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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.).

I'm Speaking at #DevLearn

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I''m excited to be presenting again at the DevLearn conference this fall. Below is the description of my presentation. Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners eLearning designers often face complex training topics that are difficult to deliver concisely.

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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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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.

[eBook] Training for a Millennial Audience

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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.

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.

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.

Blogging Again

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If you have been visiting, I am sure you noticed I have been writing very, very little lately. It has been an very busy at work, which of course limits time to blog but has more directly affected the motivation to blog. Many a nights I have said to myself, "I spent the entire day on my PC designing and creating eLearning, I don''t think I want to spent tonight writing about it."

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

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Sharing My Process and Expectations with My Stakeholders #wolweek

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Over the years, I have written my share of posts about working with SMEs. However, there is no single, perfect approach to working with SMEs since they differ as well as each project differs.

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Estimating course development times

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I have seen a lot of estimates out there regarding development times per hour of e-learning content. It baffles me how some designers, not all, can rattle off "150 hours to develop an hour long course." There may be times where we are pushed in a corner and we need to quickly estimate development time without all the information we require, but to get a realistic estimate I suggest we consider the following: The complexity of the content.

#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.

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.

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.

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.

eLearning Guild's Online DemoFest #elguild

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This August 19 th and 20 th the eLearning Guild will be holding the first OnlineDemoFest , I am really excited to see the great work that will be shared and also honored to be one of the presenters - I will be sharing my “ Mission:JHome Content Manager “ course. Hope to see you there.

And the last element of #IMPS. Streamline

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Streamline the content, language and course interface. Here is where prioritizing the must, good and nice to knows pays off. That "must" content is front and center - your emphasis.

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.

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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.

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.

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

#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.

The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Learning Management Systems Pricing

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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

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.

Paying Attention to Copyright

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It is always troublesome to see disregard for copyright. At times it may be a lack of awareness to copyright law or it may be someone conveniently ignoring it, but either is no excuse and as members of a profession that utilizes images, video, audio, etc., we must keep ourselves aware of how we can or can''t use such content. And I swear if I hear another person say "I found it on the web, so it''s OK," I am going to scream.

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.

Building a Business Case for Customer Training

Looking to expand your customer training program? Your executive team will likely have some concerns. Download this guide to learn how to prove the value of training and tackle objections head-on.

Pinterest - Some of the Ways I'm Using It

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I have had Pinterest for a while now, but my use has been on and off. I think for me it is not something I need on a daily basis, but certainly a great tool for when I find an eLearning resource I want to easily curate. So, here as some eLearning resources I have collected in my Pinterest boards thus far. eLearning - Anything eLearning related, often a lot of useful infographics are pinned. ISD - All things ISD, again plenty of infographics.