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This article marks my fiftieth publication on the eLearning Brothers blog. I wouldn’t be a true training and development professional if I didn’t take the opportunity to reflect on what I’ve learned. Come follow along this summary post where I highlight the top 50 eLearning best practices and insights I’ve covered over the past year. These writings have provided unforgettable opportunities to explore the amazing world of eLearning.

  1. The world of eLearning is about community – thanks for reading, commenting and engaging in conversation at the eLearning Brothers’ blog!
  2. Games don’t have to be complex to be engaging.
  3. Competition helps keep the challenge alive for learners, and allows you to cover a lot of content quickly.
  4. Your approach to working with SMEs makes all the difference.
  5. The team at eLearning Brothers is dedicated to providing awesome templates to help you make amazing content!
  6. Avoid boredom in your eLearning strategy by including interactive game experiences.
  7. Designers have a responsibility to spark curiosity, encourage thought and inspire learning.
  8. Like coaches, eLearning designers play a critical part in the learner’s experience by offering feedback that helps participants learn important skills.
  9. Using eLearning games increases learner satisfaction and completion rates, especially for learners in the retail environment.
  10. Make sure your project management toolbox includes the ability to laugh.
  11. Social media provides content creators with [free!] opportunities for professional development.
  12. Twitter provides a way to connect with the broader learning community.
  13. Use eLearning templates to minimize the amount of repetitive work.
  14. Choose stock images that are relevant.
  15. Need to “sell” business leaders on the value of eLearning? Data helps.
  16. You can’t create eLearning if you sit in a vacuum.
  17. To get the information you need, use an intake form.
  18. There are strategies that can help make talking with non-techies more manageable.
  19. To ensure you deliver a consistent eLearning “brand,” it’s a good idea to have a style guide for the content you deliver.
  20. Keep a consistent tone throughout your content.
  21. Use “social strength” to make your content go viral.
  22. People cutouts will save you time!
  23. Invest in your development.
  24. Build eLearning strategies around the employee lifecycle.
  25. You may not hear it from them directly, but know this: your eLearners are grateful for the work you do.
  26. The Interaction Builder from eLearning Brothers makes life easier.
  27. For content to have the most impact and reach the most people, it needs to be culturally sensitive and reflect a cross-cultural perspective.
  28. The best eLearning designers are not only masters of technology and design, they’re also skilled at partnering and collaborating with others in order to build highly interactive, engaging, and effective training solutions.
  29. The cloud, mobile, and big data are influencing eLearning.
  30. Use templates to get out of an eLearning rut.
  31. Creating an eLearning course from in-person content isn’t as easy as cutting and pasting from one file into another.
  32. Let learning objectives–not delivery mode–dictate content.
  33. Rather than limiting yourself to how something has been taught in the past, look at ways you can tap into the power of eLearning to enhance the experience for your learners.
  34. Content needs to reflect the real world.
  35. Your design skills apply to other jobs, too!
  36. Difficult customers and clients exist; but with some education, illustration and documentation, you can manage through those difficult conversations.
  37. Modern learners are engaging with microlearning on mobile devices.
  38. To promote your courses, incorporate them as part of a curriculum.
  39. Symbols help learners recall what they’ve learned.
  40. Without eLearning, we’d be wasting paper. Lots of paper.
  41. Virtual reality is one wave of the future.
  42. Microlearning helps address short attention spans.
  43. Fighting a battle with being frenzied? Organize your documents!
  44. An LMS helps track completion, provides business relevant data and helps manage compliance.
  45. Want to stand out as a designer? Talk in lay terms.
  46. Great eLearning teams are committed to working together.
  47. Include bilingual requirements in your needs analysis.
  48. Talking with others about your project may be just what you need to get unstuck.
  49. Manager and leader support of eLearning is key.
  50. Solicit feedback.

What are some of your favorite eLearning best practices and insights? Share with us in the comments!

LizSheffieldBioLiz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business. You can contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter.

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