Do You Know What We Do? #eLearning Infographic
JANUARY 20, 2014
I was having a discussion with some fellow eLearning designers and we got deep into the complexities of working with subject matter experts (SME). Many great ideas came out of the discussion (e.g., guidelines, agreements, best methods of identifying SMEs and a lead SME, etc.). It would be helpful to SMEs and the elearning designer trying to bring them into the fold. and down to reality.
Our Many Hats
JULY 13, 2014
eLearning Designers wear many hats – some by choice, some placed upon us. Here are the hats I wear because I need these skills as an eLearning one-person shop. Those on the second list are ones placed upon me either because they are skills I can adapt my elearning skills to or because assumptions are made (e.g., you are an IT guy, right?). Instructional Designer & Developer - These are the obvious ones and why most of us are hired. At many organizations these are two separate positions. Curator - Find that tutorial, guide, piece of knowledge at just the right time for… everyone.
I'm Speaking at #DevLearn
AUGUST 3, 2014
I''m excited to be presenting again at the DevLearn conference this fall. Below is the description of my presentation. Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners eLearning designers often face complex training topics that are difficult to deliver concisely. This results in lengthy courses that are counter to the needs of today’s learners who need to be extremely efficient with their time.
eLearning Character Chart
JULY 28, 2013
While exploring how others develop characters, I stumbled upon character charts, a tool used by some fiction writers. In the past, I have developed characters in elearning more off the cuff. It has worked well for me, but a character chart, what a great idea. character chart allows one to flesh out the finer details of a character''s personality, appearance, position, abilities, etc.
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Using Gagne's 9 Events of Learning in e-Learning
JANUARY 29, 2009
How well does Gagne’s Nine Events of Learning fit in e-learning? think it is a good fit, but in full disclosure, I do not always use all events or in the intended order. If you are not familiar with Gagne, here is a quick overview. The following are examples of how I believe we can incorporate each event, although I have taken some interpretive liberties with each event. make this any easy task. The
#IMPS - Identify Objectives
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
In my recent Being Concise - IMPS post , I introduced my approach to keeping courses concise. In today''s post I want to explore the first component - Identify , as in identifying learning objectives. Identify appropriate learning objectives and exclude the extraneous objectives trying to sneak into the course." Learn and use the KSAs you will be teaching, as much as possible.
Getting Started in eLearning
DECEMBER 8, 2013
I think like most people in our field, I am often asked how to get started in eLearning. Well, the eLearning Industry site has released " How to Become an eLearning Professional ," an ebook of tips for people interested in getting started. It has practical advice from 23 leaders in the field. It will definitely be a resource I share with people interested in entering our field. While we''re on the subject, I will add that anyone getting started in elearning need to be prepared to invest the time to acquire the competencies needed. It also involves becoming competent in elearning design.
Using #Characters in eLearning, Part 1
DECEMBER 9, 2012
I am a big fan of adding characters to my courses when they are appropriate and work with the course design. Starting with this post, I am going to begin a series of posts sharing examples of how I have used characters in learning. When I refer to learning I am not simply referring to only web-based training (WBT), but also job aids, informal learning and marketing learning events.
There is No "PowerPoint"
MARCH 4, 2014
So often I get a call from subject matter experts (SME) and other stakeholders regarding elearning courses asking, "Can''t you just send me the PowerPoint?" My answer of "There is no PowerPoint" is usually not received well and followed by a tone of disbelief. I don''t deny them a PowerPoint because they will probably compromise the instructional integrity of the courses, which is possible, or because I am selfish. However, when people outside of eLearning see the final product they associate it with the closest thing they are familar with in their world, which is PowerPoint. Thanks. SME Tool
JANUARY 1, 2013
If you have been visiting, I am sure you noticed I have been writing very, very little lately. It has been an very busy at work, which of course limits time to blog but has more directly affected the motivation to blog. Many a nights I have said to myself, "I spent the entire day on my PC designing and creating eLearning, I don''t think I want to spent tonight writing about it." Don''t get me wrong, I do enjoy writing about eLearning and instructional design, but it needs to not feel like a chore. Thanks for your patience during my dry spell and hope to see you visiting again soon. Blogging
And the last element of #IMPS. Streamline
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Streamline the content, language and course interface. Here is where prioritizing the must, good and nice to knows pays off. That "must" content is front and center - your emphasis. The “good” is still accessible but may not be up front - a bit deeper into sections, appear in interactive assets, pop-ups, etc. The " Nice to knows" - We are not using up real estate on these. IMPS ISD
Managing Stakeholders, SMEs and Design Team - #IMPS
OCTOBER 16, 2014
The third element of IMPS is Manage. Manage* stakeholder, subject matter expert and design team’s expectations - Get them “on-board” with designing concise, but effective courses. Here''s how: Get buy-in on what is needed to accomplish the course''s goal. Emp hasize it is "OUR course ," belonging to all stakeholders especially the learner. They also don’t know what ISD is and what you do.
My #DevLearn Presentation - Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners
SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Next week I will be presenting at eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference. It is always a thrill to attend the conference and a real honor to be presenting too. Below is a link to my presentation, hope some of my readers will be there and attend my session. If not, hopefully we will meet during other conference happenings. Stop by the #Lrnchat table right after DemoFest. See you in Las Vegas!
eLearning Guild's First Ever Online #DemoFest
AUGUST 3, 2015
On August 19th and 20th, the eLearning Guild will be holding its very first online version of their world renowned DemoFest. It will kick off with an opening session from two ever impressive speakers, Jane Bozarth and Karen Hyder. Like all the eLearning Guild's DemoFests, this will be a chance to see some wonderful online solutions for real world learning and support challenges.
Estimating course development times
FEBRUARY 18, 2009
I have seen a lot of estimates out there regarding development times per hour of e-learning content. It baffles me how some designers, not all, can rattle off "150 hours to develop an hour long course." There may be times where we are pushed in a corner and we need to quickly estimate development time without all the information we require, but to get a realistic estimate I suggest we consider the following: The complexity of the content. Is there any content or literature already written that may be helpful to developing the e-learning content? Multimedia required (e.g. video or audio).
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.
Some #DevLearn Thoughts and Resources
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
I''ve been catching up at work since my trip to the DevLearn Conference. Although I do not have the time needed to write a very lengthy post about my wonderful DevLearn experience, I at least want to post a bit about some of the things that impressed me and also provide some post-conference resources. By the way, the only complaint I have about the conference is that there were just too many great presenters. continually found myself deciding between multiple interesting sessions occurring at the same time. Some of the sessions I enjoyed are listed below. Check out membership options here.
eLearning Guild's Online DemoFest #elguild
MAY 1, 2015
This August 19 th and 20 th the eLearning Guild will be holding the first OnlineDemoFest , I am really excited to see the great work that will be shared and also honored to be one of the presenters - I will be sharing my “ Mission:JHome Content Manager “ course. Hope to see you there. Let us know you are attending and what you think of the courses using the #elguild hashtag.
#DevLearn 2015 Sessions That Impressed
OCTOBER 14, 2015
I recently returned from the DevLearn 2015 Conference , which is always an incredibly inspiring learning experience. So, here are some of the sessions that impressed me along with the slide decks/resources that are worth sharing. What Delights CLOs and What Keeps Them Up at Night? Allison Rossett Great insight on what CLOs and org leaders need/want from training professionals. Also, challenges/obstacles and problems in current elearning/L&D. He discussed the levels of interactivity, Bloom's Taxonomy as it applies to using interactions and he provided great examples. DevLearn ISD
Prioritize - #IMPS
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
The third element of IMPS is Prioritize. Prioritize your content into “ must know,” “good to know” and “nice to know” levels. Must know - Look back at your objectives - What MUST they learn to reach those objectives. That''s your top level/emphasis - As newspaper journalists would say "above the fold." Maybe not emphasized but still accessible in the course. Learning IMPS ISD
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
My Twist Conversation with the eLearning Guild - #DevLearn
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
David Kelly of the eLearning Guild interviewed me recently regarding my upcoming presentation at the DevLearn conference, " Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners." T he eLearning Guild''s Twist blog also has additional interviews and posts from other DevLearn presenters - all worth the visit. DevLearn e-Learning Guild eLearning IMPS
Happy 4th of July - A Few Patriotic #eLearning Courses
JULY 4, 2012
Happy 4th of July everyone! thought I would dig through the Free eLearning page for some of the US history courses in there. And here they are: Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads – National Constitution Center An Overview of American History (video) – Digital History Constitutional Timeline - National Constitution Center Native Words, Native Warriors (Codetalkers) – NMAI The Supreme Court – CSPAN U.S. If so, let me know in the comment section. Learning Courses Free e-learning
eLearning Toolbox Throwback #TBT
JUNE 12, 2014
I started in eLearning in 2001. Although not long ago, it is light years behind us when it comes to development tools. Here are the eLearning tools I was using during my first few years in the industry. And my LMS. What is in your Throwback Thursday Toolbox? Learning Tools
Why Classroom Training is Sooo Much Better Than #eLearning
MAY 19, 2015
In honor of Dave Letterman and an end of an era, my top ten list. Why traditional classroom training is soooo much better than eLearning: You can learn at another person's pace. Get to see what the beltway looks like at 8 am. Stale donuts. Sit next to that annoying guy from Finance. Get another 2 1/2 inch binder. Leave at 4:30. Hey, does the beltway look the same at 4:30? Complete a level 1 evaluation and let them know the trainer was real nice, but the room was cold. Who doesn't love a slightly awkward icebreaker? Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
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.
Serious eLearning Manifesto
APRIL 4, 2014
I have got on-board and signed the Serious eLearning Manifesto. believe it is a good blueprint for ensuring quality eLearning. So, I think it is very important to note that we must also get them on board so we can deliver eLearning that meets the manifesto''s standards. Thank you Manifesto Instigators for putting it all together - you did a good job. eLearning ISD
Here's a Recent Course I Made
MARCH 8, 2014
It is a rare exception when I can publicly share one of my online courses. That is because most are on a corporate learning management system (LMS) which is only accessible to my fellow employees or they are on our Intranet, which is also inaccessible to non-staff. This course is one I created for our public site and is accessible to the world. Learning e-Learning Courses Free e-learning
Paying Attention to Copyright
MARCH 8, 2015
It is always troublesome to see disregard for copyright. At times it may be a lack of awareness to copyright law or it may be someone conveniently ignoring it, but either is no excuse and as members of a profession that utilizes images, video, audio, etc., we must keep ourselves aware of how we can or can''t use such content. And I swear if I hear another person say "I found it on the web, so it''s OK," I am going to scream. Copyright e-Learning
Off to #DevLearn
OCTOBER 18, 2013
I am ü ber excited to be heading to the Devlearn Conference next week and just as excited to be presenting too. I''m willing to bet most of this blog''s readers have already heard of this conference. If not, it is the best elearning conference you can attend in my opinion. It is chock full of great sessions, a phenomenal DemoFest , truly inspiring attendees and even a live #LrnChat.
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Pinterest - Some of the Ways I'm Using It
JANUARY 5, 2015
I have had Pinterest for a while now, but my use has been on and off. think for me it is not something I need on a daily basis, but certainly a great tool for when I find an eLearning resource I want to easily curate. So, here as some eLearning resources I have collected in my Pinterest boards thus far. eLearning - Anything eLearning related, often a lot of useful infographics are pinned. ISD - All things ISD, again plenty of infographics. Creative eLearning Examples - Inspiring examples from many great eLearning designers, and creative people from other fields too.
I'm Presenting at #DevLearn
AUGUST 18, 2013
I am very excited to be presenting at the eLearning Guild''s DevLearn Conference this October. If you are heading to the conference this year, I hope to see you there. If you cannot attend, keep an eye on their Twitter hashtag, #DevLearn , which is a fantastic conference backchannel. will be discussing using characters in eLearning, a topic near and dear to me. Below is a description of my session.
Monsters, Ghosts & Robots - Using #Characters in eLearning, Part 2
MAY 21, 2013
Here is another post regarding the use of characters in eLearning. Below is a collection of some of the more unusual characters from my courses and job aids along with brief notes on how they were used. The ghost of Alexander Graham Bell - He floated about while coaching staff through using the new IP Phone system. graphics Characters
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
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Some of the Interesting Things I Saw at the MedBitquitous Conference
MAY 1, 2013
I recently attended the MedBiquitous Conference at Johns Hopkins. This conference focuses on technology standards in health care education (conference hash tag - #Medbiq2013 ). There was quite a lot I saw and learned during these two days, but here just a few of the things from the conference that I wanted to throw up on the blog. Note: They are doing some cool work with Experience API.
MAY 30, 2014
For a course I am currently completing, I included an infographic. The course is an overview of a new line of business at my org. knew that for many, especially those not directly involved in the new line, retaining detailed knowledge about it will be a challenge as time passes. So what better way to provide a refresher than an Infographic that highlights and visualizes its important features? hope to see these printed from the course and pinned on a few office walls and hopefully passed around a bit too. found creating the infographic was not as difficult as expected. infogr.am
Coming to a Planet Near You
AUGUST 5, 2012
Tonight the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and NASA are landing the Curiosity Mars rover on the red planet. To say the least, no easy feat. They have put out videos that not only created some great hype for this venture, but are also very engaging and accessible means of educating the public on the purpose of the mission and how they will accomplish it. Good luck Curiosity!
Giving Pinterest Another Try
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
I started a Pinterest account quite a while ago, but my interest in it waned quickly. It really did not fill any need for me. In the last few weeks I decided to give in another try. So what have I been pinning? Here are the categories I have so far: eLearning - I pin interesting eLearning infographics, pages, resources, etc. eLearning Screenshots - Various screens from courses I have made. Since most of what I have developed sits within a learning management system (LMS), inaccessible to non-coworkers, I thought it nice to share at some screens from a few of my favorite courses. Happy pinning!
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eLearningCyclops - My New Location
JUNE 24, 2012
I am glad you found my blog's new home. Not only have I moved all my old MinuteBio posts, comments and pages over here, but I also renamed the blog to "eLearning Cyclops." So, while I hope you enjoy future blog posts, I also hope you continue to value its past posts and the Free eLearning and Cloud Apps pages. also updated my Twitter handle to @eLearninCyclops (same twitter feed, just a new name).
eLearning Cyclops: Future location of Cyclops eLearning
JUNE 11, 2012
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