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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.

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


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?

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?

Jing 24

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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Upside Learning

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PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos, Part 2

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George Last week I showed you how to insert YouTube videos into a PowerPoint 2007 presentation, but in order for it to work you would need to be presenting on a computer with an internet connection. This week I'll show you how to insert a YouTube video when the computer you'll be presenting from does not have an internet connection. Copy the URL for the video.

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Presenter

eLearning Blender

Adobe Captivate and Articulate Studio have different skill sets and sometimes you need the best of both worlds. While Captivate is great for software simulations, I think Articulate is better for soft skills projects and tying the whole thing together. Because Captivate and Articulate have unique qualities you may come across the situation where you want the best of both worlds by using the two programs together. For example, I'm currently working on a project where branching scenarios lead into software simulations.


Training Industry

Survey Results: Delivering Virtual Instructor-Led Training. Table of Contents. Survey Overview. 3. Key Findings. 3. About the Study. 4. Current State of VILT. 7. Strengths and Limitations of VILT. Elements of Effectiveness. About General

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Book Review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training Methods

Learning Visions

I’ve been trying to read a lot lately – books, not just blogs. And I do find that the age-old book report is a great way to synthesize and encode all those juicy learning nuggets. My latest review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals. Recommendation: Thumbs Up. presented a webinar today and found myself quoting liberally from this book.

Adobe Captivate 5: The Mother of All Upgrades!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel I've been using, writing about and teaching Captivate since, well. before the program was known as Captivate. I've seen all of the upgrades. I've been underwhelmed (Captivate 1 to 2 didn't do much for me) and amazed (Captivate 3 to 4 was a major step forward for the program). With the upgrade from Captivate 4 to 5, I'm awestruck. mean hate them. mean love them.

3D Virtual Immersive Environment Role Plays

Kapp Notes

A 3D Virtual World role play provides a realistic environment in which two or more people act out a scenario. Role playing is valuable for immersing a trainee in a job she would actually be doing. This type of environment is flexible. No matter what direction a learner takes, the experienced person playing the other role can provide the right feedback and act appropriately for the role.

Telling the Truthiness

The Peformance Improvement

  truthiness : "truth that comes from the gut, not books" (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's.    "The Colbert Report," October 2005); “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true" (American Dialect Society, January 2006). Some business leaders appear to prefer truthiness to truth.

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The eLearning Salary Gender Gap

Learning Visions

This post is part of a blog carnival hosted by Janet Clary – a response to my original post eLearning Guild’s 2010 Salary Report in which I declared I was ticked off by this: There continues to be a consistent gender gap in pay between men and women. On average, men are paid 14.5% more than women. lower than the rate men receive, while working a comparable number of hours. So – how off are you?

mLearning: The Latest Trends and Why You Should Care

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Rosie Hausler Mobile Learning (mLearning) has been around for quite a while now. As a subset of Distance Learning and eLearning it has promised a more immediate and more flexible approach to those bleeding-edge providers that have wanted to deliver more complete blended training programs. If you consider the definition of mLearning as untethered (from cords and cables) and interactive (so learners can participate from almost anywhere), you can see how the limitations of the available legacy mobile devices have kept mLearning in the emerging phase over the last decade. Why now?

Hanging Out In Chicago with Allison and Tony

Kapp Notes

Earlier this week, I had a chance to hang out with Allison Rossett and my co-author Tony. I've worked with Allison before for an ASTD event about Rapid eLearning. always enjoy hanging out with her and gaining insight from her ideas and perspectives on learning. Karl Kapp, Allison Rossett and Tony O'Driscoll talking about learning. really enjoyed meeting everyone. Slides are below.)

Before we criticise the next new medium …

Clive on Learning

Don't Shoot the Messenger , in a recent issue of The Economist, emphasised just how much new media have been resisted over the ages. The stimulus was Obama's recent seemingly technophobic pronouncement that “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations—none of which I know how to work—information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.” As the article points out, Obama "joined a long tradition of grumbling about new technologies and new forms of media.”

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Back to the Future


Sometimes I think we already knew then what we are learning today. Take a music break and learn a lesson: Education Learning

Adobe RoboHelp: Links to PDFs in the Baggage Files Folder

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel If you want to include PDFs in your RoboHelp Help System there are basically two ways to proceed. First, you can store the PDFs on your Web server and then create a standard link to the PDF from within any topic in your Help system. However, if you go that route, the PDFs won't be searchable from within the Help System. If you instead add the PDF to your Baggage Files folder, and then create links, the PDFs will be part of the generated Help System and the PDFs will be searchable via the Search tab. Sweet! Read on to learn how. On the General tab, give the page a title.


ASTD International Conference Learning in 3D Recap Video and Slides

Kapp Notes

Here is a link to the video of the presentation Tony and I did at the ASTD conference a few weeks ago courtesy of Protonmedia. Once you follow the link, you will need to scroll down to view the video on the post.) Also, here are the accompanying slides if you want to follow along "at home."

Odyssey of the Mind

Spark Your Interest

I have recently been introduced to Odyssey of the Mind (this link is to the BC chapter in Canada) as a program for kids to develop creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, etc.  This program is not just some kind of fun activity, teams compete internationally on both spontaneous problem-solving and on a longer-term problem that they work on as a team and enter.  It’s a bit like cerebral sports.  There are elements of: science, performance, engineering, linguistic and other aspects of the “competition&#. . The team will test its structure by placing weights onto it. And team t-shirts. 

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

Blog Post Chosen as Pick of the Week

The Peformance Improvement

Wally Bock picked my blog post, “Don’t Throw Lean Out With Toyota’s Bathwater,” as one of his independent business blog posts of the week. I am honored to have my blog post chosen for recognition. Bock writes: Stephen Gill notes that many writers are taking Toyota's current troubles as "proof" that their success of the last couple of decades was some kind of sham. Those lean techniques still work. From my perspective, what got Toyota in trouble was that it lost focus on them and started thinking about getting bigger and bigger.

Ready-loaded iPad educator

Clive on Learning

Connie Malamed's posting First iPad University Course drew my attention to the mini MBA course being put together by Rutgers University and Apple’s higher education team. Connie describes how "Rather than placing all the course content online, the program will take place in the classroom, but will provide students with iPads loaded with all required reading material, videos and custom applications." " First thoughts are, at least for me, a sense of excitement at such a bold new use of new technology. Then I engaged my brain. Would that have caused any great interest?

A Few Quotes in Praise of Video Games

Kapp Notes

When asked about the value of video games Daphne Bavelier, an assistant professor in the department of brain and cognitive science at the University of Rochester said "People that play these fast-paced games have better vision, better attention and better cognition." Bavelier also said games could be developed that would harness the positive effects of the first-person shooter games without the violence. President Barack Obama recently identified the creation of good educational software as one of the "grand challenges for American innovation."

Six Principles for Sticky Ideas that You Should Know

Integrated Learnings

By Derek Howard. Great ideas are golden. This is especially true in the business world. great idea can save money, rake in new business and ultimately really plump the bottom-line. Big or small, a great idea is a great idea. Unfortunately, sometimes, no matter how great the idea is, it just never seems to catch on. Why is this? The good news is that it’s rarely the fault of the idea itself. The problem usually lies with the communication and/or instructional design: how the idea is presented (or with the environment, but that's another story). Part of this is knowing your audience.

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