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!
How to Rebrand an eLearning Brothers Template
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
When using software templates to kick start your eLearning development, the two biggest problems are: How to get them the templates into your project and. How to rebrand them to fit your needs. Luckily, the first problem is as simple as downloading the template and dragging it into your project, whether it is responsive or not. It is literally that easy. Rebranding templates is almost as easy!
LUC 2017 Mission Report: Why Cincinnati?
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Cincinnati is a city that resonates with possibilities. From the newly active streetcar to the revitalization of historic neighborhood Over-the-Rhine , to other projects that are just beginning, like the Wasson Way bike and walking path, Cincinnati is all about seeing potential and turning it into something great. What better city to host the Mission: Possible -themed 2017 Lectora® User Conference?
Best Practices for Developing With Responsive Course Design
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
What’s the most efficient way to design mobile-friendly eLearning? How can you ensure that it will look great on every smartphone and tablet? Today’s blog post addresses those questions. It’s an excerpt from our latest free eBook release, A Mobile World Needs Responsive Course Design. Take a look: . Desktop First. Start at the Top. Blog Free Downloads mLearning Mobile
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.
Tuesday Tip: Scrolling Images Within Text Blocks
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Suppose you have a super tall image—a screenshot of a very long menu, a detailed figure of an engineering process, or perhaps the beanstalk from Jack and the Giant Beanstalk. That last one seems unlikely, but you never know what a client is going to ask for, so it’s good to be prepared! In order to fit your very tall image on a single page in your eLearning, what can you do?
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. .
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.
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.
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.
AUGUST 11, 2016
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.
The Best of eLearning in August 2016
AUGUST 31, 2016
. This month’s best of eLearning post is packed with freebies—eBooks (yes, plural!), live webinars with industry thought leaders, and more. Sounds awesome, right? Okay, let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s the best of eLearning from this month: 5 eLearning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Learn vital first eLearning steps that people often skip, mistakes that kill learner engagement, and more.
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.
The Best of eLearning in September 2016
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
To me, September marks the beginning of fall. However, it hasn’t felt much like fall in Cincinnati yet, and I know some of our readers are across the globe in very different seasons. Therefore, instead of celebrating fall, let’s celebrate all the great things that happened this month. Number 1 – A Big Announcement. We revealed the location of next year’s Lectora® User Conference. with eLearningJoe.
Authoring Tools and Lectora Online Q&A
AUGUST 4, 2016
Recently, Lectora® Online was listed in the “ 5 Top E-learning Content Authoring Tools for Corporate Trainers ” by Software Advice. Last year, we found a quarter of LMS users are now consuming training content on a tablet, so organizations need a great tool like Lectora Online in order to easily make courses that look and feel great on any mobile device. Then, don’t believe the hype.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]
Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.
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
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).
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!
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.
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. .
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
How to Avoid Instructional Design Mistakes That Kill Engagement
AUGUST 9, 2016
Today, we’re sharing an excerpt from our most recent eBook, 5 eLearning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. This free eBook is adapted from original content by Joe Ganci of eLearningJoe. Here’s one way from the eBook that Joe recommends to avoid instructional design mistakes—especially those mistakes that kill learner engagement. Be Efficient With Rapid Prototyping. And finally, it’s perfect.
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 .
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.
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,