Wed.Jul 13, 2011

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6 Alternatives To Bullet Lists

The eLearning Coach

Bullets make lists of important points easy to read. When those near-perfect little circles are vertically aligned, readers can quickly process the text. Yet too many bullet lists in an eLearning course or slide presentation can be repetitious and mind-numbing. Learners and audiences need novelty to maintain and sustain attention. The trick for going beyond bullets is to think visually. GRAPHICS

Cues that You Need an Image Instead of Text

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. We know that meaningful images provide a memorable and efficient way to learn information. Yet, in the tradition of building bulleted lists in PowerPoint, text dominates many eLearning courses. As a text-oriented person myself -- someone who finishes reading an article's text and then goes back to view the tables and charts -- translating text into images does not come naturally for me. So, over the past year, I've made it an informal personal goal to get better at it. Here are a few cues that prompt me to consider replacing text with images. Image Cue: Process Overview.

The Forge - Karl Gude and the Importance of Visual Communication

Visual Lounge

Last year on The Forge , we had a lot of wonderful guests visit. In our second episode ever, Michigan State University's School of Journalism Professor Karl Gude came for a wonderful conversation. Karl Gude is the founding father of MSU's information graphics program. Karl has been creating infographics for the news since the 70s. Karl's segment focuses on the importance of communicating visually.

Anatomy of the Perfect Employee


Ever wonder what the perfect employee would look like? Well here he is, in all his glory. Click image to enlarge). Mindflash employee

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How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Trust, Employee Engagement, and Customer Service

The Peformance Improvement

The latest " 10X10 " (ten tips and ten resources) from RealTime Performance is about customer service. It's a useful list of ideas for improving employee performance as it relates to customer service and a book title that corresponds to each suggestion. Employees can read these books to learn more about each idea. This "10X10" offers some suggestions for building trust.

The personal web

Learning with e's

With the Southampton PLE Conference #PLE_SOU at full throttle, I thought it would be a good time to reiterate my views on the personal web. Personal Web Tools (PWTs) are thought by some to be synonymous with PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) but the two should not be confused. Sound like a PLE? Almost, but not quite. My view is that PWTs sit inside a PLE but they are not the whole story.

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

So that a more constant date is set each week for this blog, the topic “Latest Content Authoring Tools Trends&# will be posted Tuesday morning, July 19th. Then going forward, each Tuesday a new blog posting will appear. This month’s news and notes includes details on the E-Learning 24/7  Course Authoring Tool Shootut, A new Content Authoring Tool Directory along with interesting data points, LMS Info and final tidbits. Learning 24/7 and E-Learning TV presents: Rapid Course Authoring Tool Shootout. The action can be seen courtesy of E-Learning TV via the net and on YouTube. Lectora.

Empowering Personal Learning Environments


Empowering Personal Learning Environments View more presentations from Zaid Alsagoff This presentation was presented during IMU's seminar entitled ' Transformative E-Learning in Higher Education ' last week. Though, I did manage to explore Poll Everywhere with the crowd, and 50% of them actually managed to vote. Replace your audience response systems with Poll Everywhere That's it!

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

The lowdown on Pastiche™ 1.2 from the product developer

Dawn of Learning

You have probably heard the (rather exciting) news of Xyleme’s new “iPad app that creates apps” - Pastiche™.  We believe that it’s a revolutionary product that will change the way organizations define blended learning and we’re proud of our continued work on its development. Keeping true to that process we just released a new version to the App Store last week.  Pinch-to-Zoom. ramonguiu.

Social Learning & the Hourly Employee

CLO Magazine

In giving talks about social learning, I am often asked various questions about building a case for social learning.  However, in our efforts to justify why a social learning program should be implemented or even why one should be stopped, we often miss the opportunity to have someone speak from the workforce-centric perspective. Specifically, how do we support the needs of a workforce of hourly workers? Many times the issue is raised that managers do not want non-exempt or hourly employees accessing a system when they are “off the clock”. 

The Art, Science, and Practice of Coaching – Part 1

Enspire Learning

Enspire is delighted to introduce guest blogger Kate McLagan. Over the next three Wednesdays, Kate will define “The Art, Science, and Practice of Coaching.” Read on for Part 1: The Art of Coaching. Coaching has been a buzzword in business for some time now. The traditional training model is being challenged on the grounds that is does not result in sustained behavioral change. So, what is coaching?

Review: Michael Allen's Successful e-Learning Interface by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

While User Interface (UI) guidelines help designers solve usability issues on Web sites, eLearning must satisfy a different set of needs in order to provide an effective experience for learners. This learner interface can be at odds with the UI requirements. The latest volume in Michael Allen’s e-Learning Library will guide you and your team safely through resolution of these conflicts.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Captivate Training: Roundtripping Adobe Captivate Content with Adobe Flash

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Roundtripping Adobe Captivate Content with Adobe Flash Date and time: Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn how to instantly update Flash applications used in Adobe Captivate projects, invoke Flash from within Adobe Captivate, and synchronize the files in Adobe Captivate and [.]. Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe Captivate webinar Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Flash Roundtripping Rapid Authoring rapid elearning

Get ICEd!


It’s a wonderful thing when you stumble across an article that says exactly what you’ve been trying to find the words to express… That’s what happened when I started reading Rick Wilson’s article, “Learning Content is Not Your Job Any More: The Effect of Convergence&# from  e-Learning Guild’s Learning Solutions e-magazine (June 21, 2011 issue). I’ll try to summarize without duplicating the article, which is worth the time to thoroughly pour over. “Rule Two: You are in the business of bringing dexterity to your content.&#. Sounds deep.

Steel Texture Flash Templates

eLearning Brothers

The other day I posted a blog about  designing a custom steel texture background and adding it to a PowerPoint template. It turned out so nice, I thought that I’d make some matching  Flash Activities and  Flash Games. Click each sample below for a demo. Here is a tutorial on how to import a custom graphic background into a Flash Template.

Adding Event-based Effects to Objects with Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate

In Adobe Captivate 5/5.5, you can add different effects to your objects, like motion path, color effect, filter, emphasis, etc. The common path to add effects to your object is time-based effect, where you simply right-click the object and apply the desired effect(s). When you preview the screen, the effect appears as soon as the [.]. How do I. Rapid Authoring "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Animations Event-based Effects

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

How to Design a Glossy Button

eLearning Brothers

Today I’d like to show you one of my favorite ways to design buttons. The end result is a nice and simple glossy button. This technique is very easy and even though I’m demonstrating it in Adobe Photoshop, you can follow the same steps in other applications as well. Hope you enjoy…. eLearning eLearning Tips Graphic Design Tips graphic design photoshop

Why are you re-inventing the wheel? Use these education videos!

eLearning Acupuncture

Almost every day something comes across your Twitter feed which is a golden nugget. perfect little resource, tool or story that can help you in your practice of being an educator. However, once in awhile you hit the mother lode. Wow – it’s a very appropriately titled post. took the opportunity to view a few of them. There’s a lot more interesting posts on this great Open Culture blog.

Empowering Personal Learning Environments


Empowering Personal Learning Environments View more presentations from Zaid Alsagoff This presentation was presented during IMU's seminar entitled ' Transformative E-Learning in Higher Education ' last week. Though, I did manage to explore Poll Everywhere with the crowd, and 50% of them actually managed to vote. Replace your audience response systems with Poll Everywhere That's it!