May, 2010

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eLearning: In Fonts We Trust

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George There is no denying that the most important thing about eLearning is solid content. But could you be inadvertently making your content harder to read and understand by using the wrong fonts? Is good font selection really important? Read on to discover the many surprising ways fonts can affect your content. Some Fonts Read Better On-Screen eCommerce Consultant Dr. Ralph F. Formality?

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30 Top Online Resources For Instructional Designers To Keep Up With

Upside Learning

ID is an interesting domain to be involved in. On the one hand, you are continuously learning about different work environments as you are called upon to resolve different performance issues. On the other hand, your understanding of the domain, and your role in it, changes over time. As an instructional designer, you start by learning a whole lot of theories and models. aLearning Blog by Ellen.

Knowledge Summit--Talking about Social Media But, Will it Blend?

Kapp Notes

Today and tomorrow I will be at the 7th annual Kaplan-EduNeering Knowledge Summit. have been to many EduNeering Knowledge Summits and always have a great time. I'll be doing a book signing, facilitating a video interview about the strategic relationship between ProtonMedia and Kaplan-EduNeering with Lisa Clune and Ron Burns and generally mixing with a great group of folks. Web 2.0

Command-and-Control Leadership vs. People-Centered Leadership

The Peformance Improvement

Command-and-control leadership remains pervasive throughout business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Bnet.com defines command-and-control as: …a style of leadership that uses standards, procedures, and output statistics to regulate the organization. command and control approach to leadership is authoritative in nature and uses a top-down approach, which fits well in bureaucratic organizations in which privilege and power are vested in senior management. It is founded on, and emphasizes a distinction between, executives on the one hand and workers on the other. Sloan, Jr. But not so.

How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

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Here Are Ten Rules to Create Engaging Elearning

Rapid eLearning

At the recent ASTD conference, I was asked how to create engaging elearning. If you’ve been reading the Rapid E-Learning Blog for a while, then you know I’ve tackled this subject before. decided to pull ten ideas that are fundamental to building good elearning courses. Rule 1: Don’t Create the Course. This is probably not the advice your client wants to hear. Rule 3: Understand Your Objectives.

Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

The Learning Circuits Big Question this month asks – “ What will the workplace learning technology look like in 2015 ”. The question is inspired from a post by Derek Morrsion – Technology to Enhance Learning in 2015 , quite an interesting post, a must read. I can only wonder at the pace of change of technology that the world has seen in last decade. Isn’t that what the Internet really is all about?

Presentation Resources for DPW Webinar

Kapp Notes

Here are some presentation resources that might be helpful when creating an exciting PowerPoint presentation. PCAR Presentation Resources Resource for Presentations Learning Circuits Big Questions: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint Here is an example of a presentation using some techniques to avoid bullets, lists and other PPT distractions. Learning Technology View more presentations from kkapp.

Join the #moodlewish Twitter Stream!

ZaidLearn

Click image to view the visualized #moodlewish story clearly PLEASE WISH UP! Do you feel that Moodle needs improvement in some areas? Or perhaps don't like some of its features? Then why not make your voice heard in 14o characters, using the #moodlewish hashtag. But let's face it, 99% of the suggestions and frustrations will never bother going there, but if you are interested, why not. Annoying!),

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Online Tools: Improve Your Productivity

The eLearning Coach

Want to be so productive you can leave work early? Then try out some of these online apps. Post from: The eLearning Coach Online Tools: Improve Your Productivity.

Meet David Frazier, State of Alabama technology trainer

Visual Lounge

Our newsletter Editor, Daniel Foster , caught up with a Camtasia Studio user, David Frazier. David was kind enough to share his story and screencasting insights with us. Enjoy! Meet David Frazier, State of Alabama technology trainer. With budgets being cut left and right, classroom training often suffers.and workers can fall further behind on technology. We don't specifically offer IT software.

What makes a good blogpost?

Learning with e's

I have now been blogging for almost four years, and during that time I think I have learnt a thing or two about what makes a good blog post (and also what doesn't). Here are seven things I believe are important to include if you want to write a blog post that attract a readership: The first important feature of a successful blogpost is a good, snappy title. Wonderland '.

Does An LMS Actually Manage Learning?

Upside Learning

During the time I posted my last post – The LMS – Will it survive? and continuing after that, there have been some interesting discussions around LMS by Clark Quinn, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, Dave Wilkins and others debating the need of an LMS, raising questions from why we need it, whether we need it, how it should be viewed, will it survive, etc. There have been other suggestions as well.

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.

Survey Request: Take some time and help the industry

Kapp Notes

A colleague of mine, Dan Bliton asked me to help promote this survey, I think it is a worthwhile endeavor and would invite you to take a few moments and participate. Here are the details. Please complete the survey on Effective Approaches for e-Learning and share it with others. link] surveymonkey.com/s/effective- elearning. We need at least 100 survey responses from e-Learning developers for an I/ITSEC conference paper. The first page of the survey asks about your experiences on e-Learning projects. Click the link to open a new window and review the examples.

PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George I am often asked how to get YouTube videos into a PowerPoint presentation, and, unless you're using the latest version (PowerPoint 2010), it's an understandable question. it's not a simple process. Over the next few weeks I will show you how to insert YouTube videos into PowerPoint 2007 (both with and without an internet connection) and PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac.

3 Rs of Smarter Training Design: Reuse, Recycle, Renew

Mindflash

With many training and development departments stretched thin or nearly non-existent, the task of creating new online training is daunting enough. Who has time to think about, let alone do ,  maintenance?  Of course program maintenance is usually the one thing no one ever budgets [enough] time or money for. Don’t “Date Stamp” Your Material. Question the Need for New. Teach Trainees How to Fish.

Sizing Up an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. If you’re designing a one-week course, or even a partial day course, how do you divide its content into lessons? Intuitively, I used to define lessons by topic. Some lessons I’ve designed are as short as 15 minutes, while others are up to four hours. The topic would drive the length. Conversely, an instructional designer I used to work with felt strongly that a lesson should be an hour, and he would look for ways to logically organize content into one-hour chunks. Why does lesson size matter? the end of a lesson). Do you aim for a certain lesson length? By tasks?

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.

Webinars In May 2010

The eLearning Coach

There are lots of great webinars happening in May. This is your chance to learn something new, ask questions and contribute to the ongoing conversation. Note: I’ll be presenting on how to design graphics that impact learning on May 18th Post from: The eLearning Coach Webinars In May 2010.

Is HTML5 Ready for eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Last week, while justifying Apple’s refusal to allow Flash player on iPhone/iPad, Steve Jobs wrote– “ New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too) ”. A few days before the launch of iPad Apple had released a list of ‘iPad ready’ websites having support for HTML5. Yes, HTML5 is a major revision over its predecessor HTML4.

24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

Visual Lounge

Here we go! It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Snagit in 24 hours! Tune in live here. And, we will also have a chat room going in there as well. And, you can follow us on Twitter as well @techsmith and @betsyweber. We'll be giving some fun prizes throughout the day too! will post the videos on this blog post as soon as we finish producing them (I figured you didn't want 24 different blog posts). :-) We plan on recording close to the top of the hour if you'd like to tune in. And, we'll have several guests throughout the day. What do they have in common?

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eLearning/mLearning: Easy Font Resources

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Last week I covered how a selective use of fonts can enhance the effectiveness of your eLearning and mLearning content. This week I have a few easy resources for working with fonts. Adding Distinct Personality with Handwriting. Adding a touch of handwriting to learning presentations can help to convey playfulness, whimsy, or even formality, depending on the script font chosen. Arial.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

The big mistake in elearning

Making Change

Here’s a short presentation that includes: The one powerful change that will make our elearning a lot more effective. quick demo of action mapping. A fun example of the type of information that should go in job aids. How to get people to stop telling you, “Turn this information into a course&#. To see a bigger version on YouTube, click the movie when it’s playing.

Reaching the Reluctant Trainee, Part 2

Mindflash

In part 1 of “Reaching the Reluctant Trainee”, I explored two basic types of reluctant trainees – the Skeptic and the Technophobe -and gave you some tips and techniques I use to get to know my training audience better.  In most cases, a fear of change drives the reluctant behavior, but only when you’ve identified the specific barriers feeding the fear can you strategize an approach to overcome them.  So that’s what this post is all about -  ideas you can use for creating training buy-in, even from the most reluctant trainees. . Idea #1: Self-Assessment. Best for: Skeptics.

Social media: It’s not about the technology!

E-Learning Provocateur

As an enterprise, Acme Corporation is “dipping its toes&# into social media. It might be said it’s adopting a cautious, almost experimental approach to the concept. While the organisation has invested in social technology, and maybe even documented a social media policy, the majority of its social media activity is driven from the bottom up. Does this sound like your workplace?

ID - Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world?

Performance Learning Productivity

Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Most learning vendors tout their ‘expertise in instructional design’ as a key reason as to why we should engage them to produce learning content. have a real problem with this approach and the thinking behind it. And ‘action’ is the key word. Challenging?

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.