Estimating ELearning Development Time
JUNE 22, 2015
When it comes to elearning development, one of the first things people want to know is how long it will take. This is true for both consulting projects where you are performing the development for a client and internal company projects. What key stakeholders often overlook is that quality elearning course development takes a significant amount of time.
Franchise Custom Elearning Development
MARCH 8, 2016
One of the biggest challenges for Training & Development and People Departments today is how to translate in-person training to online learning. One place we most often see the missed opportunity to leverage elearning is in the world of franchising. Franchises, with their diverse populations and geographically spread locations, can greatly benefit from custom elearning solutions.
9.5 Essential eLearning Development Tips
JANUARY 13, 2015
In this blog post, I mention nine and half eLearning development tips that could save you time, money, and help your eLearning to be more awesome than it already is. So if you are am elearning developer or instructional designer, these tips are going to awesome. #1. These could be eLearning interactions , graphics, quizzes, design elements, etc. The post 9.5
Agile tips that will improve your eLearning development
Challenge to Learn
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
I love agile development. We use it at Easygenerator to develop our software. You can apply the lessons learned from agile software development to eLearning development as well. This post contains some simple tips that you can apply to eLearning development. If you create eLearning for your own organization it has to be an internal client.
6 Great Project Management Tools for Custom eLearning Development
MARCH 5, 2014
We are often asked what project management tools we use for our Custom eLearning Development. DropBox – DropBox is where we collect and store project information, source files, development files, etc. 2. You can communicate with team members, attach documents, insert timelines, link to courses, etc. 3. Google Docs – We use Google Spreadsheets for project reviews.
9 Google Search Hacks to Make eLearning Development A Whole Lot Easier
JANUARY 28, 2015
One of the biggest pain points of eLearning development is not being able to quickly issues. The answer to almost all your eLearning questions are in Google, but you need to know how to find them. This post will go over how to find the eLearning problems with Google search. Search Solution: intitle:elearning game ideas. #5 Broaden Your Search with an Asterisk.
6 Tips for eLearning Developers To Help Fix Their Code
AUGUST 14, 2014
In the world of eLearning programming, there are many ways your code can have an error. Earlier today I was talking with Mark Lassoff, President of LearnToProgram.tv , on Twitter about how excited we are for him to speak about programming for eLearning Developers at DevLearn this October 29 – 31 in Las Vegas. What is a code document?
Agile eLearning development (4): Planning and execution
Challenge to Learn
JUNE 25, 2013
Very large developments (epic) stories are divided into smaller stories that fit in one sprint. The development team will give rough estimations on the stories with the highest priorities (the ‘must haves’ and ‘need to haves’). The development team will discuss the story with the product owner, asking questions to get the story and the requirements clear.
Agile eLearning development (6): Recap
Challenge to Learn
JULY 15, 2013
Over the past weeks I have written a series of blog post on agile eLearning development. must read for anyone involved in eLearning development. Part of the growing up from eLearning is that it becomes part of the business and therefore must contribute to the business goals. But most of all it is a different attitude of doing instead of ‘documenting’.
Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. Authoring Tools for developers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. Professional Presenter X – comes with sim tool, assessment, capture tool, documents to flash tool, etc. YouTube.
Web-Based Authoring Tools for Scalable eLearning Development: The Time Has Come
MAY 12, 2015
As more organizations and associations embrace rapid eLearning development to keep pace with new products and services, evolving business needs, and industry and government regulations, the need for distributed authoring solutions that enable collaborative, team-based development continues to grow. PENS. · Publish to Word document and edit Word output. Claro.
Agile eLearning development: business goals and road map
Challenge to Learn
MAY 19, 2013
This is a first post in a series of post on Agile eLearning development. wrote a book review on it (and it love it). I do believe that agile software development can offer us even more very practical ‘best practices’ that we can apply to eLearning. Before I can do that I have to introduce the roles in this process and map them to ‘e-Learning development roles’.
Agile eLearning development (5): Chatty Kidz
Challenge to Learn
JULY 1, 2013
One of the people who responded to my posts on agile development is Ken Taggert , He is developing an Ipad app (Chatty Kidz) which combines video conferencing with educational activities for kids. He just launched a kickstarter project to find funding for the further development of the app. Reduces the amount of up front documentation (i.e.
Storyboard Workbook for Elearning: Documenting the Workflow
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
The Learning & Development industry is a vast array of many disciplines and technologies. Looking at Instructional Design as it applies to elearning where there are many theories, models and methodologies, it that take years of practice to become proficient. Add the skills and knowledge of current technologies where it all comes together in development and the world of elearning can seem overwhelming. The following are storyboard documents I use on a regular baasis: Recommended and Optional documents. ElearningEnter the Storyboard Workbook.
10 Things eLearning Developers Can Learn from Software Developers: Jason Rimmer #devlearn
OCTOBER 30, 2014
eLearning is a Technology Solution." ~ Trina Rimmer Tech: code, defects, platform, tools Solutions: stakeholders, subject matter experts, schedules Focus on what you need to do, not how you''re going to get there. Document that test plan and then re-run it. 9. My live blogged notes from Jason Rimmer''s session at DevLearn. Forgive any typos and incoherencies. Evolve your process alongside capabilities. How do we evolve the way we work to the rapidly changing tools and tech? 1. Establish project ground rules 2. Track everything 3. Flex your process to deliver your projects better.
Why Use ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Based eLearning Development?
MARCH 22, 2010
Adobe Flash Professional is undoubtedly the most popular tool for custom eLearning development. With the help of its inbuilt programming language ActionScript developers can code interactions, communicate with servers, program animations etc. It has many new APIs and better performance which were not available in the previous versions of ActionScript [AS 1.0 & AS 2.0] and is well backed by a great Flash developer community that has contributed in developing many open source frameworks/classes/APIs. can load and play the files developed in AS 1.0
Introducing Adobe Captivate Draft: Storyboard and design eLearning on your iPad
AUGUST 27, 2015
In fact with the addition of Adobe Captivate Draft for pre-production design and storyboarding, and the addition of Adobe Captivate Prime (an all new LMS from Adobe) it is now possible to complete your entire eLearning […]. Adobe LMS Captivate Prime Documentation eLearning this week Extending Captivate How do I.
Agile eLearning development (3): Best practices, Demo’s, user stories and backlog
Challenge to Learn
JUNE 4, 2013
In the previous post on agile eLearning development I wrote about culture. Agile development offers a range of best practices that are relatively easy to implement. Agile development works in short sprints (one or 2 weeks). After every sprint there is a demo where the development team shows the result of the work of the past sprint. But there is hope. The backlog.
To Storyboard or not to Storyboard?
B Online Learning
DECEMBER 8, 2014
One of the fundamental things drummed into people who have embarked down the path of the eLearning developer is the need to start your development project with a detailed and well planned storyboard. From this document/PowerPoint/flowchart/drawing, your content can be planned, screens can be devised, interactions envisaged and source material can be sculpted so as […].
5 Tips For Finding (and working with) An eLearning Development Company
MARCH 22, 2016
Time has rendered the question of whether a modern enterprise needs eLearning, irrelevant. As an effective, convenient, lower maintenance, and cheaper alternative to traditional classroom learning, eLearning is the perfect fit for the modern, knowledge-based economy, and the often thin margins in which competitive businesses must operate. eLearning corporate trainingConclusion.
eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms
JUNE 9, 2016
Previously we dug into the alphabet soup of eLearning terms and acronyms. ADDIE- The ADDIE model is a process used by instructional designers and training developers offering guidelines for creating effective training. This model is broken up into 5 phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. But you weren’t full. You asked for seconds.
My best advice for building elearning development teams
MARCH 28, 2013
I’ve worked in educational elearning, game based learning and corporate elearning, during that time I’ve been involved in setting up many elearning development teams. I’ve worked on some brilliant projects for clients around the world but what would be my tops bits of advice for setting up an elearning development team? How would I set up a team and how would the team work? I’ve worked in large development offices with hundreds of peoples and also a start-up so how would I set up a development team today?
eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms
MAY 11, 2016
If you’re new to eLearning or online training, it can seem like you’re wading through alphabet soup with all the various anagrams and terminology used in this industry. Grab a spoon, and let’s dig in to the soup, with this eLearning glossary. For many, their first experience with eLearning was educational computer games delivered via CD Rom. Had your fill of alphabet soup?
Your Perfect Elearning Development Shop: An Individual or a Team?
The Learning Dispatch
JUNE 22, 2016
When you’re considering a new elearning project, how much thought do you give to the size of the instructional design shop that you’re engaging for elearning development? hand off the storyboard to a developer, who works with separate graphic artists, photographers, voice-over talent, learning management systems administrators, and a project manager who keeps us all on task.
eLearning: More Reflection
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
DECEMBER 18, 2014
While most folks were successful in reflecting the mobile device onto the computer, several people reported that none of the actions they took on the mobile device were captured by the eLearning tool. If clicking over and over again to create a simulation sounds too difficult, all three of the top eLearning development tools (Camtasia Studio, Captivate, and Storyline) excel at creating videos. If you'd like to learn more about eLearning, come hang out in my next eLearning basics mini course. Unless.
Avoiding Confusion During Reviews
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Reviews are a key part of developing any eLearning. Whether you’re working with an outside vendor or someone within your association, clear communication and good documentation can make the process much smoother. In my experience, they’re also one of the steps that cause the most confusion and delays. Both of these have their own review challenges and best practices.
How to Make a Printable Results Page in Adobe Captivate 8
JANUARY 9, 2015
More than a year ago Brother Bryce wrote a successful blog on 6 Steps on How to Make a Printable Results Page in Articulate Storyline. I’ve always enjoyed this eLearning tip, so I figured it would be a good idea to do the same thing in Adobe Captivate 8. Now your learners can print out the questions and answers in a print friendly document. I Good news! The Publish folder.
Announcing: Getting started with mLearning — A hands-on workshop
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
This is an exciting time for eLearning developers. After what seems like an eternity of anticipation, mLearning is finally taking off, and now is the perfect time to hone up on the new skills you’ll need to bring your eLearning content to your mobile learners. Community Documentation eLearning this week Extending Captivate How do I. Rapid Authoring Rapid eLearning Technical Support Training and Tutorials Whats new Adobe Captivate 8 mLearning mobile mobile Learning Responsive Responsive Design training
Prototyping in eLearning
JANUARY 24, 2012
Over the years, you have probably noticed that the typically linear eLearning development process has undergone some changes. One change that I’ve noticed are that customers are realizing that we aren’t just creating courseware or writing content and interactions, we are also developing software. First, spending way too much time on developing the prototype.
Blending Learning with Social Technology Components
DECEMBER 22, 2009
To change a purely instructor-led-program for leadership development that runs over eight months and involves these key individuals is a large and complex activity. The best way to mitigate this risk is take the tacit knowledge held by these few individuals, document it, and disseminate it in the best way possible across chosen groups of individuals. Web 2.0
Xerte - Free eLearning Development Tool
OCTOBER 28, 2008
Xerte is an open source software package for creating interactive eLearning content. The learning object interface feels a little awkward, but that is easily overlooked for its price tag … free. It appears to have decent documentation to help you get started, and you don’t have to know any scripting to create interactive learning content (including quiz questions and drag-and-drop features). If you are comfortable with ActionScript, you can extend its functionality with code. Thanks to Jane Hart , I was introduced to Xerte today. Xerte - Learning Object Demo.
Proactive, Not Reactive: Strategic with Technology
JANUARY 10, 2014
Have a formal, documented strategy for their use of technology for learning.”. While this one is a no-brainer considering our previously stated admiration for developing said strategy, let’s examine the research behind this a little closer. Documenting that strategy makes improvements easier to note and implement, as well as identifying areas of success that need to be continued. #2.
Social Media Libraries for Flash
FEBRUARY 2, 2010
Various elearning development companies are integrating the popular social media services like Twitter, YouTube etc. These social media elements can also be integrated in the elearning courses or applications developed using Flash technologies. This library has good documentation and tutorials and also supports URL shortening. b. right into their courses and LMS.
Key Roles of an ELearning Project
FEBRUARY 5, 2014
While every elearning development project is unique in regards to the content, there are some aspects that span across them all, and one of those aspects are the key roles. Defining the roles of team members is one of the most important things you will do for any elearning development project. elearning What are the Key Roles? Specialist). elearningacademy.com.au.
Developing An eLearning Player?
APRIL 5, 2010
An eLearning player is a building block for more conventional [one with back and next for navigation buttons] eLearning courses. What’s an eLearning player? This post is based on our experience with development of Flash based eLearning players over the years. Here are some of the key considerations for developing an eLearning Player –. swf, *.flv,
Launching a Web Collaboration Platform? Here’s How to Get Past the Naysayers
FEBRUARY 14, 2011
Students had already discovered Yammer on their own and began using it to communicate and work on projects together by sharing documents, creating groups, and participating in discussions; the school was in a position to build on those trends. Online Training collaboration e-learning eLearning Development Social Learning web learningGautsch identified two main needs.
Writing & Grammar Workshop: Happy New Year! (or is it New Year's?)
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JANUARY 9, 2011
Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. New Year's Day is the proper noun naming the day we celebrate the new year. That is why it is always capitalized. New Year's Eve is the night before, when all the partying really takes place. " If you are putting the s on New Year, you must use the apostrophe. Writing & Grammar
The Future Of Higher Ed And Its Impact On Elearning
FEBRUARY 16, 2012
It gave me a lot of insights about the state of higher education globally and also left me thinking about how these developments would impact the global elearning industry. certainly believe that it is vital for all developers of elearning to understand these trends and adapt to the new paradigms of learning. How do these developments affect the elearning industry?
Writing & Grammar Workshop: Would vs. Will
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
In training documents and manuals, we often have to tell the reader what will (or would) happen if they do (or did) a certain action. If you press cancel, the document will not be saved. If you pressed cancel, the document would not be saved. The past tense in the if clause means something like "If you pressed cancel (which I do not expect you to do) the document would not be saved (but I don't think that will happen, because I am strongly implying that you should not press cancel).
4 Benefits of Using an LMS
JULY 9, 2014
Many people today understand that elearning is a great way to delivery training on a particular subject to a large audience at a fraction of the price of live training. With the emergence of rapid elearning development software such as Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline, nearly anyone can create a basic online course. An LMS saves you time. learning management system lm
How Much Should eLearning Cost?
JULY 27, 2013
Ian and Stephanie both need a 30 minute eLearning course. Budgeting course development is a tricky tightrope to walk. Cost for a single eLearning course will vary widely depending on the state of the content being presented, number of reviewers and stakeholders involved, and your multimedia expectations. Ian’s $12,000 eLearning Course. What gives? 2,000. 2,500.
eLearning tips from Tom Kuhlmann
OCTOBER 15, 2014
I had the pleasure of interviewing eLearning guru Tom Kuhlmann, VP of Community at Articulate and the author of the Rapid eLearning Blog , the most popular blog in the eLearning industry with over 100k subscribers. When you talk to eLearning developers, what’s the biggest pain they feel? Tools like Storyline have democratized elearning. And good luck.
Editing with Acrobat: Get the Comment Pane's Numbers to Match Acrobat's Page Numbers
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
APRIL 6, 2011
Acrobat picked this number up from the desktop publishing software used to create the document. Or do you need a reliable way to get feedback from several people on a document or PowerPoint deck? Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending Jennie's Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. Jennie also teaches the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts and the Complete Review of Grammar class. by Jennie Ruby.
Lights, Camera, eLearning: What Project Managers and Hollywood Directors Have in Common
AUGUST 27, 2013
While watching the film, it occurred to me that there are a lot of similarities between producing a movie and producing an eLearning project. In a movie production, that person would be the director; in an eLearning project, it’s the project manager. It begins with a well-documented, step-by-step process for getting from point A to point B and systems to support the process.