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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

Focus Learning Solutions

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

Focus Learning Solutions

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?

Focus Learning Solutions

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.

The Definitive Guide to Customer Education Metrics

As you build and scale your customer education program, the right data can help you identify patterns, make evidence-based decisions, and adapt strategy to meet business goals. In this eBook, Skilljar will share the data and metrics best practices that have helped their customers meet program goals and communicate business impact.

What The Sims taught me about design and development

Focus Learning Solutions

​It’s funny how life works. Experiences that seemed like a waste of time turn into blessings years later. Of course, two things can be true simultaneously – an experience can be a waste of time and still later prove to be valuable.

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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

Focus Learning Solutions

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

Focus Learning Solutions

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.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Don't take facilitation skills for granted

Focus Learning Solutions

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.

Guild eBook on Classroom to eLearning Part 2 Has Been Released

Learning Solutions Magazine

Guild eBook on Classroom to eLearning Part 2 Has Been Released. cori-miller. Fri, 08/23/2019 - 10:30

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Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence in L&D

Learning Solutions Magazine

Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence in L&D. cori-miller. Fri, 08/16/2019 - 01:00

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How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI

HT2 Labs

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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Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

What does an instructional designer do?

Experiencing eLearning

This post was originally published on May 26, 2007. It has become by far my most popular post. Even after all these years, people are trying to answer this question. In the coming months, I plan to update a number of “classic” posts like this one.

Cognitive Bias in Learning: An Overview

Dashe & Thomson

What Are Cognitive Biases? Our brains receive non-stop input from all five senses every moment we are awake. In the face of this enormous amount of daily input, our brains develop subconscious coping mechanisms that we can use to quickly make daily decisions.

20 real-world examples of Augmented Reality

E-Learning Provocateur

The 2019 instalment of Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week kicks off next month. For a couple of previous VR WOL Weeks I’ve collated lists of the examples that the participants unearthed – see 20 real-world examples of Virtual Reality and 25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality.

2019 eLearning Predictions – Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

Around New Year’s Day each year, we issue our predictions for the top eLearning trends of the coming year.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

Your 6-Week Checklist for Launching an Online Course

Client Engagement Academy

Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’re in the process of creating an online course and are looking to have a successful launch. Or maybe you’re already a seasoned course creator looking to launch a course better and stronger this time around.

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4 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning

Tim Slade

When designing and developing an eLearning course, it’s easy to stuff it with all of the required content and push it to your learners.

The L&D maturity curve

E-Learning Provocateur

Over the course of my career, I’ve witnessed a slow but steady shift away from formal learning to informal learning.

How Online Sales Training Can Improve the Bottom Line for Large Enterprises

TOPYX LMS

Eighty-three percent of companies do not believe they have effective sales training, according to the RAIN Group.¹

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Translating Customer Education Success into Business Impact

Speaker: Skilljar

A strong customer education program can have a huge impact across the business - from increasing customer satisfaction scores, reducing support ticket volume, improving product adoption, to driving lead generation and renewals. Keeping this in mind, how do you choose which initiatives to prioritize?

How You Can Apply the 70:20:10 Theory of Learning to eLearning

Lambda Solutions

Educators and Learning and Development (L&D) professionals who design eLearning courses are understandably always searching for a way to improve the efficiency of their learning experiences.

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Where to find out more about xAPI

Adult Learning with Technology

As I often go searching for articles and examples on xAPI (Experience API or Tin-Can API), I figured others may benefit from a list of resources that may also help you getting to grips with xAPI. eLearning xAPI edutech Experience API

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How to Motivate Employees: Leadership vs. Impedership

ej4 eLearning

Ever wonder how to motivate employees so they are more engaged with their work, and better at it? Of course - what manager or leader hasn't? Unfortunately, many attempts to get the best out of our employees backfire. Instead of showing leadership , we exemplify the opposite: impedership. Leadership

How to hide the Player Next and Previous buttons on Storyline 360

Adult Learning with Technology

Recently I was presented with a tricky issue. When returning to graded Question slide that had already been submitted, the Player buttons Next and Previous were still showing. eLearning eLearning Tools Tips Articulate Articulate 360 Storyline Storyline 360 Tips and Tricks

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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.

7 Secrets for Setting and Communicating Priorities at Work

ej4 eLearning

Setting priorities at work isn’t just about choosing to do one thing over another; it’s about choosing to do important things first so that you can achieve your long-term goals. Once priorities are established, they help us to stay organized and on-task. Leadership

What is Adult Learning Theory and Why Is It Important?

ej4 eLearning

We often take for granted that people know how to learn. After all, we all had to learn while in school, right? But that can be a dangerous attitude to take when it comes to corporate training initiatives.

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An Introduction to Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Evaluation

InSync Training

Measuring and evaluating training makes up a critical piece of the learning implementation process. Without it, we have no idea if our designs have the impact we are hoping for! Thanks to one tried-and-true approach, getting started with an evaluation strategy does not have to cause stress.

10 Upcoming Technological Trends That Will Blow Your Mind

Your Training Edge

From driverless cars to bendable devices, the technological developments prove that the future is going to be something which we have never thought of. In the past few years, we all have heard of many emerging technologies, i.e., supercomputers, AI machines, etc.

The New Formula for Customer Onboarding

Speaker: Skilljar

When it comes to customer onboarding, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but that shouldn’t stop you from forming an effective onboarding strategy. Tune in to this on-demand webinar with Adam Avramescu of Checkr, and Linda Schwaber-Cohen of Skilljar to learn about the key business characteristics to evaluate before building great customer education offerings.