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eLearning Brothers eLBX Online is going to make you an eLearning Rockstar! Designed for everyone who loves eLearning—novice to expert—this incredible, online event focuses on 5 days per topic covering 6 weeks.
Come learn about everything related to learning, training, and development from eLearning Brothers experts who develop and design rockstar content all day, every day. We’ll also have several guest experts in each field—xAPI, gamification, and more—join us to share industry best practices and their tips for excellence! Below you’ll find each week’s topic, as well as registration links to each session.
Week 1: Feb 25 – Mar 1
Improve Your Instructional Design
We’re kicking off eLBX Online with the foundation of good eLearning—instructional design. Learn the elements of good instructional design and how you can quickly create well-designed eLearning with eLearning Brothers Course Starters. We’ll cover both hands-on tips and strategies for talking to stakeholders about the return on investment of good instructional design and benefits of templates.
Monday, February 25
Design Thinking Meets Instructional Design
What does designing a new eLearning course have in common with a startup business venture? For one thing, in order to delight and engage end users, both Instructional Designers and Product Designers must develop empathy and deep understanding to best help users perform the job they need to accomplish.
In this webinar, join eLearning Brothers Senior Product Manager Chris Willis to learn how the five-stage Design Thinking model can help you engage target learners and SMEs. See how approaching eLearning course design with an entrepreneurial mindset can help you design a more engaging and effective eLearning course.
Tuesday, February 26
Streamline Your Storyboards
Authoring an eLearning storyboard can be fun and exciting—that is until deadline pressure threatens to drown out all your creative energy! Don’t give up; we’re about to throw you a lifeline. In this webinar, eLearning Brothers resident usability expert Josh Bleggi will introduce you to the systematic approach to storyboard creation we use here at eLearning Brothers for producing our Customizable Courseware. Josh will show you how you can use this process to dramatically speed up your own storyboard creation, and keep your creative focus where it belongs—on authoring effective and engaging eLearning.
Wednesday, February 27
Getting Started: Creating Training with Course Starters
Time is the most valuable resource when building online training. Why waste it creating a course from scratch when you can get a head start with a course starter? In this webinar, Andrew Vass will break down the time-saving elements of course starters using Articulate Storyline 3. He will show how they can be combined and modified to create cohesive training courses that will engage your learners and fit the needs of your organization.
Thursday, February 28
Turning It Up: Taking Course Starters to the Next Level
With eLearning Brothers course starters, the sky is the limit. In this webinar, Andrew Vass will walk through how the templates found in course starters can be modified to take courses built in Articulate Storyline 3 to the next level and how you can impress your learners by implementing some of the most sought-after eLearning elements and features.
Friday, March 1
Boost Your Training ROI with Course Starters
eLearning Course Starters, Games, Customizable Courseware … when budgets are tight, how do you convince business leaders to fund all the eLearning goodies on your wish list? To make a compelling case, business-savvy training professionals use ROI–Return On Investment–to justify the business value of budget requests.
In this webinar, Nic Brown and Chris Willis from the eLearning Brothers Product Team will teach you how to speak ROI, the language of business. They’ll give you examples showing how you can maximize your budget and extend your resources using eLearning Brothers Course Starters so you can use to build a strong case in favor of purchasing the resources you need to be an eLearning Rockstar!
Week 2: Mar 4 – Mar 8
Transform Your Training Analytics with xAPI
First, we’re going to walk you through just what exactly this xAPI thing is that everyone keeps talking about. Then, we’re going to break down how to build xAPI statements in each of the top three authoring tools and what you can track. (Spoiler alert: If you’re using our templates, we already put the xAPI statements in there for you.) Finally, we’ll get into the business benefits and the nitty gritty of using a Learning Record Store (LRS).
Monday, March 4
What is xAPI and Why Should You Care?
Our friend Mike Hruska of Problem Solutions will explore the business value behind learning ecosystems. Learn how the Experience API enables new technologies for a next-generation learning and performance architecture that you can build and evolve to unlock business value and competitive advantages for your organization.
Tuesday, March 5
xAPI in Action – Storyline Edition
In this webinar, we’ll take a look at what xAPI is, the basics and limitations of use in Storyline direct out-of-the-box, and how custom xAPI can be used to create deeper insights without affecting workflow. We’ll also examine a few details about what to do once you’ve got your xAPI-enabled Storyline course ready.
For all levels of developers.
Wednesday, March 6
xAPI in Action – Captivate Edition
In this webinar, we’ll take a look at what xAPI is, the basics and limitations of use in Captivate direct out-of-the-box, and how custom xAPI can be used to create deeper insights without affecting workflow. We’ll also examine a few details about what to do once you’ve got your xAPI-enabled Captivate course ready.
For all levels of developers.
Thursday, March 7
xAPI in Action – Lectora Edition
In this webinar, we’ll take a look at what xAPI is, the basics and limitations of use in Lectora direct out-of-the-box, and how custom xAPI can be used to create deeper insights without affecting workflow. We’ll also examine a few details about what to do once you’ve got your xAPI-enabled Lectora course ready.
For all levels of developers.
Friday, March 8
Business Benefits of Using an LRS
Join us as we host Rob Chadwick, Co-Founder of Veracity Technology Consultants, in a brief overview of xAPI – what it is and where it came from. After discussing the xAPI ecosystem, we’ll examine some real world use cases. See how we can generate data with several example Learning Record Providers (LRPs), and how analysis tools ask complex questions about learner activity. Finally, we’ll demonstrate how to build an easy to understand visualization of how courseware behavior relates to assessment scores.
Week 3: Mar 11 – Mar 15
Engage Learners With Games, Gamification, and Quizzes
This week will show you the benefits of game-based learning and then teach you how to build awesome, engaging games! We’ll cover everything from best practices to actually building an advanced game in Articulate Storyline. Special guests include Stephen Baer, Managing Partner and Head of Creative Strategy & Innovation at The Game Agency.
Monday, March 11
Why Gamify Your Learning
Are you looking to engage your learners and encourage them to embrace your training material on a deeper level? Do you want them to lean in until they know you content as well as you do? If so, game-based is the answer. This webinar will showcase best practices in using games to enhance your training and improve your results.
Tuesday, March 12
What’s the difference between games, gamification, and quizzes? (Especially things people call games that are really just glorified quizzes!) Furthermore, how can they be used to build engagement and increase transfer of learning? Join us as we host Misty Harding, expert Instructional Designer, in a discussion of the instructional design mechanics of games and gamification, how they differ from quizzes, and explore examples of things from our courses that can help to inspire you for your own.
Wednesday, March 13
Best Practices in Gamification
Gamification can take many forms, but following some key best practices can help you ensure success no matter what sort of game you’re developing! In this session, Jeff Batt, Learning Dojo Founder will walk you through how to get started building gamification into your learning. He’ll cover best practices including game theming, dissecting parts of a game, structuring your game for best optimization, keeping your game theme consistent, adding complexity to your games with variables, and key things you need to keep in mind when developing your game.
Thursday, March 14
Building an Advanced Game in Storyline
In this webinar, we’ll take a look at some of the current industry thinking about gamification, and discuss the elements that make a real game engaging and effective. Then we’ll share some practical tricks for creating cool effects and behaviors that you can use to create your own advanced game in Storyline.
Friday, March 15
The ROI of Gamification
There’s a lot of buzz about game-based learning. But what exactly is it and why are companies doing it? In this webinar, we will present a variety of game-based training case studies, identifying the goals, the creative and the ROI.
Week 4: Mar 18 – Mar 22
Building Mobile and Responsive Training
Once just a catchy buzzword, mobile learning is here and it’s here to stay. Learn about the evolution of mobile learning and the benefits your company can reap from mLearning. In addition, we’ll cover mobile development in Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and Lectora.
Monday, March 18
Evolution of Mobile Learning
Mobile technology plays a large role in how people receive information today. In this presentation John Blackmon, Chief Technology Officer at Trivantis, will look at the roots of mobile learning, how it started, and where it is going in the future. We’ll also cover the best ways to utilize mobile concepts in the content that you create today.
Tuesday, March 19
Mobile Development in Storyline
Storyline 3 makes it easy to create training for learners using tablets and smartphones. In this webinar, Andrew Vass will discuss best practices for developing and publishing mobile-friendly training in Articulate Storyline 3 using the all-new responsive player.
Wednesday, March 20
Mobile Development in Captivate
Adobe Captivate allows developers to create mobile learning courses for a multi-device world. In this webinar, Andrew Vass will show how eLearning Brothers uses the Fluid Box feature in Adobe Captivate 2019 to create templates that provide a fully responsive experience regardless of device or browser.
Thursday, March 21
Mobile Development in Lectora
In a mobile-friendly world, eLearning development is becoming increasingly complicated. How can you know what your course will look like on a phone, tablet, and desktop, and how do you ensure your learners have an effective learning experience on every platform? The answer is Lectora Inspire 18. In this webinar, Andrew Vass will showcase Lectora’s Responsive Course Design feature and walk through the process used by eLearning Brothers to create templates that can be customized for optimal viewing on multiple device and browser sizes.
Friday, March 22
The Benefits of Mobile Learning
It’s no secret that designing for mobile learning requires careful planning. Physical differences in size, properties, and how mobile phones and tablets are used means that instructional designers have to make more unique considerations than they would when designing for traditional desktop computers. In this webinar, we will look deeper at creative instructional design strategies for immersing learners in engaging and effective mobile learning experiences.
Week 5: Mar 25 – Mar 29
Create Training Content Lightning Fast With Pre-Built Assets
Your coworkers might start calling you “the Flash” when they see how quickly you can develop courses after this week. It’s up to you whether or not you tell them your secret weapons—stock assets, cutout characters, pre-built scenarios, and more. Learn how to make the most of these resources AND how to take your scenarios to the next level by adding a more human element to your eLearning writing.
Monday, March 25
What can the eLearning Brothers Asset Library Do for You?
Discover 3 different ways the libraries can help you become an eLearning Rockstar. Whether you’re a beginner developer or an experienced ID, the eLearning Brothers libraries can help you create and build content faster and more efficiently.
Tuesday, March 26
How and When to Use eLearning Assets
With millions of assets to choose from, getting started with the eLearning Brothers Library can be a bit overwhelming. In this webinar, Andrew Vass will discuss best practices that can help you more efficiently find the assets you’re looking for, edit them to fit your needs, and incorporate them in your training to take it to the next level.
Wednesday, March 27
Using Characters and Scenarios in eLearning
A well-written scenario makes learning personal by inviting your learners to practice real-world challenges and apply what they’ve learned in a safe environment. In this webinar, join eLearning Brothers Senior Product Manager Chris Willis to learn seven rules for bringing characters and conversations to life in effective training scenarios. You’ll walk away with tips and tricks you can use with our new Conversation Starter templates, or developing your own scenarios from scratch.
Thursday, March 28
Adding the Human Element to eLearning
As instructional designers, we talk a lot about adding the “human element” to our training, but what does it really mean? Is it more than just having an image of our narrator on the screen? Yes, it is! There’s a lot more to the human element than you might think. In this webinar Dr. David Christiansen will go through some sample courses that don’t quite implement the human element and discuss ways to effectively include it. We’ll discuss your ideas, and share six approaches to “humanize” our training–so it’ll be a very collaborative approach.
Friday, March 29
How One Company Cut Their Development Time in Half with eLearning Brothers
Wilson Su’a-Filo, Account Executive, is here to share with you the time-saving secrets his clients use to speed up their eLearning development. Discover tips to using eLearning Brothers Assets for maximum efficiency and see examples of our templates and graphics used in the real-world.
Week 6: Apr 1 – 5
Designing for Accessibility and Interactivity in eLearning
Whether your eLearning is required to be Section 508-compliant or you just want your content to be more interactive, but still accessible for all learners, this week has something for you. You’ll learn what 508-compliance means, steps you can take to make a pre-built design more accessible, and unique ways to add interactivity to your courses.
Monday, April 1
A Beginner’s Guide to 508 Compliance
This session will compare and contrast the goals and results of designing and developing eLearning for usability versus accessibility. With guest Laura Silver, Chief Operating Officer at Trivantis, we’ll look at some use cases that highlight the business case for accessible design, and dig into the basics of Accessibility, Section 508, and WCAG. You’ll learn how and when when accessibility can lead to improved usability with concrete examples and approaches to implement in your eLearning development.
Tuesday, April 2
How to Design Accessible eLearning
Are you committed to delivering accessible eLearning, but not sure where or how to start? This webinar will walk you though the essentials of designing accessible courses including:
• Who is your audience?
• What does “accessible” mean to your organization or client?
• Navigation considerations
• What is alt text and how should you use it?
• Should you use images and when?
• Transcripts and closed captioning
We’ll also show examples of accessible courses we’ve designed for our clients to show how these elements all work together. Just because a course is accessible, doesn’t mean it has to boring. In this session, we’ll show you how to design exciting and accessible eLearning.
Wednesday, April 3
How to Develop Accessible eLearning
This webinar will walk you through a needs-based assessment which will help you be prepared to deliver your online content at the appropriate level of accessibility. We will also cover considerations for planning your stages of development as well as suggest free tools that can be used to help you test your content.
Thursday, April 4
Unique Ways to Create Interactivity in Storyline
Storyline is awesome at-a-glance. But if you get a little creative with how you approach development, it can be a real powerhouse of a tool. In this webinar, we’ll look at a few unique ways to add interactivity, effects, and behaviors to your Storyline course.
Friday, April 5
An eLearning Interactivity Showcase
Looking for ideas to make your eLearning more interactive and engaging? Come see examples from the eLearning Brothers custom team in this Interactivity Showcase! We’ll show you snippets from various courses that illustrate how you can take standard, dry, boring content and make it come to life for your learner.