How will you view learning in the future?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Keeona Jordan, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

The use of e-learning tools in education and even in the work place will soon change the way we view learning. While there have been some forms of e-learning used in the past years, e-learning technologies are continuing to grow and instructors will need to focus

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Is Your CMS Working For YOU?

This post is provide by guest blogger, Penny Jones, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

The Content Management System (CMS) that is used to deliver eLearning has a big effect on managing eLearning. Dom Nicastro (2018) explains the importance of how to make sure you are getting the right system for your project.  He goes over eleven rules to

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Will blockchain technology beguile the eLearning Industry?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Mark Doty, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program

Many L&D professionals are wondering how the emergence of blockchain technology will impact the eLearning industry. In a recent article, a concise introduction to blockchain technology and how it can be applied to the eLearning industry is provided.

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Do You Get “It”? E-Learning Assessments

This post is provided by guest blogger, Kylie Mussay, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, MS in Training and Development.

Facilitation of assessments after an elearning course are vital in seeing if the learning outcomes for the course were achieved. Elearning Industry, an online resource for all things elearning, pinpoints their ideas of creating a successful elearning assessment in Continue reading

Testing That Matters

This post is provide by guest blogger, Dianna Doyle, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, MS in Training and Development program.

According to Phillips (2018) test questions can have a huge impact on the reputation and efficacy of a trainer and program. Questions that are too easy or give embedded clues are easily passed but when the test taker does not really measure up to expectations of competency the validity of instruction is questioned. Questions that are too difficult where few pass the test may lead to the shut down of programs since it would appear no learning actually took place even though time and resources were invested into the instruction. An instructor may know the content of a subject but may have very little to no training in creating test questions that truly measure if and what training took place.

Phillips (2018) recommends using Criterion-Referenced Test Development written by instructional design professors Sharon Shrock and William C. Coscarelli. Three test item statistics are discussed to evaluate the quality of test items: 1) difficulty index, 2) p-values, and 3) point-biserial correlation. To apply these statistics, you first need to create your test and then administer it to a group of at least 25-30 program participants.

The article defines and discusses each of these test item statistics as well as how to go about developing a quality test that measures up statistically as valid. This article and recommended resources would be an excellent tool for test designers and e-learning professors. This information should be incorporated into all programs training trainers and instructors. A quality measurement of such a course should include creating a test that meets the criterion outlined.

References

Phillips, K. (2018, August 1). Write test questions that actually measure something.

Association for Talent Development. Retrieved from https://www.td.org/insights/write-

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Effective evaluation is essential for eLearning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Mark Doty, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program

How do you develop an approach for assessing your eLearning strategy? In a blog by Christopher Pappas (2016) seven tips for aligning your organization’s needs and goals with an eLearning assessment strategy are outlined. These tips are: create different

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Assessments, Collaborations, and Communication in E-Learning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Victoria Kral, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

Instructors have a variety of assessment tools to use in an e-learning environment and peer assessment is a proactive learning tool. Asynchronous communication with classmates and instructors allows us flexibility in time to assess others work. For

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Collaborating in eLearning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Sheana Graham, graduate student at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill., MS in Training and Development program

In the Fall of 2018, I took Dr. Covelli’s e-learning course at the University of St. Francis in Illinois. Before this course, I hadn’t participated in “collaborating” assignments since high school. It was a hard experience for me since I have become so accustomed to

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Ok. So Now it’s Become Personal

This post is provided by guest blogger, Mark Doty, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

In an article by Danielle Hart (2018), several instructional design trends are highlighted as potential approaches for how to evolve your organization’s learning strategy. These trends include: making learning more personalized; meeting learners where they are;

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Managing eLearning to Save Time and Money

This post is provided by guest blogger, Tonya Stafford, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

Managing eLearning requires careful considerations in many areas.  Keeping within time and budget limits are two important areas to plan for when developing and managing eLearning.  In a recent article, Renie McClay (2018) discusses proactive

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