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Starting in the middle: In medias res

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Source: The Telegraph 11 INT/EXT. IMPALA/ ELECTRONICS SUPERSTORE/ DOWNTOWN - NIGHT. 11 A vast electronics superstore dominates the deserted street. Under the pale yellow glow of the street lamps, Driver sees signs advertising a `huge blow out weekend sale'.

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Conderations for creating environmental settings

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I try to develop scenario-based, character-driven courses whenever possible. Consequently, I spend a lot of time thinking about where the action will be set. In fact, I allocate a large part of my development time to what I call "building the set."

Basic Golden Rules for Designing Materials

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Rules! Who needs 'em, amirite? I do. I like rules. Life is difficult enough without some guidance about what to do and what not to do. There's a caveat, however. I worked in the dorm snack shop during college.

Why is this happening?

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A friend who writes horror told me he once "workshopped" an unsettling story that I'm sure included a variety of creative ways to end lives. A fellow participant asked him simply, "Why is this happening?" That question often comes to mind when I write scenario-based storyboards.

Why Every Tech Company Needs a Customer Enablement Program

Want to increase your customer lifetime value? Join Skilljar's next webinar on 4/19! Learn why the subscription economy matters, and how you can set your customers up for success from day one. Register now.

My first elearning heroes challenge

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I completed my first elearning challenge. I just couldn't resist the idea of combining elearning and music

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Training 2017 Conference: The art and science of interviewing

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Frost and Nixon Interview - pophistorydig.com "Don't conduct an interview, have a conversation. One of the biggest mistake people make in the interview setting is to conduct it like it appears in a magazine (question and answer). Don't make that mistake.

Questions to consider before (and while) you freelance

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I am often asked how to get started building your own consultancy. There are many articles online that claim to provide the ultimate top five or ten list of steps to take. They are helpful, but not nearly as thorough as they should be. The one thing I find lacking is the limited scope. Most of them focus only on the business aspects and do not cover the other challenges you'll face throughout your journey. I created this list a few years ago for a conference.

Don't take facilitation skills for granted

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I was in a Small Business Association eCommerce class. The instructor reminded me of my IT days when technical trainers wore pagers like sidearms and waxed poetic about heroic feats of rebooting. He, let’s call him Steve, was again telling us how lucky we were to be in his presence for only $30. His consulting fee is $100 an hour, after all. As the morning waned on, he grew disheartened by our blank stares and switched tactics, finally turning his attention to us.

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.

Don't take facilitation skills for granted

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I was in a Small Business Association eCommerce class. The instructor reminded me of my IT days when technical trainers wore pagers like sidearms and waxed poetic about heroic feats of rebooting. He, let’s call him Steve, was again telling us how lucky we were to be in his presence for only $30. His consulting fee is $100 an hour, after all. As the morning waned on, he grew disheartened by our blank stares and switched tactics, finally turning his attention to us.

TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: Engagement Is Not Enough

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. We hear it all the time: engage your learners, create e-learning that is engaging, make sure the students are engaged.   And so we create interactive eLearning. In our classrooms we call students by name and discuss things with them face to face.

eLEARNING CLASS: Whiteboard Animation with VideoScribe

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In the battle for online attention, video is KING. By  By 2019, 80% of ALL web traffic will be video. 64% of customers say they are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video. 59% of decision makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article.

ADOBE PRESENTER: Sidebar Video

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP. Inserting and editing video in Adobe Presenter is as easy as accessing the Adobe Presenter tab on the Ribbon and then clicking the Video tool. Once videos have been added to a PowerPoint slide, they can be manipulated just like any other PowerPoint object.

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.

eLearning: Compare Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia

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Welcome to the eLearning tool slug-fest. In this corner, it's Adobe Captivate. Over there? It's Articulate Storyline. And because this isn't a two-tool fight, look over there and you'll see TechSmith Camtasia. Attend this power hour and see demonstrations of all three tools.

How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI

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Already using xAPI for more than just reporting? Then you may be wondering how it can be used to launch elearning content. The post How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI appeared first on HT2 Labs. Learning Locker xAPI

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TechSmith Camtasia: Tips for Trimming Content

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If you're curious about the kinds of things we cover during our live, hands-on online classes, check out this snippet from a recent TechSmith Camtasia class. During this portion of the class, I taught attendees how to ensure they won't mistakenly trim more from a project than expected

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Publishing to Video

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by Kal Hadi, COTP. When teaching my students how to publish Articulate Storyline projects during my beginner class , I often get the following question:   Student: “How do I publish my project as a video (MP4)?”.   Me: “You can’t.”.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

Why You Need a Learning Journey Map

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Stay Current or Perish

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by Kevin Smith, COTP. Not that many years ago, computer technicians were limited to being just that: computer technicians. They installed memory chips (RAM), replaced hard drives, changed video cards, and instructed users on how to use these new and mysterious machines.   As user confidence increased, the PC technician’s knowledge requirements grew horizontally but at a much more rapid pace. How did the technology support industry keep up?

Articulate Storyline vs. Adobe Captivate

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A recent LinkedIn post asked eLearning developers: which tool is best: Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? As  As I read through the comments, I was struck by how many people insisted that Storyline was the better choice because it was easier to learn than Captivate because it was so much like Microsoft PowerPoint.   As someone who uses both Captivate and Storyline, I have to disagree with that recurring sentiment.

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Getting Around Preview Errors

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by Willam van Weelden, COTP. RoboHelp is an awesome help authoring tool. However, even the best tools misbehave. While working with RoboHelp, you are likely to come across error message from time to time. For instance, atsome point you'll likely be tasked with customizing a Screen Layout.

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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.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Tips for Importing PowerPoint Slides

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. Many organizations use PowerPoint templates to ensure that lessons are consistent and correctly branded. By importing PowerPoint into Captivate, you can retain that formatting and branding in your eLearning lessons as well.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

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by Karin Rex, COTP. Which of the following statements do you think are true?   A. By 2019, 80% of ALL web traffic will be video.   B. 64% of customers say they are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video.      C. 59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article.   If you said all three, you are correct (Source: Hubspot, 2017).      The impact of video is astounding. and growing! Whiteboard

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT: Adding Transparency to Photos

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by AJ Walther, COTP. You have a plan. a plan to create an awesome PowerPoint presentation about, among other emotions, anger.   Naturally, you want to illustrate anger on one of the slides.

LIVE, ONLINE TRAINING TIP: Highlight Your Mouse Pointer

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP.   During a recent Certified Online Traning Professional certification course , I was showing my screen and telling class attendees about a cool technique I use when I want to ensure learners can see my mouse pointer.

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Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

ELEARNING PRODUCTION: iOS 11 Makes Mobile Demos a Snap (or a Tap)

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. Not so long ago we were tasked with creating an eLearning project that included a software demonstration of an iPhone mobile app. We experimented with several techniques for capturing the app including using a program that reflected the iPhone onto the computer. (To

ELEARNING PRODUCTION: Integrating GoAnimate Animations

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP. Our reader Linda Tromanhauser of ADP (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) writes:  "We often use GoAnimate videos in eLearning.

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Publish to SharePoint

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by Willam Van Weelden, COTP. You can host output from Adobe RoboHelp on multiple hosting platforms. When your company uses SharePoint, you can even leverage the power of SharePoint to host your help.   Leveraging SharePoint has a major benefit: Access control.

Using Chatbots in eLearning

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Techopedia defines a chatbot as – ‘ An artificial intelligence (AI) program that simulates interactive human conversation by using key pre-calculated user phrases and auditory or text-based signals.’. Chatbots are all the rage now.

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.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Delete vs. Ripple Delete

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT.   Deleting a portion of an object on the Camtasia Timeline (a few seconds from the end of a video for example) is simple: drag the red in- and/or green out-point on either side of the Playhead, right-click, and then choose Delete.