The AFT model: how to make online learning into an engaging experience

How many stories do you have of crappy e-learning that is designed to tick boxes rather than improve knowledge or, perish the thought, improve performance? Most e-learning packages I have done work best as anesthetics, putting me to sleep in an instant, and putting me off e-learning for life.

That’s the problem, bad e-learning doesn’t just fail to as a learning experience, it scars learners so that they never want to engage the medium ever again!

Edan Kertis made it his quest to make e-learning – or digital learning – into something engaging, that people enjoyed and valued, that made a difference to real world performance. To do this, he came up the AFT model.

Learn more about the AFT model in this podcast, and how it can be applied, not just in the digital world, but in any learning programme.


Edan Kertis is the CEO at myQuest. He is an entrepreneur, behavioral change expert, software engineer, and the creator of the AFT learning model … read more about Edan here.

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Using social networks to reinforce learning

With so much great content available freely online, why would anyone bother paying for a training course? It’s almost like people can go round learning stuff, willy-nilly, without us learning professionals getting involved at all!

Obviously that would never do, so what can we do to rise to the challenge of technology?

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Larry Reynolds about his ideas for the future of the training facilitator, including his experimental use of social networks and online communities to help reinforce learning.

 

Larry Reynolds


Larry Reynolds is managing partner of 21st Century Leader, a consultancy that helps managers to have courageous conversations. We believe that courageous conversations are the key to high performance organisations where people love to work … read more about Larry here.

Turning your classroom training course into an online programme

More and more people are turning to the Internet for training opportunities.

Face to face courses are expensive, often in inconvenient locations, and at fixed times in the distant future that may not suit your requirements.

They survive because they’re often very good. You get the opportunity for social interaction and discussion, key factors in creating knowledge and understanding, and it’s a very engaging experience away from normal work so you can focus and get on with it … but the drawbacks mean that sometimes an online option is better.

Online learning in quick and easy to access, cheap, flexible and covers a massive variety of topics.

In this episode I speak to Bogdan Vaida about how he has taken his training courses and put them online, creating a suite of learning opportunities and amassing thousands of students – and a steady income – in the process!

Here are the links to Udemy and Coursera as mentioned in the podcast.

 Bogdan Vaida online training


Bogdan Vaida burst onto the training scene in 2009 using extremely old PowerPoint presentations. Luckily, 2 years later he switched to experiential training and learning by doing, methodologies that he practiced devotedly into all of his training. … read more about Bogdan here.

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