I’m currently reading a book by writer and consultant John Simmons, Dark Angels: How Writing Releases Creativity At Work, which has got me gripped. As an instructional designer at Saffron, my job involves writing – and lots of it. Every course I write is on a different topic and therefore demands a different style and tone, focused towards a particular audience. My aim is to always write the content, regardless of what it is, in a light, positive and conversational way so as to engage the learners and motivate them to want to take the training. But it can be tricky to strike a balance between making sure the right message is conveyed and trying to banish the business speak and avoid switching the learner off.
We’re excited to announce that we’re putting together a Microsoft Silverlight development team for e-learning.
Evaluating the effectiveness of a learning intervention is often where projects fall down – it can be hard to know how to prove a return on investment. But isn’t it about time we had some common methods to evaluate and measure the value of learning? Here are Saffron’s top five tips for measuring that all important ROI.
Saffron is proud to announce the development of a sub surface fire awareness e-learning course for Heathrow Express.
I was interested to see that Skype has recently announced a partnership with LG and Panasonic, which means we will soon be able to buy a TV which we can use to Skype and browse the internet (find out more here). Promoting this new technology Skype’s business development manager, Jin Kim claimed that, “TVs have lacked two things to date… eyes and ears” because “they haven’t had cameras and they haven’t had microphones.” This led me to wonder… does e-learning also lack eyes and ears?
I recently completed a project for a client which went so smoothly it was over before I knew it. I really enjoyed the whole process from start to finish and the course we created received rave reviews from the client, stakeholders and users. I was actually quite sad to see the project come to an end. And so, it made me ask myself, why do some projects run like a dream and others don’t?
One of Saffron’s senior instructional designers, Stephanie Dedhar, has been named Instructional Designer of the Year at the IT Training Awards 2010!
It doesn’t take a genius to make a presentation look great. All you need is a set of well designed master slides. Now read on for five top tips to help you get the most out of your master slides.
Saffron is the official sponsor of the IT Training Awards 2010 champagne reception, and has also been shortlisted in two high profile categories. These annual awards are hosted by the Institute of IT Training and recognise best practice, innovation and excellence in the IT training industry.
Saffron is proud to announce the development of its new SmartVideo™ Workbench, an easy to use toolkit that can turn existing video into truly interactive training material. Quiz questions and text can be added to enhance the learning, while transcripts and translations ensure the video is accessible to as many people as possible. Completion rates can be tracked on an LMS as the SmartVideo™ Workbench is SCORM compliant.