October 1, 2014
by Greg Walker

Making the First Impression Count in eLearning

What Is the Blink Test?

The Blink Test is traditionally applied to webpages: when users land on a website, they will decide within three to five seconds whether they want to stay and see what the site has to offer, or whether they should just leave and find similar information elsewhere. However, the same principle is equally relevant to eLearning courses.

It only takes a learner three to five seconds to judge the value of an eLearning screen. For a screen to pass the test, the learner will immediately understand its purpose. In the case a screen fails, there may be too much information for users to process in such a short time. However, if the user still struggles to comprehend the screen after more than five seconds, the screen is probably overly confusing and requires a complete redesign.

Therefore, eLearning designers have a distinctive challenge in front of them. They must constantly implement new ways to engage learners within that short period or else face them leaving towards the next big thing. Bottom-line: There’s no second chance to make a first impression. 

Here are a few ways to makes sure you improve your course’s ability to make that unique first impression

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September 30, 2014
by Greg Walker

eCafe Is Open for Instructor Set-up!

CAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

Instructor Setup Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – Thursday, November 6, 2014 Instructors turn on/off their personal evaluations and select questions.
Evaluation Monday, November 24, 2014 – Thursday, December 11, 2014 Students submit their completed evaluations.
Results Thursday, January 8, 2015 Evaluation results are available for viewing by instructors, if grades have been entered into Banner.
Publish Monday, January 19, 2015 Published results are released for public viewing.

September 30, 2014
by Greg Walker

eLearn Magazine Monthly Newsletter


Training Online Teachers Through A Badge Driven Course” By Joe Cozart

The Georgia Virtual School is a supplemental online school that employs more than 200 teachers. Due to growth and attrition new teachers must continually be hired, which created a large burden for the school. The problem was addressed through the creation of an open online course driven by badge credentialing. Interested teachers now complete this training course prior to the hiring process. This ensures job applicants have a basic knowledge of online learning and a better understanding of the requirements to teach online, thus decreasing attrition in the first year. Course participants go through five modules and earn a badge after successfully demonstrating an understanding of the material in the respective module. | View Full Article |

“You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again” By Jill Cross

Online learning is a dynamically evolving practice, and many companies operate under outdated assumptions about their audience. InReach, a continuing education solution provider, recently conducted a survey to uncover the wants and preferences of online learners. The findings, which are shared within, can help identify the key factors that make up a successful online program.  | View Full Article |

“Revolutionize Learning and Development; An e-Learning Manifesto for All of Us” By Stevie Rocco

Clark Quinn’s new book, Revolutionize Learning and Development, offers many insights and suggestions for the changes that are needed for learning and performance in organizations going forward. From the need for data to how we conceive of a course, the text outlines next steps that organizations can take to optimize performance.  | View Full Article |

September 25, 2014
by Brent Hirata
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Agenda September 29, 2014

Call to Order (Sept. 29, 2014) Welcome new members: Daniela Dutra Elliott (Math and Sciences) Dalybeth Reasoner (Social Sciences) Approval of the Minutes  Election for secretary. Reports Distance Education Committee is now a standing committee of the Faculty Senate. Old … Continue reading

September 17, 2014
by Greg Walker

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

What is quality in online learning? Existing quality assurance frameworks, guidelines, and benchmarks show that quality in online learning has many dimensions. But we can distil these into a number of common issues to which practitioners and students should attend. This guide, commissioned by Academic Partnerships, is helping numbers of institutions globally to ensure the quality and financial sustainability of their online offerings.