Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning
JUNE 9, 2016
This means you can copy, modify, or distribute the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission or providing attribution! It’s not always easy to find high-quality images for your e-learning when you’re working on a budget. If you can’t afford the popular stock image sites, you might think you’re only option is to take your own photos. pexels.com. pixabay.com.
Five Things to Include in Your E-Learning Scenarios
JANUARY 6, 2016
When person is learning something new in real life, there’s usually someone there to provide feedback and coaching through the process. Just like providing realistic consequences, it’s important to provide feedback to help the learner understand why a decision was bad and how to avoid it in the future. Story. Does it matter if the people involved are peers? It might! Feedback.
Graphic Design Tips for Beginners
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
The truth is, a perfectly selected image can provide more meaning to your content than a thousand words ever could. Whatever the case, this is how color is used to provide additional meaning and emotion to the content. Even when working within the confines of a color scheme provided by an organization, understanding how colors work together can be a challenge for some.
Four Ways to Incorporate Storytelling in Your Next E-Learning Course
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
Stories provide an immersive experience that emotionally connects the learner to the content. Several years ago, frustration with my job search was approaching critical mass. I had many skills, but I couldn’t see how they were connected. On a rainy Tuesday afternoon over Mayan Mochas, I vented to a friend, “I am a professional Frankenstein!” To my surprise, she disagreed. Open strong.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.
Tips for Working with E-Learning Voice-Over Talent
JUNE 12, 2015
Provide file type, naming, and editing preferences. While it’s easy to assume your voice-over talent will record, edit, and name the files in a logical manner, it’s really your job to provide this guidance. Providing specifics regarding file types, naming conventions, and editing preferences will save you a few extra emails and/or phone calls. Indicate the preferred file type.
One Way Storyline Saves You Time When Creating Accessible Courses
AUGUST 4, 2015
screen reader can easily read out any on-screen text, but it needs to be “told” what to say about a graphic. So in an accessible course, you need to provide a text description for non-text elements so that the screen reader knows what to say. These tools are useful if you want to comply with WCAG or Section 508 rules. There are three important accessibility tasks covered in this dialog box.
Be Aware of Being Aware
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
In it, I provided some questions to help your SMEs focus on what really matters: Can you give me an example of when this would come up on the job? You might have faced this situation before: you’re working on an e-learning course, and the subject-matter experts (SMEs) keep wanting to include every single bit of information they have about the subject into the course.
Track Course Completions for Free Using Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Using the Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer, you can capture student scores and question-and-answer specifics, which can provide insight into your learners’ performance in the course. The answer the student provided. Adobe provides scripts (PHP files) that work as-is with the Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer. Did you know there is an alternative, FREE solution?
Create Hand-Drawn Graphics in PowerPoint + Free Download
OCTOBER 24, 2014
Well, to be honest, when I first plugged it in and used it with the provided software, my hand-drawn graphics were far from beautiful. After using the tablet for a few weeks with the software it provided, I discovered that PowerPoint (and most other Microsoft Office products) supports the use of “Ink Tools” when you have a graphics tablet plugged in. Enjoy! Retreat III | Orlando, FL.
E-Learning Authoring Tool Comparison
JANUARY 24, 2013
Storyline wins because it provides three options with one publish: Flash, Storyline mobile player for the iPad, or HTML5. We get lots of questions about our opinion on the major e-learning authoring tools. A while back, I did a comparison grid to help outline the key differences. Studio and Storyline are usually on sale for about $1400 each. Captivate is close behind. Follow dpelkins.
Do You Really Know the Terms and Conditions of Your Purchased Media?
OCTOBER 12, 2015
You may need to contact the media provider to find out. 3. If you want the person you hire to keep the information confidential, you would need to provide that person with your own NDA. “Check the box to agree to the terms and conditions.” Click. Eager to get to the next step on the website or download, you check that box and move on without much thought to what you just agreed to.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
event are important and the happy sheets do serve a purpose, but will they really provide enough hard. Whether making the decision to invest in people, or to simply maintain or decrease training budgets, training programs that provide immediate impact and maximum overall return on investment are an. Evaluating Training – Capturing the Benefits Aspect of ROI. But because. incurred.
Doodle.com: Hassle-Free Scheduling
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
Step 1: Provide some general information. Just provide some general information; the only required fields are your event title, name, and email address. If you’ve opted not to provide email addresses on the website, you simply email the link to each participant. You send an email to a group of project stakeholders proposing a meeting on Tuesday at 10:00. Made a mistake?
Client Review for Translations: Setting Expectations
OCTOBER 16, 2014
The process goes like this: The vendor provides the translated text files and then waits for approval from the client before proceeding with voiceover recording and integration into the authoring tool. Provide information about what things the reviewer really needs to watch for. It might even be helpful to provide a checklist or some DOs and DON’Ts. enjoy them.
Action Mapping With a Twist: A Tool for Budgeting E-Learning Development
JULY 2, 2014
Instead, I hope I’ve provided a useful tool that can help you plan for your e-learning projects and identify factors influencing the time and cost associated with developing them. Whether you’ve been developing e-learning content for years or you’re just getting started, it can be challenging to predict how much time and money an e-learning development project will take. Here’s how.
MAY 28, 2014
Finished storyboards and completed modules from Artisan’s previous courses for the same client provided both examples and templates. Viewing the existing lessons provided a vision of where we were going as well as an understanding of how all of the source materials would ultimately fit into, and contribute to, our finished product. Trust the learning process.
Tips for E-Learning Translation
DECEMBER 4, 2013
When the budget allows, it is helpful when a translation vendor can provide an end-to-end solution, especially for languages that don’t use the Roman alphabet. 2. Be mindful of your timeline. Providing the translators with a translated policy manual, for example, can help the translators match language. In the last year or so, Artisan E-Learning has translated many of our clients’ courses into other languages. We’ve spent a lot of time refining our translation process, and we thought we’d share some of the things we’ve learned. You’ll need to decide who is doing what.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
technology providers. other areas in which organizations give learning technology providers failing grades. 11 Research Summary About Brandon Hall Group Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and. Your membership provides you with personal connections to fellow professionals.
Sneak Peek at Lectora 12
APRIL 7, 2014
The new button tool will let you customize each state of the button with color, text, font, and style options, and provide access to a new disabled state. In addition, buttons will support the same manipulation options that shapes will have. A new action will also allow you to set the state of a button. Either way, it’s an update Lectora users will undoubtedly look forward to!
How to Organize Your E-Learning Content with Sticky Notes
APRIL 21, 2016
When I first started developing e-learning courses, my biggest frustration was how to take all of the content provided by my subject-matter expert and transform it into a development-ready storyboard that also met the learning needs of my audience. Developing an e-learning course from beginning to end is a complicated, multi-phased process—there’s no denying it. needed to create an outline.
Are you using Steroids? May you should be!
JUNE 3, 2014
The framework provides not only the ability to use your packaged HTML5 content to create native mobile apps, but it also provides a solution for testing those apps on their native devices without having to plug in your devices or worry about developer licenses and provisioning files. It also makes testing your newly-created apps a breeze! PhoneGap is an open-source (a.k.a.
How Can E-Learning Be Shorter Than Classroom Learning?
JULY 11, 2013
The ADA, and sort of the companion law I’m going to talk about in a moment– the FMLA– when they were enacted, it was predicted that they were going to provide employment opportunities for employment lawyers for years and years to come. ADA and the related FMLA will provide employment opportunities for us lawyers for years! So why might that be? Does it mean that we are stripping out the interactivity? I hope not. Is it because we are getting rid of group discussions? Are we covering the content in less detail? Well, if we choose to do that, that’s fine.
Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact
been providing lukewarm results for years. techniques and solutions that provide more impactful methods for improving employee. But microlearning offers far more than that: • It adapts to the pace of today’s business and meets the needs of your modern learners, providing learning in short bites that are fast and easy to absorb. Aside from providing access over the.
Lectora 12 – Moving Ahead and Catching Up
DECEMBER 31, 2014
The improvements focus on designer usability and provide PowerPoint-like flexibility when working with text, images, shapes, and buttons. When Lectora 12 was released in early December, there weren’t too many surprises, as most of the new features were previewed at the Lectora User Conference in April. These enhancements further that position. Upcoming Events & Webinars.
Graphic Layering for Better E-Learning Design
MARCH 21, 2014
Drop shadows help to make your content pop off the screen and can provide visual focal cues to your learners. Often times, new e-learning designers struggle with the graphic design aspect of development process. Because of this, one of the most common requests I get is to share my tips and secrets for designing better looking e-learning courses. What Is Graphic Layering?
One Simple Trick for Troubleshooting Technical Problems with E-Learning Courses
AUGUST 28, 2014
One thing you can do is provide a list of questions about browsers, operating systems and the like. Simply ask your customer to click the link, and you’ll be provided with valuable technical information about the computer he or she is using, including all of the following: Operating System. It’s bound to happen sooner or later: you get “that” call from a customer. Screen Resolution.
Staying Relevant in E-Learning in 2014
JANUARY 20, 2014
ASTD.org/Communities-of-Practice/Learning-Technologies : Provides current and archived Learning Technologies articles, webcasts, books, and blog posts. TrainingMag.com : Provides publications and resources for developments in training and online learning tools and techniques. As you dive into the new year, keep your sights on what is possible for e-learning. As with any technology-based industry, it is important for e-learning professionals to stay current with the e-learning technology, hone current skills, and add new ones. mLearnCon : June 24-26, 2014 , San Diego, CA.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?
Four Tips for Winning a DemoFest Award + 2016 Learning Solutions Recap
APRIL 7, 2016
You have to pick the slides that are going to the most inspiring to others and provide the best wow-factor. With both of my award-winning courses, I let the attendees explore my examples on their own on an iPad, while I provided the explanation on the sidelines. March is always and exciting and busy month for us here at Artisan E-Learning and E-Learning Uncovered. Ask for the vote.
Recap of The eLearning Guild’s 2014 Learning Solutions Conference
MARCH 31, 2014
We work with translation vendors and voiceover talent to provide us with the text and audio for the courses and then piece everything together within the authoring tool. This webinar promises to, as always, provide a lot of great creative inspiration for your own e-learning work! Two weeks ago, the entire Artisan team had the opportunity to attend the Learning Solutions conference in Orlando. As usual, we had a great time. We had the honor of hosting two concurrent sessions, two morning buzz sessions, showcasing three courses in the SolutionFest competition. SolutionFest. Pacific.
Five Decisions for Implementing a Project Management System
FEBRUARY 13, 2014
This not only provides as a valuable resource for those using the system, but can help ensure that your system is used in a consistent manner by its various users. As if carefully selecting a project management system for use within your organization wasn’t hard enough. You’ve done your due diligence and you’ve made your selection, but now it’s time to put that system into use and introduce it to your colleagues and clients. Below are five important decisions you’ll likely need to make if you plan to implement a new project management system yourself. Decide to decide later.
Streamlining Your E-Learning Production Process for Efficiency—Q&A
OCTOBER 2, 2014
For example, there might be a little workaround we need to do to get the course to work in the LMS—that workaround would be added to the Design Document. It’s a living, breathing document that changes throughout the life of the project. Q: Can you provide an example of one of your storyboards? A: Absolutely! Log in as at least a free Guild Associate to view the recording.). storyboard?
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
Knowledge Retention Time Since Training 1 Hour 100% 30% 50% 10% 24 Hours 1 Week 10 Solution: Provide shorter training material with continual. WHITE PAPER 5 Unknown Ways. You’re Wasting Your. individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders. struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what’s the result?
Event Recap: Lectora User Conference 2015
JULY 9, 2015
This future version of Lectora will include a tabbed work area providing separate views of the content sized specifically for tablets, smartphones, and traditional monitors. Back in May, I presented at the 11 th annual Lectora User Conference. As one of the oldest rapid e-learning authoring tools, the shine may be off the apple, but Lectora still has much to offer. What does this mean?
Lessons from LEGO®: Training Techniques to Encourage Learning
JUNE 8, 2012
LEGO doesn’t come out and say, “By the end of this 3-hour session, you will create an airplane with the pieces provided.” When they get stuck or when they need a refresher, we can provide clear and easily-accessible materials. For my son’s 5 th birthday, he got his first “real” LEGO set. Since it was for ages 5-12, I put it on my mother-son project list. Create desire.
Converting Classroom Training to E-Learning: Key Questions
DECEMBER 13, 2012
In many cases it’s the instructor, not the PowerPoint presentation or participant guide, who really provides coherence to the material. Most instructor-led materials only contain about 30 to 50% of what is actually conveyed to the students in the classroom—the instructor provides the rest in the form of examples, elaborations, etc. Recently I’ve worked on several projects for clients where I converted their existing classroom training to e-learning. What comes next? Is the content well-organized and does it flow well? Sometimes we have great instructional graphics to work with.
Tracking Time with Toggl.com
APRIL 22, 2014
In addition to the timer itself, the Timer page also includes a list of the work you’ve done, broken down by day, and a timeline providing a visual indicator of how you’ve been spending your time. Tracking and reporting time accurately is an important part of a contractor’s work. Signing up for Toggl is completely painless. When you’re finished, click the large, red Stop button.
How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy
providing an opportunity to practice the skills required. here is to ensure your training program provides individual attention and im- mediate feedback for trainees. INSTANT ACCESS TO CONTENT IN THE FIELD Provide learning content in both push and pull modalities to accommodate a. Always look for a LMS that provides an off-the-shelf integration with your CRM. ENABLEMENT?
Review of Snap! 1.1 Update
AUGUST 1, 2011
The rest of the new features provide some differentiation. You do have to have someone put together some script to help “translate” what data from the course go into what fields in the database, but they provide guidance one that. About three months ago, Trivantis released Snap! by Lectora – a PowerPoint authoring tool à la Articulate. Today they announced their 1.1 update. Keeping Up” features : Add FLV video, branch using the player’s Next/Back buttons, hide slides in the navigation panel, disable navigation on individual slides, and customize/translate text labels.
Increasing the Odds: Tips for Contractors
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Provide a quality product. In the e-learning industry, many of us work as contractors. This type of work has its ups and downs: the flexibility can be great, but waiting for a client to call can be excruciatingly frustrating. worked as a contractor myself for several years, and now I supervise the work of contractors. Seeing this dynamic from both sides has taught me that while you can’t directly control the amount of work that comes your way, there are things you can do as a contractor to increase the odds of receiving “the call.”. Keep the lines of communication open. Say “yes.”
Fiverr.com: When You Need a Little Audio
MARCH 13, 2014
Each artist provides an audio sample, giving you an idea of what you can expect the finished product to sound like. You provide the details of the work you need, and sellers submit offers to you. Plus, like other online marketplaces, Fiverr provides community ratings and designations such as “top-rated seller” to help guide you in making your choice. Not long ago, I worked on an e-learning development project that included several characters who each needed just a few lines of dialogue. Let’s take a closer look. How do I find an artist? The other option is to request a gig.
Browser Testing: What If You Don’t Have the Right Browsers?
JANUARY 27, 2014
For this project, we used a service called CrossBrowserTesting.com which provided a virtual browser environment that any tester could access from his/her own computer. In a recent blog post , I described the process we used recently to manage a rather large browser testing project. Because many of the browsers we needed to test were not the most current versions, it was difficult to find testers with those browsers. Here are some of the pros and cons we discovered: Pros . Simplicity —The service was very easy to use. The process for conducting a test was also intuitive.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information and tools you need to. Provide a step-by-step work-plan to show you how to integrate gamification into. Game-based learning is often used as a one- time event to provide insights and instruction in a formal learning setting, either online or. Most games provide. Introduction.3 What is Gamification? system.
Content-Focusing Questions for SME Interviews
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
In some cases, providing this list to the SMEs in advance helps make the conversation go more smoothly. Once we have established the business need and learning objectives for a project, our next big task is to gather the content. This usually happens in the form of conversations with subject matter experts, where the skill of interviewing becomes critical. Asking the right questions can help us get the information we need to make a course interesting and effective. Over the years, we have developed a list of questions specifically designed to help with this SME conversation.
New Features in Lectora X.5 and New Resources on E-Learning Uncovered!
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
There are also no older females; at most, I wouldn’t estimate any of the women as being over 45. I don’t expect that they would provide every demographic combination in every costume, but I do wish this collection was more representative of the workforce overall. Two weeks ago, Trivantis released Lectora X.5, which has some very interesting new features. New Flash Games. What does that mean?