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Five great resources for presenters

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Does presenting come naturally to you? It definitely doesn’t to me. I’m a bit of a wallflower by nature and don’t usually enjoy being centre of attention. think that’s why I enjoy writing: I can put a bit of me across without actually having anyone look at me. But I kind of love the challenge at the same time. And do you know what? The Eloquent Woman. SlideShare.

Three benefits of entering for an award

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This Thursday is the IT Training Awards evening, always a glamorous and enjoyable affair organised by the IITT. This time a year ago I was named Instructional Designer of the Year 2010, and based on my experience I’d encourage everyone to put their best work forward for an award. These are the top three benefits I’ve experienced over the past year as a result of winning. Higher profile.

Quick links and resources from BP’s Future of Learning

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At the end of November, I flew over to Houston for a two-day internal conference organised by Nick Shackleton-Jones called ‘Future of Learning’ I tweeted a lot throughout the event, using the #BPFOL12 hashtag, and I’ll be writing up some of the key sessions and takeaways in subsequent posts. should say that this is almost certainly not a complete list.

Quick links and resources from BP’s Future of Learning

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At the end of November, I flew over to Houston for a two-day internal conference organised by Nick Shackleton-Jones called ‘Future of Learning’ I tweeted a lot throughout the event, using the #BPFOL12 hashtag, and I’ll be writing up some of the key sessions and takeaways in subsequent posts. should say that this is almost certainly not a complete list.

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An e-learning chemistry lesson: how to mix text and audio

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I came away from last week’s eLearning Network event on rich media with a long list of takeaway lessons, things to try and topics to explore further. (I wasn’t the only one, as the Twitter backchannel shows.) One of these is the enduring question of how to use text and audio within e-learning, which prompted some debate and some interesting experiment results. We also had to identify the other element that it is most compatible with (simultaneously, as opposed to sequentially throughout an e-learning course). This opened up the discussion about the relationship between text and audio.

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Lessons from Jamie's Dream School

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The jury is still out on whether Jamie Oliver will achieve his aim of inspiring former students back into education through his Dream School. But last night's episode brilliantly illustrated three important lessons for workplace

Day 3: The Goldilocks rule and good feedback

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Yesterday we worked on where we could include some interactions in your e-learning course for maximum learning impact. Sticking with interactions, today we’re going to zoom in and focus on the options and feedback in those interactions. It’s all about finding the right balance – so the learner is faced with a challenge, but not an impossible task. Make all options equally plausible.

Day 1: Learning outcomes and structure

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Today we’re going to make sure that your e-learning course will have a positive impact on the business. We’re going to do this by looking at the learning outcomes and making sure that the course content aligns with those learning outcomes and flows well. Review and improve the learning outcomes. What makes a good learning outcome? couldn’t have said it better myself.

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.

Five days to better e-learning

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There’s no shortage of information and advice out there about designing fantastic e-learning – and lots of it is very good advice. But it strikes me that most of that advice relies on you having a blank canvas, as well as (more often than not) plenty of time, money and manpower. What if you don’t? What if your licence doesn’t extend as far as starting from scratch? If I can do it, so can you!

Assumptions about attentiveness: is eye contact engagement?

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At BP’s Future of Learning event in November, we were lucky enough to have the fabulous  Crystal Washington as our guest speaker at dinner (follow her on Twitter @CrysWashington ). Crystal delivered one of the most dynamic, engaging and passionate presentations I’ve seen for some time. Keeping the attention of a room full of people when you’ve got the after-dinner slot and everyone’s been at a conference all day isn’t easy! But But that’s not the only reason why Crystal’s presence had us all talking throughout the next day. Twitter adds all three.’

Assumptions about attentiveness: is eye contact engagement?

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At BP’s Future of Learning event in November, we were lucky enough to have the fabulous  Crystal Washington as our guest speaker at dinner (follow her on Twitter @CrysWashington ). Crystal delivered one of the most dynamic, engaging and passionate presentations I’ve seen for some time. Keeping the attention of a room full of people when you’ve got the after-dinner slot and everyone’s been at a conference all day isn’t easy! But But that’s not the only reason why Crystal’s presence had us all talking throughout the next day. Twitter adds all three.’

Interactions: to tell or to test?

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If you were at a party with these two people, who would you rather talk to? Thanks to the ever-inspirational  Cathy Moore for this idea.) I’d imagine most of you would be more inclined to strike up a conversation with the girl. It’s easier to engage with someone who asks you a question or invites your opinion than someone who talks at you. Not all interactions are equal.

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Have you done your good deed for the day?

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As you may or may not know, some of the guys and girls at Saffron Interactive are running a half marathon this weekend. know that you probably all get requests for sponsorship every other day and we all have to choose the causes that

A panel podcast on compliance training

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Yesterday I was invited to join a small panel podcast hosted by Craig Taylor to discuss compliance training – what's wrong with it, what's right with it and what we need to do to make it even better. My fellow contributors were Sam

How to avoid common consistency mistakes

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I recently mentioned the importance of consistency , and then rediscovered this article about common consistency mistakes. As the article says, ‘the first line of defence against consistency errors is simply being aware of them’ So, if nothing else, be sure to check these 10 things before sending your next email or submitting your next document: Phrases in capitals. Hyphenated phrases.

A ‘very important’ writing tip from C.S. Lewis

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I just came across a real gem of a letter  on Letters of Note  (a blog that’s definitely worth a look), sent by C.S. Lewis to a young American fan in 1956. Isn’t it lovely and quite remarkable that he replied to his fan mail in such a thoughtful and personal way? Aside from that, though, this letter stood out to me because of a particular piece of advice shared in it, which I think all e-learning designers (indeed, all writers!) should be mindful of: In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing.

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.

A ‘very important’ writing tip

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I just came across a real gem of a letter  on Letters of Note , sent by C.S. Lewis to a young American fan in 1956. Isn’t it lovely and quite remarkable that he replied to his fan mail in such a thoughtful and personal way? Aside from that, though, this letter stood out to me because of a particular piece of advice shared in it, which I think all e-learning designers (indeed, all writers!) should be mindful of: In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. Are we guilty of laziness when we do this?

eLearningLearning: a one-stop-shop for all things e-learning

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With new bloggers popping up all the time it can be hard to keep track of all the good stuff out there, and sometimes even harder to separate the good stuff from the really great stuff. That’s where eLearningLearning comes in; it’s a community run by Tony Karrer and designed to collect and organise current and relevant content about e-learning. I’ve been receiving daily emails from eLearningLearning for a couple of years now – regular round-ups of the best e-learning blogs out there, sent straight to my inbox.

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Day 2: The right interactions at the right time

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Today we’re going to take a look at the interactions in your e-learning course. We’ll review what you’ve got, where they are (or where they should be, if there aren’t currently any interactions), and what they are focused on. Take a big picture view. Essentially it’s a table that allows you to review the balance and distribution of interaction in your course as it stands.

Looking at things the right way

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An email headed ‘Looking at things the right way’ recently landed in my inbox. It was a series of photographs about shifting perspectives: things that look perfectly normal from one view but a little odd (or wonderful) when looked at in another way. Some are cute, some are rude, some are funny, but I’ve included a couple of my favourites below.

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.

Nine tips for writing excellent RFPs

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How many times have you sent out a request for proposals and been disappointed with the responses you got back? Maybe they’re too long, too short, or just miss the mark. Or, if you’re a provider, how many times have you laboured over a proposal only to find – on rejection – that it all hinged on a vital piece of information you didn’t have? I’ve worked on both sides of the fence: for an e-learning development company and now (admittedly for far less time) in an in-house capacity. When preparing an RFP… First of all, be fair with the deadline.

Why I’m a pen-and-paper girl

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I’m slightly late to the party, so you may have already seen the debate prompted by Craig Taylor’s recent blog post ; if not, take a look. Craig was shocked at a recent event when some people expressed discomfort at him taking notes on his iPad. But each week, as well as doing my (necessarily handwritten) homework, I also write up my class notes in my ‘best’ A4 notebook. Having the time and space (mental and physical) to reflect on the lesson allows me to make associations and get things straight and consolidated in my mind. At work I’m the same. For me, some of it is down to speed.

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A lesson in e-engagement from Magnum

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I just came across Magnum’s pleasure hunt across the internet and had to share it. Take 10 minutes today to have a go – I guarantee it’ll make you smile (and maybe also hungry!). This is a great lesson in e-engagement. I was captivated from the start till the end – so captivated in fact that I didn’t even notice the score tracker in the top right corner until halfway through. The beautiful and varied transitions from scene to scene, including diving into swimming pools, gliding across the sky and hopping into a lift.

How to avoid common consistency mistakes

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I recently mentioned the importance of consistency , and then rediscovered this article about common consistency mistakes. As the article says, ‘the first line of defence against consistency errors is simply being aware of them’ So, be sure to check these 10 things before submitting your next document: Phrases in capitals. Hyphenated phrases. Heading case inconsistencies. Numbers in sentences. List or bullet punctuation. Table or figure labels. Spelling. Punctuation in tables. Capitalisation in tables. Hyphenation of compound modifiers.

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.

Three themes at Learning Technologies 2012

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This year’s Learning Technologies event was a bit different from previous years for me. In the past, working for a supplier, I’ve spent most of my time on the exhibition floor – although I gained something new from the experience each year. This year, though, I was able to really experience the conference as a delegate and a track chair. Creativity and innovation don’t just happen – they require a conscious effort and a willingness to challenge the status quo. We mustn’t lose sight of who we are designing learning solutions for – the users.

10 ways to improve learner experience: webinar summary

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Last week I posted some reflections on innovation , prompted by an LSG webinar presented by James Cory-Wright from Brightwave. James illustrated 10 examples of incremental innovation (or ‘butterfly moments’) in e-learning, which I think are well worth sharing. Reflect your users. Take the time to create a look and feel that aligns with what they know and that resonates with what they value. Respect your users. Credit them with the ability to find their own way round a course or set of resources and step away from the enforced linear path model. Resources not courses.

Day 4: Tone of voice, style and character

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After two long days focusing exclusively on interactions, it’s time for something a little different. Today we’re going to look at how we can bring your e-learning course to life and inject some personality into it. Avatars are a great idea but within the constraints of our contrived scenario we probably can’t realistically incorporate these. Apply some imagination to your titles.

How to write an award-winning submission

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Last week's Oscars may have marked the end of the film and music awards season, but in the world of e-learning there's a definite buzz in the air. With the January launch of the E-Learning Awards, the IT Training Awards at the start of

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

Two great ideas for your next sustainability course

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Sustainability is one of those hot topics of the moment, and I've recently come across a couple of things that I think could be adapted really effectively for a sustainability e-learning course. thought today I'd share them – let me