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Free Webinar Series: Learn to Use Articulate Storyline

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Buildinginteractive eLearning usually means you have to have programming skills or ateam of programmers at hand. Today, that’s no longer the case. With ArticulateStoryline you can experience the simplicity of working in a familiar interfaceand the power of creating more than click-and-read eLearning…all at the speedof business. Attend"How to" workshops - free to members of Training Magazine Network.Registration will be limited to the first 2,000 to sign up. To access handouts,access links, etc, participants will need to register as members of TrainingMagazine Network.

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction

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Karl Kapp’s new book “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” launched this week – I was able to preview the book. It’s available on the ASTDBook store and Amazon. Make sure to use your Chapter Code when ordering the book to support your local ASTD Chapter - the Houston ASTD Code is CH7032. The four themes in the book are: 1. Matching game results with game design. 4. This is a arcade game.

Free Webinar: Clark Quinn on How Mobile Enables Social Learning, May 23

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Social learning is an increasing part of organizational learning, and mobile learning brings a new dimension to social learning in important ways. What do we need to know to do this well? Find out on May 23 in How Mobile Enables Social Learning with mLearning expert Clark Quinn. Register now for this complimentary webinar. You do not need to be a member of The eLearning Guild to access this event. Check it out: [link

16 Free Tools to Create Media for Learning

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October26th, 1:00pm ET Space isLimited Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now At: [link] As a trainingdeveloper, you're no stranger to budget cuts. Companies everywhere are turningto e-learning and mobile learning as a solution to improve performance whilecutting costs. But how do you create engaging, high-quality content for youronline training courses? How can you make simple adjustments to images andrecordings without having to spend thousands of dollars on a suite of products? In thiscomplimentary webinar, learn about 16 different free tools that can help youwith your media creation and revision.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

Screen Captures using Office 2010

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Did you know that there is a screen capture tool built into Office 2010? Access the tool in any Office application (Word, Excel etc.) by clicking the Insert ribbon and then clicking Screenshot.

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e-Learning for Kids: Professional Instructional Design Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference for Children!

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Do you have timeto volunteer your instructional design skills during a three-month period?If If so, e-Learning for Kids, a global non-profit foundation that reachedover 3 million children in 190 countries in 2011 (with 50 percent usage inthe United States) with its free courseware, needs your help! The goal is todevelop 100-plus lessons in 2012 for Math World—a virtual world for learning Mathin the context of different countries and continents. To-date, more than 80lessons have been launched! How can you help? Are you a skilled instructional designer who can develop two or more storyboards?

MinyanLand - have fun, play games, learn about money

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Most virtual worlds have to do with fun and games. MinyanLand, brought to you by the Council for Economic Education,is a virtual community designed to engage students in games and other interactions that are both entertaining and educational. Choosing your own character, you can explore the world for yourself. Everything you do can be practice for real life. Check it out: [link

Free Webinar: Hands-on Training: Creating an HTML5 course using Adobe Captivate 5.5 and HTML5 converter

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Topic: Creating an HTML5 course using Adobe Captivate 5.5 and HTML5 converter Date and time: Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn how to create a good looking eLearning course which can be published as HTML5 output. In this Hands-on session, we will also look at using HTML5 converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5. While doing this, we will discuss creating content slides and question slides as well for the course. Registration Link: [link

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.

Free Webinar 7/28/11: Mobile Learning Basics + (Free) Mobile Learning Guide

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Speaker: Judy Brown, Mobile Learning Strategic Analyst, Advanced Distributed Learning Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011 Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session) The ADL Mobile Learning Team recently released a mobile version of their mLearning Guide on the web and in various mobile platform stores. Join the webinar for discussion on the single development for deployment on multiple devices and choices made in development. Lessons learned will be shared. Join the webinar for discussion on the single development for deployment on multiple devices and choices made in development.

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Webinar: Using Social Media to Support Workplace Learning

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Jane Hart Social Business Consultant Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 10:30 AM Pacific Time Complimentary for Paid Guild Members More and more people are using social media and networks to solve their learning and performance problems in the workplace — connecting, conversing, and collaborating with colleagues both inside and outside the organization. Jane Hart will share her experiences in, ideas about, and predictions for using social media to support workplace learning. Check it out: [link

Attending the ASTD International Conference? There's an app for that!

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If you are attending the ASTD International Conference in Denver May 6-9, download and start populating the ASTD Events app - Android or iOS (iPhone/iPAD) available. You don't have to carry around a paper schedule! Only drawback I see is I loaded the app on both my iPhone and iPAD and it looks like they don't sync up. Features include: Native universal app : Great for iPAD and no wifi connection required to access the conference program, visual schedule or animated maps. Now View : Stay informed about hot issues, program changes, upcoming sessions, Twitter feeds and organizer messages.

OSHA Heat Safety Tool - Available for Android OS. Others coming soon

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Living in Houston, the heat index is always a concern - especially for those who work outdoors. The OSHA Heat Safety Tool allows workers and supervisors to calculate the. heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. You can get reminders about the protective measures. illness. Check it out: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.erg.heatindex&feature=search_result.

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.

Harnessing the Power of Mobile in Education and Training Today

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May 8, 2012 10:30AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time Judy Brown Mobile Learning Analyst, mLearnopedia There is a lot of talk about mobile in our field today, and even more questions: What really is mLearning? Why is mLearning important? Who is developing and deploying mLearning, and what is working? How do I get started with mLearning? Judy Brown — a learning expert who believed in the potential of mLearning long before it was really possible — addresses common questions about mLearning and to explore opportunities for mLearning moving forward. Register Now - [link

ASTD Essentials Series: Essentials of Experiential Learning and Simulations

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Experience is the Best Teacher – Using Simulations to Build Experience Ken Spero, Executive Director, NexLearn - Immersive Learning University Are you interested in developing simulations but don’t have the time to go to a workshop or conference? If so, this ASTD online workshop may be the answer. Each Essentials Series online workshop is delivered by a live facilitator who is an experienced learning and development practitioner. You and your fellow classmates will collaborate in the virtual classroom via interactive group discussions, polls, chats, and whiteboards. Check it out: [link

WEN 2013 Biennial Conference

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I attended the WEN 2013 Biennial Conference, April 3 - 5, 2013 at the Westin Memorial City Hotel in Houston Texas. Overall, it was one of the best conferences I have attended in years – lots of good information and sharing of ideas. About WEN: WEN was founded in 1994 by Karyl McCurdy Lawson with the purpose of fostering the development and advancement of women in energy by developing a strong network. After years of being the sole woman on energy transactions, Karyl believed that many women energy professionals were in the same position, but unable to connect with each other.

Need a good video transcoder?

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Handbrake is an open-source program (free) thatconverts video.It is available for PC, MAC and Linux platforms. discovered Handbrake when I was convertingPowerPoint presentations to video for iPAD distribution. The PowerPoint Saveand Send as Video function converts the PPT to a WMV file. used Handbrake toconvert the WMV to MP4 format. Start by selecting your source file (or files).


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.

Free Articulate Storyline Interaction - Octodogs

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Here's a free Articulate Storyline interaction that I came accross in a LinkedIn group. Credit to Alexandros Anoyatis ( twitter@ anoyatis ). View Demo : [link] Download Story : [link] Screenr : [link

Free Webinar: 2/10 - Litmos "Love your LMS": Experience the world's most user-friendly Learning Management System

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February10th, 1:00pm ET Space isLimited Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now At: [link] Litmos is the Learning Management System (LMS) that people love to use. Easy to assemble courses, assign them to learners and watch the resultscome in. The best part is Litmos is a hosted training system, which means you'll neverneed help from the IT department to set up. You can literally get started inminutes. Key features in Litmos: · Hosted/SaaS LMS · SCORM 1.2 At any time you can see if your students have completed theirtraining, how long they took and what scores they achieved.

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Miss out on Learning 2011? Check out the Learning Wiki

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Did you miss Learning 2011 (Masie Conference)? If so, here's the scoop on available content - lots of great information, videos and a free eBook! Learning Wiki: Content, video and participant perspectives on the seminars and keynotes at [link] Watch interviews with Inventor Dean Kamen, learning leaders from Walmart and Starbucks, and much more. The interviews are rboken into segments focused on key questions; you can use them or pass them along. Go to [link] for the videos from Learning 2011. Early Registration will open next week for those who want to use 2011 funds for next year’s event

Free webcast (ASTD members) - Twitter 101: The Basics and Tips for Learning Use

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Thursday, January 12 • 2:00 p.m. ET Presenter: David Kelly Twitter is an excellent tool to leverage for both personal and professional learning and growth, and more and more organizations are harnessing its power as part of learning programs. And with that, many learning professionals are encountering the same challenges, such as: How can I use Twitter in my learning programs if I don't even know how to use Twitter myself? What is the platform's value? REGISTER NOW Open to all as part of the ASTD 2012 TechKnowledge webcast series

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

Free Houston Seminar: Technical Training: A Leveraged Application (Part 2)

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University of Houston, College of Technology, Human ResourceDevelopment Program, Brown Bag Series Date – Dec 9 th , 2011 Time – 11:00 – 1:00 PM Location – University of Houston, Cameron Bldg., Room 109 Directions: 4200 Wheeler, 77204 (we will provide parking tags) Please RSVP with Consuelo at cwaight@uh.edu or 713-743.4086 The Challenge Redesigningtechnical training is a mandate for many companies. Where does the redesignstart? How do we create alignment? Wheredoes accountability for change and learning occur? What are our lenses? How do we value ouradult learners regardless of background?

New Gmail Option - Gmail Motion

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I'm really excited about the new Gmail feature - Gmail motion. Now you can control Gmail with your body. Check it out at [link


Free Webinar: Creating eLearning Stories and Exercises with Articulate Storyline®

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Interested in the new product from Articulate? Attend this free webinar! Speaker: Ray Jimenez, Ph.D., Chief Learning Architect of Vignettes for Training, Inc. Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011. Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session). REGISTER: [link

free, Open Source eBook: Learning Strategies!

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Here is a free, Open Source eBook from The MASIE Center: Learning Strategies! Including articles from CNN, CIA, Farmers Insurance andothers. 104 Pages - Edited by Nigel Paine. Download: [link

Training Consumed in 60 Seconds: Microlearning Is Made For Today's Growing Teams

Microlearning is a way to solve the problems facing educators and trainers of today. Learn how to create effective training programs through Microlearning with Grovo.

Computer Security Games for Download (includes Flash source files)

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OnGuardOnline.govprovides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industryto help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, andprotect your personal information. The websitehas lots of great games that can be downloaded and included in your training -the download includes both published and source files! The Internet Education Foundation, through GetNetWise.org , has contributed videotutorials for OnGuardOnline.gov. These video tutorials show you step-by-stephow to change the preferences in your internet software to enhance privacy,safety, and security.

PPT courses to the iPAD - Which way to go?

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I recently experimented with various methods of getting aPPT course developed with Articulate Presenter to the iPAD. HTML Articulate player from eLearning Enhanced: Works great. Just wish they had a quiz component (it's in the works). link] Flash on iPAD from iSwifter– works ok. It executes the Flash content in its own data center and then sends video down the pipe to the user’s iPAD, which has to be connected to a Wi-Fi connection. link] PPT2Video from Wondershare – strip out all the Articulate elements and insert audio on the page.

A Strategic Approach for selecting an LMS for a SMB (Small and Medium Sized Business)

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This free webinar provides practical information and strategies to be considered by small and medium sized organizations to get the best Return on Investment (ROI) when choosing a LMS. Items included will be LMS selection, LMS administration, eLearning creation and eLearning deployment. This webinar will include valuable information on how to introduce eLearning to you organization and produce success. If you are looking at adding in eLearning and a LMS, or are considering changing to a new LMS you will definitely want to join this webinar.


Free Webinars - Working with Adobe Captivate

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Topic: Creating Quizzes with Random Questions in Adobe Captivate 5.5 Date and time: Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish to learn how to create quizzes with random questions using Adobe Captivate 5.5. They will show you how to create a question pool, create a quiz with random questions, reuse question pools created for other projects, and create a quiz with questions coming from various question pools. Registration Link: [link] Topic: Best Practices for Working with Objects in Adobe Captivate 5.5 Registration Link: [link

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

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

Free Webinar 11/8 - E-learning Trends: Learning & Talent Systems & Services

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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CST This webinar will deal with the latest trends around Learning & Talent Systems and Services. They will share a portion of a clip from the ELCE show, where they asked the “founding fathers” of the LMS industry, “With the growing trend towards social and informal learning, what do you think the role of the LMS will be in the future.” Who were these “founding fathers” and CEO’s? Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/970415786

Monthly free e-book from The University of Chicago Press

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About once per month,The University of Chicago Press offers a free e-book. This month's book is "Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America". Before there was Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce—liberal satirists who, through their wry and scabrous comedic routines, waged war against the political ironies, contradictions, and hypocrisies of their times. Revel with a Cause is their story." Enter your e-mail address and click "Get E-book." Once you get the e-mail, click the link in your device to load. Check it out: [link

Using the Internet for Scavenger Hunts - Adapt for Corporate Training?

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There's a website designed for kids that you should explore for interactiveexercises for corporate training. The mission of the USA-SOS Internet Challenge is to promote cybercitizenship among students by engaging them in a fun, age-appropriate,competitive online program where they learn how to safely and responsibly usethe internet. One of the activities is a scavenger hunt. Use the Scavenger Hunt Documentto help you find important tips. Click an icon to open a new web page withinformation. Then take the Post-Quiz. Check it out: [link

Partnering to Heal - Excellent Example of Scenario-Based Learning

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"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health released Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections , an interactive computer-based video-simulation training program. Healthcare-associated infections harm many patients, causing injury and raising costs. On average, 1 in 3 patients admitted to a hospital suffers a medical error or adverse event and at any given time about 1 in every 20 patients is affected by an infection related to hospital care. billion every year. Check it out: [link

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.