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Using Lessons from Video Games in E-Learning

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I'm a child of the 80's. Everyday I am reminded of that by the marketers who want dollars from the 30-something crowd. The fact that I grew up in the 80's puts me in perfect place to see the evolution of video games. Yes, I played Pong back in the day. The Atari 2600 stole hours of my elementary years. remember text-based games like Zork and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Castle Wolfenstein brought in the era of first person shooter games for me. SimCity allowed me to create my own little worlds where I could tax and make money. That actually took me by surprise. learning on the job).

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Bullets are Bad, Questions are Good

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Over the years I've encountered several courses about how to write good e-mails. They have all come to me in the same way -- a list of dos and don'ts. Frankly, it's not the way to describe it in a face-to-face setting and especially a bad idea in e-learning. Bulleted lists turn learners into zombies. So the list comes in looking something like this: Use correct spelling. Use correct capitalization.

Notes from Adobe Learning Summit 2011

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I'm back in my hotel room after a long day at the Adobe Learning Summit. Adobe is doing a lot of good things with e-Learning and those things were on display today in Orlando. I've decided to summarize some of my notes I took at the conference today. You can also read play-by-play tweets from the folks who are a part of the twitter-verse. Video and Audio in Adobe eLearning Suite 2. Rick Zanotti of RELATE corporation presented on best practices for video and audio in Captivate. Use Soundbooth for batch edits. Creating Mobile Content with Adobe Captivate 5 for Android Devices.

Preview of Articulate Storyline at LS 2011

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I was really impressed with the demo of Articulate Storyline at the Learning Solutions 2011 conference this month. Tom Kuhlmann gave a nice personalized walk through of what the product can do. Here are some of the highlights I remember: It has the same easy user interface you would expect from Articulate but it is much more powerful. Tom created an Engage type interaction in just 1 or 2 minutes. The product is also introducing variables which will make it more competitive with Lectora or Captivate. It contains the ability to do screen snapshots and videos. Articulate

Steps to make your Flash courses mobile compatible

Stuck with a bunch of Flash-based courses that cannot be viewed on mobile devices? This eBook will take you through the steps to convert existing courses into HTML 5 format and make it compatible with the latest devices and browsers.

Authoring Tools and Compatibility

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When eLearning designers and developers think about using a rapid development tool such as Lectora, they often think about the time savings they get when creating a visual pleasing project and the ability to create reusable components. rapid development tool is a great way to quickly breath life into your storyboard. System Compatibility Built In. and higher, Firefox 1.0 and higher, Safari 1.2

Articulate understands the practitioners.learn the lesson

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I've been in the software industry for a long time and I've never seen the perfect product. As I've been reading all the hype on Articulate Storyline this week, I am reminding myself of that. It looks like a great product. But a game-changer.not likely. software tool is not a game-changer but a community of practitioners can be. agree with R.J. Jacquez when he lists Articulate community as his number one reason to appreciate Articulate Storyline. It is how we use the content authoring software that really matters. That is where I believe Articulate creates competitive advantage. Lectora?

Using Lectora to Create a Smart Next Button

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I've been using Lectora for almost three years now. Lectora allows developers to take a snippet of code and reuse it on all your pages. This saves time and maintenance costs. You may want that code to work differently on some of the pages. Ideally, you'd still only have that code in one place but set up an exception for how to do this. show an example of how to do this in my guest blog post for Integrated Learning Services Creating a Smart Next Button in Lectora. Lectora

ADDIE, Beware of the Video!

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Getting other departments in my organization to get on board with e-learning is a goal of mine. It’s been a little over a month since my organization has been providing web based training through our new LMS. Being the training developer, I have naturally become one of the leading advocates for getting the organization's training content online and available to employees. The new LMS has become a great working model that departments can look at to get ideas about what they can do with web based training. First batch of interest - videos. They use tools like Jing and Camtasia to create videos.

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New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

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Where is Your E-Learning Environment Going?

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I've learned over time that it is important for me to take time to view what I'm doing from different perspectives. Often we developers get caught up in the micro-perspective of what we do. After all, focusing on what happens after the user clicks a button is what I get paid to do. know it is important for me to check that my rudder is directed in the right position in this big pond of e-learning.

Where is Your E-Learning Environment Going?

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I've learned over time that it is important for me to take time to view what I'm doing from different perspectives. Often we developers get caught up in the micro-perspective of what we do. After all, focusing on what happens after the user clicks a button is what I get paid to do. know it is important for me to check that my rudder is directed in the right position in this big pond of e-learning.

Won't you please, please HELP me!

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I'd like to think my e-learning is so intuitive that there is no need to add help. Pause for applause???) The reality is that no matter how brain dead simple I think it is, there is always a chance that it won't actually be me taking the course. That's right, it will be someone else with a different brain, a different level of experience, and a different familiarity with a web browser. Most of the content itself is actually pretty intuitive, with the exception of learners moving or resizing the window so that previous and next buttons disappear off of it. wonder the video is choppy! need help.

LMSCommit and Timeouts

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Systems and courses timeout. We all know that. logged in session with a computer only has so long with inactivity before the user is considered to have abandoned their session and the system logs them out. While this is well understood to those in the e-learning industry, it can be confusing for some learner so e-learning developers need to handle this time out gracefully. With the way my organization's LMS is setup inside a single sign on portal, the web based training will continue even after the LMS and portal system has timed out. NOT SAVED! Has anyone else run into this problem?

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.

The Next Generation of SCORM

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I first heard about SCORM when I was working for a software company that created collaborative learning tools for higher education. We were using Microsoft Word to create SCORM compatible content. This was back in 2006 and I remember a lot of folks did not understand the value of converting content to SCORM because it seemed so outdated and there were much more current development projects that needed to get done. It wasn't until I got a job in corporate learning that I realized just how important SCORM was. SCORM itself is outdated. It is pretty boring and uncreative. LMS SCORM

My mind (map) is in the cloud

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I love mind maps. They are a great way to brainstorm ideas and organize your thoughts. I've also found them very helpful for taking notes at meetings. I use mind maps at both work and home for these reasons. Because I keep a lot of information in mind maps, I need to be able to access them from where ever I am. Do you use mind maps? What tools do you use? Mindmap Cloud Android

Take Command of your next Meeting

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All of us go to meetings and most of us think the meetings occur way too often and last way too long. Instead of formal meetings, I’m a big fan of impromptu meetings with 2-3 people when technical decisions need to be made. I’ve never seen good decisions made when more than 4 people are in the room. However, for large projects, it is important to have regular status meetings where representatives from all aspects of the project are present (i.e. development, support, documentation, marketing, etc.). These meetings should not exceed 1 hour and should normally be accomplished in much less time.

Control the Geek and use Wisely

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You know a technology geek when you see one because when they see a new cool technology, their eyes light up. They think new technology is sexy and they want to find a way to incorporate it into their lives. This is what makes them so knowledgeable about technology.they love to tinker with it. Technology geeks find ways to use new technology where they can. They are the first to learn to Tweet, use the cloud, and remote access their home computer from their smartphone. Show Restraint. We geeks have to show restraint. When Ready.Apply. Going to iPad? Creating a software simulation?

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!

Am I a Flash developer?

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As I build up my development skills and try to communicate my skills to others I do business with, I keep asking myself, "am I a Flash developer?" Adobe Flash is a very complicated product and in order to create a Flash application, you need a variety of skills. On one hand, as a software engineer, I am well equipped to write Flash applications. On the other hand, not being a graphics designer, creating applications with amazing animations is not really my strength. So I am quite well equipped to write Flash applications. So, I'm pretty comfortable saying, "yes, I am a Flash developer!".

Gesturing and Projecting with Mobile Devices

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I love the progress mobile technology has made in the past 2 years. However, I've always thought the big limiters to mobile computing are the screen size and a clumsy interface to input data. Tiny videos, images, and small text on web pages are just not ideal for those of us past our teenage years. Three years ago I wrote a blog post about how technology may address these issues in the future.

What I'd like to see in the next Adobe Captivate

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Some early reviews are starting to trickle in about Adobe Captivate 7. I use Captivate regularly and I really appreciate its capabilities to create interactive and multimedia content. Nothing excites me quite as much as new and improved software. However, nothing is quite as disappointing as a new version of software that doesn''t address my needs. When Adobe Captivate 6 came out, I could appreciate some of the improvements. But overall, I didn''t see anything ground breaking. There are some things I wanted then and that I still want now in the next version of Adobe Captivate.

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e-Learning Benefits and Challenges

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e-Learning is an important consideration in education for several reasons: Implimented correctly, it can reduce some of the costs associated with education It allows schools to educate people they could not previously (e.g. people that work for a living, people geographically dispersed, etc.) Many students communicate better in a web based environment than in the traditional classroom. Studies have shown that students who would not raise a hand in class will be very active in posting to discussion boards for example. at a large corporation). So, online courses will continue to be offered.

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.

Using Blank Slides for Feedback in Articulate Quizmaker

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Articulate Quizmaker is a great tool for quickly creating professional looking quizzes. It also contains the concept of a blank slide that can be put any where in a quiz and used for any type of learning, feedback, or reinforcement of learning concepts. show an example of how to use blank slides for creating rich feedback in Quizmaker in my guest blog post for Integrated Learning Services Crafting Feedback in Articulate. Quiz Articulate

Text Animations in Adobe Captivate

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Some times you just need a little animation to spice up an e-learning module. Adobe Captivate 5.5 offers an easy way to create text animations that will catch the eye. These animations can be used to let a user know when a module has been completed or when a perfect score is attained. Or, just use them to draw the learners attention. Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player. show an example of how to do this in my guest blog post for Integrated Learning Services Using Captivate to Create Cool Text Animations. Captivate Flash

Morning Joe and Calculations in Lectora

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How can you use Lectora to convert kilobytes to megabytes? On the surface this seems like a basic question not worth expanding on. However, the solution in Lectora involves using variables in a creative way so I thought I'd share my thoughts. Hopefully I won't go off the deep end! Accept the defaults but change both the entry name and associated variable name to "kilobytes". Choose any button.

The Magic of HTML (and C++)

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All the smart communication devices that are succeeding in the market place have a web browser that supports HTML (and Javascript). On the surface it looks like what computer scientists where trying to accomplish years ago with C++ and Java is now happening through HTML. If you want to write an application that will run on multiple devices and work the same way, you use HTML. Saying this sounds a little weird coming out of a computer scientist's keyboard. After all, HTML is not really a programming language and it is very limited in what it can accomplish when compared to C++ and Java.

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.

Articulate Quizmaker and Saba

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I really like Articulate Quizmaker '09 software. I'm bummed to say I have not been using it much because the focus of the content I've been creating is more on software simulations and not a lot of traditional quiz functionality. However, I'm using it with my latest project and I am reminded again how easy it is to create slick looking quizzes using Quizmaker. I'm working with the Saba LMS for this project. As most developers know, each LMS has a different "attitude" and behavior. Out of the box, Quizmaker was not exiting well when the user clicks the "Finish" button at the end of the quiz.

Saba Player Templates and Best Practices

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The question is “what is the best way to create a video based training course in Saba?” When first answering a question like this, I like to look around for best practices. have a lot of video based content. The videos are 3 to 5 minutes long and I have 40 to 50 videos in a course. In this case, I was unable to find a best practice when it comes to packaging as SCORM to deliver in an LMS. Key Issues to be Addressed The two issues I’m wrangling with are usability versus cost to deliver. want my learners to have a consistent look and feel for video based courses. Each SCO has two pages.

Where's the support calls? Not that I'm complaining.

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At the beginning of February I launched several new web based training modules on a new LMS. This training is available to nearly 22,000 employees. I've been in the web business long enough to know that something will happen that I didn't anticipate. Usually this is because of an odd configuration by an end-user. It can be a toolbar with a pop-up blocker causing problems, a corrupted plug-in, unusual accessibility settings, or a whole slew of things. But to my surprise there have been hardly any support calls in the first month. If this person solves the problem, it never is reported to me.

Adobe Learning Summit

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I'm looking forward to attending the Adobe Learning Summit in March. There are a few things I'm particularly interested in: Adobe Captivate Widget 101 - I've already created my own widget to marshal communications between Captivate and Lectora so that I can save a learner's place inside a simulation. However, I'm interested in learning more about best practices for creating widgets and see some examples of what other people have done. Captivate for Android Devices - I'm a bit of an Android fan so anything with the name Android in it immediately draws my attention. What are your learning goals?

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

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Self-Paced Success Factors

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This fall I launched a series of self-paced online courses. This was the company's first attempt at self-paced online training. Courses were served entirely online and learner results were tracked.  I used a combination of in house custom developed content and 3rd party content. The courses developed in house were based on simulations and interactions. The 3rd party courses were based on video presentations. The courses went well and good positive feedback was received. The simulations matched exactly what the users see when they log-in to their own accounts. There was no LMS to log into.

Take Command of your next Meeting

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All of us go to meetings and most of us think the meetings occur way too often and last way too long. Instead of formal meetings, I’m a big fan of impromptu meetings with 2-3 people when technical decisions need to be made. I’ve never seen good decisions made when more than 4 people are in the room. However, for large projects, it is important to have regular status meetings where representatives from all aspects of the project are present (i.e. development, support, documentation, marketing, etc.). These meetings should not exceed 1 hour and should normally be accomplished in much less time.

5 Simple Steps to Attach a File in Adobe Captivate

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Attaching a file in Adobe Captivate is simple if you follow these 5 steps. common reason you may want to follow these steps it to link to a PDF file from your project. These steps assume you have already added a button or click box to your slide. will show you how to attach the file to the project that you''ll link to from this button or click box. 1. For the ACTION, choose Open URL or file. 2.

e-Learning Benefits and Challenges

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e-Learning is an important consideration in education for several reasons: Implimented correctly, it can reduce some of the costs associated with education It allows schools to educate people they could not previously (e.g. people that work for a living, people geographically dispersed, etc.) Many students communicate better in a web based environment than in the traditional classroom. Studies have shown that students who would not raise a hand in class will be very active in posting to discussion boards for example. at a large corporation). So, online courses will continue to be offered.

What's New In Adobe Captivate 9!

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she showcases the latest features & enhancements in the all-new Adobe Captivate 9. You will learn about the stellar features of this release along with Captivate Draft –the new storyboarding app.