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How to Create a "Zoom and Pan" effect in Powerpoint for eLearning

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I am working on a software training project developed with Articulate where the eLearning course transitions from a branching scenario into a software simulation and I wanted to create a smooth transition from the scenario into the simulation. The scene transitions from the character sitting at a desk in front of the computer to a full screen software simulation developed with Adobe Captivate.

Moodle Pros and Cons Update

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With all the hype surrounding the upcoming arrival of Moodle 2.0, I thought it might be a good time to revisit what we love and hate about Moodle 1.9. In a previous post, " Moodle Pros and Cons " I set out on a mission to build a robust list of Moodle Pros and Cons that would be a great resource to someone researching whether Moodle would fit their needs. And anyone can edit via self registering.

Articulate, Moodle, and SCORM

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You've got Moodle and Articulate now you want them to talk to each other using SCORM. One of the most common questions I see in forums, twitter, and blogs is how to use SCORM so that the results of eLearning courses developed with articulate can be tracked in the Moodle gradebook. While it is a fairly simple process, many eLearning developers run into problems tracking scores for Articulate courses in Moodle. All it takes is one wrong setting for your scores to not be tracked and there are a lot of SCORM settings to choose from in both programs.

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Presenter

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Adobe Captivate and Articulate Studio have different skill sets and sometimes you need the best of both worlds. While Captivate is great for software simulations, I think Articulate is better for soft skills projects and tying the whole thing together. Because Captivate and Articulate have unique qualities you may come across the situation where you want the best of both worlds by using the two programs together. For example, I'm currently working on a project where branching scenarios lead into software simulations.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

Creating a Better eLearning Scene With a Little Help

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A great way to create effective eLearning is to throw the learner into a simulation of the task or performance you are training them to complete. Don't just tell the learner about it, make them do it. This often requires simulating the scene where the task takes place which can be difficult to make look realistic in whatever authoring tool you may use.

SCORM Problems Caused by Moodle Review Mode

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I ran into a problem this week involving Moodle and SCORM and wanted to share the problem and solution for my own good and for the good of anyone else out there who may be having a similar problem. What I was trying to do is relatively common so I am sure I am not the only one running into this problem with using SCORM on Moodle no matter what authoring tool you are using. Click Save.

Articulate, Captivate, Both, or.?

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I've been using Adobe Captivate for a while now and I am very happy with it for technical training projects but I can't help but wonder if other tools like Articulate may be a great addition to my toolbox. Since I already have Captivate, I need to determine whether it would be worth the investment to purchase new software when I may be able to get along just as well with what I already have.

Moodle 1.9 Multimedia

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I thought I knew about most of the cool tools out there for developing multimedia instructional materials but was proved wrong after reading " Moodle 1.9 Multimedia " by João Pedro Soares Fernandes. This is one in a series of books from Packt Publishing that will help you learn the ins and outs of Moodle. Multimedia " is a great place to start. have also read " Moodle 1.9 Related Posts: Moodle 1.9

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Moodle Pros and Cons

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Making the decision to go with Moodle over other Learning Management Systems can be a very difficult decision, especially when you don't have the experience to know the benefits and drawbacks of Moodle. Something that can be very helpful in this decision making process is feedback from Moodlers on the Pros and Cons of Moodle. Help make the Moodleverse a better place by sharing your experience.

Why Moodle?

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Why Moodle? One of the most frequently asked questions I get from blog readers is "Why did I choose to go with Moodle" over other Learning Management Systems. The answer is simple; Moodle gives you the most bang for your buck, especially if you don't have a lot of bucks. huge factor in my case is that I had zero budget to implement eLearning in my organization so I didn't have many options.

Project Based Learning in 3 Steps

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An Instructional Designers "Cheat Sheet" for Designing Project Based Learning Four blog posts ago I set out on a long strange trip to dissect project based learning in a corporate environment. Along the way I have received some great comments on this blog and through Twitter with insight and examples of how to take advantage of project based learning. What is PBL and why should I care?

Telecollaboration and Project Based Training

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I just finished another course in the Ed Tech program at San Diego State called " Advanced Teaching with Tech." Being that the class is called "Advanced Teaching with Tech," I thought we would dive deeper into using technology but unfortunately we didn't dive much deeper than Google Apps and Questgarden. Check it out and let me know if you have any suggestions.

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Moodle 1.9 Multimedia

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A new book just arrived on my doorstep that I am excited about reading. Much of the reading I do about Moodle has to do with administration tasks I am struggling with so I am looking forward to learning some content development tricks from " Moodle 1.9 Multimedia " by João Pedro Soares Fernandes. How about you? How are you presenting multimedia in Moodle. Please share by posting a comment.

Moodle 1.9 eLearning Course Development by William Rice

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As I have been working my way through a Moodle implementation I have used several different resources to find answers for my Moodle questions. While the moodle community is fantastic for finding quick answers to random issues, I have found that Moodle 1.9 by William Rice is a great resource for support from installation to setting up class pages.

Moodle: Increasing Max File Upload Size

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One of the first hurdles myself and other rookie Moodle implementers have to overcome is increasing the maximum file upload size. Moodle defaults to a measly 2 MB maximum file upload size which is pretty limiting. Through my research I found that many other people struggle with the same problem especially when Moodle is installed on a hosted non dedicated server which is the situation I am in.

Go Kings!

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I went to see the Sacramento Kings play the Pistons on Tuesday night and ended up getting a whole lot more than I bargained for. I was picked out of the crowd to come down to the court and compete in a "name that song" contest sponsored by Verizon wireless. I was so caught off guard to be picked out that I didn't even hear her mention what the prize was. Then on comes the second song and I nail it!

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Characters for eLearning

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I am working on an eLearning project where I will be using a character that will be the learners tutor throughout the module. I am toying with the idea of creating a cartoonish character and in my research I came across SP Studio which is a very cool site that makes it easy to create custom south park cartoon characters. It's a great way to add a little fun to an eLearning course.

Moodle Music Video

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I came across this Moodle music video on Twitter via @moodlerific and I just had to share it. Hilarious and well put together. know I'll be spending the rest of the day with the chorus line stuck in my head. Hope you enjoy. "I think I know what you need now, switch from Blackboard go with Moodle right now

Brain Based Learning

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I read an interesting article titled "Behavioral, Cognitive, or Brain Based Learning" by Paul G. Whitmore and it gave me a whole new perspective in analyzing performance problems. The article discusses how when you are conducting an analysis, not only do you want to look at how the task is completed, but you also want to analyze what the audience is thinking while they are completing the task.

eLearning Guild OLF Resources

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Today I will be presenting with Montse Anderson in the eLearning Guilds Online Forums. Our session is titled “How to Give your eLearning Graphics a Voice” and takes place today at 12 pst. This post will serve as a resource page with examples and source files that I will be sharing in the webinar.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

Now Contributing to MoodleTuts

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I’m happy to announce that I will now be contributing to MoodleTuts , the Moodle blog that makes learning Moodle easy. If you’ve worked with Moodle you know it’s not easy to find what you are looking for in short easy steps. MoodleTuts was started by Dave Mozealous with the intention of solving this problem through short, less than 5 minute video tutorials that make learning Moodle easy. As a contributor I will be posting videos on Moodle topics that I come across in my day to day work. If you are not familiar with MoodleTuts go check it out.

Should I change the name of this blog?

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Back when I started this blog about 3 years ago I was coming from an instructor led training background and transitioning into the world of eLearning. I was working on a variety of instructional design projects involving instructor led (face to face) training and beginning to implement eLearning within my organization. I was hot on "Blended" training solutions involving both ILT and eLearning so I thought "Blender - Training Solutions" was a decent name since I was blogging about instructional design projects involving "blended" training solutions but I've never been very happy with the name.

Synchronous eLearning Design Overview

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As I described in my last post ( Help me Design Synchronous eLearning ), I am working on a school project that requires the design of an eLearning course that includes at least one online synchronous session. After getting some comments with tips and doing a little more research, I have come up with a decent lesson plan for the introductory session of the course. Keep in mind that this is just an introductory session and the majority of the course is a project based lesson involving participants completing a project on their own. What is Moodle?

Moodle Frustrations

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I am seriously considering bringing on Moodle as our company's first LMS but I am a little nervous about setup and support. recently had a discussion with a high school teacher going through the aches and pains of using Moodle with his classes and he is having a much harder time getting other teachers in his district to take advantage of Moodle. would hate for this to happen with any LMS.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

The tide is turning

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I work for an organization that has heavily depended on Instructor Led training and has experienced great success with ILT over the last 20 years. I am the computer geek of the training dept and have been working hard to bring our systems into the 21st century by gravitating towards a blended format of training. It has been a tough battle due to the resistance to change.

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5 Reasons Why I Decided to Buy Articulate Studio 09

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I'm just finishing up my test drive of Articulate Studio 09 and I am sold on driving my own version off the lot. As I discussed in my post " Articulate, Captivate, Both, Or.? ", I have been using Adobe Captivate but would like something that integrates with Power Point and speeds up the development process. Articulate has definitely proven that it provides what I was looking for and many other benefits that I was not aware of. Here are 5 reasons why I decided to pay the price for Articulate Studio 09. Bandwidth - The learners in my organization are what I like to call "Bandwidth Challenged."

Distance Education - Ed Tech 650

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The Spring semester has begun and I started a new class in the Educational Technology program at San Diego State called Ed Tech 650 "Distance Education" although the name may soon be changing to something like "eLearning Design and Development." I've always taken a "Do it yourself" approach to eLearning development and I am looking forward to learning about different tools and methods from others in the class. love that the structure of the class is flexible and highly project based. I'm sure you will see more blog posts throughout the semester updating you on my progress on the projects.

IT Comes up Huge!

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Last week my chances of getting a Wiki installed behind the firewall were looking terrible. actually refocused on hosted solutions because the notion of installing MediaWiki behind the firewall was shot out of the water at first. Luckily we have a fired up tech support guy who is dying to get a Wiki up and going so that he can update it with the latest tech support issues that come up.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Proving ROI in Training

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The company I work for has a tight grip on the training budget this year and if I want to make eLearning a priority in future budgets I need to make the ROI on eLearning obvious. As you may have seen in the previous post, I am attempting to do this by replacing some content that is currently delivered through instructor led training. Where there's a will there is a way! That's where I'm stuck.

One small step for eLearning, a giant leap for the company

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Now that I am on a shoestring budget I have been making more of an effort to find low cost solutions to implementing eLearning. In my research I came across a website called Quia that I think will be a perfect fit for helping us get our feet wet in eLearning. It's no high powered LMS, but it will let us create all kinds of assessments and track the scores. So that's the plan!

Top 10 Posts of 2009

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Looking back at my top posts of 2009, it is obvious what I spent most of the year working on. 2009 was all about Moodle and Project Based Learning for me. Many of my most popular posts in 2009 were about Moodle which is not only a reflection of my year but also a reflection of the increasing popularity of Moodle. look forward to another year of Moodle and increasing the amount of posts I write on other topics such as Blended Training Solutions, Instructional Design, Adobe Captivate and Training and Development in general. What was your year like? Top Posts: Why Moodle?

PBL Cheatsheet featured in eLearn Mag

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The "Best Of" the information from my series of posts about Project Based Learning in a business environment was published on eLearn Mag today. With the help of Jill Duffy from eLearn Mag, I boiled down the key steps and tips for developing project based learning into one article covering it from head to toe. If you liked the PBL posts on my blog you will like how this article brings it all together. Check it out and leave a suggestion, tip, question or just a comment with your thoughts on project based learning. Click Here for eLearn Mag Article.

What's New In Adobe Captivate 9!

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she showcases the latest features & enhancements in the all-new Adobe Captivate 9. You will learn about the stellar features of this release along with Captivate Draft –the new storyboarding app.