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3D Modeling Demo Reel

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I just completed a 3D Modeling class and thought I would share my demo reel. What a fun class! I am looking forward to building some for my eLearning modules. FYI: The software used was Autodesk Maya. 3D eLearning video

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Working Remotely

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I have been working from home for over a year and a half now, as have many of us. In the past I have been a telecommuter on and off, usually at the discretion of the current organization or department leadership.

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Our Many Hats

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eLearning Designers wear many hats – some by choice, some placed upon us. Here are the hats I wear because I need these skills as an eLearning one-person shop. Those on the second list are ones placed upon me either because they are skills I can adapt my elearning skills to or because assumptions are made (e.g., you are an IT guy, right?). Instructional Designer & Developer - These are the obvious ones and why most of us are hired. At many organizations these are two separate positions.

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#DevLearn, Here I Come!

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I am on my way to the DevLearn Conference next week - As always a great time and plenty of valuable sessions. This year I plan on attending numerous mLearning sessions, which look perfect for anyone looking to delve further into delivering mobile learning, like me. I will also be speaking again. This year I am excited to be co-presenting with my colleague, David Schwartz. Our topic is on how to find, hire and keep quality eLearning professionals. If you will be at DevLearn, stop by and see us.

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Spaced Repetition: The Secret to Boosting Employee Performance and Business Growth

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Do You Know What We Do? #eLearning Infographic

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I was having a discussion with some fellow eLearning designers and we got deep into the complexities of working with subject matter experts (SME). Many great ideas came out of the discussion (e.g., guidelines, agreements, best methods of identifying SMEs and a lead SME, etc.). One thing I brought up was that so few SMEs realize what is involved in the process of creating elearning courses or any instruction for that matter.

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Instructional ReDesign Podcast

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Looking for a new instructional design resource? Cara North and Joseph Suarez recently launched their new podcast, which is well worth the visit - you will find it at instructionalredesign.com. Most recently, they were kind enough to invite me on the podcast to discuss "working out loud" and instructional design. You can hear that podcast at - instructionalredesign.com/2017/11/26/ep-005-jeff-goldman

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eLearning Character Chart

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While exploring how others develop characters, I stumbled upon character charts, a tool used by some fiction writers. In the past, I have developed characters in elearning more off the cuff. It has worked well for me, but a character chart, what a great idea. A character chart allows one to flesh out the finer details of a character''s personality, appearance, position, abilities, etc. I searched for an "eLearning Character Chart" but without success.

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Medical Graphics

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If you are in health care you probably have the need for medical graphics. Well, NIH has a great list of U.S. Government medical stock image sites. These sites also include graphics, videos, animations and more. Because most government (U.S.) graphics are public domain most are copyright free. The link is below, enjoy. www.nlm.nih.gov/services/stockshot.html. graphics video

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eLearning Guild's First Ever Online #DemoFest

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On August 19th and 20th, the eLearning Guild will be holding its very first online version of their world renowned DemoFest. It will kick off with an opening session from two ever impressive speakers, Jane Bozarth and Karen Hyder. Like all the eLearning Guild's DemoFests, this will be a chance to see some wonderful online solutions for real world learning and support challenges. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and pick the presenters' brains.

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How to Buy Learning and Development in 2023

This 6-step strategy guide serves as a reference point for how CLOs and learning and development professionals can go about procuring L&D services and what things they should look out for.

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#DevLearn 2015 Sessions That Impressed

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I recently returned from the DevLearn 2015 Conference , which is always an incredibly inspiring learning experience. So, here are some of the sessions that impressed me along with the slide decks/resources that are worth sharing. What Delights CLOs and What Keeps Them Up at Night? Allison Rossett Great insight on what CLOs and org leaders need/want from training professionals. Also, challenges/obstacles and problems in current elearning/L&D.

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Why Classroom Training is Sooo Much Better Than #eLearning

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In honor of Dave Letterman and an end of an era, my top ten list. Why traditional classroom training is soooo much better than eLearning: You can learn at another person's pace. Get to see what the beltway looks like at 8 am. Stale donuts. Sit next to that annoying guy from Finance. Get another 2 1/2 inch binder. Leave at 4:30. Hey, does the beltway look the same at 4:30? Complete a level 1 evaluation and let them know the trainer was real nice, but the room was cold.

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Getting Started in eLearning

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I think like most people in our field, I am often asked how to get started in eLearning. Well, the eLearning Industry site has released " How to Become an eLearning Professional ," an ebook of tips for people interested in getting started. It has practical advice from 23 leaders in the field. It will definitely be a resource I share with people interested in entering our field.

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#IMPS - Identify Objectives

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In my recent Being Concise - IMPS post , I introduced my approach to keeping courses concise. In today''s post I want to explore the first component - Identify , as in identifying learning objectives. Identify appropriate learning objectives and exclude the extraneous objectives trying to sneak into the course." Here''s how: Conduct a needs analysis (even if it must informal) Stay focused on what learners need to succeed?

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Is Your L&D Organization Future-Proof?

Speaker: Karl Kapp, Ed.D., Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

If the recent past has taught us anything, it's that L&D organizations need to be nimble, quick, and able to react to both foreseen and unforeseen threats in order to be successful. That means looking to the convergence of technology, learning, and business needs so you can make intelligent, informed decisions regarding both your future and the future of your organization.

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Being Concise - #IMPS

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I like to think I have a knack at being concise, at least in my writing and courses

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Managing Stakeholders, SMEs and Design Team - #IMPS

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The third element of IMPS is Manage. Manage* stakeholder, subject matter expert and design team’s expectations - Get them “on-board” with designing concise, but effective courses. Here''s how: Get buy-in on what is needed to accomplish the course''s goal. Emp hasize it is "OUR course ," belonging to all stakeholders especially the learner. We want a course that is: Efficient use of learners’ time, as well as the organization’s time.

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My #DevLearn Presentation - Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners

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Next week I will be presenting at eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference. It is always a thrill to attend the conference and a real honor to be presenting too. Below is a link to my presentation, hope some of my readers will be there and attend my session. If not, hopefully we will meet during other conference happenings. Be Concise:Designing for On-the-go Learners Also, Thursday night will be the live #Lrnchat (an online Twitter chat), which is always a blast.

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Some #DevLearn Thoughts and Resources

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I''ve been catching up at work since my trip to the DevLearn Conference. Although I do not have the time needed to write a very lengthy post about my wonderful DevLearn experience, I at least want to post a bit about some of the things that impressed me and also provide some post-conference resources. By the way, the only complaint I have about the conference is that there were just too many great presenters.

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Your Expert Guide to Working With LMS Sales Reps

Considering moving to or improving your training online? Here’s a helpful guide to prepare you to talk to all those LMS salespeople. Arm yourself with the right info, and ask the right questions to ensure you find your best partner-in-training.

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eLearning Toolbox Throwback #TBT

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I started in eLearning in 2001. Although not long ago, it is light years behind us when it comes to development tools. Here are the eLearning tools I was using during my first few years in the industry. And my LMS. What is in your Throwback Thursday Toolbox? e-Learning Tools

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There is No "PowerPoint"

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So often I get a call from subject matter experts (SME) and other stakeholders regarding elearning courses asking, "Can''t you just send me the PowerPoint?" My answer of "There is no PowerPoint" is usually not received well and followed by a tone of disbelief. I don''t deny them a PowerPoint because they will probably compromise the instructional integrity of the courses, which is possible, or because I am selfish.

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My Twist Conversation with the eLearning Guild - #DevLearn

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David Kelly of the eLearning Guild interviewed me recently regarding my upcoming presentation at the DevLearn conference, " Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners." T he eLearning Guild''s Twist blog also has additional interviews and posts from other DevLearn presenters - all worth the visit. DevLearn e-Learning Guild eLearning IMPS

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Prioritize - #IMPS

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The third element of IMPS is Prioritize. Prioritize your content into “ must know,” “good to know” and “nice to know” levels. Must know - Look back at your objectives - What MUST they learn to reach those objectives. That''s your top level/emphasis - As newspaper journalists would say "above the fold." Good to know - Those things not imperative, but still of value in accomplishing the task to be learned. Maybe not emphasized but still accessible in the course.

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Guide: Your Talent Acquisition Roadmap for 2023

Updated with the latest labor market data for 2023, our popular annual roadmap offers a look at this new era of recovery recruiting. In it, we explore the seasonal cycles of TA and offer strategies to ensure competitive victory in hiring year-round.

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Here's a Recent Course I Made

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It is a rare exception when I can publicly share one of my online courses. That is because most are on a corporate learning management system (LMS) which is only accessible to my fellow employees or they are on our Intranet, which is also inaccessible to non-staff. This course is one I created for our public site and is accessible to the world. It is a pretty straightforward course that includes scenario based learning.

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I'm Presenting at #DevLearn

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I am very excited to be presenting at the eLearning Guild''s DevLearn Conference this October. If you are heading to the conference this year, I hope to see you there. If you cannot attend, keep an eye on their Twitter hashtag, #DevLearn , which is a fantastic conference backchannel. I will be discussing using characters in eLearning, a topic near and dear to me. Below is a description of my session.

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My #DevLearn 2013 Poster

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With the help of the Pulp-o-Mizer , I have completed my Devlearn session poster. Hope to see you at Devlearn 2013. DevLearn Characters e-Learning e-Learning Guild

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Serious eLearning Manifesto

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I have got on-board and signed the Serious eLearning Manifesto. I believe it is a good blueprint for ensuring quality eLearning. For successful implementation, I believe it not only requires the commitment of eLearning designers, but also the support of course stakeholders and learning & development management. I am continually negotiating with the aforementioned for the time and resources needed to develop effective learning programs.

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Onboarding Retrospective - A Different Path to Better Onboarding Experiences

Speaker: Carrie Missele - Practice Lead, Learning and Development at Inspirant Group

In this webinar, Carrie Missele will walk you through the process of developing an effective onboarding program that leads to a happy a happy new hire!

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Using #Characters in eLearning, Part 1

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I am a big fan of adding characters to my courses when they are appropriate and work with the course design. Starting with this post, I am going to begin a series of posts sharing examples of how I have used characters in learning. When I refer to learning I am not simply referring to only web-based training (WBT), but also job aids, informal learning and marketing learning events.

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Happy 4th of July - A Few Patriotic #eLearning Courses

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Happy 4th of July everyone! I thought I would dig through the Free eLearning page for some of the US history courses in there. And here they are: Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads – National Constitution Center An Overview of American History (video) – Digital History Constitutional Timeline - National Constitution Center Native Words, Native Warriors (Codetalkers) – NMAI The Supreme Court – CSPAN U.S.

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Off to #DevLearn

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I am ü ber excited to be heading to the Devlearn Conference next week and just as excited to be presenting too. I''m willing to bet most of this blog''s readers have already heard of this conference. If not, it is the best elearning conference you can attend in my opinion. It is chock full of great sessions, a phenomenal DemoFest , truly inspiring attendees and even a live #LrnChat.

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Monsters, Ghosts & Robots - Using #Characters in eLearning, Part 2

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Here is another post regarding the use of characters in eLearning. Below is a collection of some of the more unusual characters from my courses and job aids along with brief notes on how they were used. The ghost of Alexander Graham Bell - He floated about while coaching staff through using the new IP Phone system. Ossie, the robot sidekick that assists during the Office 2010 course and also keeps the course''s superhero, Captain Upgrade, out of trouble.

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The Art of Making Engaging and Effective Learning Videos

Speaker: Joseph Suarez - Learning Experience Designer at Suarez Media Production

In this webinar, Joseph Suarez will break down the craft, the art, and the science, of video production and reveal how to leverage the production process to create engaging learning videos of all types and sizes.

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L & D Global Events' Interviews

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Over at L & D Global Events they have been posting a series of interviews of learning and development professionals. I have been reading them over the last several months and it has been a real pleasure to learn more about others in the field, including their perspectives on the L&D business, where they've been, where they're going and more. This week they gave me the honor of including an interview of me. It is very flattering to be included in such great company.

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Making Tweeps

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I having been using Twitter for several years now and still loving it. The only issue I have are the challenges of getting others to adopt it. For me, Twitter is a great tool in my personal life and also a fantastic workplace tool. When trying to sell use of Twitter among my coworkers and personal acquaintances I tell them of the ways I use it and anecdotes of times it has been of great benefit.

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Some of the Interesting Things I Saw at the MedBitquitous Conference

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I recently attended the MedBiquitous Conference at Johns Hopkins. This conference focuses on technology standards in health care education (conference hash tag - #Medbiq2013 ). There was quite a lot I saw and learned during these two days, but here just a few of the things from the conference that I wanted to throw up on the blog. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great open online learning site, CDC Learning Connection , also added it to the Free eLearning page.

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Featured on eLearningLearning

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I'm happy to announce the eLearningCyclops blog is now featured in the eLearningLearning community. If you are not familiar with eLearningLearning , it is an aggregation of elearning blogs. My prior blog, prior to migrating it to this new location, was also part of this community. As it was then, it is an honor to be among these fantastic blogs. Give eLearninLearning a visit and get a wide perspective of what's happening in the elearning world.

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How Do You Measure the Success of Enterprise Learning?

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