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Do You Know What We Do? #eLearning Infographic

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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.

I'm Speaking at #DevLearn

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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.

Our Many Hats

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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.

eLearning Character Chart

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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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#IMPS - Identify Objectives

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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.

Using #Characters in eLearning, Part 1

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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"

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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

Help Wanted: Hiring an eLearning Professional #DevLearn 2016 Presentation

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Several weeks ago at the Devlearn conference, David Schwartz and I presented a session on hiring eLearning staff. Below is a link to our presentation, now available on Slideshare. also added a link on the last page to the presentation's related resources, which we think are very helpful to anyone searching for a quality eLearning professional. eLearning

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Blogging Again

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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

Sharing My Process and Expectations with My Stakeholders #wolweek

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Over the years, I have written my share of posts about working with SMEs. However, there is no single, perfect approach to working with SMEs since they differ as well as each project differs. In my latest attempt to making the process a bit easier, I have created a document that explains to SMEs and stakeholders my process of creating courses and their role in this process. link to the doc is here.

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#DevLearn, Here I Come!

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I am on my way to the DevLearn Conference next week - As always a great time and plenty of valuable sessions. This year I plan on attending numerous mLearning sessions, which look perfect for anyone looking to delve further into delivering mobile learning, like me. will also be speaking again. This year I am excited to be co-presenting with my colleague, David Schwartz. Our topic is on how to find, hire and keep quality eLearning professionals. If you will be at DevLearn, stop by and see us. DevLearn e-Learning e-Learning Guild

Estimating course development times

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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).

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My #DevLearn Presentation - Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners

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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

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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.

eLearning Guild's Online DemoFest #elguild

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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.

And the last element of #IMPS. Streamline

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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

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Prioritize - #IMPS

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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

Managing Stakeholders, SMEs and Design Team - #IMPS

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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 Twist Conversation with the eLearning Guild - #DevLearn

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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

#DevLearn 2015 Sessions That Impressed

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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

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.

eLearning Toolbox Throwback #TBT

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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

Serious eLearning Manifesto

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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

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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

Why Classroom Training is Sooo Much Better Than #eLearning

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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.

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Off to #DevLearn

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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.

Paying Attention to Copyright

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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

My #DevLearn 2013 Poster

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With the help of the Pulp-o-Mizer , I have completed my Devlearn session poster. Hope to see you at Devlearn 2013. DevLearn Characters e-Learning e-Learning Guild

I'm Presenting at #DevLearn

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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.

Quality Control process for E-Learning

Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning

Pinterest - Some of the Ways I'm Using It

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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.