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Five great resources for presenters

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Does presenting come naturally to you? It definitely doesn’t to me. I’m a bit of a wallflower by nature and don’t usually enjoy being centre of attention. I think that’s why I enjoy writing: I can put a bit of me across without actually having anyone look at me.

Three benefits of entering for an award

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This Thursday is the IT Training Awards evening, always a glamorous and enjoyable affair organised by the IITT. This time a year ago I was named Instructional Designer of the Year 2010, and based on my experience I’d encourage everyone to put their best work forward for an award.

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Quick links and resources from BP’s Future of Learning

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Quick links and resources from BP’s Future of Learning

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The Top 7 Features Your LMS Must Have

An LMS has the power to enhance training effectiveness, and improve business outcomes. The key is knowing which features will enable your organization to get there. This guide will help ensure your LMS is capable of meeting your learning objectives.

An e-learning chemistry lesson: how to mix text and audio

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I came away from last week’s eLearning Network event on rich media with a long list of takeaway lessons, things to try and topics to explore further. (I I wasn’t the only one, as the Twitter backchannel shows.) One of these is the enduring question of how to use text and audio within e-learning, which prompted some debate and some interesting experiment results.

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Lessons from Jamie's Dream School

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The jury is still out on whether Jamie Oliver will achieve his aim of inspiring former students back into education through his Dream School. But last night's episode brilliantly illustrated three important lessons for workplace

Day 3: The Goldilocks rule and good feedback

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Yesterday we worked on where we could include some interactions in your e-learning course for maximum learning impact. Sticking with interactions, today we’re going to zoom in and focus on the options and feedback in those interactions.

Day 1: Learning outcomes and structure

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Today we’re going to make sure that your e-learning course will have a positive impact on the business. We’re going to do this by looking at the learning outcomes and making sure that the course content aligns with those learning outcomes and flows well. Review and improve the learning outcomes.

[New eBook] How to Market Customer Training

Want to increase awareness of your course offerings? Download this guide and learn how to keep your content at the top of students' minds using email marketing, social channels and other effective strategies.

Five days to better e-learning

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There’s no shortage of information and advice out there about designing fantastic e-learning – and lots of it is very good advice. But it strikes me that most of that advice relies on you having a blank canvas, as well as (more often than not) plenty of time, money and manpower.

Assumptions about attentiveness: is eye contact engagement?

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At BP’s Future of Learning event in November, we were lucky enough to have the fabulous Crystal Washington as our guest speaker at dinner (follow her on Twitter @CrysWashington ). Crystal delivered one of the most dynamic, engaging and passionate presentations I’ve seen for some time. Keeping the attention of a room full of people when you’ve got the after-dinner slot and everyone’s been at a conference all day isn’t easy!

Assumptions about attentiveness: is eye contact engagement?

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At BP’s Future of Learning event in November, we were lucky enough to have the fabulous Crystal Washington as our guest speaker at dinner (follow her on Twitter @CrysWashington ). Crystal delivered one of the most dynamic, engaging and passionate presentations I’ve seen for some time. Keeping the attention of a room full of people when you’ve got the after-dinner slot and everyone’s been at a conference all day isn’t easy!

Interactions: to tell or to test?

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If you were at a party with these two people, who would you rather talk to? Thanks to the ever-inspirational Cathy Moore for this idea.) I’d imagine most of you would be more inclined to strike up a conversation with the girl.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Have you done your good deed for the day?

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As you may or may not know, some of the guys and girls at Saffron Interactive are running a half marathon this weekend. I know that you probably all get requests for sponsorship every other day and we all have to choose the causes that

A panel podcast on compliance training

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Yesterday I was invited to join a small panel podcast hosted by Craig Taylor to discuss compliance training – what's wrong with it, what's right with it and what we need to do to make it even better. My fellow contributors were Sam

How to avoid common consistency mistakes

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I recently mentioned the importance of consistency , and then rediscovered this article about common consistency mistakes.

eLearningLearning: a one-stop-shop for all things e-learning

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With new bloggers popping up all the time it can be hard to keep track of all the good stuff out there, and sometimes even harder to separate the good stuff from the really great stuff. That’s where eLearningLearning comes in; it’s a community run by Tony Karrer and designed to collect and organise current and relevant content about e-learning.

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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.

A ‘very important’ writing tip from C.S. Lewis

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I just came across a real gem of a letter on Letters of Note (a blog that’s definitely worth a look), sent by C.S. Lewis to a young American fan in 1956. Isn’t it lovely and quite remarkable that he replied to his fan mail in such a thoughtful and personal way? Aside from that, though, this letter stood out to me because of a particular piece of advice shared in it, which I think all e-learning designers (indeed, all writers!) should be mindful of: In writing.

A ‘very important’ writing tip

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I just came across a real gem of a letter on Letters of Note , sent by C.S. Lewis to a young American fan in 1956. Isn’t it lovely and quite remarkable that he replied to his fan mail in such a thoughtful and personal way? Aside from that, though, this letter stood out to me because of a particular piece of advice shared in it, which I think all e-learning designers (indeed, all writers!) should be mindful of: In writing.

Day 2: The right interactions at the right time

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Today we’re going to take a look at the interactions in your e-learning course. We’ll review what you’ve got, where they are (or where they should be, if there aren’t currently any interactions), and what they are focused on. Take a big picture view.

Looking at things the right way

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An email headed ‘Looking at things the right way’ recently landed in my inbox. It was a series of photographs about shifting perspectives: things that look perfectly normal from one view but a little odd (or wonderful) when looked at in another way.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

Nine tips for writing excellent RFPs

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How many times have you sent out a request for proposals and been disappointed with the responses you got back? Maybe they’re too long, too short, or just miss the mark. Or, if you’re a provider, how many times have you laboured over a proposal only to find – on rejection – that it all hinged on a vital piece of information you didn’t have?

Why I’m a pen-and-paper girl

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I’m slightly late to the party, so you may have already seen the debate prompted by Craig Taylor’s recent blog post ; if not, take a look. Craig was shocked at a recent event when some people expressed discomfort at him taking notes on his iPad.

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A lesson in e-engagement from Magnum

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I just came across Magnum’s pleasure hunt across the internet and had to share it. Take 10 minutes today to have a go – I guarantee it’ll make you smile (and maybe also hungry!). This is a great lesson in e-engagement. I was captivated from the start till the end – so captivated in fact that I didn’t even notice the score tracker in the top right corner until halfway through.

How to avoid common consistency mistakes

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I recently mentioned the importance of consistency , and then rediscovered this article about common consistency mistakes. As the article says, ‘the first line of defence against consistency errors is simply being aware of them’ So, be sure to check these 10 things before submitting your next document: Phrases in capitals. Hyphenated phrases. Heading case inconsistencies. Numbers in sentences. List or bullet punctuation. Table or figure labels. Spelling. Punctuation in tables.

Tips for Driving Learning Success with Moodle LMS: Recorded Webinar

Learn how to get analytic insights into your Moodle learner data. You’ll also get tips and tricks on how to quickly access, analyze, and share this information for actionable insights that will help you improve the effectiveness of your learning programs.

Three themes at Learning Technologies 2012

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This year’s Learning Technologies event was a bit different from previous years for me. In the past, working for a supplier, I’ve spent most of my time on the exhibition floor – although I gained something new from the experience each year. This year, though, I was able to really experience the conference as a delegate and a track chair.

10 ways to improve learner experience: webinar summary

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Last week I posted some reflections on innovation , prompted by an LSG webinar presented by James Cory-Wright from Brightwave. James illustrated 10 examples of incremental innovation (or ‘butterfly moments’) in e-learning, which I think are well worth sharing. Reflect your users. Take the time to create a look and feel that aligns with what they know and that resonates with what they value. Respect your users.

Day 4: Tone of voice, style and character

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After two long days focusing exclusively on interactions, it’s time for something a little different. Today we’re going to look at how we can bring your e-learning course to life and inject some personality into it.

How to write an award-winning submission

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Last week's Oscars may have marked the end of the film and music awards season, but in the world of e-learning there's a definite buzz in the air. With the January launch of the E-Learning Awards, the IT Training Awards at the start of

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.

Two great ideas for your next sustainability course

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Sustainability is one of those hot topics of the moment, and I've recently come across a couple of things that I think could be adapted really effectively for a sustainability e-learning course. I thought today I'd share them – let me

Using a screen type index to create balanced storyboards

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As a designer and as a learner I try to avoid e-learning that's comprised entirely of click-to-reveal screens. But neither do I particularly like a course that is one long multiple choice quiz. I thought I'd share my tool for achieving

Two personal development resolutions for 2012

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Towards the end of last year, a couple of people inspired me in various ways and I started making a mental list of the things I wanted to do in 2012. I’m not the best at keeping to my new year resolutions – it took me about 20 years to finally tick ‘stop biting my nails’ off the list. So I thought if I shared them on here I might be more likely to stick to them this year.

Innovation and butterfly moments: evolution, not revolution

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Last week I attended an LSG webinar given by James Cory-Wright from Brightwave on the topic of continuous design innovation. James set out 10 ways to improve the learner experience in e-learning, which I’ll recap in another post, but what really tickled me was James’ description of ‘butterfly moments’ Everyone has a slightly different understanding of what innovation is.

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?