Downright Sneaky Lectora Tricks Part 1: How to Build a Backdoor in Your Course
JANUARY 19, 2016
In part 1 of the Downright Sneaky Lectora® Tricks tutorial, you will learn how to create devMode , a special mode you can use that makes it easier on a developer when testing his or her course. In subsequent tutorials, you will learn how to give yourself superpowers in devMode and then hide the entrance. The secret passageway. If you’re like me (and I know I sure am!), What is devMode? Zoinks!
AUGUST 11, 2016
LUC 2016 Session Recap: Virtual Reality
JULY 12, 2016
At this year’s Lectora® User Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Aldebaran Canacasco, Senior Manager of Learning Technologies, and German Gonzalez, Graphic Designer for Multimedia and eLearning, both from OPENTEC, talked about the bright idea of using virtual reality in a course. In the session they talked about tech, limitations, and best practices. Download the 360 Video Metadata app for YouTube.
How to Solve 3 Instructional Design Problems
AUGUST 2, 2016
Instructional designers and eLearning developers are constantly faced with hurdles: from difficult customers to product unknowns, and lack of inspiration. It’s not always easy to make it to the finish line. I was in this exact same place yesterday. Sound the winner’s circle music–here are three common problems and ways get the gold. Blank Page Paralysis. We’ve all experienced it before.
Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study
Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.
Thursday’s Trending Topics: Instructional Design
AUGUST 18, 2016
When Trivantis® Community Manager Jennifer Valley shared her #InstructionalDesignProblems with us, we got to thinking. Instructional design is essentially one huge trending topic. So from How to Solve 3 Instructional Design Problems to free eBooks and more, here are some great ID resources for you! And a “doge” meme to remind you that eLearning doesn’t have to be boring. Have no fear! Read it now.
The Best of eLearning in July 2016
JULY 28, 2016
July includes many fun things to celebrate: National Ice Cream Day, Independence Day in the US, Take Your Plants for a Walk Day (I’m not sure how this holiday works), a new upgrade for Lectora® 16, and more. If all those things weren’t enough fun for you, keep reading. I’ve collected some of the top articles from this month and shared them with you here. Tips From Laura Overton at LUC 2016.
Performance Assessment in eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know
AUGUST 4, 2015
A learning experience is only worthwhile if it gives learners tools and skills they can use in the real world. Performance Assessment in eLearning. Performance assessment determines a learner’s level of mastery and proficiency when completing “authentic” processes, problems, or tasks. The evaluation process or criteria must be fully transparent. Types of Performance Assessment. Online Portfolios.
6 Tips to Create Engaging eLearning Courses
JULY 28, 2015
Engaged learners are what we are actually looking for in eLearning. In this article, I’ll share 6 tips to create engaging eLearning courses that will allow you to increase your audience’s engagement levels by using a variety of eLearning resources, techniques, and strategies. How to Create Engaging eLearning Courses: 6 Tips for eLearning Professionals. Reassure your learners with your presence. .
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
LUC Recap: Branching Scenarios and Gamification
AUGUST 16, 2016
At the 2016 Lectora® User Conference , Sergey Snegirev, CEO of BranchTrack , presented on branching scenarios and gamification. BranchTrack was also a Premium Sponsor & Exhibitor at LUC 2016 and is an eLearning tool for creating scenarios that can easily be embedded into your Lectora courses. The classic eLearning course is linear, so users have no choice. Thank you @SergeySnegirev !! Blog LU
The Ultimate Facebook Guide for eLearning Professionals: 16 Golden Tips to Follow
JUNE 22, 2015
Facebook may be perceived as a distraction for online learning audiences. However, there are ways that instructional designers can actually use it to their advantage to create immersive and engaging eLearning experiences. In this article, I’ll share a Facebook guide for eLearning professionals explaining why Facebook is such a powerful eLearning tool. It reaches learners in a familiar environment.
6 Steps to Choosing the Best eLearning Authoring Tool
JUNE 9, 2015
The mere thought of choosing a new e-Learning authoring tool may make some eLearning professionals cringe, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful and time-consuming task. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of choosing the best eLearning authoring tool for you. The Steps to Follow When Choosing an eLearning Authoring Tool. But it doesn’t have to be like this.
Behind the Scenes of a Winning eLearning Course
JULY 21, 2016
Karlis Sprogis and the team behind Fastercourse.com created a fantastic responsive game for one of our Trivantis® Community contests. This course got such great response from viewers that it won the 2016 Lectora® User Conference Community Course Template Contest! And luckily for our readers, Karlis agreed to sit down for a Q&A about the development process. Did each person have a specific role?
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.
6 Tips for Analyzing e-Learning Focus Groups
MARCH 18, 2015
Conducting e-Learning focus groups offers a wide range of advantages. However, it is a truly effective feedback tool only if you know how to analyze the information you receive from the participants. In this article, I’ll share tips that will help you get the most out of your e-Learning focus group data. How to Effectively Analyze e-Learning Focus Group Data. Look for a common thread.
Can an Instructional Design Degree Help You Get a Job?
MARCH 30, 2015
To get an Instructional Design degree or not to get; that’s the question. In this article I’ll explore both sides of the argument to help you determine if an Instructional Design degree is right for you. How useful is an Instructional Design degree? When earning an Instructional Design degree can help you get a Instructional Design job. Structured learning. Build your network.
Freebie Friday: Storyboard Template
JULY 15, 2016
When was the last time you made a storyboard? love making storyboards because they align perfectly with my level of drawing skills—arrows and stick figures! Our Community Manager and resident instructional design guru, Jennifer Valley, says, “I try to storyboard everything I do. You can storyboard in a lot of different programs—from Microsoft PowerPoint to StoryboardThat.com and more.
The Best of eLearning in June 2016
JUNE 29, 2016
Ah June—the month of summer vacations here in the States. It’s also the month of high humidity here in Cincinnati, great webinars, and Trivantis® Community contests! Take a look below at what’s been going on in the eLearning world this month. Featured Community Post: Contest 11. The challenge: create a custom, interactive resume in Lectora®. Grab the popcorn—there are new Lectora webinars to watch!
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.
10 Tips to Earn Money as an eLearning Professional
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
As is the case with any worthwhile and rewarding career path, it takes time and dedication to be a successful eLearning professional. However, there are a number of ways that you can boost your earning potential and increase your profits even if you are new in the eLearning field. 1. Discover your niche and get to know it inside and out. . Figure out how to stand out. .
Creating an eLearning Portfolio Using Your Community Content
MAY 24, 2016
One of my favorite (and lesser-known) features on the Trivantis® Community is the ability to share Lectora® courses. As a diehard developer turned Community Manager, I still get the itch to play around in Lectora, so I love it when I have an excuse to create something new. Presto! Instant recognition of how awesome you are is sure to follow. LinkedIn. Be sure to select save to keep your changes.
JUNE 24, 2016
There once was a hard-working eLearning developer, just trying to catch a break. She loved creating engaging courses for her learners, but her company’s budget was tight, and development time was short. Where can an eLearning developer turn to for help? Free downloads in the Trivantis® Community, of course. Take a look at this recent freebie: Animated Progress Bar Chart Interaction (RCD).
How to Make the Most of Your Trip to the LUC 2016
MAY 3, 2016
First-time LUC attendee? This blog post is for you! We’re sharing everything you need to know to make the most of your trip to the 2016 Lectora® User Conference. And if you’ve attended the LUC before, give this post a skim to make sure you’re ready too. Here are 7 ways to make the most of your trip to the LUC 2016: Attend as many sessions as you can. You mean attend everything? Have questions?
The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change
Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now
Tips From Laura Overton at LUC 2016
JULY 7, 2016
Laura Overton joined us in Fort Lauderdale this year as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Lectora® User Conference. Laura is the Founder and CEO of Towards Maturity, supporting overall business productivity, learner engagement, and staff engagement. Laura presented on the bright future of learning and how to be ready for it. LUC 2016 attendee excitement on Twitter. More Tweets from Laura’s keynote.
Sharing Bright Ideas at the 2016 Lectora User Conference
MAY 17, 2016
The 2016 Lectora® User Conference kicks off this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! First up are the great Lectora training classes going on today. Attendees from all over the world are gathering at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort for LUC 2016 to share bright ideas (the official conference theme, perfect for sunny Florida), network, and have a great time. from the App Store or Google Play.
LUC 2016 Recap: Sharing Bright Ideas in Sunny Florida
MAY 26, 2016
We’re back from the 2016 Lectora® User Conference—and we brought a lot of bright ideas with us. Lectora developers are creating some incredible training that they shared in fantastic breakout sessions. know that I was impressed with the course examples presented at LUC 2016—it was great to meet more Lectora users and hear their enthusiasm! Laura is the founder and CEO of Towards Maturity. Blog LU
LUC Recap: Concrete Strategies for Building Interactive Courses
JULY 19, 2016
Want to make your eLearning awesome and interactive? Erica Hunter and Penny Kurtz showed us some great tips at the 2016 Lectora® User Conference this year. They discussed using organized content, game-like activities, evaluations that don’t feel like tests, and applied scenarios and stories—simple ways to make courses interactive. They chunked content under buttons on a side panel. Blog LUC
Training Consumed in 60 Seconds: Microlearning Is Made For Today's Growing Teams
Microlearning is a way to solve the problems facing educators and trainers of today. Learn how to create effective training programs through Microlearning with Grovo.
Creating Accessible eLearning: What You Need to Know
JANUARY 5, 2016
Whether you develop eLearning for a corporation, academic institution, or government agency, you’ve likely encountered the challenge of developing accessible content. In this post, we’ll cover some basic best practices you can and should follow when developing eLearning that is accessible to learners with disabilities. WCAG is a global set of guidelines followed around the world. Alternative Text.
6 Tips to Use Your Personal Interests and Experiences in e-Learning Course Design
APRIL 15, 2015
To create truly remarkable e-Learning courses that emotionally connect with your learners and help to relate to the subject matter, it’s often beneficial to incorporate your personal interests and experiences in e-Learning course design. How to Incorporate Your Personal Interests and Experiences in e-Learning Course Design. In many respects, e-Learning is a labor of love.
4 Interactivity Levels for Game and Multimedia eLearning Design
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
Studies show that interactivity adds a level of engagement and interest in a course. There are four engagement levels that you should know: passive, limited, moderate, and simulation. These levels are based on game and multimedia design and can help guide the overall development of a course. 1. Passive. Limited. These features give learners more control over their course experience. Moderate.
Where Is mLearning Going?
JULY 21, 2015
It’s a multi-device world out there. We all know it. More than 60% of online adults in the US and the UK use at least two devices every day. How many devices have you used today? So far I’ve used my personal cell phone and my work computer, and it’s not even noon. Alaska Air knew that their pilots needed a device other than a desktop computer to access their training. Blog Mobile
How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy
A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.
LUC Recap: Action Groups With the eLearning Brothers
JULY 26, 2016
This spring at the 2016 Lectora® User Conference, Tim Ball from the eLearning Brothers presented a breakout session on action groups in Lectora. Tim demonstrated many practical and timesaving ways to work with action groups in Lectora. He also shared some valuable best practices with conference attendees. Attendees shared his tips and bright ideas on Twitter. Watch Webinar. Blog LUC
10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Lectora User Conference
MARCH 9, 2016
Thinking about registering for the LUC 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this May? Here are 10 reasons we think you should. Engaging breakout sessions with real-world case studies. Presenters from the American Red Cross, United Airlines, the Centers for Disease Control, and more. Free Lectora Fundamentals on-demand video training with registration. Amazing keynote speaker Laura Overton. Networking .
eLearning Standards—What They Are and Why They Matter
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Just like humans need a common language to communicate with each other, eLearning courses and learning management systems (LMS) need a common language so that courses can send information back to the LMS from students taking those courses. In this article we’re going to look at the history of those standards, and where we are today. SCORM. Later that year, this was replaced by SCORM 1.2,
The Best of eLearning in February 2016
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
February has been an exciting month at Trivantis®. So, before we get to our usual Best of February article roundup, we’d like to share our top news this month. Trivantis released an eBook: eLearning 101: A Practical Guide ! This free eBook will help you get started with eLearning and the course development process. Download the eBook today! Learning Tech Trends to Watch in the Next 5 Years.
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.