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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

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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." 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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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Mise-en-scène in eLearning

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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.

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

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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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How to Buy Learning and Development in 2023

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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.