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I imagine that most organizations today have some type of eLearning in place. If your organization isn’t using eLearning, make a plan to check it out in 2016. There are many benefits to implementing eLearning–it’s scalable, available 24/7, and can do wonders for your budget. Not to mention it contributes to employee engagement and provides managers with an easy way to increase employee skills and knowledges.

Incorporate music

Your courses include video. They have animation and opportunities for learners to interact with the content. But do your courses – online and in-person – include music? People love music, which makes it a powerful addition to any course. Consider how you might be able to integrate beats, rhythms, and melodies to capture learner’s interest and utilize their imagination in a new way. Furthermore, you might find that learners retain more information when it’s conveyed using musical techniques. Many of us can still recite songs from memory that we learned in childhood. (Anyone care to join me in singing our ABCs?)

Use templates

You might think using a template is counterproductive if you’re trying to get out of a rut. But it’s not. Using templates in course development actually allows you the space to be more creative. A template puts the structure in place and allows you to push the limits when it comes to content. And, keep in mind that you don’t have to recreate the wheel to get out of your rut! Templates like those the eLearning Brothers offer are created by a team of pros who bounce ideas back and forth in order to deliver templates that learners love.

Find a network

If you’re in your own head all day long, it’s more difficult to get out of a rut. Look to social media or professional development courses as a way to expand your eLearning network. The connections you make in class or via Twitter and LinkedIn will not only inspire you to create great courses this year, but those relationships (and what you learn from other people) might just inspire you for years to come.

If you find yourself in the eLearning doldrums, reach out. The folks at eLearning Brothers are full of great information, and from my experience, their team is a whole lot of fun.

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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