 2016
Advantages And Misconceptions Of Template-Based Interactions In eLearning
Template-based interactions are a great way to rapidly create meaningful and engaging eLearning content, without any programming. This article talks about advantages and some misconceptions related to using template-based interactions in eLearning.
Learning Arcs: Fastest Way To Create Your Microlearning Modules
eLearning creators are often hassled with creating multiple course modules on the same subject with slight variations in audience requirements. People talk about microlearning as the way to handle such situations. But what is the right way to implement microlearning? Well, learning arcs. Read on to know more.
Create Exciting Formative And Summative Assessments Using Raptivity
Assessments are an integral part of any eLearning/online course. But, they are often perceived as boring or unwelcome by learners. This article explains how to make formative and summative assessments exciting and meaningful for learners, using Raptivity.
5 Essentials Of Video-Based Learning
Enable video-based learning to impart the right knowledge to your users and know the key parameters you need to consider before creating engaging video-based learning experiences.
7 Ways To Present Course Objectives In An Engaging Way
In this article, I would cover multiple interesting ways of presenting course objectives that Instructional Designers or course developers need to consider when ideating online courses. Know some interesting ways of presenting course objectives that can engage learners right at the onset.
Raptivity Customers Share Their Interactive Learning Success Stories
Raptivity team celebrated its 10 years and, as a part of the celebration, we talked with some of the customers who are with us for more than 5-6 years. Here are some interesting interactive learning success stories on why they love Raptivity and think it is an integrated part of their eLearning development process.
By: Poonam, July 22, 2016
Game-Based Learning: Redefining Engagement In eLearning
This article discusses game-based learning and its benefits in eLearning compared to traditional ways of delivering online learning. Here, you can also download the whitepaper from team Raptivity and explore how one can add game-based interactions quickly to an online course.
Explore And Compare eLearning Interaction Building Tools
Explore the eLearning Interaction Building Tools Comparison sheet that enables Instructional Designers, content creators, and Subject Matter Experts to present their content interactively. This sheet lists various features that an interaction building tool should have and the support of various tools for those features.
By: Poonam, June 20, 2016
The Art of Instructional Designing – PowerPoint Courses and Beyond
There is a forever need for corporate and educational online training to be effective and engaging, and the onus of the same generally lies with Instructional Designers. As an Instructional Designer, you may be asked to create a new educational course from scratch based on the curriculum or create an eLearning course based on PowerPoint being used for Instructor Led Trainings.
By: Raptivity Team, Mar 10, 2016
Learning Analytics: A great boost for creating Learner Centric eLearning
"Learning Analytics and Knowledge’, defines it as, “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”
By: Raptivity Team, Feb 11, 2016
Microlearning - A Practitioner’s Guide: An Overview
In this fast-paced world, human tendency is to do everything as quick as possible. This applies to learning as well. Microlearning replaces and relieves from the cognitive overload faced while learning. Moreover, it aligns well with the requirement of next gen learners of taking short learning modules on the go.
By: Raptivity Team, Feb 04, 2016
Top Six Online Student-engagement Strategies
[Learning Solutions] There are too many distractions that online learners fall prey to: social-networking updates, videos on YouTube, or the forever-trending discounts on eCommerce sites. Keeping learners focused and engaged has thus become a key challenge for educators today. Rather than using the age-old classroom techniques, here are some newer ways to address this issue that I have found make a real difference.
By: Cynthia Alderman, Jul 25, 2015
Creating Effective Job Aids - Common Mistakes to avoid
As corporate training and eLearning is turning shorter and practical, the importance of job aids to supplement learning is getting highlighted. Job aid, as the name suggests, aids the users in completing the job effectively and successfully. Here are a few common mistakes that can, and should be avoided when creating job aids.
By: Raptivity Team, May 14, 2015
6 Things That Learning Professionals Can Learn from Marketers
Marketers and learning designers share a lot of common ground, but at times may be reluctant to let this be stipulated. Confidently, I will assert that both professions endeavor to change behavior, and both are required to stay current in their disciplines to be truly successful in our dynamic world.
By: Raptivity Team, Oct 3, 2015
Developing Learning Objects in a Team
I used to work in an editorial team where we developed learning objects with help of multiple authoring tools. With many people involved, the process to create a simple learning object generally took a lot of time. Most of the times we had to re-do everything...
By: Oswaldo Camacho, Aug 6, 2015
Harness the Power of Videos in Interactions
It goes without saying that eLearning courses can be made more engaging using a range of techniques, and using videos can be an effective one. Why effective? Well, who doesn’t like watching videos?
By: Raptivity Team, Jul 30, 2015
Top Six Online Student-engagement Strategies
There are too many distractions that online learners fall prey to. Keeping learners focused and engaged has thus become a key challenge for educators today. Rather than using the age-old classroom techniques, here are some newer ways to address this issue that I have found make a real difference.
By: Cynthia Alderman, Jul 17, 2015
Eight Seconds To Online Learner Engagement
Humans have an attention span less than that of a goldfish! You just have 8 seconds to engage your online learners else you lose them! Here are 10 tricks you can use to engage your learners in those crucial 8 seconds.
By: Raptivity Team, Jul 2, 2015
A Simple Tip to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Online Courses
Great! Good job! Incorrect! Can do better! Not quite right!
Do these words sound familiar? Probably yes, this is the kind of feedback we generally receive in our online assessments or exercises.
By: Oswaldo Camacho, May 14, 2015
Gamification in eLearning: Touching Base
Games Increase Skill, but Why?
We all know that gaming is serious business to the person in play. They are in "the zone." I believe that zone is the momentum of almost mastering a skill. Master it and boredom sets in unless there is a new challenge.
By: Susan Wines, Jun 4, 2015
Storyboarding: A Primer and Current Perspective
On the surface, storyboarding just seems like much ado with little return. Let me see if I can convince you (and me!) that this is not the case, and that when done with rigour, storyboarding will save a whole lot of grief.
By: Todd Kasenberg, May 14, 2015
Top Writing Mistakes in Storyboards
Recently we asked our instructional designers and storyboard editors what mistakes they were finding (and constantly fixing) during storyboard edits. Here are the top mistakes we identified—with information on how to correct them...Raptivity Linker: Product Review
By: Desirée Pinder, April 15, 2014
Raptivity Linker: Product Review
[Learning Solutions Magazine] Raptivity, as the best collection of off-the-shelf, yet customizable, interactions for building in the eLearning market, earned a place in my eLearning development arsenal in its own right. But with the introduction of Raptivity Linker, things just got a whole lot more interesting.
By: Todd Kasenberg, April 23, 2015
Raptivity Course is Now Available on The Learning Exchange
The eLearning Guild recently announced an exciting new way to share and learn - The Learning Exchange. The Learning Exchange encourages Guild members to learn from each other based on their experiences.
Raptivity, the popular eLearning interactivity building tool, is also available on the Exchange now.
By:Raptivity Team, April 14, 2015
5 Tips To Create Gripping eLearning Content
It's often been said that in eLearning, you have 8 seconds to engage your learners or else they are moving on to the next thing. What can we do to make sure that we hook our learners? What can we do to bring them in and keep them engaged?
Here are 5 tips that can help you to engage your learners while developing your eLearning assets.
By: Jeffrey Page, April 6, 2015
Myth, Raptivity is good only for game based interactivities!
Raptivity is not only about 3D games and interactions. It has all kinds of interactions which you need to create a learning module. Let me explain this with an example.
Generally, online courses tend to be the click-and-read courses, where the learner just clicks ‘Next’ to advance. Raptivity focuses on getting the learner go through the content in variety of ways.
By: Raptivity Team, May 22, 2014
Streamlining Your E-Learning Production Process for Efficiency - Q&A
Diane and I had the pleasure of sharing some ways we have streamlined our production process in last week's "Best of DevLearn" Webinar presented by The eLearning Guild, which you can view here...
By: Desirée Pinder, Oct 2, 2014
A Different Approach to Adult Learning Design
Pedagogy is how you teach children and Andragogy is how you teach adults. So how do adults learn? And how is it different from the learning designed for children?
When adults start solving a problem, they tend to follow Bloom’s taxonomy. They first apply what they know, then analyze the problem and apply different techniques to resolve it.
By: Raptivity Team, Mar 5, 2015
Creating Bite-Sized Learning Was Never So Easy
Raptivity Linker, a tool useful to quickly connect various Raptivity interactions, was launched recently. It lets Raptivity users create a logical and meaningful sequence of interactions quickly without depending on any other third party tool.
The new Raptivity Linker now comes with features like SCORM tracking, blank slides, and multiple slide layouts with options for text, images and videos alike. The much demanded support for YouTube and Vimeo videos is also there!
By: Raptivity Team, Mar 16, 2015
A simple trick to make most of the 'Smile Sheet' interaction
How many of you use ‘Smile Sheet’ interaction to gather user feedback on happiness quotient?
Do you sometimes feel restricted by the emoticons to be rated?
Recently, one of our customers pointed this out and was looking for a quick fix. We realized that this could be something bothering our other customers as well, hence thought of sharing this handy tip with everyone today.
By: Raptivity Team, Dec 15, 2014
A Comprehensive and Easy to Follow Storyboard Template for Free Download
A e-learning storyboard broadly specifies the onscreen text, narration script, audio and visual elements, and navigation and interaction instructions. While there are many options that you may find online, there has yet to be a consensus about a standard template for a storyboard.
By: Todd Kasenberg, Jun 3, 2015
Approaches to Interactivity Building in eLearning
We all know that adding meaningful interactivity into eLearning courses allows learners to participate in the learning process, thus creating an enhanced learning environment. But building interactivities can be challenging if you don’t have the right resources, time, or money. In general, there are two ways to build interactions: 1) use a skill-based team, or 2) use a rapid interactivity builder with your authoring tool. Each method has tradeoffs and what you choose depends largely on the type of training you are developing and how important interactivity is in your course.
By: Raptivity Team, Jul 8, 2014
Engage Students with Game-Based Learning
As an Instructional Designer or Educator, you always aspire to make your course content as ‘sticky’ as possible. You try your level best to engage learners in thoughtful learning even after they have left the room or finished the course. Knowing also this, it’s apparent that you do understand that something that fascinates almost every person is playing games. Then why not use games to engage learners?
By: Raptivity Team, April 30, 2015
10 Reasons Why Raptivity is a Must Have Tool
It truly does not count if you are a professional or a beginner; thanks to Raptivity, you don't require any programming or technical skills to wow your learners. Here are ten reasons I feel Raptivity is a must have for every learning professional.
By: Raptivity Team, Dec 2, 2014
Mini-Lessons: A Different Learning Approach
Although presented in small bites to satisfy today’s learners, effective mini-lessons follow good teaching practice. The learner seeks knowledge and wants to absorb that knowledge; learning activities then help embed that knowledge. Learners will often want to test themselves to check their understanding as well as assimilation.
By: Anne Mills, May 21, 2015