9 Ways to Encourage the Adult E-Learners
OCTOBER 4, 2011
Tidbits: Hard to believe we’re in the final stretch of 2011. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Recently I spent the day at the beach watching people learning to surf. One of the people learning to surf was a blind girl. It was very inspiring as she learned to balance on the board. And when she finally succeeded she let out a cry of joy. This is faulty thinking.
ADDIE isn't dead; how can it be?
MARCH 20, 2011
And it's interesting here locally that the March and April ISPI Atlanta and ASTD Atlanta chapter meetings both focus on learning measurement. And the May ISPI Atlanta topic is 'Predictive Evaluation.' By Jay Lambert. There has been a lot of discussion, and an infamous article or two, in our field about the death of the ADDIE model. This came up again in the comments on my recent blog post, Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future. As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. It's sad, but true. As an industry, we must adapt.
Here’s Why Slide Count is Irrelevant to Your E-Learning Course
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. I get a lot of questions about number of slides or screen count per hour of instruction. My answer is that screen count is usually irrelevant. Let me explain. First, to the elearner screen count means nothing. For example, I can make ten points on a single screen or have ten screens, each with a single point. Ask the Right Question.
15 Free Display Graphics to Use with Your E-Learning Courses
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
If you’d like me to come to your area, the best bet is to connect with a group like your local ISPI or ASTD chapter and have them contact me. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. A lot of rapid elearning content finds its roots in repurposed classroom slides. great way to get out of the PowerPoint look is to create screens that hold content in different ways.
3 Ways to Avoid Common Roadblocks When Building E-Learning Courses
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
Tidbits: If you’d like me to come to your area, the best bet is to connect with a group like your local ISPI or ASTD chapter and have them contact me. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Building elearning courses is hard enough. Most people are working with limited resources and time. So having to deal with anything that slows down the process is a hassle.
Strategies for Optimal SME Engagement
MAY 25, 2011
recently attended a seminar at the national ISPI conference put on by Darryl Sink of Darryl L Sink & Associates titled, Subject-Matter Experts: Don’t Just Say “Now Spill the Beans.” In this seminar, Dr. Sink provided a list of barriers to optimal SME engagement, and we worked in groups to come up with some ways to respond to these barriers. By Dean Hawkinson. As we all know, subject matter experts (or as we like to call them “SMEs”) are key to what we do as instructional designers or performance consultants. Below are these barriers and some of the strategies that we came up with.
25 More Free Display Graphics for Your E-Learning Courses
OCTOBER 11, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. In a previous post, I share 15 free display graphics that are commonly seen in elearning courses. In today’s post, I’m adding a few more. The cool thing is that all of these are created in PowerPoint; so you can learn to build your own. The steps are simple. They’re generally just rectangles with some sort of fill. Flipchart Display.
More Than 30 PowerPoint Tips from the PowerPoint Pros!
AUGUST 16, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. A lot of rapid elearning hinges on PowerPoint. That means your success building courses is influenced by how well you know PowerPoint. To help you learn more about PowerPoint I pulled together a solid list of PowerPoint resources. From The Rapid E-Learning Blog. PowerPoint tips essential for effective rapid elearning.
March’s #LCBQ- Assessing Informal Learning – Are you an accountant or financial adviser?
Spark Your Interest
MARCH 8, 2011
As an ISPI groupie, I am very big on conducting a cause analysis and in many ways it would reduce the training (formal, or otherwise) because we could demonstrate that the cause is NOT a skills gap. We could also measure it up front and show that you could save the organization money by investing money in a solution that will impact the desired results, not one that won’t.
Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning
JULY 12, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. I get a lot of questions about upgrading to PowerPoint 2010. Most people who ask are still using PowerPoint 2003. Starting with PowerPoint 2007, there are many features that make the rapid elearning process much more efficient. detailed some of those features in this post on why PowerPoint 2007 helps you build better elearning.
How Good Graphic Design Helps Build Meaningful E-Learning
JULY 5, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Because of my job, I get to look at a lot of elearning courses. One thing common to quite a few is that they lack a graphic design sense and structure. This makes sense on a few fronts. First, most of the people I talk to don’t have a graphic design background. So they tend to do very basic design work, if any at all. Getting Started.
3 Simple Ways to Measure the Success of Your E-Learning
JULY 19, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Whenever I travel I like to spend some time hanging out with blog readers to answer questions. At a recent session someone asked, “How do I measure the success of my elearning?”. That’s kind of a tricky question. While we may all use words like “elearning” we don’t always mean the same thing. Performance Improvement. Details to follow.
You May Already Own the Tools to Create Simple E-Learning Avatars
JULY 26, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. The other day I had to re-install the webcam software for my Dell laptop. Usually I don’t install all of the other junk that seems to get bundled with software these days. But what I noticed in the Dell webcam software is that it came with Creative’s Live! Cam Avatar Creator. So I installed it. You’ll just have to do some digging.
Are You Getting the Most Value Out of Your Rapid E-Learning Tools?
OCTOBER 25, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. PowerPoint’s designed as a presentation tool. While the application is versatile and great for elearning, many people still struggle to get past the PowerPoint look because the features are designed to encourage the use of the templates. The key is to learn to see the features from a different perspective. Engage is really easy to use.
These Simple Tips Will Help You Build the Right E-Learning
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. We’re in the middle of beta testing a new product. It’s an interesting process because I get to see how people approach their projects and the steps they use to solve problems and find solutions. I had a conversation with a beta tester who was struggling with doing something. So things weren’t working as he had planned.
Working Smarter, one day at a time
Learning and Working on the Web
MARCH 31, 2011
Getting to Working Smarter. Q: What do you opine regarding HPI/HPT practitioners (ASTD/ISPI) and the need for this type of specialized practitioner as a member of organizations’ HR or as a community resource? Tweet Yesterday we hosted a conversation on social learning and working smarter, facilitated by the folks at Citrix and the eLearning Guild. Yammer & Status.net ).
My evolving learning journey
FEBRUARY 8, 2011
attended ASTD, eLearning, Online Learning, Elliott Masie’s TechLearn, Training, ISPI (then NSPI), and many others. When I first attended TechKnowledge six or seven years ago, the content was all stuff I’d heard before. grumbled. Lance Dublin set me straight. This conference wasn’t for me; it was for newbies. The first time you heard these guys, they knocked your socks off.
Are You Asking the Right Questions?
AUGUST 30, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Many elearning developers are working with limited resources. So any time you can find a free solution, you’ve won. The other day I was playing around with Urtak. The site lets you build simple surveys. The value is its simplicity and how the questions engage people. Ask Questions to Engage Your Learners. These aren’t quiz questions.
Get an E-Learning Job with these Simple Tips
OCTOBER 18, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. I’ve been on the road quite a bit this year. One of the most frequent questions I get is how to find an elearning job. While the rest of the economy seems to be stuck in mud, this seems to be a good time to consider a career in elearning. Here’s Why You Need an E-Learning Portfolio. Do You Need An Instructional Design Degree?
Backchannels – what’s all the fuss, anyway?
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
recently attended the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) conference in Orlando, Florida. For example, the backchannel for the ISPI conference was #ispi. For example, “#ispi consider using Captivate for eLearning simulations.” Then, anyone can search “#ispi” and locate all of the comments being made on that backchannel. One of the frustrations that I faced when using the ISPI backchannel is that I wondered who might even be reading my comments and what value those comments actually added. By Dean Hawkinson. But guess what?
A calendar of learning events
JUNE 20, 2011
might ask myself why ISPI needs an eight-month lead time for proposals, but at least this way I know that’s their lead time. I know, I know, “learning events is pretty vague. This year I did go to the Innovations in eLearning Symposium (which was 40 miles from my house), and two years ago I made a presentation at a CSTD event in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learning
CLO's Top Stories of 2012
There Is No Chalk
DECEMBER 27, 2011
I received ISPI's Performance Digest for the day, and I was struck by the lack of substance. Indeed, a couple of the stories seem to conflict ("Change Management vs. Change Leadership" and "Rise of the Change Manager"), many are the obvious ("The Best Approach to Training", "Stop Long, Boring Staff Training; Start Short, Social Learning Modules"), others are laments ("Intelligence Lost: The. workplace learning and performance wlp instructional systems design HPT HPI
Here’s a Free PowerPoint Template & Laptop Illustration
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. My guess is that some of the most common screen elements in elearning courses are computer monitors. They’re nice to use because contextually they fit elearning. And they’re great for holding the images and multimedia we use. There are all sorts of computer monitors available through the office online site. Below is the tutorial.
Twitter Digest for 2011-05-24
MAY 24, 2011
RT @ LnDDave : NEW POST: The Mixed Messages of Social Media [link] # ASTD2011 #lrnchat # ispi #edchat # training <Well said Dave! #. Tweet. 100 people already signed up for “30 ways to use social media to work & learn smarter starts 30 May [link] # lrnchat #astd2011 #. The C4LPT Daily is out! link] ? Top stories today via @ tloh @audioswhite @ sahana2802 @marksandspencer #. The state of learning in the workplace today [link] # altwebinar #astd2011 # lrnchat #. Yammer keyboard shortcuts [link] #. Powered by Twitter Tools. Twitter twitter
Front-End Analysis: Improving Performance
JULY 25, 2012
This is the International Society for Performance Improvement’s (ISPI’s) Human Performance Technology (HPT) model, with the front-end analysis component highlighted: CLICK TO ENLARGE. Gamification in Workplace Learning: The Role of Play” (October 20, 2011). More specifically, it is a process for cost-effectively influencing human behavior and accomplishment. Cause analysis. 2007).
Why training may not always be the right course of action – part 1
FEBRUARY 6, 2012
Contemporary writers and thinkers such as Dr. Allison Rossett, long time Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University and other members of ISPI (International Society for Performance Improvement) have kept the flame burning, but the torch seems to flicker only dimly on this side of The Atlantic. 2011 Fukushima Daiichi. This series has 12 parts. First we’ll consider some well-known and tragic cases of under-performance, and we’ll pose the question, “If the people were trained, how could things go so badly wrong?” The factory of the future. 1986 Chernobyl.
eLearning Conferences 2013
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date, such as those in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] gmail.com. link].
The Tale of a Job Hunt
MARCH 19, 2012
This is the tale of a job hunt that I began in November, 2011. A few hours were spent updating and tweaking a resume. They were interested in my instructional design model of choice and how it has been executed in real projects, as well as my extracurricular activities. (Oh, I’m quite familiar with ISPI. Tweet Meet guest blogger, Marci Paino. On the trail to a new position. Oh, well.