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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.

2009 Top Posts – The Writers Gateway

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This post is in response to the Big Question December 2009 – What did you learn about learning in 2009? Well, 2009 is also now very special because this year I decided to become an independent professional. guess this year I learnt much more than last year. Let me quickly list some highlights here: I have written better quality articles. Check the complete list here.

Free Session on Learner Centric Methodology Used in E-learning on September 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM IST

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The Instructional Designers Community of India  is hosting yet another free  learning session on September 19, 2009. This time the session is about Learner Centric Methodology used in E-learning. The session coverage would be: 1. What is LCM? 2. How does LCM help design effective learning? 3. What are the key principles of LCM? 4. How does LCM benefit stakeholders? 5. A PLEASE NOTE.

5th Instructional Designers Meetup on August 22, 2009

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The Instructional Designers Community of India is organizing the 5th meetup on August 22, 2009. The venue is Adobe office, Salarpuria Infinity, 3rd Floor , #5, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore-560029. The time duration of the meetup will be 11 am to 1 pm. There is going to be an interesting session on Learning Philosophy- How to make learning solutions that work. This is not a classical ‘Learning Session’ but more an ‘Exposure Session’ At the end of the session the participant should be able to: Describe the ‘LH Philosophy’ to learning design.

Game of the Month: Time Fcuk

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This month’s game was suggested by Jacob Everist.  The game Time Fcuk as Jacob puts it is  really good mind-twisting game. It is perplexing and a lot of fun. This is what Jacob has to say about the game: I played it through and I’m not sure if there’s more than one ending. Basically I like the innovative puzzler gameplay of shifting gravity. My views about the game.

The Writers Gateway Now Offers Services

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I am glad to announce that I am an independent professional now. This is something I always wanted to do and it has finally happened now. launched my site: [link]  that gives an overview of the kind of services I will offer. Of course, there are some pages to be updated. The site The site will look complete in the coming days. will continue to share useful information in this blog. So keep reading!

Reflections on Abhinava’s LH Theory

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The Instructional Designers Meetup organized by Instructional Desginers Community of India (IDCI)  happened on August 22, 2009. Abhinava presented his own theory called the LH theory in public for the first time. IDCI is very happy and proud to have hosted such a thought provoking session. View more presentations from abhinava.sn. Archana also has an awesome post on LH theory .

Why You Should Have User Centric Tutorials for Software Products

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When you create tutorials  for a software product, it is very natural to capture the following: Description about the product features. All tasks that one can do with each of the product features. Steps to complete each of the tasks. Most software product tutorials are product feature centric. Here is an example  of a product feature centric tutorial for Camtasia. Real problems. What do you think?

How to achieve smooth visual effects in videos created using Camtasia?

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My post on how to increase call out lengths in Camtasia helped Tina Williams solve her problem. This feedback on my post prompted me to write this post with yet another useful tip. When I was working on my tutorial videos using Camtasia, I noticed that after I produced the video in a shareable format such as avi, the video did not have a smooth transition from one slide to another.

Game of the Week: The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective

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The Incredible Adventures of the Food Detective is a fun learning game. The game emphasizes on the importance of healthy eating habits for youngster. In this game, you play the role of a junior detective. Your objective is to investigate unhealthy habits in young boys and girls and suggest healthy food to each of them. You need to simply click on the mouse button to play this game.

Game of the Week: Canufit

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Canufit is an interesting puzzle game. The objective of the game is to fit the given letters inside a picture. The challenge lies in how quickly you are able to fit the letters in the right position within the picture. All that you have to do is just drag and drop the letters into the picture. You have options to rotate the letters too. However, there are some nice things about this game.

Game of the Week: Kickboxing

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Kickboxing as the name suggests is a sport game. The objective of the game is to box and kick the computer generated opponent till he falls down. All you have to do is use the arrow keys to move your character, X  key to punch,  C  key to kick and Space key for special effects. You have to combine keys to fight the opponent. It is all about the act of fighting for sport.

Have You Thought of Character Driven Stories for Your E-learning?

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I am sure you have seen or heard of Avatars in e-learning courses.  Avataars are characters used in e-learning as a substitute for a coach or an instructor. Avataars are usually used in e-learning to engage and guide the learners. Avataars Avataars could be static images of characters or animated characters. Avataars could be helpful and sometimes they could be annoying too.

Game of the Week: Classroom Pilot

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 . Classroom Pilot is a fun game. The game is based on the childish prank of throwing paper planes on to the blackboard in classrooms. The objective of the game is to design your paper plane and throw it towards the blackboard. Your paper plane needs to hit the blackboard. There are three classrooms and each of the classrooms represent three levels of the game. love the simple graphics used.

Game of the Week : Crimson Room

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I have always wanted to write about room escape games. have picked up Crimson Room as the game of the week because it is a room escape game, though it is has some shortcomings. have always found room escape games very fascinating, though I haven’t been able to successfully complete any such game. When you play a room escape game, the objective is obvious. It is like a chain reaction.

Game of the Week: Word Vine

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Word Vine is a very interesting word puzzle game. The objective of the game is to link all the words availabe in such a fashion that every two words make sense when linked together. For example the word Stop when linked with the words Bus and Watch make meaningful words like Bus Stop , Stop Watch. If you succeed in finding the root word, then you can easily pair words. What I liked About the Game.

Camtasia Tips: How to Increase Call-Out Length

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I have been using Camtasia for sometime now and I thought I must list down some practical tips on using this tool that might be useful to many others who are new to Camtasia like me. would like to especially focus on the issues I faced and how I managed to solve it. One big problem I faced with Camtasia was with  adjusting call-out lengths. Such call-outs are not expandable.

Game of the Week : Meal Masters 2

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Meal Masters II is a task based game. The objective of the game is to prepare a complete meal including starters, main course and dessert. The game gives you step by step instruction to cook a complete meal. The game controls are fairly simple. You play the game by simply clicking away using the mouse. The game has no audio and is a little buggy too.  Attention to Detail. No Redundancy.

Game of the Week: Edheads Design a Cell Phone

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Edheads Design a Cell Phone is a highly engaging and interactive learning game. The objective of the game is to design a cell phone that appeals to senior citizens. The game is about gathering client requirements, designing  a cell phone to meet the needs, testing the design with a small group of elderly people, getting the design out to the market and checking sales results. Play the game now!

T-Bite: Top 10 Resources for Learning Professionals

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Here’s presenting TOP 10 resources for learning professionals across the globe: ASTD – If you check the Archives section in this website, you will find articles written from the year 2000 to 2009. 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.

Top 10 Games Played at The Writers Gateway

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Hello All, I started the Game of the Week series in March 2009 and have managed to post quite a few games and my reviews every friday in this blog for the past 7 months.You can find all the games posted so far here. Starting October 2009, you should find a game on the last day, every month. Here are the top 10 games that you accessed and played through this blog: Super Stacker 2. Edheads Design a Cell Phone. Pizza Hot. Bloxorz. Get The Glass. FarmVille. Post It Draw It. The Scruffs. Show Jumping. Pavlov’s Dog. To take this forward, I need your help. Cheers, Rupa.

Why Enhanced Reading Comprehension Skills Are a Must for Instructional Designers?

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By ruparajgo | View this Toon at ToonDoo | Create your own Toon. In school I am sure all of us have go through reading comprehension exercises. I am not sure how many of us enjoyed it though All of us understand what Reading Comprehension means. The The web definition of Reading Comprehension is the level of understanding of a writing. Most of us have grown up reading a lot. We are used to reading novels, stories and magazines. We have honed our reading skills over a period of time. Yet there are times when we do not understand something or we might not be able to focus. What do you think?

How Reverse Engineering Helps You Gain Instructional Design Skills Faster

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by ruparajgo | Create your own Cartoon at www.toondoo.com. Have you seen a kid take a toy apart and fix the toy together again?  This might seem like a childish act of taking things apart just for fun. But then this childish act of taking things apart can also be a huge learning process. . have also seen people who have no knowledge in HTML design web pages by just analyzing how other web pages have been designed. When you are trying to learn Instructional Design, you start with the concepts and then go on to do practical exercises on analysis, design and storyboarding. My experience.

A “Hello World” Approach to Teaching Instructional Design

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In India, there are very few training institutes or universities that offer certification courses in Instructional Designing. When you look  at the courses that these training institutes offer, all these courses follow the classical approach to teaching  Instructional Designing. In a classical approach, you start with the basic concepts, theories and then move on to application. At the end of the course, the learner will have to do a storyboard for which he/she will be evaluated and given a certificate. So typically the course duration for such beginner level course would be three months.

Game of the Week : FarmVille

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FarmVille is a highly addictive multiplayer strategy game that you will find in Facebook. The objective of the game is to build and manage your own farming business. You can easily play this game using simple mouse clicks. The game proceeds in levels. Your success is measured as you move up the different levels, you make more money and expand your farming business. Here is a snapshot of my farm in FarmVille. I am a level 8 farmer. Let me now give a brief overview of the activities you do in this game. Low Level Activities. Creating your persona. Ploughing the land. Ploughing costs money.

Game of the Week : FarmVille

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FarmVille is a highly addictive multiplayer strategy game that you will find in Facebook. The objective of the game is to build and manage your own farming business. You can easily play this game using simple mouse clicks. The game proceeds in levels. Your success is measured as you move up the different levels, you make more money and expand your farming business. Here is a snapshot of my farm in FarmVille. I am a level 8 farmer. Let me now give a brief overview of the activities you do in this game. Low Level Activities. Creating your persona. Ploughing the land. Ploughing costs money.

Top 4 Things That You Can Do to Get Started with Instructional Design

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If you are an aspiring Instructional Designer, start thinking about Instructional Designing right now. Times are changing. Just like how a 2 year old kid is expected to know alphabets, some words and quite a few rhymes before he or she joins school, an aspiring Instructional Designer must have some basic idea about Instructional Designing before getting into the role. If you are a fresher and want to start your career in Instructional Designing, I recommend the 5 ways Tom Kulhmann suggests in his post – 5 Ways Web 2.0 Can Make You a Better E-Learning Designer. Start a professional blog.

Writing Instructions is All About Precision!

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by ruparajgo | Create your own Cartoon at www.toondoo.com. I am sure you might also have faced a situation, where the instruction in the manual misled you or did not help you much. If If you are writing a help manual or a tutorial for a product, it is very important that you write precise instructions. Most people think writing precise instructions means writing less words and writing simple grammatical sentences with the right choice of words. When I say precise, I am not just talking about the language or choice of words. Never assume that the user might know some step because it is obvious.

A Short Video Tutorial on How Layers Work in Photoshop

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I created this tutorial video in 2007 when i was exploring Photoshop myself. I had real difficulty understanding the concept of layers. That’s when I thought I must create this video which might be of help to many other beginners like me. Some people found this video useful and have left their comments.  A few found the quality of video quite poor. I see a better quality video now. Thanks to YouTube for enhancements. This video also has about 10k hits, which excites me, though this was achieved over 2 years. So here I repost my video again for all those who have not seen this before.  .

Open Discussion: Current Job Interview Techniques and Processes -Thumps Up or Thumps Down?

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I read this post by Natalie where she talks about her job interview during which she had to create a short training presentation. Her post title reads as Epiphany, but too late? Maybe. Maybe. She says she had lot of fun in  her interview. She also says soon after the interview, she  reflected on that test and thought of alternative ways to present the same training. She says “ I can come to a situation with a number of ideas and even make a decision on one, but then I will ruminate later on how to do it differently or better.&#. These posts have triggered me to write this post. know how?

The Writers Gateway Gets Listed in eLearning Learning

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Hello All, I am extremely pleased to announce that The Writers Gateway is now listed in eLearning Learning , a site managed by Tony Karrer. The eLearning Learning  site has links to the  best blogs on e-learning on the web. appreciate Tony for all his efforts in collecting useful information about e-learning in a single location.  The site will really be helpful to anyone who wants to get started with instructional designing. eLearning Learning has a nice look now and is well organized too. You can also choose to subscribe via mail. All the online events are free. Cheers, Rupa.

Instructional Designers Meetup Jan 30, 2010 Across Cities in India

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January 30, 2009 is going to be an eventful day. Instructional Designers across cities in India are going to meet in groups in their own city. This is going to be the first meeting organized by the Instructional Designers Community of India this year. More than 50 Instructional Designers have RSVPd for the meetup. This is a great number to start with. It is not too late yet.

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

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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

eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog

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As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. Here’s a screen grab of tag cloud for our posts: Here is a list of some of the best posts of 2009: Top 20 Most Viewed Posts. 1. Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009. 5.