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Toolkit: Easygenerator Impresses by Joe Ganci

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A number of new tools launched at DevLearn this year, and one that received a great deal of attention and buzz was easygenerator. In its North American debut, this SaaS offering from the Netherlands brings many extremely interesting features, as you will see in this review. Development Strategies Future Trends Tools

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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EasyGenerator. EasyGenerator is a SaaS based content authoring tool that is like a piece of fine sculpture, with some cracks, but beauty that is hidden within. When you enter EasyGenerator the first thing you will notice is the main screen – which is dubbed the “Workspace&# screen. For myself, the speed is more than robust, but with EasyGenerator it was painful.

My E-learning predictions and plans for 2011 #LCBQ

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On that community he runs a series of post regarding ‘The big question’ The question of the month is:  What are your Predictions and Plans for 2011? My predictions. I see some important changes developing in the world of e-Learning. I don’t think that 2011 will be a year of great transformations but these changes will slowly gain importance. 2011 Moving from the LMS to the workplace. 2011 will be a crucial year for easygenerator. Kasper Spiro: My E-learning predictions and plans for 2011 #LCBQ. believe that focus will shift. Plans.

The people behind Easygenerator: Kseniya Kobrum

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Easygenerator is growing. This gave us the idea to do a series of blog post on the people behind easygenerator. started my work with easygenerator in November 2008. Before my work at easygenerator I studied economics and informatics at the technical university of Karlsruhe in Germany. joined the easygenerator team when this project was just in its infancy period.

Devlearn conference 2011: retrospective

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For easygenerator it was an important conference too. hope it catches on. I’m even considering adding support for the agile process to easygenerator. devlearn curation e-Learning EasyGenerator eLearning guildI’m back home after a great DevLearn conference. Looking (and reading) back at the conference there are several things that stick out for me. Atmosphere. This was my second Guild conference (been to Learning Solutions in March) and one thing that really struck me at both conferences is the atmosphere. Confirmation. Well we got that confirmation and more.

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In for study advice? Do it the easygenerator way

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Alongside the study advice easygenerator shows the learner which objectives he has to achieve to finish the course successfully. Besides that he can also see which parts of the e-Learning have already been dealt with and which parts have to be discovered yet. I am convinced that easygenerator has created an adult approach to e-Learning. Sir Winston Churchill. And this feels good!

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Make e-Learning work: Outcome learning

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Since I became CEO of easygenerator I wanted to have a clear vision and mission on what we do and why we do it. At easygenerator we use these ideas to give direction to product development and our market approach. Although I developed these ideas to give direction to easygenerator I believe that they apply in a broader context. Adaptive learning e-Learning EasyGenerator learning outcome learning Output learningThis led to my blogs on our vision and mission, ‘Output learning’ and ‘bringing learning to the workplace’. Outcome learning. make learning smarter.

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

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It doesn’t output to HTML5, though. #8 Composica 4.0  - A winner in my book back in 2010 and still solid in 2011. Works well in both corporate and education space. #5 easyGenerator – You can read a review of their last version on this blog. SaaS based, easy to use and perfect for any skill set, although for hardcore e-learning developers they may be disappointed. #4 Kookabura Studios – Professional Presenter X – another fav of mine back in 2010 and still a strong player in 2011. loved it in 2010 and my love is still there, in 2011. Final Note.

From output management and e-Learning to output learning

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Recently I have reviewed a lot of e-Learning courses to get ideas for our further product development of easygenerator. In easygenerator learning objectives are present, but they don’t have a prominent place. I was quite surprised about that. Adaptive learning Change management e-Learning EasyGenerator learning funnel management funnel Output learning Output management

Online Educa Berlin 2011 recap

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Conclusion: mediocre conference, great city. I’m already of to a new adventure. I’m now in the Ukraine with our development team, working on next years road map for easygenerator. I’m really looking forward to this week. Last week I visited the Online Educa in Berlin. I’m sorry to say that I’m not a big fan. When you compare it to conferences like Learning Solutions and DevLearn it really comes out bad. We decided that the biggest difference is that the guild is a community of learning professionals. People have virtual contact during all the time.

The people behind Easygenerator: Beatrijs van de Griendt

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Easygenerator is growing. This gave us the idea to do a series of blog post on the people behind easygenerator. I'm Beatrijs van de Griendt and I'm an Instructional Designer @ easygenerator. Working @ easygenerator gives me the opportunity to reach out to all e-learning developers. will give webinars with advice on instructional design and easygenerator.

Improving the world through innovations in e-Learning?

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Last week we where working on USP document on easygenerator. Learning EasyGenerator Golden circle Innovation Simon Sinek TEDAt first we came up with a list of functionalities, it was correct but not inspiring or even really convincing. In the end we called it highlights instead of USP’s, because we realized that our bullets with text where not that unique. I did add some text about our vision and mission to it to make it more convincing, but I wasn’t really happy with it. watched it again and he does have an important point. The How are guiding principles.

Make e-Learning work (bringing e-Learning to the workplace)

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The complete solution I have described, can be created with easygenerator. SpacedEd is a similar solution you could use, but we are not able to push questions from easygenerator into SpacedEd as we can do with the Memotrainer. Adaptive learning ANewSpring e-Learning EasyGenerator Memotrainer SpacedEd Workplace learningRecently I have written a series of post on how to bring E-learning to the workplace. This week I was the keynote speaker at a seminar for companies that are considering to start with e-Learning or do more with e-Learning.

Online Educa 2011 in Berlin

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This year easygenerator will have a booth (B44). I will be leaving to Berlin to attend the online Educa after I have finished this post. We share this booth with our friends of ANewSpring, ur german partner ILT will join us and I represent LINGOs at the online Educa. I don’t like the standard setup of expos as the online Educa. have proposed a new setup, a sort of lounge room where you can rent a couch (instead of a booth) and where you can sit down and actually can have a good conversation with somebody. The organization did not want to do that. It’s 650 kilometers drive.

Reflection: my first 265 days as CEO of easygenerator

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He said it had become more a marketing blog for easygenerator and less reflective than it was before. shifted (a bit) from a personal view to a corporate (easygenerator) view. will start with a personal reflection on my first period as CEO of easygenerator. have 100 days to go to complete my first year as CEO of easygenerator. A  nice moment to look back on the first nine months. The easygenerator team is just over 20 people and they depend on easygenerator for their livelihood. Overall I’m very happy with the start I have made at easygenerator.

Devlearn conference day -1 and 0

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devlearn e-Learning EasyGenerator eLearning guildI will (try to) blog about the conference every day. arrived yesterday evening 18.30 local time after a 20 hour trip. The conference is in the Aria and we stay there too. It’s an incredible hotel/casino. believe it has over 4000 rooms, countless restaurants and bars and it is huge. But most of all it is luxurious. It’s really incredible. It’s not just over the top, but way beyond that. Yesterday evening we took a stroll over the strip, walking a few blocks, that is insane too. It is a surreal world. Really funny.

DevLearn follow up: Not only curation but also moderation and didactics

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curation e-Learning e-Learning authoring tool EasyGenerator eLearning guild Learning technologyOne of the most interesting topics at DevLearn was ‘Curation’ and the question attached to it was: “Will e-Learning (developers) become obsolete?” ” I took some time to reflect on this and my answer is: “Yes curation is an important development” and: “No, the e-Learning developer will not become obsolete. believe that the role of e-Learning and e-Learning developers will become even more important in the near future.” No, it can’t.

Agile E-Learning development

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At easygenerator we develop our software in an Agile way and it works wonders for us (I wrote about this in an earlier post ). In this demanding world we usually don’t get a few months to create an e-Learning course. And our clients (either internal or external) are rapidly getting more knowledgeable on e-learning and they are demanding an increasing role in the process of developing a course. believe in the AGILE approach. also wrote earlier about Agile e-Learning development in a post for the LCBQ. picked out some interesting post to give you an overview of what is going on.

Make e-Learning work: Outcome learning (6): the vendors perspective

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I started working on the Outcome learning idea to give direction to the product development of easygenerator. Easygenerator works with so-called master pages; they define the look and feel of a course and the functionality of the course. Up till now you could not really tell that a course was created with easygenerator or another tool, but now you can. devlearn11 Adaptive learning e-Learning EasyGenerator Learning objectives outcome learningAnd it did generate a whole bunch of new features, but the impact was different than expected. This proved to be a big change.

Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

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Sending it out – via e-mail, zipped via e-mail (and some of the folks can’t figure out how to unzip it), mail it (yes, even in 2011) or hand deliver/deliver it via your company’s pickup. easygenerator’s new survey tool is SurveyMonkey. However, previously they have changed their launch date from early Fall 2011, to Q2 2011 and now Dec. 2011). Last week, I attended DevLearn. readily admit that I was unsure what to expect. knew that its core audience would be instructional designers and e-learning developers.  . Anyone for Avatars?

Devlearn conference day 2: curation

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This blog and the easygenerator blog are ‘republished’ or aggregated through that site. Easygenerator is a sponsor of LINGOs, offering easygenerator for free to all associated ngo’s. devlearn Adaptive learning ANewSpring e-Learning EasyGenerator eLearning guildI started with a morning buzz session with Jay Cross. He told us how he deals with the information overload that is flooding all of us. The message is simple. You go from push to pull, with RSS feeds you pull information in instead for searching it on the web.

DevLearn Day 3: the final day of a great week

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devlearn Adaptive learning EasyGenerator eLearning guild LINGOsI started the day with a Morning Buzz session about management and leadership by Michelle Fanfarillo and Bill Harisson. They are from Intel and told us how they try to connect to the business. At Intel learning is a support organization (as always) resorting under HR so they have to work hard to connect to the business. Intel is huge, 96000 people, 200 plus countries, 15 main sites, 10.000 managers. What they did was to give each HR director of a business group a learning consultant. This is how they manage their managers.

How I use social media professionally

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At easygenerator we use a blog, twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook too, we even have our own youtube channel. Easygenerator retweets my tweets and vise versa. Recently a company ask me to to give them an introduction in the usage of social media, by explaining to them how I use it. They found my story helpful so I thought it might be a good ides to share this with you.

On demand: agile e-Learning development #LCBQ

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We do our software development at easygenerator through an agile method and I love it! We build the new easygenerator version in 3 months. The Learning Circuits Big Question this month is: How do you address the “I want it now!&# demand from stakeholders? The on demand question has a big effect on them. Usually we use a waterfall method when developing e-Learning.

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DevLearn conference Day 1: a hectic day

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After the keynote the expo opened and we where flooded by people who wanted to know more about easygenerator. We got great responses and great interest in easygenerator. Bill Brandon published his article about  easygenerator in the Learning Solutions Magazine, great stuff. We decided that we would improvise and I got on stage and did a demo of easygenerator. devlearn #devlearn11 Adaptive learning Charles Jennings e-Learning EasyGenerator eLearning guild outcome learningThe actual start of the conference and what a day it turned out to be. He disappointed me.

Project Tincan: What should SCORM 2.0 look like?: Participate!

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If we at easygenerator do not deliver what our customers expect from us, they can go to a competitor and take all their content with them! Today I was interviewed by Ben Clarck from Rustici software. They do a project for the ADL to investigate what the next version of SCORM should look like. They have called this project Tincan. will not bother you with all my wishes (except one!) you can make op your own and participate in the project. On their website you can add ideas, vote for others ideas and you can assign for an interview with Ben to discuss everything in more detail.

Learning (and development) strategies how far do they reach?

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For easygenerator this is also true. agile software development e-Learning EasyGenerator Learning strategyThe Masie center brought out an eBook on Learning Strategies. This book was coined by an article by Gadi Amit in Fast Company. His point was that you can’t plan and create strategies beyond a 18 month window, there are just too many things you don’t know.

I lost my agile virginity

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In the past two weeks we started working on the newest version of easygenerator. agile software development e-Learning EasyGeneratorWe do software development through an agile approach. Software was often developed through a waterfall model. You write the requirements, design it, build it, test it, and deliver it. Image from wikipedia. In 2001 a new method emerged. Easy as that.

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Devlearn conference and expo Las Vegas

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It will be a very important week for easygenerator. We finished easygenerator version 8 last week and we believe that we now have a unique authoring environment that really stands out from our competitors. devlearn #devlearn11 EasyGenerator eLearning guildTomorrow I’m leaving for the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas. We have been working towards this event for the last 10 months; it will be our official US market launch, a big and important step for us. Next week we will find out if our potential customers feel the same. Meeting people. This time it’s special.

Innovate e-Learning through the use of neural networks?

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We (easygenerator) will certainly do some research in this direction. I don’t know if there are any chances of success, but we will learn a lot, that’s for sure. One of my sons studies artificial intelligence, he is in his second year now. Recently they organized a parent’s day. We got a tour of the university grounds and we got some colleges they normally give to freshman.

Make e-Learning work: Outcome learning (2)

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have to say that my own company easygenerator made the same mistake. This post is the second in a series about ‘make e-Learning work: Outcome learning’. Click here for the first post. will be presenting on this topic at the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas. Meaningful learning objectives. The first step in ‘making e-Learning work’ is to create meaningful objectives. Let go!

Learning Solutions day 3: Saved the best for the last #LS2011

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We will certainly investigate when (not if!) we can implement DITA in easygenerator. Today was incredible, my best conference day ever (and I have been to a few conferences). In the morning I attended 4 great sessions, the conference ended at noon. After that I walked to a mall and did some shopping. Back in the hotel I worked a bit and then got to spent some time at the pool, reading in Nancy Duarte’s book. Now I have just finished a great Japanese dinner (here in the hotel) and am sitting next to the pool under the palm trees. Live can’t get better than that, does it?

DevLearn day 0; an energizing day

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He will publish his article in the magazine tomorrow. I saw his concept and he does say very nice things about easygenerator. easygenerator separates content from presentation in a way that facilitates re-use and supports localization and translation to other languages.” showed him the latest version of easygenerator. Joe will review easygenerator this month and we will hopefully improve easygenerator further based on his remarks. I’m looking forward to that. Easygenerator is growing rapidly. The pre conference day is almost over. Great day.

Learning objectives for formal e-Learning: Feedback requested!

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At easygenerator we are in the finishing stages of our latest version. How could this be supported in easygenerator? Learning EasyGenerator Learning objectives Output learningThis is the first version I had a say in, so I’m quite exited, a real milestone. We started working on it at the beginning of the year. The plan was to finish it in April. Global objectives.