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Bullets are Bad, Questions are Good

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Over the years I've encountered several courses about how to write good e-mails. They have all come to me in the same way -- a list of dos and don'ts. Frankly, it's not the way to describe it in a face-to-face setting and especially a bad idea in e-learning. Bulleted lists turn learners into zombies.

This, Not This - Open a URL from an E-Learning Course

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"Can the course be linked to this document?". Seems like a simple enough question. Of course it can! However, this can be more complicated than you might think. Follow-up questions to this are: Is the document available as a URL? Is the URL on the INTERnet or INTRAnet?

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5 Simple Steps to Attach a File in Adobe Captivate

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Attaching a file in Adobe Captivate is simple if you follow these 5 steps. A common reason you may want to follow these steps it to link to a PDF file from your project. These steps assume you have already added a button or click box to your slide.

Using Lessons from Video Games in E-Learning

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I'm a child of the 80's. Everyday I am reminded of that by the marketers who want dollars from the 30-something crowd. The fact that I grew up in the 80's puts me in perfect place to see the evolution of video games. Yes, I played Pong back in the day. The Atari 2600 stole hours of my elementary years. I remember text-based games like Zork and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Castle Wolfenstein brought in the era of first person shooter games for me.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

What E-Learning Tools Do You Use?

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Being a bit of an e-learning nerd, I thought it would be cool to share some of the tools I use at my work. I''ve been working with my current company for over a year now. For the most part, I''m working with the training of field technicians and support folks. I''ve been using Adobe Captivate for basic e-learning courses.

What I'd like to see in the next Adobe Captivate

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Some early reviews are starting to trickle in about Adobe Captivate 7. I use Captivate regularly and I really appreciate its capabilities to create interactive and multimedia content. Nothing excites me quite as much as new and improved software. However, nothing is quite as disappointing as a new version of software that doesn''t address my needs. When Adobe Captivate 6 came out, I could appreciate some of the improvements. But overall, I didn''t see anything ground breaking.

Thoughts on Managing Ideas and Tasks

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It seems I’m always looking for a better project and task management system. I’ve been through Task Coach , Mindmapping software , Microsoft Project , Remember the Milk , Task Merlin , Producteev , and now Manymoon. These are all great products but none fit all of my needs.

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Authoring Tools and Compatibility

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When eLearning designers and developers think about using a rapid development tool such as Lectora, they often think about the time savings they get when creating a visual pleasing project and the ability to create reusable components.

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.

My mind (map) is in the cloud

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I love mind maps. They are a great way to brainstorm ideas and organize your thoughts. I've also found them very helpful for taking notes at meetings. I use mind maps at both work and home for these reasons.

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My mind (map) is in the cloud

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I love mind maps. They are a great way to brainstorm ideas and organize your thoughts. I've also found them very helpful for taking notes at meetings. I use mind maps at both work and home for these reasons.

SharePoint Observations

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I've started to work with Microsoft SharePoint for a lot of projects lately. I'm still fairly new to it. I've only started to seriously work with it over the last year. I thought I'd take a moment to share some observations. People Don't Use SharePoint. People don't use SharePoint because it is not easy to access and documents are hard to find. Now, I know this is not true of all teams within organizations that use SharePoint. I'm sure it is a good solution for a lot of folks.

Your Friendly Smart TV

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The smart TV is an idea that has been around for a long time now. It's an idea that has value but technology and innovation has not quite found the right formula to make it happen on a wide scale. Over the past few years many devices have been popping up with their own formulas.

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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.

Your Friendly Smart TV

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The smart TV is an idea that has been around for a long time now. It's an idea that has value but technology and innovation has not quite found the right formula to make it happen on a wide scale. Over the past few years many devices have been popping up with their own formulas.

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Where is Your E-Learning Environment Going?

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I've learned over time that it is important for me to take time to view what I'm doing from different perspectives. Often we developers get caught up in the micro-perspective of what we do. After all, focusing on what happens after the user clicks a button is what I get paid to do.

Where is Your E-Learning Environment Going?

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I've learned over time that it is important for me to take time to view what I'm doing from different perspectives. Often we developers get caught up in the micro-perspective of what we do. After all, focusing on what happens after the user clicks a button is what I get paid to do.

Enhancing Captivate Development with PowerPoint

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Since delving into learning content development a few years ago, I've been continually impressed with Microsoft PowerPoint's capabilities. It has awesome enhancements for photos and graphics, it has rich animation building capabilities, and it has a super easy user interface. Those are just a few reasons I like it. But I do e-learning development and the tool I am using most often these days is Adobe Captivate. I still leverage PowerPoint whenever I can.

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.

Articulate understands the practitioners.learn the lesson

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I've been in the software industry for a long time and I've never seen the perfect product. As I've been reading all the hype on Articulate Storyline this week, I am reminding myself of that. It looks like a great product. But a game-changer.not likely. A software tool is not a game-changer but a community of practitioners can be. I agree with R.J. Jacquez when he lists Articulate community as his number one reason to appreciate Articulate Storyline.

The Next Generation of SCORM

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I first heard about SCORM when I was working for a software company that created collaborative learning tools for higher education. We were using Microsoft Word to create SCORM compatible content. This was back in 2006 and I remember a lot of folks did not understand the value of converting content to SCORM because it seemed so outdated and there were much more current development projects that needed to get done.

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What's in your Pocket? Part II

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I discussed what the Google phone is in What's in your Pocket? Part I. There's a reason I'm finally ready for a web savvy phone. The reason is that the web and mobile technology are now converging in a big way.

What's in your Pocket? Part II

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I discussed what the Google phone is in What's in your Pocket? Part I. There's a reason I'm finally ready for a web savvy phone. The reason is that the web and mobile technology are now converging in a big way.

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.

What's in your Pocket? Part I

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If you read my post Joining the Revolution in November then you know that I've been looking forward to upgrading my standard mobile phone to a web enabled phone. The two web phone technologies I've been keeping my eye on are Apple and Google.

What's in your Pocket? Part I

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If you read my post Joining the Revolution in November then you know that I've been looking forward to upgrading my standard mobile phone to a web enabled phone. The two web phone technologies I've been keeping my eye on are Apple and Google.

Take Command of your next Meeting

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All of us go to meetings and most of us think the meetings occur way too often and last way too long. Instead of formal meetings, I’m a big fan of impromptu meetings with 2-3 people when technical decisions need to be made. I’ve never seen good decisions made when more than 4 people are in the room. However, for large projects, it is important to have regular status meetings where representatives from all aspects of the project are present (i.e.

Take Command of your next Meeting

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All of us go to meetings and most of us think the meetings occur way too often and last way too long. Instead of formal meetings, I’m a big fan of impromptu meetings with 2-3 people when technical decisions need to be made. I’ve never seen good decisions made when more than 4 people are in the room. However, for large projects, it is important to have regular status meetings where representatives from all aspects of the project are present (i.e.

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.

Using Blank Slides for Feedback in Articulate Quizmaker

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Articulate Quizmaker is a great tool for quickly creating professional looking quizzes. It also contains the concept of a blank slide that can be put any where in a quiz and used for any type of learning, feedback, or reinforcement of learning concepts. I show an example of how to use blank slides for creating rich feedback in Quizmaker in my guest blog post for Integrated Learning Services Crafting Feedback in Articulate. Quiz Articulate

Text Animations in Adobe Captivate

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Some times you just need a little animation to spice up an e-learning module. Adobe Captivate 5.5 offers an easy way to create text animations that will catch the eye. These animations can be used to let a user know when a module has been completed or when a perfect score is attained. Or, just use them to draw the learners attention. Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Busting my Brain with Flash

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As a web developer learning Flash has been on my radar for quite some time. Now as an e-Learning training developer knowing Flash will allow me to do better quality training interactions with learners. So I'm off and up and learning.

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Busting my Brain with Flash

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As a web developer learning Flash has been on my radar for quite some time. Now as an e-Learning training developer knowing Flash will allow me to do better quality training interactions with learners. So I'm off and up and learning.

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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.

Morning Joe and Calculations in Lectora

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How can you use Lectora to convert kilobytes to megabytes? On the surface this seems like a basic question not worth expanding on. However, the solution in Lectora involves using variables in a creative way so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

Using Lectora to Create a Smart Next Button

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I've been using Lectora for almost three years now. Lectora allows developers to take a snippet of code and reuse it on all your pages. This saves time and maintenance costs. You may want that code to work differently on some of the pages. Ideally, you'd still only have that code in one place but set up an exception for how to do this. I show an example of how to do this in my guest blog post for Integrated Learning Services Creating a Smart Next Button in Lectora. Lectora

Shadowing by Robot

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I came across an interesting video from IEEE Spectrum Online that explains a robot used for video conferencing. You can think of this humanoid robot as the answer to the question "what do I do when I want to video conference with someone but I need to be mobile and let that person follow me around?"

Shadowing by Robot

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I came across an interesting video from IEEE Spectrum Online that explains a robot used for video conferencing. You can think of this humanoid robot as the answer to the question "what do I do when I want to video conference with someone but I need to be mobile and let that person follow me around?"

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

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.