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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
Community Showcase at the LUC 2016
JUNE 16, 2016
At this year’s Lectora® User Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Scott Barnett, VP of Marketing, and I took the stage to present Lectora examples that have been shared on the Trivantis® Community. These bright ideas showcased interesting and exceptional ways of sharing content with learners. Here are three of my favorites: Elizabeth Dalton’s entry for our first-ever contest. . Blog Community LUC
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. .
Tuesday Tip: eLearning Project Discovery Checklist
JUNE 21, 2016
Discovery. Scope of work. Creative brief. Analysis. The planning stage. Estimate. Whatever you call it, those initial moments before a project truly begins are crucial. Knowing the full scope of the project ahead of you helps you estimate your time, and rate, accordingly. Here are just a few industries where the pre-project discovery phase is common: Marketing agencies. Software companies.
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.
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.
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 .
Thursday’s Trending eLearning Topic: Responsive Design
MARCH 17, 2016
Do you need to create mobile courses efficiently? Then you’ll definitely want to look into Responsive Course Design™ (RCD) in Lectora® authoring tools—if you haven’t already. With the Responsive Course Design solution in Lectora, you only have to design once, in the desktop view, and content is automatically sized and positioned for tablet and phone views (in both landscape and portrait).
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.
Learning Solutions Conference 2016 Recap
MARCH 24, 2016
Last week, Team Trivantis® headed down to sunny Orlando, Florida, for the 2016 Learning Solutions Conference & Expo. It was an exciting conference packed with great presentations, including keynote speaker Bill Nye the Science Guy, an illusionist and puzzle expert, and more. If you picked up a free t-shirt, be sure to tweet us @Lectora when you wear it. Lectora ( @Lectora ) March 16, 2016.
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!
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
Can I Get an eLearning Badge for That?
APRIL 7, 2016
Today, we’re interviewing Trivantis® Community Manager, Jennie Valley, on the newest addition to the Community—badges! As you know, this feature recently made its first appearance in the Community. Many members immediately began earning badges. (I definitely did.). Jennie stopped by the Everything eLearning Blog Headquarters and gave us the inside scoop on badges. Here we go! It’s super easy. You
Announcing Lectora Online 3 with Responsive Course Design
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
We’re pleased to announce that Lectora® Online 3 with Responsive Course Design™ (RCD) is now available. In addition to the benefits of collaborative, cloud-based authoring, you can now enjoy the timesaving features of RCD. Our unique RCD methodology allows you to design once, in the desktop layout. Beta testers have praised RCD and the benefits it provides those creating mobile training.
How to Set Your eLearning Freelancing Rate
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Ready to trade in your cubicle for the freedom of freelancing? Not so fast! First you need to figure out your budget. Let’s talk about what you’re going to bill—also known as your rate. Factors to consider when setting your rate: Your budget. Your skill level. Your available time. Sound like a crazy number? Tice’s estimate of $100 an hour is just that—an estimate. Should you bill by the hour?
Lectora Inspire 12.1 Review by Rick Zanotti
MAY 12, 2015
While many vendors rush to create mobile applications, Lectora® has quietly led the way with a foundation built around what would emerge as mobile. While many vendors struggle to shed their “Flash” skins and claim open-ness, Lectora quietly embraced “open” from the get-go. Lectora was designed to be flexible, and in essence, was an HTML and HTML5 code generator. In 12.1, These include: 1.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
Downright Sneaky Lectora Tricks Part 2: Create a “Hidden Entrance” to devMode
JANUARY 21, 2016
In the previous Downright Sneaky Lectora® Tricks tutorial , we created the devMode variable in Lectora®. Today, we’re going to provide a way to turn it ON and OFF. Turning devMode ON and OFF. Now that you have created your devMode variable, you need a way to toggle it ON and OFF. My own methods for toggling devMode have evolved significantly over time. Rename the button devEntrance. Value: 1.
The Best of eLearning in January 2016
JANUARY 26, 2016
It’s an election year here in the United States, and the campaign trail is heating up. In the spirit of democracy, I’ve created an eLearning ballot for this month’s Best of eLearning. There are two categories—Best Blog Series and Best News. Take a look at the candidates for each and leave a comment sharing which candidates get your vote! Best Blog Series. 1. Then you need to read this blog series.
Insights on Modern Learning by Laura Overton: LUC 2016 Keynote Speaker
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
“2016 is the year when we stop talking about what needs to be done. Instead it is the year when we need to make it happen,” writes Laura Overton, Founder and CEO of Towards Maturity—and keynote speaker for the 2016 Lectora® User conference. Laura’s expertise on modern learning comes from 30 years of practical experience looking at learning innovation for business advantages. References: [link].
Customizing Test Results in Your eLearning
APRIL 28, 2016
One of the most exciting new features of Lectora® 16.1 is the new Test Results Object with Results Designer. Prior to Lectora 16.1, you could check the Use Customized Test Results checkbox on the Test Results ribbon and get an automatically generated page within your test that showed the test results. But any kind of customization you may have wanted to apply to that page was pretty limited.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
Developing Quality eLearning at the Speed of Sound
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Quick eLearning development isn’t a new idea, but it is a topic of constant conversation. As instructional designers are pushed to create content faster and deadlines are moved up, the concept of creating courses at the speed of sound becomes more commonplace. But how can you prevent a “course factory?” Use Standard Benchmarks. Are you above or below the average? Above the Average. link].
Free Download: Lectora Interaction
JULY 14, 2015
Need to create a scenario in your Lectora® eLearning course? The Trivantis Team is here to help! Wendy Miller created a character dialogue interaction with two characters that you can download to use in your own course. In this scenario, the learner must choose the correct response to each situation his coworker addresses. Download this character dialogue interaction in the Trivantis Community now.
Downright Sneaky Lectora Tricks Part 4: Unlocking the Master Control Panel
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
If you’re new to the Downright Sneaky Tricks series for Lectora® , be sure to catch up on the previous posts: Part 1: How to Build a Backdoor in Your Course. Part 2: Create a “Hidden Entrance” to devMode. Part 3: Add a devMode Indicator . Ready?
Tips and Tricks to Making Accessible Content More Interactive
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
While following accessibility guidelines and requirements may have you focusing on features and functionality that you need to avoid, there’s no reason that an accessible course can’t also be engaging and interactive. In this post, we’ll provide some creative ways to include Lectora® features that you may have thought were “off limits” in accessible eLearning. . Initially Hidden Objects. Pop-Ups.
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.
LUC 2016 Workshop Recap: Sneaky Tricks to Quicken QA, Facilitate Feedback, and Create an Elegant UX
JUNE 7, 2016
In one of the hands-on workshops at the 2016 Lectora® User Conference, John Mortenson, Manager of Online Learning for The Fresh Market, demonstrated the bright idea of using sneaky tricks while developing in Lectora to quicken your quality control process, facilitate feedback, and create an elegant user experience. John really knows how to captivate a room! But that doesn’t have to be the case.
These 2 Questions Will Determine if You’re Ready to Freelance
MARCH 3, 2016
Every day you hear the news. Another corporate pro has gone freelance. It’s easy to want to follow in their footsteps and succumb to the siren call of being your own boss, calling the shots, making your own schedule, etc. But even more than you want to revel in that freelancing freedom, you don’t want to be a freelance failure. What is a freelance failure? Just couldn’t hack it. What’s your USP?