The SISI model (no relation to the Austrian Empress!)

The SISI model (no relation to the Austrian Empress!)

Passionate about learning, the Teach on Mars team works hard to select the most useful and inspiring mobile learning models for you. Today we present one of our favourites, to support you in your daily tasks.The model is based on the principle that in order to be efficient, mobile learning content must be:

  • Succint
  • Impactful
  • Surprising
  • Illustrated

When creating mobile learning content, you should therefore aim to make it concise, memorable, varied and visually appealing. Let’s look at these four criteria together.

Succinct: keep only what’s important!

Creating succinct content is often a difficult task in the world of learning. Designers are always seeking a balance between content that’s comprehensive but too dense, and content that’s concise but less informative.
In mobile learning, it’s important to segment your content to avoid cognitive overload. To achieve this, it’s best to keep the succinct criteria in mind as soon as you start structuring your content.

  • Select your key ideas, and ask yourself what the objective of your training course is: to raise awareness? Or improve skills?
  • Remove superfluous information as determined by your stated objective. Don’t be too specific if you’re trying to raise awareness, and don’t go over common knowledge if the goal is upskilling.
  • Dying to give more detail? This could be the subject of another course. Don’t be tempted to cover other related subjects; if they’re really essential, make the connection to other content (another training course, an external link to learn more about it, additional resources in the end-of-course toolbox, etc.).

Some ideas:

  • Before you even start designing the structure of the course, ask yourself what its objective and key messages are: “If my learner only had to remember three points, what would they be?”
  • Targeting your messages makes you more succinct and whets your learner’s appetite and makes them curious.

Impactful: content that won’t go unnoticed!

To make your course unmissable, don’t forget to CO-MMU-NI-CATE!

  • This could be on your communication banner (Wall Slider) with a superb visual and by activating a push notification.
  • Or by communicating outside the app via the company network, newsletter or even in-house social media.
  • Don’t forget the option of including a description at the gateway to your content, thus creating an enticing teaser for your course!

Some ideas:

  • What’s the punchline of your content?
  • Ask your future learners – what would they like to see in the course? What will it actually bring them? Use their words verbatim for the best possible impact.

Surprising, or the guaranteed “wow” effect!

By varying the type of activity or type of media in your courses, you retain your learner’s interest in the content you’re offering. By adapting content and creating interaction, you build loyalty!

Vary the activities in your courses, alternate between lesson activities and fun activities. But that’s not all! Within the same lesson activity, think about interspersing your content with questions (flash cards) or breathing spaces (transition cards) in order to appropriately pace these learning sequences.

Draw from the wide variety of includable media: text, image, video, audio and pdf files but also external links and web content! These will redefine the limits of your training course.
The Teach on Mars solution also allows you to integrate interactive videos and VR – the ultimate “wow” effect.

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To learn more about interactive videos, click here.

Some ideas:

  • Surprise learners by changing tack, introducing a narrator, having a known character speak with a quote and photo that’s off-topic (maybe not Nabilla Benattia on hair care training, but one could imagine the thoughts of an Olympic champion or iconic media figure).

Illustrated

Illustrated content offers a double advantage:

  • It makes the learning experience more enjoyable by creating breathing spaces.
  • It helps embed your key ideas through perceptual memory. It can even be used to reconstruct the learning pathway with visuals acting as reference points (for example: you remember that the definition was next to a specific image, that the model has 4 steps because the diagram was a 4-colour pyramid, etc.)

To optimise your content, use only high-quality, non-pixelated visuals. Choose consistent and relevant images!

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Some ideas:

  • Because you don’t always have a graphic designer to hand, make use of the inexhaustible image banks and in particular pictograms already in existence.
  • From diagrams to photos and from sketches to pictograms, be sure to first define the graphic guidelines of your project so that you create a uniform feel for optimal results.

Like the SMART model which goes hand in hand with any goal worthy of the name, make the SISI model your best ally for mobile learning content!

Want to go further in analysing and optimising your content? Don’t hesitate to contact your project manager or account manager as our services catalogue is being constantly updated with the best practices in the field!

And to see this model in action, check out the winners of the 2020 Mobile Learning Awards. They’ve clearly understood all the benefits of the SISI model!

The Teach on Mars Onboarding programme gets a makeover!

The Teach on Mars Onboarding programme gets a makeover!

New-look Teach on Mars – new-look Onboarding!

It’s been a busy couple of months for Teach on Mars, with a raft of major new features and functionalities arriving to take the solution to a new level of flexibility and user-friendliness. These include the long-awaited Web Authoring tool, powerful deeplinking and a fully formed Social Wall (featuring likes, comments and – coming soon – mentions and image upload options).
All of this is going to radically change the way you design, build, run and administer your training initiatives. Which makes this the perfect time to unveil an all-new training process for you, our users. One that’s in tune with our new-look solution and that will make your onboarding even smoother, even more focused and even more fun!

So What’s Changing?

The biggest change relates to the way we show you how to create your mobile learning content. From now on, the Web Authoring tool accessed directly from the Mission Center is where most content authors will be building their learning activities. So the next-generation Onboarding programme will focus on that method. That doesn’t mean fans of our Excel design templates need to worry – we’ll still be talking about them, and specifically showing you how they can be used to export activities to make managing translation into different languages way easier!

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The new in-app Onboarding courses are a key component in a completely redesigned Blended process. One where your Teach on Mars app will become the “guide at your side” throughout your Onboarding journey which will include:

  • “pre-requisite” training courses packed with all the essential stuff you need to know to take your first steps on Mars;
  • step-by-step activities to guide you as you roll up your sleeves and have your first stabs at using the solution;
  • links to our Help Center (which has also had a major makeover) to find out more about using the functionalities;
  • access to 3 new Teach on Mars user certifications;
  • the opportunity to sign up for our Fablab sessions or to access shared resources via the Toolbox, which will be unlocked after the live training workshops.

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And the learning doesn’t stop at the end of the Onboarding process. We’ll support you in your ongoing development as a next-gen mobile learning specialist with regular articles and news via our Wall. That’s expert tips, advice and best practices helping you to get the most out of Teach on Mars, curated specially for you and beamed straight to your smartphone. The Wall is also now the place to go to get the inside track on any upcoming new features!

One Onboarding for the whole ecosystem

The Teach on Mars ecosystem is getting bigger and more diverse all the time: blue-chips and world-renowned brands now rub shoulders with training organisations, consultancies, independent experts, SMEs, start-ups, communication agencies, NGOs …. and our very own Martians! So the new Onboarding programme is designed to cater to all needs and all profiles – whatever your organization, whatever your role and whatever your Teach on Mars licence, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
If you’re a client that’s already been though Onboarding, this is an opportunity to revise your Teach on Mars fundamentals. And who knows? Maybe you’ll unearth a recent new functionality or a trick or two you don’t yet know.

What if I’ve already been certified on the “old” in-app Onboarding?

No problem – your certification remains 100% valid for signing up for Fablab sessions.
That said, we strongly recommend you take a look at the new versions to see what’s changed in the solution and keep your expertise current!
The new Onboarding programme will have 4 new certifications in all:

  • Author: manage your training catalogue from A to Z.
  • Mission Manager: become a master of the Mission Center.
  • Communication: attack the exciting challenge of being a “ToMmunity manager” and get to know the Social Wall inside out.
  • Translation: special certification covering management of your multilingual content.

Time required: 20 minutes to complete all 4 certifications (so long as you’ve been paying attention!).

Will I still have access to the “old” in-app Onboarding?

“Old is not Gold”
The short answer is “no”. And why would you need it? The new in-app Onboarding covers everything the old one did – and much more besides. So your access to the old programme will disappear, and you’ll automatically get access to the brand, shiny new one.
Own it, embrace it, and don’t look back! It’s going to be great!

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Why certification matters

The in-app Onboarding and certifications will teach you everything you need to know about how our solution works. And that won’t just enable you to get the most out of all the functionalities Teach on Mars has to offer. It will also help you detect those occasional little bugs that can crop up from time to time in any software solution.
As a fully certified user, you’ll know how the solution is supposed to operate on a functional level, and what you are (and are not) supposed to be able to do. Just as importantly, you’ll be able to clearly explain what you need and help us to help you with the perfect response to all your questions.

Throughout your journey with Teach on Mars, you’ll be accompanied every step of the way: by your project Manager as you deploy your app; by our expert consultants as you develop your Mobile Learning skillset; and by our brilliant Support Heroes on the rare occasions you may encounter technical difficulties.
Once you’re certified, you’ll know and be able to tell us exactly what you need.
Which will help us make sure you get it even more quickly and even more easily!

Running and managing a distance learning community

Running and managing a distance learning community

Underlining the importance of running and managing learning communities is certainly not new. But this topic is now more relevant than ever as lockdown hits us all. Whether in terms of our own families, our interactions at work or our dialogue with groups and organisations, community life is undergoing radical change.

What strategies can be used to run and manage these communities?

To understand them, we firstly need to define the concept of community.

A community is a group of people linked by a common interest. It has three key features that distinguish it from a random grouping:

  • a common place (physical or virtual)
  • a common history and values
  • common conventions and rituals.

Let’s look at the example of Netflix:

  • the common place is the platform
  • the common values are linked to the “no spoiler” concept (not revealing the content of a series or film before viewers have watched it)
  • the identifying common convention is the drumbeat sound that plays whenever a user connects to the platform.

Through their familiarity with all these conventions, members of the community know they are part of this group and can refer to them on other media and platforms.
In this article I’m going to give you some tips on how to run and manage a distance learning community.

1- Generate and maintain learner interest

Create rituals

If you create regular habits for learners, they start to follow these rituals and incorporate them into their daily lives. For example, by creating a “weekly bulletin” containing all the group’s latest news, learners understand that by going online at particular times, they’ll receive relevant and new information.

Our Netflix example: each month, Netflix issues the schedule for the upcoming month’s releases on social media. This creates a sense of competition between subscribers as series releases are eagerly awaited.
Why not create your own series?

Become the common place

In your company, there are probably multiple ways of communicating. Analyse user needs and make your application the meeting point of the various methods employed. Make the link to your personal and corporate social media platforms using your Social Media tab. Post the link to the latest news on your Intranet or website (one customer used the link to the Intranet to highlight the page with the most hits on their site: the menu at the company canteen!).

Organize a Quiz Battle

Competitions are one of the best ways of engaging your learners and creating virtual competitive spirit. By challenging their colleagues, learners distribute content and trigger a notification, which in turn brings the other learner to the app.

2- Create space for dialogue and communication

Promote interaction

Interactive forums are essential for building loyalty in your community and creating a real sense of belonging. To do this, give users the floor, and go for simple questions to guarantee a successful outcome. Why simple questions? Because answers are almost automatic, and learners have often already made their choice.

Some examples of questions:
“For evenings out, do you prefer loafers or high heels?”
“For a romantic evening, do you prefer woody or floral scents?”

This allows you to highlight the common places of your community: not only product expertise, but also room for personal preferences.
You can also aim for broader common places: “Your mood of the day in one emoji?”

Netflix example:

The meeting place

It can often be difficult to get interactions flowing initially, and learners dare not comment for several reasons:

  • they don’t want to be the first, because they have no behaviour to base theirs on
  • they also don’t want to comment on a subject that’s already been left behind by other learners. Yes, comments attract comments
  • they don’t necessarily feel they have the right to do so.

To overcome this, find willing accomplices! Choose a dozen people who you’ll encourage to post comments, in order to set the tone and the “right” to post. Learners can then simply follow their writing style.

3- Use news

Basing your communications on the latest news allows your community to identify itself in time and reduce the distance between members. In the midst of total lockdown, an article on teleworking can create a real feeling of unity. On the eve of an important event (fashion week, the summer holidays or even lockdown) the same mechanism applies, and in journalism these are known as seasonal pieces. “Summer reads” are a good example of this and published prior to the summer holidays.

Highlight training courses or articles connected with the latest news: for example, the sales are on in a week, so we’re going to focus on the training course on labelling of promotions in sales.

Reinforce learner expertise through soft-skills training: during lockdown, we’re going to look at courses on teleworking and work-life balance.

This will make your app the most relevant place for users to train or learn.

Netflix example:

The Netflix example may seem like an easy one to use, but most of your company’s employees are interested in, if not passionate, about the brand they represent. Trust them to share their best practices and their passion for the subject with their community.

Bonus tip:
Don’t forget to include them by asking their opinion; this is the best way of understanding what they’re looking for in your app.

For more advice, book a slot at the FabLab or contact your account manager.
See you again soon for the latest best practices from the Teach on Mars Academy.

Using your application in the classroom

Using your application in the classroom

What if learners’ eyes glued to their phones during training was no longer a sign of boredom?
Here are a few tips for using the application during classroom time, especially during training sessions and your team seminars.

You guessed it—the subject is Blended Learning, mixed classroom/digital use.

Classroom use as a guiding thread and support for your training course or day-long event

In a conventional classroom setting or during a seminar day, the program serves as a through-line. By integrating this program in the application, you enable your learners to easily focus on the seminar day or the session.

A training itinerary that goes beyond the simple session

Content sent before the session can be a good way to inspire your learners. You’ll be able to provide concrete information beforehand on the training subject. Don’t underestimate this step—it gives your group a good grasp of basic knowledge. For example, an article on the ELPA method* can lay the groundwork for a session on Mobile Learning principles.

The end of the classroom session is just as important. Sending a recap, a bibliography and a satisfaction survey enhances the quality of your training. Anchoring classroom content, offering new perspectives to go a step further, and gathering feedback are 3 key elements for the excellence of your set-up.

*Model designed by Jérôme Wargnier – Alberon Partners

  • Registration:
    • Send program: QR Code
    • Send pre-training content
  • Classroom validation:
    • Ice Breaker: Brainstorming
    • Content: Mobile Course
    • Anchoring exercises / check learning: Quiz Game
  • Retention:
    • Restitution
    • Bibliography: Weblink
  • Changes in the course :
    • Feedback: Survey

This is also a good opportunity to make your sessions memorable

Do you have the Live! option*? Tap into a wide range of possibilities: Brainstorming, Quiz Game, and much more, enabling you to engage your learners.

*Live! can connect up to 100 users at the same time

1. Brainstorming

By asking your learners a question, you give them the chance to share their ideas. Most importantly, everyone gets a chance to speak (shy people feel more comfortable). Also, the leader can keep the answers. Use this functionality to vote on ideas from other participants, to facilitate sharing and highlight points your learners have in common (same objectives, similar daily issues, etc.).

If your question is directly linked to the training content, you can leverage the answers to present the program or illustrate your point. For example, you can draw a parallel between two parts of the session: “During Brainstorming you mentioned a feedback problem, so we’ll start the afternoon by reviewing the steps of positive feedback.

Augmented training

Also and above all, the application enables you to offer a more complete training experience, with multiple, diversified supports. Your session now qualifies as augmented training.

2. Toolbox, a cheat sheet in your pocket

One of the first things you notice with training is that a new lexical field is hard to assimilate when the learner is trying to get a handle on an unfamiliar subject. Then there’s the problem of shy learners too afraid to ask a question, because they don’t feel competent or have simply given up. Remember the first time you heard about Mission Center, Sushi Game and maps! With a Toolbox in your training course, you can offer your learners access to this new and handy glossary.

3. Live knowledge validation

Validate learners’ knowledge using a quiz or another game activity. There are multiple advantages to offering several anchoring activities during your session:

  • Boost participation after low-key segments,
  • Punctuate training with a quiz, to conclude on a theme or chapter,
  • Put knowledge directly into practice,
  • Get immediate feedback on learners’ comprehension,
  • Gather questions after the first practical application,
  • Highlight key points to retain.

4. Effectively gathering questions

At the start of the session (or the day before), send a message to the participant list. Don’t forget to include yourself so you can see the comments—and respond!
Explain to your learners that they can comment on the message at any time with their questions. The comments will be handled in real time, usually by the trainer, but sometimes by peers.
This means that the learner doesn’t miss out on any information, can access others’ questions and learns from peer answers. A real example of collective intelligence.

5. Fascinate your learners: Bringing VR into play

Is your training linked to a specific place or product? Give your learners a truly immersive experience by incorporating virtual reality in your training course. 360-degree videos or VR are increasingly used and always produce a “wow” effect. So don’t hesitate to use them in your training course. Punctuate your session with a moment of phygital discovery: “All the products in this collection come from the Prague factory. Here it is in a VR video”—or “to get an exclusive first look at our new model, let’s watch a 360-degree video.”

Harness this range of possibilities to create a lasting, diversified, participative and qualitative learning experience.
Now it’s your turn: figure out ways to use these tools or even create new ones!

For more tips and best practices, visit the Fablab, in Paris and now also remotely. Sign up here.

Support throughout the galaxy as the FabLab goes online in 2020!

Support throughout the galaxy as the FabLab goes online in 2020!

Are you keen to attend the FabLab but work outside the Paris region? Following a request from French customers located a long way our Paris premises as well as those abroad, we’ve devised a new way to support you.
With the New Year, the FabLab goes online so you can take part remotely!

What is the FabLab?

A unique place where our customers and partners meet to work, share and learn.
Promoting an agile way of working, the space enables everyone to benefit from:

  • Martian expertise
  • external know-how
  • the best of yourself!

Let’s think together about the structure of your training course, work on your content or even challenge your use of the Mission Center.

Find out more about the new remote FabLab

One morning a month, the doors of our face-to-face FabLab will close and we’ll switch our screens on to support those working outside the Paris region.

We’ll reserve a one hour web conferencing slot for each customer. During this hour, we’ll answer your questions, guide you through use of the Mission Center and share our best practices.

Ready for lift-off?

For an optimal experience, the FabLab is reserved for our customers and partners trained in the solution.
Not yet trained? To organise your training, contact your project manager or account manager.

A ticket to Mars

To register for the FabLab (at Le Village or remotely), book your slot by clicking on the link below.
Remember to tell us in advance which topics and questions you want to explore so we can give you the best possible experience.

For any questions, contact the Teach on Mars Academy: fablab@teachonmars.com
See you very soon at the FabLab!