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eLearning: Quick Tips for Engaging the Learner

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by Sally Cox    Creating engagement with your learners greatly increases their retention of the information and makes the course that much more enjoyable. often use the word "fun" when I describe eLearning--we're not talking balloons and unicorns here. But I want the course to be easy to navigate, thought-provoking, and an all-around pleasant experience for the learner.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

Modern Design: Clean and Simple

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by Jennie Ruby    Right now design is all the rage. Companies are promoting designers to the CEO level (design-e-o's?), incorporating design at the highest levels, prioritizing design, paying designers the big bucks, and generally going on a design spree. I'm all for it in many ways. If creating easy-to-use, intuitive products is by design, then by all means give me more design.   But designers right now are on a fad of "simple, clean, basic." " And all too often, that equates to empty, featureless, and obscure.  Cartoons have become flat. Design

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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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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!

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

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. 

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

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.

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?

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.

Articulate Storyline: "Drop Correct" and "Drop Incorrect" States

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by Kal Hadi     Perhaps you're already familiar with states in Articulate Storyline such as normal, hover, down, visited, hidden, and disabled, but not quite acquainted or aware of two additional object states known as "Drop Correct" and "Drop Incorrect." " Let's discuss where, how, and when to take advantage of these states.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Free eLearning Development Calculator… Quickly Determine Your LOE

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One of the most common questions we hear during our live, online classes is how long does it typically take to create eLearning using Adobe Captivate. The answer is dependent upon several factors, beginning with how long a lesson or course is expected to run (in minutes), your comfort-level using Adobe Captivate, access to resources, and the amount of support available to you.

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!

Adobe Captivate: Mac Cures

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  Fortunately, both problems are easily fixed. First, quit Captivate and then open your Mac's System Preferences ( Apple > System Preferences ).    Click  Security & Privacy.     Select the  Privacy  category and, from the  Allow the apps below to control your computer area , select Adobe Captivate.app. Adobe Captivate

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 RoboHelp: The User Defined Variable Converter Script

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by Willam van Weelden     User Defined Variables  are a great way to manage content that appears frequently in your RoboHelp project. Variables allow you to change all occurrences of say, your company name in your project from a single location. In my example below, I'm going to use the script to replace the word  IconLogic  shown below to a variable.

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.

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 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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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

Articulate Storyline: Does Slide Size Matter?

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by Kal Hadi     I often get asked the question about choosing the right slide size in Articulate Storyline. The Slide size or as it's known in Storyline as "Story Size" in not one of those things that you really come across casually in Storyline. It's a bit out of the way. Width/Height for 720/540). Check out these awesome  live, online Articulate classes.

eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?

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by Kevin Siegel      Adding voiceover audio to eLearning enhances the learner experience. And before you spend thousands of dollars hiring voiceover talent to record your audio, you should know: your voice is fine (nobody likes their own voice so trust me on this, yours will do nicely). I've been creating eLearning for years (and years and years). I've found that the voiceover audio does not have to be highly produced to be effective.   But when should you record your audio?   The answer to when it's best to record audio is. wait for it. 

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.

Adobe Captivate: Use Smart Shapes Instead of Text Captions

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by Kevin Siegel        I've written about Captivate's Smart Shapes a few times since Adobe first introduced them. If you want to know what they are,  check out this article. If you want to learn how to use  Smart Shapes as buttons , I've got you covered. From the  Recording  group at the left side of the dialog box, select  Modes.

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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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.

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.

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.

Create a Branching Scenario in Microsoft PowerPoint

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by Thomas Reyes-Cairo      A branching scenario is a great way to help a learner apply knowledge by providing a simulated situation from real life. They're also fairly easy to create! Follow these four steps to quickly bring your PowerPoint projects that extra bit of interaction. Storyboard it Out. Think of it like this. The Find your Visual Style.

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.

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.

Learning and Development: What Makes Videos Effective?

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by Matthew Pierce      When you think of what a trainer or instructional designer (ID) does, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not video communication. Nevertheless, video is becoming a larger and more important piece of their workload. The majority of participants fell within the age range of 25 to 64. billion in 2016.

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.

eLearning: Copyright Caboodle

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by AJ George  Copyright in the eLearning biz can get confusing. Can you use that awesome image you found on Google in your eLearning course? What if it's just for internal view? What if you're going to sell it? What if it's for a paying client to use internally?   Copyright information: Is Using Copyrighted Materials Okay for eLearning? definitely recommend this site.

eLearning and PowerPoint: The Right to Bare Slides

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by AJ Walther    I saw a guy the other day wearing a t-shirt that read, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." " Often the same holds true for PowerPoint presentations. "PowerPoint doesn't kill presentations, people kill presentations." Here are a couple of tips to get you started. useful list of stock photo sites can be found  here.