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How To Write A Visual Style Guide for eLearning

The eLearning Coach

The most efficient way to achieve consistency in visual design for an eLearning course or presentation is to write a visual style guide. It’s nearly a necessity when working on a team and it’s also valuable when working solo (though a shorter guide may suffice). In either situation, here are some benefits of writing an eLearning visual style guide. See below. Graphics Media

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Does The Food We Eat Affect Our Productivity?


According to the flagship study released on the subject by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2005, our nutrition habits have a direct impact on our productivity. In fact, the World Health Organization says that adequate nourishment can raise national productivity levels by 20 percent! This begs the questions: What foods are brain foods and drain foods? Online Training

Keyboard Input in MFC/WPF Interoperability

Visual Lounge

For this week's Dev Corner, Dave Howell talks about how MFC/WPF interoperability in the next version of Camtasia Studio. Camtasia Studio has been an MFC-based application since it's origination. For the next version (code named Ocho), a new timeline control was built from scratch using WPF. TextBox. Much to our surprise, the keyboard input did not work at all. expletive deleted!]. Curses!

The Freelance Revolution

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet The notion that work is changing and that free agent knowledge workers will dominate the new economy was something I discussed in my Master’s thesis, published in 1998.  I’ve been talking about free agents as the future of work on this blog almost since I started it. In my first year as a freelancer, I learned business lesson #1 : there IS NO BUSINESS until you have a customer.

Get an Exclusive Articulate Storyline Game Show Template from eLearning Brothers

Download one of the most popular game templates from eLearning Brothers with a look and feel exclusively made for eLearning Learning subscribers! eLearning Brothers creates awesome templates and assets to help you look like an eLearning Rockstar!

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Six 3D Virtual World Facilitation Tips

Kapp Notes

Here are 6 things to keep in mind when facilitating a 3D virtual world class or discussion. Preparing for a class discussion in a 3D virtual immersive environment. Maintain proper social distances between your avatar and others. People treat the 3D virtual space as an actual physical space. In physical space, social norms require distances between people when they are engaged in conversation.

Metacognition, our secret weapon

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Why are organizations victim to “negative, culturally-driven patterns&# while cities are not, asks Patrick Lambe at Green Chameleon. In a most interesting paper, Patrick examines why organizations seem to  sabotage  themselves; why cities grow, corporations die and life gets faster ; how the food price index is linked to political instability; and a long discussion on the role of witchcraft in most societies. How Collectives Inhibit Insight (PDF) synthesizes much of my own recent thinking, on bureaucracy  and the emergent nature of corporate culture. They just happen.

How important is the ‘About’ page on your blog? #blogging

Dont Waste Your Time

Over the past few years I have been running this blog I have made numerous updates to my about page , but just how important is this page and the information it contains? According to Evelyn Parham : “If I cannot learn more about your blog and about you (author of blog), then I usually do not make a return visit or add your blog to my reader. What do you do? Where are you? What do you think?

Fear of the “Upload” Button

E-learning Uncovered

Launching a new e-learning course is exciting—and a little bit scary. Did we remember everything? Did we make all the last-minute changes? Did we catch all the typos? Do all the buttons work? When creating an e-learning course, we need to balance perfectionism with reality. We want every course to be perfect, but there are only so many times you can look at something without going over budget or over schedule. We’ve found there’s a time for checking everything one last time, and a time to blow out the candle and eat the fig. He is very hot, very tired, and very hungry.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

One Week Left!


Wondering what other associations and non-profits are up to with their learning offerings? Anticipating a change for the next year, and wonder if others are making similar changes? Looking at increasing your education budget but need to prove other associations are investing more money in their learning programs first? Then you need to participate in the 2011 aLearning Survey. Ten quick questions. Less than five minutes. Valuable data — if enough of you add your voices! It’s free. No individual data is collected. Do it today. The survey is open until September 10. aLearning Survey

August 2011 Review

Jane Hart

Meteorologically speaking, Autumn begins today here in the UK – the summer has passed all too quickly. Although manypeople were away on holiday in August, it was still a very busy month online and I saved nearly 50 articles and resources in my August Reading List. For the plugged-in, too many choices , Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, 10 August 2011.

4 Great Resources to Help eLearning Presenters Prepare for DevLearn

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

With DevLearn 2011 only a few weeks away there are over 100 speakers preparing to tell their stories to their eLearning colleagues. While many of the presenters are seasoned professionals, some are not. think that's a good thing. believe everyone has something to say. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has an eLearning tip to share that someone will benefit from hearing. Enjoy these links!

Reminder: Learning and Knowledge Analytics 2012: Call for Papers

George Siemens

After a very successful conference on learning analytics in Banff , planning has begun for next year’s conference in Vancouver. The call for papers is out – due Oct 15. Key dates are also available

Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

Friday Spotlight > Houndstooth motion graphics

Enspire Learning

Earlier this summer Enspire’s media arm, Houndstooth , worked with AMD to create a piece showcasing high performance Radeon GPUs. All production occurred on the 3rd floor of our 1708 Guadalupe Street hive.

Flash Animation Bounce Effect

eLearning Brothers

Today I’ll show you a how to add a little more “visual interest&# to an Flash animating object. call it the bounce effect. It’s a very simple technique but can really be awesome. I’ve recorded a screencast to show you how to do it. Here is a quick demo I created showing this “bounce&# effect: eLearning Brothers Intro. eLearning eLearning Tips Flash Graphic Design Tips

My Experience Starting Out with Google+

Learning Developments

I got my Google+ invite back in July (Thanks Derek) but it's been quite a busy summer so I put off getting to know Google+ until now. Being the big Google/Android fan I am, this is long overdue. In this post I write up my first impressions. You can get to Google+ by going to [link]. My first reaction after getting into it was very reserved. found myself making lots of comparisons to Facebook.

Elegant but Simple User Design


I'm nerd and proud of it, but I hate remote control devices. Thus, I applaud Roku for their simple design, and I LOVE their remote control device. It's so darned simple to use. Click to expand the images given below. Installing their box is also easy: Connect your Roku device to your TV. Turn the power on. Connect your Roku to your wireless router (i.e. enter your security code). Oh yes.

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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.

Some useful e-learning resources

e-Learning Academy

I have recently refreshed and updated recommended e-learning resources on the Connect Thinking e-learning resources page. Here you will also find access to a free e-learning gap analysis. Also, a new article from Colleen Kavanagh and myself: 10 Things That Make Webinars Work, in September 2011 HC Magazine, pages 34-36. Enjoy. Announcement Virtual classroom

Podcast #19: From NVQ to ITQ…

Tayloring it

Craig chats with Di Dawson  on the subject of gaining formal accreditation for learning programmes and in particular the offering of ITQs for Social Media, Mobile Learning and Accessible IT. Download podcast in mp3 format: From NVQ to ITQ. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Shownotes. JISC Techdis. DawsonLoane website. peek inside one of the ITQ workbooks. Want to find out more? Contact Di at Music  Source. Share/Bookmark. Podcast Di Dawson ITQ

Easy and powerful e-Learning authoring


Ease of use is very important for an authoring tool; this becomes even more important since subject matter experts participate more and more in the development process. For easygenerator this is one of our main focal points. That makes sense when your name is easygenerator. One of the reasons easygenerator is so easy to use, is our intuitive interface. You don't need a three day course. Probably the most important thing is the What You See Is What You Get Editor. Thanks to this, you always know what you are doing and what the effects of your actions are for the learner.