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Displaying Text With Visuals: What Are the Best Practices?

Ruth Colvin Clark

Whether you prepare slides, e-learning screens, print-based materials, or all three, chances are, you frequently need to describe a visual with text. You may need to list the steps to use equipment or online applications. Or you may need to describe how something works.... More »

Do Online Agents Improve Learning?

Ruth Colvin Clark

In a recent blog post, I discussed the benefits of social presence during learning. Higher social presence leads to higher course ratings, and if properly implemented, also improves learning. I think that asynchronous self-study e-learning demands special attention beca... More »

Leveraging Social Presence in Asynchronous Training

Ruth Colvin Clark

Want a quick and inexpensive evidence-based technique to improve both learner satisfaction and learning? Consider social presence! An analysis of more than 1,400 lesson student ratings found that social presence was the most important factor related to high satisfaction... More »

Do "Clickers" Always "Click" in the Classroom?

Ruth Colvin Clark

A recent question on the ASTD National LinkedIn discussion board asked about the tools, techniques, and outcomes from the use of hand-held “clickers” (personal response systems) during classroom instruction. My response post claiming evidence for the benefit... More »

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