January 25, 2011

eSeminar Now Available: Creating Effective eLearning with the Pre-training Principle

Each week I describe an element of Cognitive Theory of Multimedia eLearning and give examples of how to implement that principle using Adobe Captivate and Adobe eLearning Suite. Part 9 of 10 in the Creating effective eLearning Modules Series (Pre-training): http://adobe.ly/hpcpQl

The focus of the eSeminar was on the pre-training principle. We focused on creating effective eLearning content, utilizing the Pre-training Principle to facilitate better learning. The pre-training principle … indicates that learning is more effective when the learner has a sufficient knowledge base upon which to build the concepts and ideas that are being learned. For example it would be virtually impossible to learn about geometry if you had no underlying knowledge of numbers and mathematical functions. Today’s session will explain the overall concepts behind the pre-training principle and demonstrate how to determine what information dependencies might exist for new learners when confronted with complex tasks. We gave particular focus to the following tools in Adobe Captivate; Rollover Slidelets.

I’ve included a link to the downloadable version of the slides (this one includes my speaking notes) and have given the usual embedded version below for your convenience.

During the session I used a Captivate movie to demonstrate many of the core concepts behind the pre-training principle. That movie is embedded below so you can tinker and see how it works. You can also download the source code for this demo here.

Below are the URL’s to the Multimedia session, along with links to the others in the series, also included are those which are coming in the future.

Available Now On Demand:

Part 1:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules

LINK: http://bit.ly/aPCSxb

Part 2: Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: Balancing cognitive load in eLearning content with Adobe Captivate 5

LINK: http://bit.ly/boLHVX

Part 3: Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: Applying Personalization to eLearning with Adobe Captivate 5

LINK: http://adobe.ly/hxYeTt

Part 4:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: The Multimedia Principle

LINK: http://bit.ly/aCHm2e

Part 5:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: The Contiguity Principle

LINK: http://bit.ly/gvbcLP

Part 6:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: The Redundancy Principle

LINK: http://adobe.ly/ekOKz2

Part 7:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: The Coherence Principle

LINK: http://adobe.ly/eI4N9i

Part 8:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: The Segmenting Principle

LINK: http://adobe.ly/evNqap

Part 9:Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules: The Pre-training Principle

LINK: http://adobe.ly/hpcpQl


February 9 – Making Effective Adobe Captivate eLearning Modules Part 10: Individual Differences


Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, will present a one hour online eSeminar for users of Adobe Captivate and / or Adobe eLearning Suite. The session focuses on the Multimedia eLearning Design Principle known as the Individual Differences Principle, which suggests that design effects are stronger for low-knowledge learners than for high knowledge learners, and for high-spatial learners rather than for low-spatial learners. Examples will focus on the use of Advanced Actions, ADA/508 Compliance, Closed Captions, Localization, Video Closed Caption, Branching and User Variables in Adobe Captivate 5.

Want to do more reading? Here’s a brief list of recommended supplemental reading:

Clark & Mayer (2007.) eLearning: and the Science of Instruction http://amzn.to/chkPuw (Links to Amazon – but this book is pretty widely available.)

A short but clear overview of the history of learning theory.

Posted by Allen Partridge12:40 AM
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