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Why Learning From Videos is Difficult

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We love watching videos. YouTube and other similar video sharing websites have made viewing and sharing videos as easy as possible. However when it comes to learning from videos, there is certainly a hitch. For example, consider I have to write a paper on Entrepreneurship and I am referring to some videos on the topic. The duration is also indicated.

4 Essential Steps to Teach a New Concept/Technique

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Target Audience: Beginner/Intermediate (Instructional Designers/Content Writers/Technical Writers). find it really hard to work with SLR settings. So I settled for a camera which has a lot of automatic settings and some basic SLR settings, that are easy to work with. I was not sure what to do with the options AV/TV. But then, I was still confused. Please take some time to post a comment.

20 Tips to Get Started With Your First E-learning Project

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This is my first post for this year. have not been able to blog due to lot of changes that’s been happening in my professional life. Anyways, here I come, once again, to share the little knowledge that I have. This blog post is for those venturing into custom e-learning business or people who are getting started with their first e-learning project. Before I get into the crux of this post, I would like to explain why I decided to write on this topic. When you are trying to do something for the first time, there is always lot to  learn and do before you actually get successful.

The Difference Between Technical Writing and Instructional Design

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A lot of people frequently ask me about the difference between Technical Writing and Instructional Design. I had written a post about this earlier and also argued that you require more or less the same kind of skills for both these fields and it was completely my standpoint on these two professions. So here we go! Technical Writing. You should see a help manual). Installation Guides. API Manuals.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

What is the state of Instructional Design/ers in India?

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I was busy last two months and that’s one main reason, I have kept away from this blog. This month is better and I have been catching up with some of my friends and fellow Instructional Designers. A  short discussion with my fellow Instructional Designers on the state of Instructional Design/Instructional Designers in India prompted me to write this post. What is the actual state of Instructional Design and Instructional Designers in India today – This is something I guess all of us in India want to know!! mean people who develop training material. Must know HTML, CSS. Can you help?

7 Tips to Work Well with Graphic Designers

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Do you have experience working with Graphic Designers? How would you interact with Graphic Designers and get things done? How would you sort out difference with Graphic Designers? These are common questions asked to Instructional Designers. These questions may not make sense to you, if you do not work with Graphic Designers in your organization. In some organizations, Instructional Designers also wear the hat of  Graphic Designers, especially if they are working with rapid e-learning tools. In such a set up, differences between Instructional Designers and Graphic Designers are just too many.

Should Form Follow Function or Vice Versa?

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Some years back, I had to go through an induction program in one MNC. I was introduced to an award winning e-learning program that was supposed to introduce me to the company, product, services,  policies and procedures and more. The e-learning course interface design was  extravagant. It was an expert graphic designer’s work. While the design was out of the world, the content was too drab and boring. To be frank , I got nothing out of the course. There was a time when I used to give a thumps up to fancy designs and interfaces and a thumps down to anything that was plain and simple.

How to Insert an Audio Loop in Camtasia

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When I was creating this tutorial video using Camtasia , I was looking for ways to insert an audio loop. The audio clip I had was just 32 seconds and I had to extend it till 4 minutes. In Camtasia Studio, I could not find an option to loop the audio track. Please let me know if there is any such option. For example, I have added the audio clip twice in the Timeline as shown below.

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.

5 Quick Tips to Reduce Editing Time in Camtasia Studio

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Editing a video using Camtasia is a bit of a challenge for newbies – you will agree to this, if you are a regular user of Camtasia. But I think every tool has its pain points and there is always a learning curve with all  e-learning or screen capture tools. You really need to figure out how to work well with tools like Camtasia to make your life easy. Hope you found this post useful.

Dieting and Learning – 4 Tips to do it the right way!

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Agree or not, ours is a very weight conscious society. Meet someone after ages, the first thing they do is tell you how fat or how slim you have become. Most often it is either a compliment on your weight loss or a criticism on weight gain. Aishwarya Rai’ s weight gain became a national issue, recently. Sounds funny but it’s true. Anorexic people are the proudest of all today. Why am I talking about all these here, you may wonder? Well, I do find a striking similarity between dieting and learning.  You got to do both these right to get good results. Here we go: 1. Then stop. No way!

What Kind of Project Are You Working on?

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Its been quite some time since I connected with you all. So I am just curious to know what you/other Instructional Designers are working on these days? Please go ahead and take this poll. Feel free to choose more than one response. If you are working on custom e-learning, please do not choose the rest of the options. I am sure the results are going to be interesting. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Instructional Design Instructional Designers

Here’s How You Reduce Training and Support Costs!

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You have an amazing software product… the product is going to create great value for your customers… you plan to invest a lot in support and training and increase  product adoption…… Wow! Is that good enough? Have you thought of a way to increase product adoption, keeping training and support costs low? Well, it’s not simple,  I know. However it’s not impossible either… Solution: Invest more in the usability of the  product. Focus on user effectiveness. increase success rate and reduce users errors. improve ease of use and ease of learning.

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.

Instructional Design Review Checklists – Key to Quality E-learning

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In any e-learning development company, storyboards and e-learning courses go through rounds of testing to ensure desired quality levels.  You should find a lot of blog posts on e-learning testing. All these articles talk about the importance of usability testing, learnability testing for e-learning courses. When you talk of e-learning testing,  Instructional Design review is also a critical testing activity that happens in the development phase/storyboarding phase. Is content structuring okay? Have instructional stragies been applied right? How is the instructional flow? Assessment design.

Reviving The Writers Gateway!

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Hi All, My sincere apologies to all of you who come to this blog regularly. Its been a year now and haven’t been able to write much or post useful stuff here. have been reading all your comments and even queries. I am so sorry for not responding. I am taking some active steps to revive this blog. Here’s all you have to do: Click on the image below to view the group. Thank you.

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7 Invaluable Thoughts about Film Making That Applies to Instructional Designing too! | The Writers Gateway

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have started reading this interesting book called Directing the Story by Francis Glebas. I am sure you have seen or heard of the movies Lion King and P ocahontas. Francis Glebas has worked on these really popular movies. I am enjoying this book - Directing the Story in which Francis Glebas gives some practical tips on film making. While I was reading this book, it struck me that whatever Glebas is talking about applies to e-learning too. have always compared instructional designing to film making. have also likened the role of an Instructional Designer to a movie maker. Thought 1. Thought 2.

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.

The Best Way to Open a New Sales Talk

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This is one of the best instructional videos that I have come across. Some highlights of this video: Focuses on a single learning point. Has a storyline. Has humour. Is instructionally sound. Focuses on real life situations. Demonstrates practical application of skills. The best way to open a sales talk – Explania. How To" Videos Scenario Based E-learning

My First Impressions of Articulate Storyline

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I downloaded the trial version of Articulate Storyline and have been playing with it. The best thing about Storyline is that Try Me Simulations are automated. You just need to open any web application and perform the tasks as you record your screen and then insert the slides as Try mode steps. Your job is done. All your mouse clicks/text entries are captured and when you preview, the same actions are available for the learner/user to try out. Isn’t that cool? But there are still some things, I am trying to figure. I see that not all actions get converted to Try mode. Still figuring out.

Blog Post or Snippets?

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Its been ages since I blogged and am I really feeling bad about it? still can’t figure out.  I was just wondering why I stopped blogging: New job. New stuff to do. Bored of blogging. Unwillingness to write full length posts. Am running out of ideas. Nothing new to share. Blogging is not helping me in any way or. Simply lazy. Reasons could be many. But then I don’t want to stop sharing stuff here. Probably I should start writing snippets – a few lines or a paragraph about something that I want to share. What do you think? Writers Gateway News

The Writers Gateway Presents Top 10 Posts 2010

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The year 2010 has been great. have written close to 43 posts and have managed to keep this blog alive A couple of posts managed to enter the “Great Learning Posts&# list in elearning Learning.  This certainly has encouraged me to write more. hope to write better posts the coming year. So here’s is closing this year with  TOP 10 posts of 2010. Why Learning From Videos is Difficult.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

A Question to Answer – No/Incorrect Source Content, What do I do?

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One of my blog readers, Nivedita ( from India) asked me an interesting question : How do you go about finalizing content for your project when there is no source content or the source content you have is largely incorrect? My Take. Honestly, I feel every e-learning project must involve a subject matter. While its challenging to handle such a situation, you cannot avoid this at all. Do your best.

Is it Okay to Punish Your E-Learners for not Paying Attention?

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In school, I have been punished a lot of times – reasons :  homework not done, shoe not polished, stepped into the class late etc. used to hate punishments and always wondered why teachers cannot be a little lenient or deal with these issues in a better way. Now consider this e-learning course : The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective. Isn’t that frustrating?

Do you tell your learner “You’re Doing it All Wrong!” to teach the right way?

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A lady demonstrates 2 or 3 ways of making grilled cheese sandwich and tells you “You’re Doing it All Wrong!&# She finally teaches you the steps to make a cheese sandwich the right way. How would react to this? Would you relate to the things that you might be doing wrong and try to learn it to do the right way? Will you get irritated and think the person is arrogant? How did you do it?

Articulate Tips

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I recently changed my job and have been busy getting adjusted to the new environment, learning new technologies and picking up some Articulate skills. This is the first time I am actually using the tool and I experienced a shorter learning curve. While the tool is very easy to use, there are issues that crop up every now and then and the issues are varied. In this post, I would like to talk about a recent issue that I faced while using Articulate 09 and show a way to resolve the issue. sent a mail to the Articulate team and they quickly sent me a fix. Solution. Solution.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

IDConnect – Quarterly Newsletter of Instructional Designers Community of India

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Hello all, We had been working on the quarterly newsletter of Instructional Designers Community of India for sometime now and finally the newsletter – IDConnect has shaped up and got released today. Here is a copy for all the readers of this blog Hope you enjoy the newsletter. Click on the image to download. Use Internet Explorer.

Using Case Studies/Scenarios for New Application Training

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When you have to get people to use a new product/application, there are definitely some challenges because the new product/application will bring a drastic change in the way they work.  If the orientation to the new product/application is not done properly, people will simply be confused and resist using the product/application, no matter how beneficial it might be to them.

Time to Eliminate Software Product Tutorials?

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The software industry is loaded with help manuals and tutorials. It doesn’t matter how complex or easy the product is, a help manual or a tutorial is a must have. Why would someone need a help manual or a tutorial if the product is self-explanatory, obvious, easy to use? This post tries to raise some questions in favour of intuitive software applications/products. What users want? Reasons.

T-Bite: Examples of Augmented Reality Games

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Some weeks back, I posted some videos on Augmented Reality that illustrated how this concept may be applied in real life. found some interesting videos that showcase Augmented Reality Games. thought they are worth sharing in the T-Bites section. So here are you go: VIDEO 1 ( via Tom Kuhlmann ). VIDEO 2. VIDEO 3. Avatar – Experience Pandora After the Movie Ends. VIDEO 4.

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.

T-Bite: Top 10 Resources for Learning Professionals

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There are umpteen web resources on Instructional Design, learning and training.  However there are very few blogs, networks and websites that give you really useful information. In this post, I would like to list those blogs and websites that provide learning professionals with lot of useful information absolutely free of cost. This blog has lots of good examples and case studies on the subject.

Introduction to the Instructor Led Training ToolKit

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I receive a lot of queries on how to design Instructor Led Training (ILT)  programs. Such queries most often come from professionals who have experience designing e-learning programs. In my opinion, if you have experience designing e-learning programs, you can use the same skills to design ILTs  too. You do not need any unique skillsets to design ILTs. In this post, I will explain -. Summary.

T-Bite: Interesting Videos on Augmented Reality

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In 1990, Boeing researcher Tom Caudell first coined the term “augmented reality” to describe a digital display used by aircraft electricians that blended virtual graphics onto a physical reality. So here are some interesting videos that demonstrate how augmented reality works. VIDEO 1. VIDEO 2 ( Courtesy : eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time ). VIDEO 3. More on Augmented Reality.

T-Bite: Depressing Survey of L&D

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Donald Clark has an interesting finding in his blog. So I thought I of sharing that bit of information via T-Bite. So here is the excerpt from Donald Clark’s blog post: It’s has been claimed by the likes of Donald Taylor and Jay Cross, that training must transform itself or risk being ignored. For the first time I’ve seen evidence that this may be true. 46% doubt L&D can deliver.

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.