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Animation Tools for eLearning
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Not sure how best to animate your internal comms video? We've compiled a list of animation tools commonly used by the eLearning and design industries. Adobe Flash ...

10 Games Every Learning Pro Should Play
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You’ve heard of gamification. Everyone has (and if you haven’t, just ask us.) However, some eLearning modules are passed off as games without proper consideration. Sure, badges look pretty...

Six Tips for More Engaging Induction Training
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First impressions matter.  Most people starting a new job make an effort to dress nicely to impress their co-workers.  Are you making the same effort for your employees to...

Why ‘beauty is only skin deep’ is relevant to eLearning
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How do you know if your eLearning module is a good one? Our aim as eLearning development professionals is to have you say “After people did this training, they...

Corporate Comms: There has to be a better way [VIDEO]
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It doesn't matter if you're communicating about a new project, product, system or any type of change in your company, you can find ways to use video to grab...

It’s not me, it’s you [VIDEO]
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I wish I could say “it’s not you, it’s me”…. But I’m sorry, it is you. You’re boring. Whenever I see you I feel sad, frustrated and anxious. You’re...

Click. Click. Click. [VIDEO]
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This video is (sadly) based on a true story. In fact, we've probably all experienced this before. Its time to expect more from our eLearning teams and providers.

Six Characteristics of Learner-Centred eLearning
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There is an often overlooked fact about learning initiatives: “It’s the learners that do the learning.” What I mean by this, is that “learning” doesn’t happen in the...

Falling trees, mountain biking and eLearning motivation
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Motivation, it’s a funny thing. In order for someone to do something, they need to be motivated. But what that motivation is and where it comes from changes from...

mLearning Round Table
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In summary, mLearning has the potential to really make an imprint on the eLearning landscape. But for that to occur, the mentality toward mobile learning needs to change. This...

Drag-and-Drop: Why it’s time to let go
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The origins of it are hard to track down, but estimates put the first drag-and-drop function in Europe around 500,000 years ago. Neanderthals would select a tool, then move...

5 clever ideas for using QR codes in eLearning
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With the proliferation of mobile devices; mlearning or mobile learning has become a great way to provide learners with what they need, when they need it. However, there...

A guide to QR Codes in eLearning
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On demand learning is something that is often talked about in eLearning and L&D. The idea is that we want to give people an opportunity to learn something at...

What is xAPI?
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Does this mean all of my SCORM eLearning will be obsolete?Not necessarily. There are ways to “convert” SCORM packages into xAPI pages. But you can read more about this...

What is SCORM?
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"What about xAPI?"xAPI (or “Tin-Can API”, as it was named during its development) is the next generation of SCORM. The thing that is exciting about xAPI is that the...

Fallout 4, Compliance Training and Creative Interactions
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The user is in full control of the way the scenario progresses. Our course didn’t come close to having 111,000 different pieces of dialogue. But for a ten minute...

From Core to Bore: What to include in your eLearning
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In creating eLearning, one of the biggest challenges we face is being able to identify what should and shouldn't be included. This is the key reason that we start...

Won’t someone please think of the children?
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When it comes to children, everyone is focused on providing the best education possible. Parents will spend countless hours researching and seeking out the best pre-school, primary school and...

Your learners are not unicorns!
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There is a rather strange trend in organisations when it comes to understanding their learners; no one seems to know much about them. This leads to very general statements...

Top 5 tips for designing purposeful eLearning activities
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What we can see here, is that with the drag-and-drop approach we have effectively asked our learner to take more steps and spend more time to achieve the same...

Types of eLearning: The good, the bad and the ugly
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Earlier this year, I wanted to run a webinar to help people be able to differentiate between what effective eLearning looks like, and what ineffective eLearning looks like. I...

Top 4.5 Tips for Designing mLearning
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mLearning is a hot topic no matter where you look in the L&D space. It’s also a topic that I am rather passionate about. I am very excited about...

Converting Face to Face Training to eLearning
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It’s important to understand the need behind an organisation looking to change existing face-to-face training into eLearning. Understand this is important as it will shape what the final eLearning...

Stop Press! What eLearning can learn from journalism.
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Long gone are the glory days of print media. Journalism is an industry going through more of a rebirth than a facelift. The very principles of good journalism still...

We Attended: 99u Local event in Melbourne
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For those of you who are not familiar with 99u or the 99u Local concept, I would highly recommend visiting the site, after you’ve finished reading this blog of...

Narration: A fine line between purposeful and Microsoft Clippy 2.0
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In 1997 Microsoft introduced ‘Clippy’ the digital assistant to their Office suite to provide tips and help people perform tasks. Clippy was designed with the intention to an innovative...

UX is the Glue that Sticks People with Technology
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It’s not an exact science. Let me repeat that, it’s NOT an exact science! It’s a discovery science similar to a business projection or some type of business strategic...

10 Tips for Creating INCREDIBLE Blog Post Titles – #4 Made Me Spit Out My Cornflakes!
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Clickbait titles are a dangerous habit to fall into. Beau tells us why it's one you should kick. I'm sorry. I've misled you. There is no wicked-awesome list...

The Million Dollar Question
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Designing alternative answers can be challenging at times, but the more care, effort and thought put into the process can ensure better learning outcomes. Whether it is knowing a...

What is eLearning?
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Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to talk to a number of Human Resources, People & Culture and Learning & Development professionals at various organisations about their...

Cognitive Biases: Decision Making, Beliefs and Business Operation
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Businesses can sometimes get caught up in these biases, so it is always helpful to take a step back and ask yourself why certain decisions are being made. It...

4 Ways to Quickly Get New Hires up to Speed
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This is a guest blog post from Peter Forbes, Founder and CEO of HROnboard, the new heroes of employee onboarding. HROnboard is employee onboarding software that helps organisations manage...

The C Word
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It’s one of the most common words you’ll hear in a conversation about eLearning, but I believe that it’s causing a lot of trouble. The C word. A terrible, sneaky...

Negative Space is Your Friend
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For graphic designers there are few bigger issues than the negative space debate. Negative space is often referred to as white space, and is just any ‘unused’ space in...

Cognitive Biases: Memory and Effective Training
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The way our minds retain memories certainly impact the way we evolve and learn. Utilising these biases can assist us in retaining much more information and knowledge in order...

Cognitive Biases: Memory and Unforgettable eLearning
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Creating eLearning with memory biases in mind can really enhance the chances of information retention. Our minds work in the most mysterious ways, so make sure learning accommodates the...

How to Spot an L&D Myth
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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about learning, training and education. They can cause us to make bad decisions, create ineffective training and make us look...

We Attended: NZ HR Conference
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Over the course of the two days, there were several interesting take aways: Like in Australia, a majority of people don’t see eLearning in a positive light. Having ‘eLearning...

Meet the Team: Beau Bardenhagen
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In this edition of our Meet the Team series, we have a chat with Beau Bardenhagen - Pure Learning's Creative Writer. Hi Beau! Tell us how you got into creative writing....

Gamification – All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses the Point
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I have a confession to make; this was written in anger… It was written at about 8:02am on a Tuesday, while I was enjoying my morning coffee and casually...

Designing for Touch Screens: You’re Doing it Wrong
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Touch screens are taking over. There's no denying it. Although I don't believe your desktop PC is ever going to truly die out, touch screens are soon going to...

Meet the Team: Brenton Sewart
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In this edition of our Meet the Team series, we sit down with Brenton Sewart - Pure Learning's Graphic Designer. Hi Brenton! Tell us about your role at Pure Learning....

The Retry Button – Statistically Correct
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So here’s the thing about ‘retry’ buttons; they’re completely pointless and really annoying for the learner. Every time that I see a ‘retry’ button appear when I have answered a...

We Attended: The (Adaptive) Innovative Organisation
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On a cold winter’s evening in July, I attended a public lecture on the topic of ‘The (Adaptive) Innovative Organisation’. The event speaker was Prof. Gerry George and it...

3 Things I Learned From Adobe Create Now
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When it comes to facilitating creativity in the modern day, no company comes close to Adobe. The services and software they provide are the industry standard, and have been...

An eLearning Developer’s Take on the Adobe Now Conference
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As an eLearning developer I have to have a wide knowledge base of a variety of applications. One day I can be making animations to help companies explain their new system...

Meet the Team: Matt Smith
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In this edition of our Meet the Team series, we sat down with Matt Smith - Pure Learning's CEO. So first off, why the name "Pure Learning"? Learning is the main...

We attended: Strategic Risk Management Forum – Aged Care / Community Care Sector
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On the 2nd of July I attended a forum held in Melbourne that was hosted by the VMIA (Victorian Managed Insurance Authority) on the topic of Strategic Risk Management...

We Attended: Clever Happenings “How to Think like a Thought Leader”
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I recently attended my first Clever Happenings event, 'How to Think like a Thought Leader'. Clever Happenings is a monthly think-tank run by Dr Jason Fox with a focus on...

Meet the Team: Raf Dolanowski
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In this edition of our Meet the Team series, we meet Raf Dolanowski - Pure Learning's Head of Client Solutions. He came to Pure Learning with over 7...

3 Things eLearning Designers Can Learn From TED Talks
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During it, he announces that "Malaria is spread by mosquitoes" and immediately opens a jar full of mosquitoes. "I bought some here, I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason...