Plain Language for Course Creators: Enhancing Clarity and Engagement

In the fast-paced world of online learning, clear communication is crucial for course creators. Learners often have limited time to spend on training, so when they engage with courses, the experience needs to be straightforward and easy to navigate. In this article, we explore how training materials can be revised using plain language to improve the learning experience.

Breaking Down Barriers: How UDL Transforms the Learning Experience

Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, provides a framework for instructors—whether its higher education, K-12 or even corporate learning—that removes potential learning barriers for all learners, including those who experience learning differences and those with learning disabilities. In comparison to individualized accommodations, UDL anticipates what works best for a variety of students and intentionally integrates that throughout the course, reaching a larger portion of students. With UDL, authentic learning takes place, permitting learners to uniquely engage with educational content with multiple opportunities to respond and express their evidence of learning. Read on to learn more.

Text-to-Speech Basics: What Is TTS and Who Uses It?

In this guest post by ReadSpeaker, you'll learn the meaning of standard text to speech (TTS) and about some of the populations who benefit from TTS. You'll learn a few ways businesses can leverage voice technology to achieve mission-critical goals. You'll also learn the history of this continually developing field.

Accessibility Matters: The Fundamentals of Achieving Accessible Content

Accessibility goes beyond ensuring that our buildings, roads and walkways are safe and usable for as many people regardless of ability. It also extends to our digital spaces – websites, online courses, social media, apps, etc. – to ensure that information and activities are sensible, meaningful, and usable for as many people as possible. Just like a website, documents are also required to meet accessibility standards.

Q&A: Wellness for Educators

Stress, burnout, and mental health concerns are all issues that many educators across the U.S. have faced. COVID amplified these issues even more. Wellness for Educators works to support educators through whole-school, research-based, trauma- and equity-informed, somatic (mind-body) education, practices, and strategies for mental, physical, social, and emotional health and wellbeing.

Employee Buy-In for New Technology Adoption

It doesn’t matter how large or small your organization is, digital transformation projects – whether updating old technologies or adopting new ones – have a 70% chance of failure. With the hefty investments that some technologies require, organizations cannot afford to have their new initiatives fail. We share 4 tips on how organizations can ensure that their digital transformation and new technology is a success.

Creating Better Content with Lessons Learned from Brain Research

The brain is arguably one of the most complex organs of the body, and one we still do not fully understand. While we do know that it weighs 3 pounds, and brain information can travel up to 268 miles per hour (the equivalent of the speed of a Bugatti Veyron, the world’s fastest car), there is still so much about the brain we don’t know. That’s why continued research is incredibly important for various reasons—from medical and technological advancements to informing how we learn.

Traits of Adult Learners

Working with adult learners comes with a lot of perks. They’re savvy, motivated learners who have specific goals in mind and they bring valuable personal experience that instructors can leverage to create engaging learning experiences. There are four key traits of adult learners that are important to keep in mind to build a comfortable, supportive learning environment that they’ll appreciate.

Top Five Tips to Create Accessible Content

Well-executed content creates a better user experience for everyone. When content on a website is accessible, it means all users, regardless of their level of ability, condition, or circumstance are able to access it. Here are five surefire ways your content hits the mark.

So You Want to Be a Chief Learning Officer: Here’s What It Takes

Organizations are thinking more strategically about how they use and deploy their human capital assets. As a result, demand for learning and development programs will grow. It is the job of a learning development officer to identify learning goals, create learning strategies, oversee their execution and ensure all educational programs align with larger company goals. Do you have what it takes?

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