A Primer for 2014 ASTD International Conference and Expo eLearning Attendees
APRIL 25, 2014
Tips for the 2014 ASTD-ICE and a Peek at WCW’s Design Manifesto Session. Now that spring has finally sprung, my excitement for the 2014 American Society of Training and Development International Conference and Exposition (ASTD-ICE) on May 4–7 in Washington D.C is in full bloom. Convert Learning Content Into Stories That People Remember | Wednesday, May 7th | 10:45 a.m.
Here’s How to Convert Click & Read to Interactive E-Learning
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
One of the most frequent questions I get is how to convert linear, click-and-read courses to something more interactive. October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). October 23: Milwaukee, WI ( SEWI-ASTD ). October 24 : Milwaukee, WI ( SEWI-ASTD ). If you’re interested in a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. Relevance.
FEBRUARY 3, 2009
Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, an online Q&A Session for the Virtual Conference and a session on using Web 2.0 Is there a simple way to convert info from a blog into an existing training program, such as a new employee orientation (so you can edit and update the orientation program as you discover things that need to be covered from your new employee's blogs)? Tools for eLearning. You can find the handouts for the last session via TK09 Handouts. thought I'd capture some links and thoughts around these sessions.
Talking eLearning ROI
DECEMBER 23, 2014
The SWOT analysis, business objectives, strategies, market analysis , and price projections must then be converted into a multi-year financial projection for your eLearning initiative. Learning Technology Strategy Managing eLearning Team Management asae Assocations association astd elearning professional development ROI Technology Web Courseworks Perform a SWOT Analysis. Karl M.
Learning Designers have 3 Choices Regarding Mobile Learning [#mLearning]
FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Incidentally, if your existing learning is Flash-based and your learners try to access it on mobile devices, this is what they are seeing: Convert, Shrink and Retrofit your existing desktop e-Learning for mobile devices. Here''s a recent Keynote Presentation I delivered for ASTD Houston: [link]. mobile devices per capita. Again the experience was likely not a very good one.
Time Estimates for E-Learning Development
MARCH 18, 2014
The two sources I use for benchmarks are Bryan Chapman’s research and Karl Kapp’s ASTD research. For example, let’s say a client asks me to convert an existing full day training program to self-paced e-learning. Karl Kapp’s ASTD research on the time to create one hour of learning. Because I work for myself, I have to create good estimates. Other: 1%.
Top 7 Myths Of Mobile Learning
JULY 5, 2012
Designers must consider the always on nature of phones which help capture the moment of creative learning and other such factors. I’d suggest staying away from converting existing elearning courses to mlearning unless you have a strong reason to do so. 2. When it comes to mobile learning myths and misconceptions abound. Here is a list of the more common ones I come across.
The Guiding Principle for all Rapid E-Learners
JUNE 12, 2012
Many elearning courses start as classroom content that needs to be converted and put online. The subject matter expert has been using that content for years in a successful classroom setting and now wants that converted to elearning. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD). August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ).
The Next Generation of E-Learning
MAY 8, 2012
Any slide you create in Storyline (or import from PowerPoint) can be quickly converted to a drag & drop interaction. Learn how easy it is to convert any slide to a drag & drop interaction. For example: you insert a video, but the client wants to convert that to a simulated software interaction. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). And that’s good.
A Simple PowerPoint Technique to Make Your E-Learning Courses Look Good
JULY 3, 2012
But it will help you quickly convert existing slides that may be a bit sloppy and inconsistent into something that looks better and is intentional in its design. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD). July 31: Austin, TX (ASTD). I’ll be in town for business so the Austin ASTD is hosting a free Articulate jam session. Tidbits.
Take A Leap Of Faith With Mobile Learning
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
Interestingly, these statistics are only marginally better than those reported by ASTD for the US market in May 2012. This is like the mad rush to convert all ILT training to eLearning that we witnessed a decade ago. Many organisations who have done eLearning in the past have first converted their existing content to make it tablet compatible. So what ails mobile learning?
Here’s a Simple Screencasting Tip That Will Save Time & Frustration
APRIL 10, 2012
For example here’s a recent tweet about a free video converter and elearning & training jobs. April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD). July 31: Austin, TX (ASTD). I’ll be in town so the Austin ASTD is hosting a free Articulate jam session. July: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ).
8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning
DECEMBER 13, 2012
Resist the temptation to simply convert your eLearning desktop to HTML5. Here''s a recent Keynote Presentation I delivered for ASTD Houston: [link]. 2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems. Clearly there’s a strong technology shift happening now.
How to Create Interactive E-Learning
MAY 1, 2012
It’s simple, but it’s an easy way to convert your click-and-read content to something more interactive. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD). July 31: Austin, TX (ASTD). I’ll be in town so the Austin ASTD is hosting a free Articulate jam session. August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ). What a waste of time!
E-Learning Jargon: What you might think it is.well…
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Some people might convert their PPT to a video (it can be done) OR they have that production facility and shoot their own high quality videos OR they purchase 3rd party content video courses. ASTD now called ATD - Once referred to as Association of Training and Development – a worldwide association for T&D folks, they changed their name to ATD – Association of Talent Development. Gamification and Gaming. I am quite sure you have heard the term “gamification” It is everywhere you look, at trade shows, in publications, on various net sites. Video.
A Counterpoint to Ruth Clark’s “Why Games Don’t Teach”
MARCH 12, 2013
” This was actually the second time she has written an article with the same title… the first appearing on the ASTD Learning & Development blog. She also may want to stop the stampede of converting everything to a game-based learning approach, regardless of whether it’s the best tool. In February’s Learning Solutions magazine, Dr. Ruth Clark started quite a buzz.
How Can Infographics Produce Better E-Learning Courses?
MARCH 27, 2012
That’s very similar to what we do when our subject matter expert hands us a 300-slide PowerPoint file to be converted to an elearning course. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). July: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). August: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). That’s right.
6 Steps To A Better Mobile Learning Strategy
AUGUST 16, 2012
Check out this webcast from ASTD covering Qualcomm case studies). 5. We sometimes find organizations trying to convert their existing elearning to mlearning. Mobile learning is a relatively new domain and is rapidly evolving as well, which makes its implementation a not so easy task. Establish the Need. This is fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised how often it is ignored.
Three Ways That These 70 Rapid E-Learning Tips Will Help You Build Better Courses
AUGUST 2, 2011
Get more life out of your graphic assets by converting them to silhouettes. August 16 : Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I’ll be doing two sessions, a pre-conference workshop on elearning (3 hours) and the other on elearning graphics. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar. November 14: Minneapolis, MN (ASTD)—Articulate Workshop: Build Interactive E-Learning…Rapidly. Do it.
8 Things To Follow While Implementing Blended Learning Via An LMS
APRIL 16, 2013
With an LMS, you can convert all your manual assessments into an online format, which will not only make conducting tests and assessments easy for the administrator, but also for the learners to take them online. ASTD ICE 2013 | May 19 – 22 | Dallas, TX, USA | Stand #839. But what about those that still haven’t treaded these waters? Needs, Objectives and Plan. Training.
You May Already Own the Tools to Create Simple E-Learning Avatars
JULY 26, 2011
Considering how fast it converts the images to speaking avatars, I’m pretty impressed with the overall quality. Convert Static Images on the Slide: You can also add the image to the slide. Convert Simple Clip Art: Don’t limit yourself to real images, feel free to experiment with some of the clip art that’s available to you. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar.
7 Secrets to Getting the Graphics You Need for Rapid E-Learning
AUGUST 23, 2011
Use Image Filters to Convert Boring Clip Art & Bad Photos. Most graphics editors (and PowerPoint 2010) offer simple filters that help you convert your image. It’s easy enough to take photos in-house and then convert them to silhouettes. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar. I had a great time in Atlanta last week. People don’t have money. Take Your Own Photos.
Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, Articulate Storyline: Production Times
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
MARCH 12, 2013
Assuming you are satisfied with the original PowerPoint content, and you don't need to add additional content (beyond possibly a quiz) in the eLearning tool, the production time for converting PowerPoint to eLearning should be no more than 1 hour of production time for every minute of eLearning playtime. We teach a one-day class covering that tool through ASTD. by Kevin Siegel One of the more common questions that I get from new eLearning developers is how much time it will take to produce published content. Is it Adobe Captivate? 60 minutes?
Quit Wasting Time Trying to Find the Right Look for Your E-Learning Courses
FEBRUARY 14, 2012
The goal is to place the learner in the rain forest so we walk through the process of converting a simple PowerPoint slide to something more immersive. Louis (ASTD). April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). Let me explain. If they have some design skills it’ll look good.
Avoid the Curse of the Frankencourse
JUNE 26, 2012
Most rapid elearning tools are like Articulate Presenter and convert PowerPoint slides to Flash (and soon HTML5). July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD). July 31: Austin, TX (ASTD). I’ll be in town for business so the Austin ASTD is hosting a free Articulate jam session. August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). October 23 & 24 : Milwaukee, WI ( SEWI-ASTD ). She said that she had used every single tip I ever shared on the blog. Tools within Tools.
Let Others Inspire Your Interactive E-Learning. Here’s How.
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Perhaps you can take one of your linear courses and convert it to an interactive scenario using the same structure and outline as the soldier scenario. Louis (ASTD). April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). Many people are stuck in the world of linear, click-and-read content. Context.
Learner Engagement – Are Games the Answer?
JULY 1, 2013
If you read industry journals like “T&D” from ASTD or Associations Now, you’ll see that engagement is hot. So they ask us to “convert” their learning into a game. Everyone is talking about increasing engagement, and many are turning to gamification, social learning networks, and anything else they think will work to increase learner engagement. often get asked by clients and attendees of my gamification education sessions, “Are games really the answer to increased learner engagement and knowledge retention?” Sometimes I think people are shocked when I tell them, “not always”.
Here’s Some Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course
FEBRUARY 28, 2012
As you can see we took what’s a typical looking slide and converted it to one that has more visual appeal. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). During the year I conduct dozens of elearning workshops. Most of the people I meet have a training background. Change Your Background Image.
M-Learning 101: I’ll Take My Rapid E-Learning to Go
JUNE 28, 2011
Then you’ll need to convert it to a format that plays on the iPad. There’s an iPad preset so all you need to do is click one button and convert the video. Following is the Duarte demo that I converted to video. August 16 : Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I’ll be doing two sessions, one on elearning and the other on graphics. Last week I spent a couple of days in San Jose at mLearnCon.
Do You Have the Skills to Succeed?
MARCH 20, 2012
There’s even a generic course on how to take a PowerPoint file and convert that to an elearning course. If you want to build more engaging courses at work, then convert one of the typical courses into something more engaging. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). July: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). August: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). October 23 & 24 : Milwaukee, WI ( SEWI-ASTD ). Rapid E-Learning Developers Wear Many Hats. Visual design.
Who Trains the Trainers?
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
We are looking for ways to convert many of our classroom workshops to online modules. Many organizations like ASTD , Training Magazine , and others offer free webinars you can participate in. Are you someone who has ‘fallen into’ your role? Their subject matter expertise gets them selected to become a trainer, and they just join the organization’s training department.
3 Simple Ways to Measure the Success of Your E-Learning
JULY 19, 2011
And besides, the rapid elearning tools are so easy to use there’s not much of a difference in production time between creating a job aid and converting a PowerPoint file to Flash. August 16 : Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I’ll be doing two sessions, a pre-conference workshop on elearning (3 hours) and the other on elearning graphics. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar.
The Designer’s Toolbox
FEBRUARY 27, 2012
You don’t hear about tools like these at ASTD meetings and traditional training gatherings. My other objective was to advance my thinking about converting today’s dysfunctional corporations into tomorrow’s lithe value-creating organisms. I’m throwing the design tools at the dilemma. Sedona is a magic spot in the high desert, about two hours north of Phoenix.
Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning
JANUARY 16, 2011
Text reader converts text to speech automatically. SpokenText SpokenText lets you easily convert text in to speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. Before I present you the list I would like to answer two important questions: 1) Why not use Human voice over? YAKiToMe !
Clean Up Your Client’s PowerPoint Slides with This Time-Saving Tip
DECEMBER 4, 2012
All of these tips will help you convert what may be a sloppy start to something that at least is consistent and looks better. If you’re interested in a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. Here’s a common issue: your client gives you a PowerPoint file that doesn’t look all that great. It’s a complete mess. And your job is to clean it up.
4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio
JUNE 2, 2009
We once converted a storage closet into a makeshift recording room. Tidbits: I’m at the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition this week. Good audio is critical to your elearning success. You might be a great instructional designer and create the most engaging courses possible. But it all falls apart if the audio quality in your course is not very good. Dampen the sound.
Do You Know the Answers to These Rapid E-Learning Questions?
MARCH 6, 2012
We need to be more intentional when converting from one type of learning experience to another. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). Recently I participated in an interview-style webinar for the E-Learning Guild. really liked the process they used. What is Rapid E-Learning? This is good.
Amy Jo Martin, Thursday Keynote at #ASTDTK14
JANUARY 23, 2014
These are my live blogged notes from the Thursday morning keynote at ASTD Tech Knowledge in Las Vegas. Access > Connection > Relationship > Affinity > Influence > Conversion (impressions don''t convert, but influence does convert). Social Media Education: Decreases liability Converts employees to brand ambassadors (they live the brand day to day) It’s a professional development tool Saves companies money (get easy data without spending money) Digital Royalty University – they founded to go out and teach principles of social media. DigitalRoyalty.
Are You Getting the Most Value Out of Your Rapid E-Learning Tools?
OCTOBER 25, 2011
In a previous post I mentioned that the PowerPoint-to-Flash tools convert your slides to Flash movies. November 4: San Diego, CA (ASTD)— Your Turn to Learn. November 14: Minneapolis, MN (ASTD)—Articulate Workshop: Build Interactive E-Learning…Rapidly. December 8 : Charlotte, NC (ASTD)— Rapid E-Learning Design. I’ll also be doing a free Articulate jam session while in town.
The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same
Learn and Lead
OCTOBER 6, 2012
An interesting resource is a year 2009 ASTD article by Karl Kapp. One potential customer recently was expecting their 5 day ILT class to be converted into a couple of hours of elearning. This year I completed 20 years in the learning and development industry. As I reflect back, some things just remain the same, especially in elearning. Even today when I tell someone that I develop elearning, I get the “Oh that’s an upcoming industry”. Even after 20 years, elearning is still an upcoming industry!!! What is one hour of elearning? Can it even be measured in hours?
Three Time-Saving Rapid E-Learning Tips
JUNE 21, 2011
The PowerPoint flash tools like Articulate Presenter are going to convert your PowerPoint content on each slide to a Flash movie file (.swf). August 16 : Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I’ll be doing two sessions. Last week I shared a free PowerPoint template that was inspired by the iPad’s notebook app. Hopefully, you can find a use for the template. How to Create Your Own Textured Objects.
#astdTK12: Instructional Design for a Semantic Web
JANUARY 25, 2012
By encouraging the inclusion of semantic content in web pages, the semantic web aims at converting the current web of unstructured documents into a “web of data.” ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 ConferencesReuben Tozman led a very thought-provoking session on how instructional design should change to integrate more effectively with the coming “semantic” web.
Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps
JULY 14, 2009
This post is in response to some conversations I had during the last ASTD conference in Washington, DC. With interactive branching you can also convert a linear elearning course into more of a story-like course that both engages the learner and lets them interact with the content. added some tutorials at the bottom of the page that shows you how to do so. That’s pretty fast.
How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
So they buy an authoring tool and quickly convert the content. Tidbits: I’m at ASTD TechKnowledge in San Jose all this week. Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning. Their organization needs to take existing content (usually a bunch of PowerPoint files) and get it online as soon as possible. So they start focusing on how to make the screens look better. Voila!
Get More Life Out of Your Clip Art with This Simple Trick
SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
In this case, we’re looking at filters that convert the image to something hand drawn. Tidbits: I’m in Vermont this week, raking leaves and filling up on maple syrup. I’m also doing a session for the local ASTD on September 17. I’ll be in Baton Rouge ASTD on October 12. I’m setting up a free Articulate Jam session for October 13 (8:30-11:00). Create a Hand Drawn Look.