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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'. He pulls over, making sure he has a good view of the entrance. On the radio, the basketball commentator is getting more excited.

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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." It's the most difficult part for me because those early decisions influence the rest of the development process. In this post, I'll provide some insight into my process. Setting is the place and time and in which the story takes place.

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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.

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. I knew that if I ensured all the money was facing the same direction in the drawer, it would be easier to count at the end of the night. I was diligent about arranging the money and won praise for my efforts (not much is expected of a freshman). Then, one night, we got slammed.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

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. Scenarios have a core and two layers. The core is the goal of the performance. The layers wrap around the core. The first layer is the actual performance needed to facilitate accomplishing the core goal.

Mise-en-scène in eLearning

Focus Learning Solutions

I did not appreciate Sherlock Holmes until the Benedict Cumberbatch version appeared. After growing bored of watching those episodes way too many times, I began to seek out another version of the master detective. That’s when I found Jeremy Brett’s version from the late 1980s. He was fantastic in the role and has become, for me, the Sherlock Holmes. It was not only his performance that won me over.

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. Forget about the questions and just have a comfortable conversation. Keyword: comfortable." - Six Pixels of Separation Journalists study hard to become good interviewers.

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.

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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.

L&D Trends, Time Estimates: ID and eLearning Links 3/2/2021

Experiencing eLearning

As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on L&D trends, training development time, spaced repetition, RSS feeds, and an overview of instructional design. L&D trends.

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Custom eLearning Development: 3 Modern Learning Trends That Will Drive Future Success

Infopro Learning

Custom eLearning solutions have long been on the rise. Investing in online learning programs enables organizations to provide more flexible employee development programs that better suit modern learners. Many custom eLearning solutions can help your organization engage employees this year.

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I’m Writing a Second Edition of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook!

Tim Slade

It was nearly five years ago when I started thinking about writing a book to share everything I knew about designing and developing eLearning. At the time, the mear thought of writing my own book seemed like an enormous task, and it was! In fact, it wasn’t my first time working on a book.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

Blended Learning as a powerful strategy for corporate training success

Infopro Learning

Many organizations are currently looking for ways to provide quality employee training online. The remote workforce has steadily been growing over the past several years and current events have only sped up the process.

Tips to Create Better eLearning Development Content

G-Cube

Content for eLearning is only useful if the learner remains engaged. There are best practices you can use to ensure you are developing the most useful content.

7 Reasons LearnDash Is the Best LMS for Developers

LearnDash

Trying to decide which LMS will give you the most control and flexibility as a developer? Look no further than LearnDash.

Instructional Writing, Identifying Strengths: ID Links 4/13/21

Experiencing eLearning

As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on instructional writing, identifying strengths, project management tools, design principles, and more. Instructional writing.

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

Presentations on Scenario-Based Learning and More

Experiencing eLearning

I have given a number of presentations on scenario-based learning over the past five years, plus a few presentations on other topics. I have also had the pleasure of being interviewed on several podcasts and video casts.

How to Design Performance-Based eLearning Interactions

Tim Slade

One of the most important lessons I learned when I first started designing and developing eLearning courses was the importance of building performance-based eLearning interactions. However, this wasn’t a lesson I learned quickly. When I first started as an eLearning designer, I remember being constantly reminded of the importance of making my eLearning content interactive. I was told that interactive eLearning equaled engaging eLearning.

How to Use Group Leaders and User Roles in LearnDash

LearnDash

Need to give certain users special privileges without making them full admins? Here’s how assigning user roles can help. Online courses of all sizes frequently run into issues where they need to give different users special privileges and permissions to run their course more effectively. Doing so effectively means knowing how to set up User Groups and designate Group Leaders in ways that will accomplish the goals you want for your course.

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No, I Won’t “Tweak” Your PowerPoint Slides

Experiencing eLearning

Have you ever been asked to “just tweak the PowerPoint slides” and call it elearning? How did you respond? The original PowerPoint slides. I got a call from a prospective client.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Intrinsic and Instructional Feedback in Learning Scenarios

Experiencing eLearning

A number of years ago, I was a judge for a competition on scenario-based learning. While there were a few terrific submissions, I thought many of the courses missed one of the great features of scenario-based learning.

Illume Proofing Format for Twine

Experiencing eLearning

The Illume proofing format for Twine addresses two challenges. First, it’s designed for collaboration, so others can review and provide feedback. Second, it can help you manage development if you need to migrate content from Twine to another development tool like Storyline.

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Best Practices for Custom Elearning Content Development

Origin Learning

Why Choose Custom Elearning Content Development? In our previous blog post, we discussed 7 Great Reasons Why Custom eLearning Development. The post Best Practices for Custom Elearning Content Development appeared first on Blog - Originlearning.

How to Unstock Stock Photos for eLearning and Slides

The eLearning Coach

If you spend a lot of time researching photos and manipulating graphics, you may feel frustrated. Here are a few ways I've found to get out of the stock photo doldrums. Developing eLearning

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The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

How To Incorporate The Laws Of UX With Designing Learning Experiences

Dan Keckan

Designing online learning with the learner in mind allows us to consider the way they think, process information, and behave online. Check out this article for tips on how to transfer the science of design to your next learning experience! This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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Scenario-Based Learning Q&A with Devlin Peck

Experiencing eLearning

I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A session on scenario-based learning with Devlin Peck recently. Devlin was a great host, and the community asked a number of thoughtful questions for me to answer. Watch the recording.

The 5 Learning And Development Trends That Improve Delivery

Dan Keckan

How can your organization boost its L&D delivery to engage employees? Discover which Learning and Development trends are worth implementing in 2021. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Here’s How I Became a Full-Time Freelance eLearning Designer

Tim Slade

Earlier this year, I shared with you that I made the transition into becoming a full-time freelance eLearning designer. And while I’ve been freelancing during my nights and weekends for the past several years, it has always been my long-term goal to make it my full-time gig—and trust me, it took a long time and a lot of work to make it happen!

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

How to Choose the Right Custom eLearning Content Development Partner

Origin Learning

Why Is It Better To Outsource Custom eLearning Content Development? Developing an E-learning program can be challenging. Creating the right. The post How to Choose the Right Custom eLearning Content Development Partner appeared first on Blog - Originlearning.