EFFECTIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUES
In organizations like yours, the overall success of the team is based on the individual contributions of your associates. Our approach to instructional design helps you attract, retain, and enrich each and every individual on your team.
What’s our philosophy?
First, we align the learning objectives with your desired outcome. Next, it’s all about the learner: learning by doing, discovery, telling stories, and providing perspectives. My team of instructional design professionals is immersed in an environment that enables success. Mentorship, peer review, collaboration with technologists and designers, and templates, tools, and interaction libraries make their designs – and your vision – come to life.
Thought Leader: Catherine Davis- Instructional Design Practice Lead
Instructional Design Practice Lead
As SweetRush’s Instructional Design Team Leader, Catherine Davis is a quiet powerhouse. Project challenges stand no chance against Catherine’s creativity, light-speed thinking, and can-do spirit. Her deep experience as an instructional designer in various capacities (in-house corporate, vendor, freelance) means she truly understands the needs of our ID team and our clients. Combined with her knack for documenting and sharing best practices, and developing process, templates and tools, Catherine brings structure, efficiency, and continuous improvement to her role and our team. Yet she also knows when to keep it light: We’re always eager to see her next clever Skype© avatar or just share a good laugh. A team builder and a team player, you can count on Catherine for expertly crafted instructional design, solid on-boarding, and sage advice.
ALL ABOUT AVATARS
An avatar is a character that serves as part of a story in your training module, game, or simulation.
The avatar may be designed as an expert who provides guidance and feedback to the learner, or it may be a peer or colleague who can motivate learners and provide tips and assistance. In some cases, learners may select an avatar, customize its appearance, and control its actions during the learning experience.
Some of us can remember back to the much-maligned Microsoft® paper clip and question the use of avatars.
However, research and our experience show that, done well, avatars can be an effective learning tool. With some companies shifting away from classroom training, avatars offer a human touch within e-learning and a way to deliver consistent instructional messages. They can also increase engagement and interest in continuing instruction. When learners control the avatars, they can influence behavior—particularly when they resemble the learner in some way. Behaviors practiced in the virtual world are more likely to be practiced in a real environment.
well and what doesn’t?
First, the presence of a visual (animated, ideally) is essential; just hearing a voice does not appear to provide all of the benefits of an avatar. Second, don’t overuse the avatar. Use it when you need to introduce, emphasize, or summarize key points. Third, keep your audience in mind. A professional audience will respond more favorably to more realistic and sophisticated avatars, and a younger audience may favor a more cartoon-based avatar.