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eLearning: Interactive vs. Engaging

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by Sally Cox    People love to talk about how they want their eLearning courses to be interactive, but to be really effective eLearning, it has to do more than just interact with the learner; it has to engage them.    Just adding a simple button is interactive, but it's not engaging the learner. No learning here!  Therefore, I engaged them.   Learn. Then Do.

Adobe Captivate Prime: The Fluidic Player

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by Sean Mullen. The Fluidic Player is the universal content playback experience for Captivate Prime and allows for a simple, unified playback experience, regardless of the type of content being played. Content types include MP4, PPTXs, DOCX, Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter projects, SCORM or AICC packages, and even xAPI-compliant content for your mLearning projects. Thank you HTML5!

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eLearning: Attention, Attention!

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by Kevin Siegel        A few years ago I wrote about the  perfect playtime for an eLearning lesson (or module). In my article, I referenced a piece by the BBC,  Turning into Digital Goldfish , where the author said "The addictive nature of web browsing can leave you with an attention span of a goldfish."  15 seconds! Does

eLearning: It's Time for Some Reflection

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by Kevin Siegel      I was recently contacted by a client who wanted me to create software simulations of mobile apps. At first I thought he wanted me to create software simulations that could be accessed and used by mobile devices. Neither Captivate nor Storyline are available for mobile devices so creating software simulations directly on those devices wasn't an option.

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Get an Exclusive Articulate Storyline Game Show Template from eLearning Brothers

Download one of the most popular game templates from eLearning Brothers with a look and feel exclusively made for eLearning Learning subscribers! eLearning Brothers creates awesome templates and assets to help you look like an eLearning Rockstar!

eLearning: The Role of Images

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by Sean Stoker    Are the slides that make up your eLearning lessons text-heavy? Images are an often overlooked component of a good eLearning course. Sadly, when images are added to eLearning, they often have little to do with the content being presented or, just as sad, are of poor quality. You've probably heard the saying that a picture is worth 1,000 words. " Mental.

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Adobe Captivate 8: Responsive Projects for mLearning

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by Kevin Siegel      Creating eLearning for mobile devices was high on the wish list a few years ago when Adobe asked users for the top features they'd like to see added to Adobe Captivate. It wasn't long before Adobe responded by adding HTML5 as a publishing option. Publishing HTML5 solved the issue of creating interactive eLearning on the iPad. No thanks! Awesome!

eLearning: Cloud Review and Collaboration with ReviewLink

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by Stephanie Ivec    One of the biggest hidden challenges when it comes to developing eLearning is getting feedback from your client, collaborating on course content with internal team members, or getting final project approval.   Sure, you can manage the collaboration or feedback process the old fashioned way--email.   Work More Efficiently. How Do You Get There From Here?

Adobe RoboHelp 2015: New Book Now Shipping

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Adobe RoboHelp 2015: The Essentials.   We are proud to announce that our "Adobe RoboHelp 2015: The Essentials" workbook is now shipping.   "Adobe RoboHelp 2015: The Essentials" is a self-paced, step-by-step workbook that will teach you the essential skills needed to create and deliver user assistance (Help systems, policies and procedures, and knowledgebases). By following step-by-step instructions, you will learn to create RoboHelp projects from scratch and how to add content via importing from Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker, PDFs, and HTML.

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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.

Online Learning Conference: eLearning Development

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We're deep into day 2 here in Chicago. This crew has been hard at work writing scripts and producing eLearning using every tool under the sun including Adobe Captivate, Adobe and Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, and Techsmith Camtasia Studio. Adobe Captivate

eLearning: Is Gamification Really Necessary?

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by AJ Walther    I like the idea of games in learning, generally speaking. Why shouldn't learning be fun? Set the capitals of the states to music, turn the stock market into a game, great. But lately the eLearning community is all aflutter about the gamification of learning. Game this. Video that. Avatar all the things! Sure, I think there's a place for games in learning. Yes, I think to some degree games can improve learner engagement. But  But what about retention? What about actual knowledge gain? It looks like attending the school would be a blast.

Adobe Captivate: System Time Variables

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by Lori Smith    Last week I showed you Captivate's date variables. This week, let's take a look at the Time variables, the System Information variables, and a handy little variable called  cpInfoMobileOS.   Specifically, I am going to address the variables listed in the table below using 2:15 PM and 32 seconds as my example. 

eLearning: Development Phases Infographic

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Curious about how to get started with eLearning? Need to explain the process to a new client? Keep this chart handy. Click the image below to view larger and save.)   Feeling inspired? Check out our Getting Started with eLearning course. learning eLearning mLearning

Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

eLearning & Gamification: The Octalysis Framework

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by AJ George  After covering gamification in a few articles, I've been getting lots of feedback requesting more information. I've been doing a bit of research recently and came across the  Yu-kai Chou  & Gamification Blog. If you're interested in gamification in general, you should definitely add this blog to your RSS feed. What is the Octalysis Framework?

eLearning: How to Incorporate Gamification Elements

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by AJ George  If you happened to catch my earlier article on the  gamification of learning , then you know that I have been dubious about its effectiveness. To be clear, it's not the premise of having fun in learning that I feel we should be wary of. It's the tendency to turn everything into a competition based more on winning than on learning. guess you could say I don't mind using a few tricks from gamers; it's the actual games that have me worried. Stories, Yes. Bullets, No! One option is to think like a video game developer. Make your learning contextual.

Creating PDF Forms

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by Sally Cox    PDFs are everywhere, and forms are still one of the most popular PDF types. Whether you are creating a form from scratch or updating an existing one, I bet I can show you a few things you didn't know about PDF forms. This is the first in a series of articles that I'm planning on building and getting creative with PDF forms. Creating a New PDF Form. Open Acrobat.

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eLearning: Is it Time to Jump on the xAPI Bandwagon?

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by Megan Torrance      xAPI and the Tin Can Project. it's possible that you've been hearing about these terms for years. Or maybe someone just dropped one or both terms into a conversation and you're feeling left out. It's okay. Few eLearning developers have ever developed or seen an eLearning project that uses xAPI. However, given the fact that eLearning development tools and learning platforms now support xAPI, it may be the time to jump on the xAPI bandwagon.    What is xAPI? Many people say that xAPI is the next version of SCORM.

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.

Adobe Captivate: The Cure for Blurry Zoom Destinations

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by Kevin Siegel        Zoom Areas are typically used to emphasize an important area of a slide background. They are especially useful if you want your learner to automatically get closer to a specific area of the screen. To insert a Zoom Area, click  Objects  on the Main Toolbar and choose  Zoom Area. that's the job of the Zoom Destination.

eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long?

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by Kevin Siegel      You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that  more  does not mean  better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general. So how long is too long? The answer is directly tied to the average attention span of an adult learner. have been teaching classes for nearly 30 years (both online and in-person).

Adobe Captivate: The SCORM Cloud

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by Kevin Siegel      If you need your Captivate project to report learner scores and interactions, you'll likely need to publish as a SCORM-compliant package and then upload it into an LMS. However, there could be something in your project that isn't reporting correctly. Then choose  Preview > Preview in SCORM Cloud.   The lesson opens in a preview window.

eLearning: The Origins of a Training Methodology

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by Kevin Siegel        I've been creating eLearning since the early 1990s. Back then, eLearning (or E-Learning, pick your style) was known as CBT (Computer Based Training). My first attempts at creating software video training was with a program called CameraMan. It was awesome software for the times but crashed a lot and had very few options. 30 years ago?

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.

Adobe Captivate Prime: Adobe's Best LMS Effort to Date

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by Sean Mullen. This will be the first in a series of newsletter articles which cover the Learning Management System (LMS) offering from Adobe Systems--Adobe Captivate Prime. In the title I mentioned "best LMS effort to date" because it's good to know where Adobe has been on the topic of LMSs.  In the image below you can see the Publish options in Adobe Captivate 9.

eLearning and Design: Another Typography Game and Perhaps Some Inspiration

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by AJ Walther. Tantalized by typography? Gaga for good design? Head over heels for history? Gung-ho for a bit of gamification in your free time? Then you must try Type:Rider , available for iOS and Android. In this first tutorial level, the content is cave painting, cuneiform writing, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese characters, the Greek alphabet, and the Latin alphabet. Design eLearning

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Technical Communication: Don't Wordpass on Passwords

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by Megan Pitkin      During one of my recent Electronic Medical Records (EMR) classes, a student asked about best practices for creating a password. Many people use the same password for everything (and I mean everything. from accessing Facebook to logging into their online banking account). Believe it or not, passwords are often very easy to guess. Use passphrases.

eLearning: Designing for Every Learner

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by Sally Cox    In my fantasy world, every learner who takes one of my courses would be tech savvy; and I'd be able to try lots of cool new things to keep them interested. The truth is, we all bring our own experiences to the table, and there will be always be learners who are tech-challenged and might need a little extra guidance. Consistency. Navigation. Color.

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.

PowerPoint: Create an Infographic

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by AJ George  If you need to create an Infographic, there are better programs than PowerPoint that you could use. Photoshop would be a good choice, or maybe Fireworks. That being said, PowerPoint is likely on your office computer right now. Additionally, PowerPoint is often underutilized as a design platform and is surprisingly agile. First you'll need to design your infographic.

eLearning & Gamification: Apply the Octalysis Framework to Your Training

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by AJ George  Last week I gave a pretty in-depth explanation of  Yu-kai Chou's Octalysis Framework  that I thought might be useful if you'd like to incorporate gamification into your eLearning courses. So far I have mostly covered what the Octalysis is and how it is set up. Now I'd like to get into how you can apply this to your own course. Here's another example.

Adobe Captivate: Six Ways to Use Voiceover Scripts

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by Jennie Ruby    I often point out in my classes on  writing eLearning voiceover scripts  that a script is necessary so that when you record the audio you don't skip anything, don't stumble, and don't say "um." " However, using a voiceover script for eLearning is way more useful than just that. In the Slide Notes pane, you click the TTS check box.

eLearning: Working with Numbers

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by Sally Cox    When eLearning courses contain lots of numbers (such as statistics or sales figures), it can be a challenge to keep things looking interesting and fresh. If the client is committed to displaying data in tables, there isn't much you can do to make the  data more visually appealing. In that case I concentrate on enhancing the overall slide design.

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

Adobe Captivate: No More Empty TEBs

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by Lori Smith. During my beginner Adobe Captivate class , I am often asked if it's possible to ensure that learners do not leave a Text Entry Box (TEB) blank. When working with a TEB, you can set specific correct values using the Validate Entry option in the General group on the properties panel.   Create User Variables. Do not fill in the default value. (I named my variable  empty.