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APRIL 10, 2012 The 3 Things ‘Draw Something’ Can Teach Us About Being Better Designers
A friend of mine introduced me to ' Draw Something ' last month and I must admit - I'm addicted. I've always been a doodler but this app really ups the ante by challenging me to illustrate a wide array of concepts - everything from simple words like 'cow' to people like 'Lady Gaga' or 'Madonna' - so they can be guessed by a friend who's also drawing words for you. Animate vs. Illustrate. Probably.
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AUGUST 9, 2011 Stop Trying to Make Training Memorable
I don't know about the rest of you, but my memory is shot. Something about the transition from my mid to my late 30's (likely parenthood) has forced me to abandon any pretense of being one of those highly organized people who never writes stuff down. But my reliance on tools isn't respected, appreciated, or even tolerated by some. The Visual Design Myth. Of course not. Design Featured
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JANUARY 16, 2012 Confessions of an Occasionally Lazy Instructional Designer
On occasion I've taken design shortcuts that resulted in mediocre (maybe even some lousy) eLearning. There, I said it. In some more recent cases, the design shortcuts I took seemed necessary because of the timeline for the project. Sure, you could say that I chose to pick my battles, but the honest truth is that - at least in a few cases - I chose to take the easy way out. Going with Your Gut.
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JANUARY 23, 2012 A Fairytale about the Art of Storytelling
Once upon a time there lived a wise man named Ed. Because he was so wise, the town elders appointed Ed to teach the other townspeople how to perfect their skills so the town could grow and prosper and perhaps, one day, merge with a bigger town to become a glistening, bustling beacon of a city. Of course, sir! And the elders were happy. Ed, we have a very important matter to discuss with you. We've
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JULY 13, 2011 Authenticity: The Secret Sauce of Learning?
The following is a real outtake over-heard from an actual training class: "It's important when you speak to customers that you use your own words and feel comfortable in what you are saying. I've prepared some scripts that will help.". In the language of today's 140-character driven society, I'm going to label this one as an #authenticityfail. Authenticity as the Secret Sauce.
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MAY 3, 2013 Repeat After Me: eLearning is a Technology Solution
'Dear clients, In my 3+ years as a freelancer, I’ve worked with many different types of companies and organizations – everything from huge Fortune 500s with a global audience to small, local businesses with less than 20 employees. Helping small businesses gives me an opportunity to collaborate and design affordable, scalable learning solutions and lay a foundation of good practices. Working with my larger clients generally gives me access to more resources and budget, but usually with more creative restrictions. Spend money on good design. The visual design elements (i.e. Rush job?
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TRINA RIMMER You might be misguided if…
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012
2012 was an “interesting” year (yes, with air quotes). In my 2nd year as a freelance instructional designer, I learned a lot about myself and my industry. While I see great promise in technology and, a good deal of momentum for change in how we foster and measure learning and performance in the workplace, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Between debunked learning theories that resurface with zombie-like persistence (hello learning styles !) Your “performance” objective for a compliance course is that people click an Acknowledgment button. What were yours? MORE >>
TRINA RIMMER You Are Not a PowerPoint Monkey
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
In Brian Dusablon's and Judy Unrein's recent ' The Toolbar ' podcast they talked about the features of their dream elearning authoring tools, and I was really struck by the point that most elearning authoring tools aren't designed for 'designers'; they're designed for people who aren't designers. Think about it: most of today's popular tools and learning web apps are marketed with the message that the tools can be used to equip SMEs and other non-designer types with the ability to easily convert their existing content (usually PowerPoint) into (amazing, brilliant, life-changing) elearning. MORE >>
TRINA RIMMER Call to Action: 3 Big Reasons You Need a Portfolio
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Dear Reader, I hate to be a nag (even though I'm awfully good at it.) but now that DevLearn is done and the year is coming to a close, you really need to get your act together! Where's your portfolio? Why aren't you sharing your work with the world yet? Whether you're a loyal worker bee or an ever-hungry freelancer it's time that we all admit that the dynamic of the employment market is fundamentally changing, and accompanying those big changes is a shift in the role of the instructional designer. With all of these changes, it's time to started asking ourselves: 1. Win and win. Think. Repeat. MORE >>
TRINA RIMMER In Praise of the Humble Click & Read
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013
Let’s face it: a lot of us have a huge guilt complex where eLearning design is concerned. I’ve noticed that whenever you put a bunch of designers into a room, someone eventually admits that they’re not doing “interactive” eLearning. In fairness, I’m usually an enthusiastic participant in these kinds of purge sessions. After all, design frustration is a fairly common condition in the world of L&D. But now I’d like to assume a more radical position. I’m going to stop playing design therapist or frustrated fellow designer. Of course not. MORE >>
TRINA RIMMER Top 5 So-Bad-They’re-Good Training Videos
| TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
They say we mock the things we love most. If that's the case then I must be completely head-over-heels in love with corporate training videos. I can't get enough of their stiff dialog, bad acting, and cheesy special effects. It seems no matter how well produced (or over-produced) the humble training video has always been a reliable means of delivering employee bemusement mixed with audio/visual annoyance, and far too often a heavy-handed message strung together with absurd scenarios seemingly designed for intellectual insult. Don't worry about it! Delight Featured MORE >>
- A Memo to the SMEs of the World TRINA RIMMER | MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011
- Giving Job Aids a Makeover TRINA RIMMER | MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
- Feeling Creatively Blocked? Try Consciously Procrastinating TRINA RIMMER | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
- 3 Big Ideas: Mashing-up Substance with Style TRINA RIMMER | TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013
- The Real Problem with Instructional Design TRINA RIMMER | TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
- How NOT to Design a Sales Training Video TRINA RIMMER | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
- A “Dear John” Letter to Corporate America TRINA RIMMER | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
- Stuck in a job that sucks? 4 Ways to Get Over the Suck in Stuck TRINA RIMMER | TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
- Trend-spotting: 3 Learning & Development Movements You Need to Watch TRINA RIMMER | SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013
- Breaking 3 Bad Design Habits TRINA RIMMER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
- Mobile Learning: Is it Time for Some Reality Checks? TRINA RIMMER | MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012
- Create Compare & Contrast Exercises in Articulate Quizmaker TRINA RIMMER | TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
- Fabulously Retro Customer Service Training TRINA RIMMER | FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
- Credibility and the Training Team – 3 Behaviors to Avoid TRINA RIMMER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
- Keep it Real: Strategies for Adding More Authenticity to Your Training TRINA RIMMER | WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
- Try-too-Hard Training TRINA RIMMER | SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011
- 3 Sales Training Tips From a Complete Sucker TRINA RIMMER | MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010
- The Evolution of E-Learning Adoption TRINA RIMMER | THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010
- How to Create a Keyhole Effect in PowerPoint 2010 TRINA RIMMER | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010
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