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Repeat After Me: eLearning is a Technology Solution

Trina Rimmer

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?

3 Lessons I Learned from a (Lousy) 4th Grade Teacher

Trina Rimmer

Overly Punitive:  Drew a few army men on the back of your math homework? Big mistake. Now you’ve been assigned additional homework as punishment. It’s probably easy to see why my husband and I were left feeling annoyed, aggravated, and alienated. The result is the learning geek equivalent of a “ Burn Book.” ” It’s raw. It’s sarcastic. My Lessons Learned. 1.

4 Writing Tips for Better Learning Content

Trina Rimmer

A SME hands you their source material for a critical training project. Well, neither will your audience. So now what? How do you turn wordy corporate speak into compelling, purposeful content? 1. Speak to the individual. Imagine yourself in a conversation with one person and use that language convey your ideas. Ask SMEs to paraphrase wordy corporate speak. Use the “we-we” test. Avoid superlatives.

Call to Action: 3 Big Reasons You Need a Portfolio

Trina Rimmer

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? With all of these changes, it's time to started asking ourselves: 1. How can I demonstrate what I'm capable of doing? Win and win. Think. Repeat.

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.

Feeling Creatively Blocked? Try Consciously Procrastinating

Trina Rimmer

I've never been shy about my love/hate relationship with the corporate training video. Most suffer from a serious lack of authenticity and all but the rarest few come across as contrived, over-wrought, or  just plain silly (case in point: " Grill Skills "). Instead, the client requested that I write a scripted video with actors, a task I've undertaken dozens of times before.

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Stop Trying to Make Training Memorable

Trina Rimmer

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

The Real Problem with Instructional Design

Trina Rimmer

I'm attending ASTD's 2011 ICE in Orlando this week and in every session I hear the same things from my fellow IDs: "Learner's don't want to do mobile learning.".  "My organization won't allow us to access Social Media.".  "Our company isn't ready for informal learning.".  "My management doesn't have a tech infrastructure.". There's no way my company will ever let me do edgy/cool stuff.".

Authenticity: The Secret Sauce of Learning?

Trina Rimmer

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.

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.

You might be misguided if…

Trina Rimmer

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?

In Praise of the Humble Click & Read

Trina Rimmer

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.

Design Perspectives from Ira Glass

Trina Rimmer

In the world of NPR Geeks Ira Glass, host of “ This American Life ,” is utterly revered. Because I was fortunate enough to see him in person at a recent NPR event in Tampa I got to learn, first hand, why he’s so revered. Through a series of audio samples from traditional media (CNN, etc.) Broadcasting Content vs. Storytelling Storytelling with Content. Information is reported.

The 3 Things ‘Draw Something’ Can Teach Us About Being Better Designers

Trina Rimmer

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.

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.

Top 5 So-Bad-They’re-Good Training Videos

Trina Rimmer

I'm not sure which fatal flaw put the following videos over the top.  But somehow they've actually transcended the training video genre to become purely entertaining. . #5. Nintendo's 1991 Customer Service Training:  What happens when you depict customers as stereotypes and then add in a dose of smug superiority? If Don't worry about it!  Just climb on up there and grab those boxes yourself! #1.

Fabulously Retro Customer Service Training

Trina Rimmer

In my quest to add some creative spin to a customer service leadership program I'm developing for a client, I turned to YouTube for inspiration. While I didn't find anything particularly helpful with my current project, I did find a new addition to my every-growing list of  so-bad-they're-good training films/videos. Gender stereotyping. The role of social learning in the workplace.

A Fairytale about the Art of Storytelling

Trina Rimmer

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. And the elders were happy. One you MUST attend - or else!". showing the pathology of the virus. See?".

Mobile Learning: Is it Time for Some Reality Checks?

Trina Rimmer

Despite being an amazing multi-tasker my smart phone isn’t good at everything. Taking a photo? My phone rocks at being a camera. Want to read that latest Vanity Fair article?  My phone is a pretty lousy e-reader. Watching the funny video my friend shared with me? YouTube’s mobile app on my phone is, in my opinion, far superior to their cluttered website. Filling out an online form? My phone is a terrible data entry device. All the zooming in and out, while trying to click inside teeny-tiny text fields and then type on my teeny-tiny keyboard is agonizing. carrying out a WOW raid ).

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.

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Trina Rimmer

The post Is it a Cold or the Flu? appeared first on Rimmer Creative Group. Portfolio

3 Big Ideas: Mashing-up Substance with Style

Trina Rimmer

Big Idea #1: Repurpose the Substance. love to write. Over the past few years my blog has given me a convenient, creative outlet for sharing my ideas, exploring the potential of other people’s ideas applied to my own challenges, and poking fun at the little ironies that make up this “industry” we call Learning and Development. Big Idea #2: Refresh the Style. Brilliant!

Breaking 3 Bad Design Habits

Trina Rimmer

Being a designer presents us with daily opportunities to challenge ourselves, push boundaries and create solutions that make our businesses successful, our clients happy, and our audience more effective.  But sometimes our work isn’t very inspirational and it’s really hard to get ourselves psyched-up to change the world. starting with annual compliance training.

A Memo to the SMEs of the World

Trina Rimmer

From: The Training Team. To: Subject Matter Experts. RE: 5 Tips for Avoiding SME/Training Team Communication Breakdowns. In times of rapid change in the workplace, the members of the Training Team feel it' s important to address and correct matters that impact cross-team workflow and impede organizational progress. The training team isn't psychic. Psychotic? Paranoid Schizophrenic? Sometimes.

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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.

Create Compare & Contrast Exercises in Articulate Quizmaker

Trina Rimmer

Several years ago I worked for a company that used their LMS vendor's proprietary course authoring tool for all their in-house development.  This presented a few problems: The tool wasn't a big seller for the LMS vendor (more of a "free gift with purchase"). This This means it wasn't well-designed or well-maintained. Thankfully, there is! . Have any Articulate tips you'd like to share?

The Evolution of E-Learning Adoption

Trina Rimmer

I was responding to a comment on one of my recent blog posts for Mindflash , when the idea hit me: maybe all of us are struggling with the same basic (often baffling) challenges with the adoption of eLearning because we're treating it like a technology shift when, really, it's an idea shift we're after? The bigger question is: where is your organization in the evolution of eLearning adoption?

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Giving Job Aids a Makeover

Trina Rimmer

As designers, it's up to us advocate for the learner by creating sensible, easy to use tools and resources. Unfortunately Voluminous Job Aids. If your organization uses job aids as a training vehicle, you might be operating under the "more is more" design philosophy.  Do any of these alleged "job aids" sound familiar? Where do we go from here? The Quick Reference Guide. 2.The Jumbo job aid.

Stuck in a job that sucks? 4 Ways to Get Over the Suck in Stuck

Trina Rimmer

Last fall, the NY Times ran a great article - "Do Happier People Work Harder?". In it, the author cited results from The Gallup-Healthways  Well-Being Index  which indicated that Americans feel worse about their jobs — and work environments — than ever before. Not too surprising. This assessment coupled with my own casual observations and conversations with frustrated friends and colleagues allows me to draw many conclusions about myself, the fate of the modern worker , and ultimately the fate of the L&D function. But How do you thrive when you're stuck in job that sucks? Resist! Period.

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.

Try-too-Hard Training

Trina Rimmer

When I come across training that's trying too hard to be all things to all learners I sum it as "both a floor wax and a dessert topping." Now, for those of you over 35 this pop-culture reference will likely yield a knowing, nostalgic grin and for those of you who don't get it, thankfully there's the internet: Floor wax - sure! Dessert topping - why not? Combined? Um, not so much. Suspect your training is headed into "Shimmer" territory? Here are a few warning signs: Your audience includes everyone. You're removing language about how , in favor of why.

Why My 8-Year Old May Be Smarter Than Your HR Dept.

Trina Rimmer

Like many 8-year old girls my daughter Hayden is fascinated, even obsessed with horses. Because we live in the ‘burbs in a cookie-cutter master-planned no horses allowed kinda community, the odds of her getting a horse of her own are nil. Hayden understands the practical barriers to horse ownership, but the heart wants what it wants. These mini break-throughs were rare. For Featured

A Prescription for DevLearn

Trina Rimmer

When thinking about your own professional development needs, does your brain conjure images of PowerPoint training slides and competency models? Do you suffer from feelings of isolation and frustration when trying to convey what it is that you really do on the job? Do you feel overwhelmed by new tools and technology? If youve answered yes to any of these questions, youre not alone. You may be suffering from PDD: Professional Development Depression; a contagious, but highly treatable form of ambition arrest. Read the rest of this post on The eLearning Guild’s Twist blog.

Visual Design Makeover Manual

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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.

How To Do Laundry

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How NOT to Design a Sales Training Video

Trina Rimmer

As part of my ongoing fascination with all that is cheesy and overwrought in the world of corporate training videos, I’m pleased to present this beauty from Pier 1 Imports which combines sales process training with rap. Yes, you heard me.

Keep it Real: Strategies for Adding More Authenticity to Your Training

Trina Rimmer

Have you ever read a sales or marketing script used for training and thought to yourself, “Who actually says this stuff?” or “No caller is ever that polite and forthcoming.”? You’re not alone in being skeptical. Most of us are understandably reluctant to embrace words, processes or ideas that don’t ring true.  Read the rest of my post on the Impact Instruction Group blog. Design Featured

Trend-spotting: 3 Learning & Development Movements You Need to Watch

Trina Rimmer

As most of you were busy putting away holiday decorations and making New Year’s resolutions, I was polishing up PowerPoint slides, booking hotels, and prepping for full-on L&D immersion. With nearly back-to-back conferences and professional development events scheduled for January and February, I went into 2013 armed with curiosity, caffeine, and a whole lot of  Airborne ! If the downside of a packed schedule was the hectic pace, the up side was certainly all of the amazing conversations I’ve had with new and experienced learning practitioners. Featured

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.