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Moodle Pros and Cons Update

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With all the hype surrounding the upcoming arrival of Moodle 2.0, I thought it might be a good time to revisit what we love and hate about Moodle 1.9.

How to Create a "Zoom and Pan" effect in Powerpoint for eLearning

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I am working on a software training project developed with Articulate where the eLearning course transitions from a branching scenario into a software simulation and I wanted to create a smooth transition from the scenario into the simulation.

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Articulate, Moodle, and SCORM

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You've got Moodle and Articulate now you want them to talk to each other using SCORM. One of the most common questions I see in forums, twitter, and blogs is how to use SCORM so that the results of eLearning courses developed with articulate can be tracked in the Moodle gradebook. While it is a fairly simple process, many eLearning developers run into problems tracking scores for Articulate courses in Moodle.

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Presenter

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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.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

Creating a Better eLearning Scene With a Little Help

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A great way to create effective eLearning is to throw the learner into a simulation of the task or performance you are training them to complete. Don't just tell the learner about it, make them do it.

SCORM Problems Caused by Moodle Review Mode

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I ran into a problem this week involving Moodle and SCORM and wanted to share the problem and solution for my own good and for the good of anyone else out there who may be having a similar problem.

Articulate, Captivate, Both, or.?

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I've been using Adobe Captivate for a while now and I am very happy with it for technical training projects but I can't help but wonder if other tools like Articulate may be a great addition to my toolbox.

Moodle 1.9 Multimedia

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I thought I knew about most of the cool tools out there for developing multimedia instructional materials but was proved wrong after reading " Moodle 1.9 Multimedia " by João Pedro Soares Fernandes.

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.

Moodle Pros and Cons

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Making the decision to go with Moodle over other Learning Management Systems can be a very difficult decision, especially when you don't have the experience to know the benefits and drawbacks of Moodle.

Why Moodle?

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Why Moodle? One of the most frequently asked questions I get from blog readers is "Why did I choose to go with Moodle" over other Learning Management Systems. The answer is simple; Moodle gives you the most bang for your buck, especially if you don't have a lot of bucks.

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Project Based Learning in 3 Steps

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An Instructional Designers "Cheat Sheet" for Designing Project Based Learning Four blog posts ago I set out on a long strange trip to dissect project based learning in a corporate environment.

Telecollaboration and Project Based Training

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I just finished another course in the Ed Tech program at San Diego State called " Advanced Teaching with Tech."

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Moodle 1.9 Multimedia

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A new book just arrived on my doorstep that I am excited about reading. Much of the reading I do about Moodle has to do with administration tasks I am struggling with so I am looking forward to learning some content development tricks from " Moodle 1.9 Multimedia " by João Pedro Soares Fernandes.

Moodle 1.9 eLearning Course Development by William Rice

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As I have been working my way through a Moodle implementation I have used several different resources to find answers for my Moodle questions. While the moodle community is fantastic for finding quick answers to random issues, I have found that Moodle 1.9

Moodle: Increasing Max File Upload Size

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One of the first hurdles myself and other rookie Moodle implementers have to overcome is increasing the maximum file upload size. Moodle defaults to a measly 2 MB maximum file upload size which is pretty limiting.

Go Kings!

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I went to see the Sacramento Kings play the Pistons on Tuesday night and ended up getting a whole lot more than I bargained for. I was picked out of the crowd to come down to the court and compete in a "name that song" contest sponsored by Verizon wireless.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

Characters for eLearning

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I am working on an eLearning project where I will be using a character that will be the learners tutor throughout the module.

Brain Based Learning

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I read an interesting article titled "Behavioral, Cognitive, or Brain Based Learning" by Paul G. Whitmore and it gave me a whole new perspective in analyzing performance problems.

Moodle Music Video

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I came across this Moodle music video on Twitter via @moodlerific and I just had to share it. Hilarious and well put together. I know I'll be spending the rest of the day with the chorus line stuck in my head. Hope you enjoy. "I I think I know what you need now, switch from Blackboard go with Moodle right now

eLearning Guild OLF Resources

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Today I will be presenting with Montse Anderson in the eLearning Guilds Online Forums. Our session is titled “How to Give your eLearning Graphics a Voice” and takes place today at 12 pst. This post will serve as a resource page with examples and source files that I will be sharing in the webinar.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Now Contributing to MoodleTuts

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I’m happy to announce that I will now be contributing to MoodleTuts , the Moodle blog that makes learning Moodle easy. If you’ve worked with Moodle you know it’s not easy to find what you are looking for in short easy steps. MoodleTuts was started by Dave Mozealous with the intention of solving this problem through short, less than 5 minute video tutorials that make learning Moodle easy. As a contributor I will be posting videos on Moodle topics that I come across in my day to day work.

Should I change the name of this blog?

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Back when I started this blog about 3 years ago I was coming from an instructor led training background and transitioning into the world of eLearning. I was working on a variety of instructional design projects involving instructor led (face to face) training and beginning to implement eLearning within my organization.

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Synchronous eLearning Design Overview

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As I described in my last post ( Help me Design Synchronous eLearning ), I am working on a school project that requires the design of an eLearning course that includes at least one online synchronous session. After getting some comments with tips and doing a little more research, I have come up with a decent lesson plan for the introductory session of the course.

Moodle Frustrations

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I am seriously considering bringing on Moodle as our company's first LMS but I am a little nervous about setup and support.

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

The tide is turning

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I work for an organization that has heavily depended on Instructor Led training and has experienced great success with ILT over the last 20 years.

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5 Reasons Why I Decided to Buy Articulate Studio 09

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I'm just finishing up my test drive of Articulate Studio 09 and I am sold on driving my own version off the lot. As I discussed in my post " Articulate, Captivate, Both, Or.? ", I have been using Adobe Captivate but would like something that integrates with Power Point and speeds up the development process. Articulate has definitely proven that it provides what I was looking for and many other benefits that I was not aware of.

Distance Education - Ed Tech 650

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The Spring semester has begun and I started a new class in the Educational Technology program at San Diego State called Ed Tech 650 "Distance Education" although the name may soon be changing to something like "eLearning Design and Development." I'm excited about the class taught by Dr. Bob Hoffman because it really dives into the development side of eLearning by applying principles from the textbook; " Michael Allens Guide to eLearning."

IT Comes up Huge!

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Last week my chances of getting a Wiki installed behind the firewall were looking terrible. I actually refocused on hosted solutions because the notion of installing MediaWiki behind the firewall was shot out of the water at first.

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

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Proving ROI in Training

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The company I work for has a tight grip on the training budget this year and if I want to make eLearning a priority in future budgets I need to make the ROI on eLearning obvious.

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One small step for eLearning, a giant leap for the company

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Now that I am on a shoestring budget I have been making more of an effort to find low cost solutions to implementing eLearning. In my research I came across a website called Quia that I think will be a perfect fit for helping us get our feet wet in eLearning.

Top 10 Posts of 2009

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Looking back at my top posts of 2009, it is obvious what I spent most of the year working on. 2009 was all about Moodle and Project Based Learning for me. Many of my most popular posts in 2009 were about Moodle which is not only a reflection of my year but also a reflection of the increasing popularity of Moodle.

PBL Cheatsheet featured in eLearn Mag

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The "Best Of" the information from my series of posts about Project Based Learning in a business environment was published on eLearn Mag today. With the help of Jill Duffy from eLearn Mag, I boiled down the key steps and tips for developing project based learning into one article covering it from head to toe. If you liked the PBL posts on my blog you will like how this article brings it all together.

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!