We’ve been listening to all your requests and are proud to announce our new (LIVE) development roadmap for Wyzed.
Simplicity and beautiful design is core to everything we do.
From day 1, we’ve been relentlessly focused on the friendly future of enterprise software where all tools are non-technical, immediately available and readily useable for people of any skill level.
We don’t believe that software needs to be complex.
And we have set out to build a platform that doesn’t just focus on packing in useful features, but also focusing on ease of use/simplicity, and the feeling of success you get when you learn a new skill easily or solve a major problem with ease.
Our language and design is friendly, bright and modern, and speaks clearly to people who have direct need/pain but are not technical in background.
We are professional in everything we do but we are NOT the blustery corporate juggernaut who knows more about your business than you do.
And on that, we want to put the power in your hands to help guide where we are going through in a transparent and open way.
And inline with other incredible softwares like Trello, Buffer, and many others, we are happy to publicly release our Product Roadmap
While we would love to build every feature anyone asks for, it’s obviously just not possible.
But with that being said, we are constantly seeking feedback from clients, prospective clients, and focusing on the industry standard.
And from our list of feedback, ideas, and suggestions, we collated the data together and the most in demand features get actioned first.
Our Testing Process
With our clients experience always front and centre at all times, we make sure that we take pause at all the different development and testing phases to put it in front of a sample of our clients to see get their feedback.
This process goes back and forth until we get it right and the feature is then rolled out to all clients.
If you want to be involved in any part of this process, please feel free to reach out to our team and they can make sure you get to have your say!
Creating Online Learning: How Can You Avoid Potential Mistakes?
After 2 years of working with everyone from General Managers, seasoned eLearning Professionals, HR, Sales Managers, and everyone else set out with the task of implementing eLearning in their organizing, I can boil everything down into 6 common mistakes I see.
Avoid these, and you will be on your way to eLearning success!
1. Keep It Simple
I get it. Creating courses to educate and inspire your audience can be very exciting, and it’s easy to feel all fancy and get fancy with your online learning. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t work.
Now, I’m not saying to not take pride, not innovate, and try things outside the box as you craft your learning, but I implore you to keep it simple!
At the end of the day, creating courses using eLearning should have a clear goal—to educate. And everything that doesn’t add to that, takes away from it—being unnecessary complexity of information as an example.
When I work with professionals through this process, I ask them one question; “What will your learners be able to do after completing this course?”
Everything else, no matter how pretty or cool that doesn’t support that question needs to be turfed!
2. Not Enough Repetition
The human brain is an incredible device capable of recalling and synthesizes amazing feats. But, in our everyday world, that poor brain has a lot to contend with for attention and bandwidth.
Repeat things at least 3 times. See how well that worked.
Of course, it all depends on what tool you’re using΄. Does it include:
Text for people to read? Try including instructions or something to set up the learning they’re about to go through.
A video, auditory, or another visual medium? This is where bulk learning will happen for that particular topic or idea.
A summary, recap, or essay/multiple choice questions? This is where the person can process and recall the information to start to enforce the brain’s pathways relating to that new knowledge.
An easy way to create meaningful, repetitive material without it being intrusive is to frequently recall and bring different learning concepts together to form a bigger. This allows you to repeat things time and again to really hammer it home.
3. It’s Too Loooong!
Look, our attention spans suck. And the bad news is that it’s only getting shorter. So, when you’re creating your course content, and where possible, try and break it into segments that are no longer than 10 minutes in length. And in between those segments, you can include soft breaks which allow the learner to feel refreshed but also keep them engaged.
If they disengage, then we start to jeopardize the learners’ experience and potentially losing them to those white sneakers sitting in the corner that might need a cleaning (they do not need cleaning though!).
The best strategy to avoid topics and courses getting too long is to plan out beforehand. This will give you the time both to zoom in and zoom out on the content to ensure that it’s a structure in a logical way, and one which supports the best outcome for our learners.
4. Not Knowing The Audience
We’re all guilty of this, myself included. We create content that looks amazing!
It’s slick and sexy with all the bells, whistles, and those sweet buzzwords.
But here’s the thing, we’re not creating the content for us, we’re creating it for others. So, some important questions that need to be asked are:
What is our audience’s education level?
What is their role/job?
What is their level of comfort with technology?
Where is this learning going to happen? (i.e. in an office, on a noisy job site, at home, etc)
What type of learning might need to be combined to reinforce the eLearning experience?
And more related to understanding who will be doing the learning and whatever else they may need to be successful.
5. Leverage The Learner’s Own Experience
One of the most overlooked opportunities in eLearning (and learning in general if I’m honest) is opportunities for the learner to bring in their own shared experience as it applies to whatever they’re learning.
Doesn’t matter if it’s a new skill they’re getting or an old skill they’re leveling up in, leveraging their own experience can be a critical link to for the learner to be able to have greater retention as well as go beyond the obvious training objective.
Some strategies that have worked well for clients are:
Getting the learner to share their own experience about a certain situation (i.e. safety, bad customer service, leadership, etc) and get them to take the knowledge and mix in the new learning for an enriched experience.
Getting the learner to engage in practice runs, trials, or hands-on learning. By combining auditory, visual, and tactile, you can achieve 85% of retention rates.
6. Ask! (Bonus Point)
One of the most common questions I get from clients I work with is “where should I focus my course building initiatives?”.
And my simple answer: “Ask!”. That means ask the management, ask your clients, ask your suppliers, and ask the learners what they need and how they think they might be best engaged. Often they will tell you exactly what you need and get you at least 50% of the way there.
I’ve seen these mistakes thousands of times, and everyone (absolutely every client ever!) makes their own decisions to restructure their content to be in line with the above principals.
The moral to the story? Save time from the get-go, and stick to these core course creation principles, and you’ll be on your way to eLearning (or any learning) success.