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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.

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.

Morning Joe and Calculations in Lectora

Learning Developments

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.

e-Learning Benefits and Challenges

Learning Developments

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 in your Pocket? Part II

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I discussed what the Google phone is in What's in your Pocket? Part I. There's a reason I'm finally ready for a web savvy phone. The reason is that the web and mobile technology are now converging in a big way. The ability to access web search, contact information, calendar, RSS feeds, documents, weather, and other personalized information is getting a lot more practical. Cool stuff!

What's in your Pocket? Part II

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I discussed what the Google phone is in What's in your Pocket? Part I. There's a reason I'm finally ready for a web savvy phone. The reason is that the web and mobile technology are now converging in a big way. The ability to access web search, contact information, calendar, RSS feeds, documents, weather, and other personalized information is getting a lot more practical. Cool stuff!

What's in your Pocket? Part I

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If you read my post Joining the Revolution in November then you know that I've been looking forward to upgrading my standard mobile phone to a web enabled phone. The two web phone technologies I've been keeping my eye on are Apple and Google. I'm already a Google power user so having that functionality in a mobile device will be a perfect fit for me. So what makes a phone a "Google" phone.

What's in your Pocket? Part I

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If you read my post Joining the Revolution in November then you know that I've been looking forward to upgrading my standard mobile phone to a web enabled phone. The two web phone technologies I've been keeping my eye on are Apple and Google. I'm already a Google power user so having that functionality in a mobile device will be a perfect fit for me. So what makes a phone a "Google" phone.

Busting my Brain with Flash

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As a web developer learning Flash has been on my radar for quite some time. Now as an e-Learning training developer knowing Flash will allow me to do better quality training interactions with learners. So I'm off and up and learning. thought I would share some of my thoughts about my progress towards learning Flash. This has been a great way to get started. I'm still working on that one. Flash

Busting my Brain with Flash

Learning Developments

As a web developer learning Flash has been on my radar for quite some time. Now as an e-Learning training developer knowing Flash will allow me to do better quality training interactions with learners. So I'm off and up and learning. thought I would share some of my thoughts about my progress towards learning Flash. This has been a great way to get started. I'm still working on that one.

Shadowing by Robot

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I came across an interesting video from IEEE Spectrum Online that explains a robot used for video conferencing. You can think of this humanoid robot as the answer to the question "what do I do when I want to video conference with someone but I need to be mobile and let that person follow me around?" It's a pretty cool concept. Blissfully ignoring cost) I see this being useful in the training world.

Shadowing by Robot

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I came across an interesting video from IEEE Spectrum Online that explains a robot used for video conferencing. You can think of this humanoid robot as the answer to the question "what do I do when I want to video conference with someone but I need to be mobile and let that person follow me around?" It's a pretty cool concept. Blissfully ignoring cost) I see this being useful in the training world.

Lectora Score to LMS Basics

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I have completed developing my first course in Lectora and it is ready to run inside the LMS. The LMS I am using is Saba. This is important to note because each LMS handles SCORM content slightly differently and some SCORM related settings must be adjusted appropriately. For this course, I am not requiring a passing score for an assessment. Lectora Saba SCORM

Lectora Score to LMS Basics

Learning Developments

I have completed developing my first course in Lectora and it is ready to run inside the LMS. The LMS I am using is Saba. This is important to note because each LMS handles SCORM content slightly differently and some SCORM related settings must be adjusted appropriately. For this course, I am not requiring a passing score for an assessment.

A Budding Relationship for Captivate and Lectora

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I've been working with Lectora and Captivate to create my eLearning content (see Jan 13th I'm not yet Captivated by Lectora ). In that post I identified three possible techniques for passing the score/results from Captivate back to Lectora for processing: Use the e-mail command in Captivate and overwrite the JavaScript function for sending the mail. Using Send E-mail from Captivate. See code below.

A Budding Relationship for Captivate and Lectora

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I've been working with Lectora and Captivate to create my eLearning content (see Jan 13th I'm not yet Captivated by Lectora ). In that post I identified three possible techniques for passing the score/results from Captivate back to Lectora for processing: Use the e-mail command in Captivate and overwrite the JavaScript function for sending the mail. used Captivate 3 to verify this. See code below.

Social Self-Paced Training

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Social networking and online self-paced will merge into social self-paced training. I am convinced of this. After all, online self-paced training is content just like a YouTube video, a picture on flickr , a blog posting, or anything else. It can and should be commented on, rated, and shared. In my posting on the Is Social Media Making You Think from the ILS blog I talk about how e-learning professionals need to be thinking about how to include social media in their e-learning strategy. Informal social media doesn't replace formal online self-paced. Informal Social Formal

Social Self-Paced Training

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Social networking and online self-paced will merge into social self-paced training. I am convinced of this. After all, online self-paced training is content just like a YouTube video, a picture on flickr , a blog posting, or anything else. It can and should be commented on, rated, and shared. In my posting on the Is Social Media Making You Think from the ILS blog I talk about how e-learning professionals need to be thinking about how to include social media in their e-learning strategy. Informal social media doesn't replace formal online self-paced.

Momentary Value

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I'm making a second effort at Twitter. I've got too much information coming at me right now so I haven't been all that excited about adding tweets to my daily dashboard. I'm already behind on my RSS feeds and can barely get to Facebook at the end of each day. So adding Twitter seems like a complication I don't need. However, since I'm keen on studying how people learn and share information on-line, I'm redoubling my efforts to find value. Am I alone? Doesn't all this information on the web give you a headache? Each generation deals with this to a certain extent. Why would I want that?

Momentary Value

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I'm making a second effort at Twitter. I've got too much information coming at me right now so I haven't been all that excited about adding tweets to my daily dashboard. I'm already behind on my RSS feeds and can barely get to Facebook at the end of each day. So adding Twitter seems like a complication I don't need. However, since I'm keen on studying how people learn and share information on-line, I'm redoubling my efforts to find value. Am I alone? Doesn't all this information on the web give you a headache? Each generation deals with this to a certain extent. Why would I want that?

Storyboard vs. Stakeholders, Round 1

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I led a storyboard review meeting with several of the stakeholders of a "using e-mail" project I am working on. The feedback was very good and was a reminder as to why you review the storyboard before starting development. I had split the course into two sections: 1) e-mail policies and legal concerns; and 2) simple etiquette. As seems to happen in many of the review meetings I have, the discussion didn't go in the direction I thought it would. thought discussion would center around the content contained in each slide (which it did eventually). That is good to know before starting development.

Storyboard vs. Stakeholders, Round 1

Learning Developments

I led a storyboard review meeting with several of the stakeholders of a "using e-mail" project I am working on. The feedback was very good and was a reminder as to why you review the storyboard before starting development. I had split the course into two sections: 1) e-mail policies and legal concerns; and 2) simple etiquette. As seems to happen in many of the review meetings I have, the discussion didn't go in the direction I thought it would. thought discussion would center around the content contained in each slide (which it did eventually). That is good to know before starting development.

It's not Voodoo, It's JavaScript

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Have you ever wanted to use JavaScript in Lectora? There are a couple of tricks you'll need to know. Check out my post It's not Voodoo, It's JavaScript on the Integrated Learning Services blog. Lectora JavaScript

It's not Voodoo, It's JavaScript

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Have you ever wanted to use JavaScript in Lectora? There are a couple of tricks you'll need to know. Check out my post It's not Voodoo, It's JavaScript on the Integrated Learning Services blog

Storyboard and Blogger's Block

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I'm writing a storyboard for a course I'm designing. Although I'm more of a web developer than an instructional designer I'm stepping in to fill a need at my company. I am a little bummed that it takes time away from the development side of things. However, I really enjoy using my creativity to come up with a way to teach a topic that is engaging and helps the learner make memory connections to the content. I'm using PowerPoint to layout the flow of the course using a storyboard format. Use this template as a place to outline the course, course interactions, and indicate sequencing. Storyboar

Storyboard and Blogger's Block

Learning Developments

I'm writing a storyboard for a course I'm designing. Although I'm more of a web developer than an instructional designer I'm stepping in to fill a need at my company. I am a little bummed that it takes time away from the development side of things. However, I really enjoy using my creativity to come up with a way to teach a topic that is engaging and helps the learner make memory connections to the content. I'm using PowerPoint to layout the flow of the course using a storyboard format. Use this template as a place to outline the course, course interactions, and indicate sequencing.

Joining the Revolution in November

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I've finally decided to commit my dollars to the mobile revolution. About two years ago I decided not to get an iPhone and save the extra $30-$50 a month in increased phone bills that would have resulted. My contract with my current mobile phone provider ends in November and now I'm having trouble waiting to upgrade to the iPhone. When I renewed my contract with my current provider I was hoping they would come out with a competitive product but it never materialized. Oh, a new Blackberry device.meh. Now when they lose me as a customer they'll probably blame it on the economy. mobile Android

Joining the Revolution in November

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I've finally decided to commit my dollars to the mobile revolution. About two years ago I decided not to get an iPhone and save the extra $30-$50 a month in increased phone bills that would have resulted. My contract with my current mobile phone provider ends in November and now I'm having trouble waiting to upgrade to the iPhone. When I renewed my contract with my current provider I was hoping they would come out with a competitive product but it never materialized. Oh, a new Blackberry device.meh. Now when they lose me as a customer they'll probably blame it on the economy.

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. I'm also testing the waters with a morning cup of Joe today. I had stopped drinking coffee because it made me a little edgy but it's so good I'm reverting back today. Hopefully I won't go off the deep end! Accept the defaults but change both the entry name and associated variable name to "kilobytes". button (Tools > Button Wizard). Choose any button.

Where o' Where do the Buttons Go?

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I'm working on a template that will be used for all my online self-paced training. There is an issue that is nagging at me. Where do I put the navigation buttons? I've already decided that the learning audience I'm developing for needs to have crystal clear navigation where buttons include text labels so that it is very obvious how to go back to the start page, exit, get help, or go to the previous and next pages. I've done mockups where the navigation buttons are at the top and the buttons are at the bottom. This puts the content first which is good. Thoughts

Where o' Where do the Buttons Go?

Learning Developments

I'm working on a template that will be used for all my online self-paced training. There is an issue that is nagging at me. Where do I put the navigation buttons? I've already decided that the learning audience I'm developing for needs to have crystal clear navigation where buttons include text labels so that it is very obvious how to go back to the start page, exit, get help, or go to the previous and next pages. I've done mockups where the navigation buttons are at the top and the buttons are at the bottom. This puts the content first which is good. Thoughts

Learning Developments: I'm not yet Captivated by Lectora

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Jan 13, 2009 Im not yet Captivated by Lectora Im putting together a self-paced web-based training course for how to order textbooks using a PeopleSoft application. Learning Developments Thoughts and issues related to the development of eLearning content and general eLearning issues with an occasional diversion here or there. Im using Lectora to develop a SCORM package that will eventually be imported and used in the LMS. The course will contain several simulations I am creating in Captivate 3. So far Ive found Lectora to be a good course development tool. need some documentation on this.

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Getting to Know Twitter

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I signed up for Twitter to see what all the buzz is about. I've been using it about a week and I still don't quite get it. Well that's not entirely true. I do get how it can be a useful tool to communicate and share ideas. don't yet get why it is hyped as much as it is. don't see it being much different than the status updates that already exist in networks like Facebook and Linked In. The value of Twitter seems to be highly tied to the people you follow. I've been following some people in my industry this week; however, I really haven't had anything ground-breaking come across my desk yet.

Getting to Know Twitter

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I signed up for Twitter to see what all the buzz is about. I've been using it about a week and I still don't quite get it. Well that's not entirely true.  I do get how it can be a useful tool to communicate and share ideas.  I don't yet get why it is hyped as much as it is.  I don't see it being much different than the status updates that already exist in networks like Facebook and Linked In. The value of Twitter seems to be highly tied to the people you follow. I've found more value in the blogs I'm following. Maybe I need more colleagues and friends using Twitter before I find the value.

Storyboarding and Objectives

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I've started reading Creating Successful E-learning by Michael Allen.  It is an interesting read so far and Allen's thinking seems to be very pragmatic.  A thought hit me while reading the book that maybe I've given too much attention to the storyboard in my course development process. I'm even thinking I don't need a separate storyboard step since the course itself serves as the storyboard. Because of this, I think I'll go back to the development process I'm writing and give more attention to the learning objectives than to the storyboard.

Storyboarding and Objectives

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I've started reading Creating Successful E-learning by Michael Allen.  It is an interesting read so far and Allen's thinking seems to be very pragmatic.  A thought hit me while reading the book that maybe I've given too much attention to the storyboard in my course development process. I'm even thinking I don't need a separate storyboard step since the course itself serves as the storyboard. Because of this, I think I'll go back to the development process I'm writing and give more attention to the learning objectives than to the storyboard.

eLearn Authoring Round-Up

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As my organization selects an LMS and gears up for web based training, I've been looking at a variety of authoring tools for online training. I was naive enough to think that tool existed that would have everything I want. imagined something similar to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint that was designed for eLearning. Such a tool does not exist yet. I'm sure this is due to the complexity of web based learning content, the variety of requirements out there, and the market size of eLearning. However, there are several tools on the market that have a lot to offer. Summaries of Each Product.

eLearn Authoring Round-Up

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As my organization selects an LMS and gears up for web based training, I've been looking at a variety of authoring tools for online training.  I was naive enough to think that tool existed that would have everything I want.  I imagined something similar to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint that was designed for eLearning. Such a tool does not exist yet. I'm sure this is due to the complexity of web based learning content, the variety of requirements out there, and the market size of eLearning. However, there are several tools on the market that have a lot to offer.

What exactly is a friend?

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I was asked to give a Web 2.0 workshop yesterday for a group of school technology coordinators. Web 2.0 is a huge topic to try to cover in an afternoon. This is especially true when you discuss the benefits and caveats of using this technology in the classroom. As I was talking about how students are using social network sites like Facebook , I found myself wondering exactly how we determine who our "friends" are. There was a friend I recently made contact with that I haven't seen or spoken to in nearly 25 years. I was in the 5 th grade last time we were true friends. What are your thoughts?

What exactly is friend?

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I was asked to give a Web 2.0 workshop yesterday for a group of school technology coordinators. Web 2.0 is a huge topic to try to cover in an afternoon. This is especially true when you discuss the benefits and caveats of using this technology in the classroom.  As I was talking about how students are using social network sites like Facebook , I found myself wondering exactly how we determine who our "friends" are. There was a friend I recently made contact with that I haven't seen or spoken to in nearly 25 years.  I was in the 5 th grade last time we were true friends. What are your thoughts?

Take Pleasure in what you do

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I work out in a gym most mornings before work.  As I work out I'm always observing those around me (and no, not in the creepy way).  I take pleasure when I see a person who started out as a timid newbie at the gym turn into a more healthy person who enjoys working out. For example I've noticed a swimmer that could hardly swim a lap that now does long workouts back and forth across the pool like she's been doing it all her life. Training at the gym has made these people healthier and happier.

Take Pleasure in what you do

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I work out in a gym most mornings before work.  As I work out I'm always observing those around me (and no, not in the creepy way).  I take pleasure when I see a person who started out as a timid newbie at the gym turn into a more healthy person who enjoys working out. For example I've noticed a swimmer that could hardly swim a lap that now does long workouts back and forth across the pool like she's been doing it all her life. Training at the gym has made these people healthier and happier.

eLearning Learning

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Tony Karrer has created a web site called  eLearning Learning that collects postings from a variety of eLearning professionals' blogs and organizes them in one place. Learning Developments is now featured there. Tony describes his site as follows: "eLearning Learning is a community that tries to collect and organize the best information on the web that will help you learn and stay current on eLearning." eLearning Learning can be a good place to search for eLearning specific information that has been posted on many of the members' blogs.

eLearning Learning

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Tony Karrer has created a web site called  eLearning Learning that collects postings from a variety of eLearning professionals' blogs and organizes them in one place. Learning Developments is now featured there. Tony describes his site as follows: "eLearning Learning is a community that tries to collect and organize the best information on the web that will help you learn and stay current on eLearning." eLearning Learning can be a good place to search for eLearning specific information that has been posted on many of the members' blogs.

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. I had done some work in this area in 2003 and wanted to see if any information had changed. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll So there are my most popular posts for 2009. First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. Random Web 2.0