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Get Skilled to Create Engaging e-Learning

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by Jonathan Shoaf. Many of us know the common scenarios. Victor has a great PowerPoint deck on the new widget. Make it available online. Sally created some great videos on changes to the old process. Post those on the corporate site. Work with Jordan to put the face-to-face training in Adobe Captivate so we can roll it out to the rest of the organization at low cost. Oh, and we don't have time to do anything elaborate! As e-learning professionals we talk a lot about how things should be done.

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What are you reading for eLearning insight?

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By Shelley A. Gable. It seems that many of us in the training industry are avid readers, particularly when it comes to reading for professional development. And while I’m sure I’m not the only one with an ever-growing reading wish list, I’m also continuously on the lookout for recommendations to add to that wish list. If you’re in search of recommended reading for eLearning insight, consider some of these sources of inspiration …. Books about training, consulting, and trendy business topics.

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eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy

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By Shelley A. Gable. How did most of your workplace learning occur over the past year? Much of my learning came from brainstorming with peers, participating in online forums , reading (articles, books, blogs, etc.), observation, experimentation, trial and error.and, of course, reflection. Do you have a similar story of unstructured, experiential, informal learning? Jay Cross, known for his informal learning research, tells us that approximately 80% of workplace learning occurs informally.

Discovering Adobe InDesign for eLearning

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By Dean Hawkinson. If you have been developing eLearning for any period of time, you have probably used several of Adobe’s applications to create engaging and interactive courses. With Adobe Captivate , you can create some great system simulations. With Adobe Flash , you can create interactive elements that take your courses to the next level of engagement and even create entire courses. You can create and edit images for your eLearning using Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator.

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eLearning vs. Conventional Training Approaches

Is online safety training as effective as instructor-led safety training? Find out why the best training outcomes are achieved when they are used together.

Workplace Trends from 2004…Still Trending

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By Shelley A. Gable. I cleaned my bookshelf the other day, which included moving out stacks of old magazines. One dusty cover that caught my eye was the January 2004 issue of Training + Development Magazine from ASTD, with this headline: 8 Trends You Need to Know NOW. I immediately thought, “I wonder if those trends are still relevant.”. So I took a break from my periodical purge party to skim through the article by Karen Colteryahn and Patty Davis. Here’s a peek at the eight trends from 2004. --1--

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Do you know your E-learning Buckets?

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By Jonathan Shoaf. I've discovered recently I don't like the term e-learning. This is because I recently had to go through the process of understanding what salary you pay someone who is an e-learning developer. It turns out that it varies dramatically depending on who you ask. This is because everyone has a different idea of what e-learning is and what it takes to develop it. So if you tell me you are an e-learning expert, it means nothing to me.

Turn These Slides into eLearning

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By Shelley A. Gable. Ever been handed a PowerPoint. slideshow by a client, with the request to convert it into some kind of eLearning thingy? Oh…and then also told that you only have a week to get it done? And of course, this is in addition to whatever you already planned to accomplish this week.). Even if you can’t influence “the powers that be” to allow more time for a proper analysis.

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Using Video in eLearning

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by Dean Hawkinson One of the growing trends in eLearning and mLearning these days is the use of video. Video, when used properly, can be a very effective tool in supporting the learning process, whether as a part of an eLearning course or as standalone videos delivered via mobile devices. I have been involved in several training projects that included video, and thought I would offer some thoughts around best practices and cautions when using video in an eLearning course.

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4 Ways to Jump Start an eLearning Lesson

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By Shelley A. Gable. I’ve heard learners criticize eLearning lessons that have too much “extra” stuff at the beginning. Think about all the material that some lessons place before the actual content: title slide, copyright and/or confidentiality statements, navigation instructions, learning objectives, etc. It can potentially add up to a lot of extra clicks (that learners may or may not actually pay attention to), which gets the activity off to a somewhat sluggish start.

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Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

This Is How I Draft an eLearning Lesson

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By Shelley A. Gable. You’ve completed your analysis. And, you’ve designed a course, which consists of several lessons. So, you’re at the point where you’re about to start drafting lesson materials. How do you approach an individual lesson? For instance, do you start writing the lesson introduction and work your way through to the end? Do you start with certain types of content? And, at what point do you write assessment questions (when applicable)?

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Best Practices in the Next Generation of eLearning

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By Dean Hawkinson. I recently listened in on a webinar presented by David Mallon, with Bersin & Associates, called 10 Best Practices in the Next Generation of eLearning. He began by challenging us to think about what makes our learning organizations relevant in today’s environment, and he stated five types of learning that organizations typically use.

Engage Learners Emotionally in eLearning Experiences

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By Shelley A. Gable. What was the last book. you couldn’t put down? The last movie. you couldn’t stop talking about? The last song you found yourself playing repeatedly? While you may feel drawn to each of these for different reasons, chances are, you have emotional connections to them all. Perhaps you found one of them profoundly relatable. Maybe one was uplifting. Maybe another surged your adrenaline.

Do Learning Styles Matter?

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By Shelley A. Gable. At first, learning styles seemed to be a hot topic because theorists were interested in defining various style typologies and prescribing instructional implications. Hence, we have a lot of literature describing modalities, brain hemisphere preferences, Kolb’s styles, Gregorc’s styles, and more. Lately, a lot of folks are writing about the fallacy of learning styles. The idea is that no one can find an empirical study that supports the need to cater to learning styles.

K-12 Guide to Distance Learning: 5 Ways to Learn Anywhere

With a continued global health crisis, schools are adapting teaching practices and learning environments. This guide covers how 5 different aspects of teaching and learning can be improved and maintained to facilitate successful distance learning.

Realizing the Potential of the Tin Can API

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By Joseph Suarez. Each time a major eLearning authoring tool or LMS vendor announces they are (or will be) supporting the Tin Can API , the eLearning community can be heard giving a simultaneous cheer and moan. Why would the “ next generation of SCORM ” cause such a mixed reaction? Here's my interpretation.

Tips for Importing from PowerPoint to Captivate

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by Jonathan Shoaf. Microsoft PowerPoint is a very powerful tool for creating presentations. At most organizations it also has a large user base. This means that a lot of content is developed in PowerPoint. There are times when you may want to reuse content created in PowerPoint in e-learning. Adobe Captivate does a great job of integrating with PowerPoint and converting slides to an e-learning format. Captivate can bring in backgrounds, text, images, and even animations and timings.

Focus Time and Effort with the 80/20 Rule

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By Jonathan Shoaf. The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, roughly states that 80% of the results are caused by 20% of the effort. This rule is applied commonly in business situations where for example, 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients. This principle is meant to be a rule of thumb to guide decision making. As a software developer, I use this principle. In many cases 80% of the user''s desired outcomes can be accomplished by 20% of the application.

3 Ways to Use Adobe Connect

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by Jonathan Shoaf. Adobe Connect is one of the leading virtual classroom products on the market. It has this reputation because it is user friendly, feature rich, reliable, and provides an identical experience for all users on all systems that support Adobe Flash. Adobe Connect competes in both the web conferencing and education markets. There are several reasons it competes well when it comes to corporate learning. First, it is easy for learners to participate.

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.

Simple Anatomy of SCORM-based E-Learning

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By Jonathan Shoaf. I remember the first time I heard the term SCORM. I was a software developer working on a quizzing product that needed to export data to a variety of e-learning systems. It was suggested we should support SCORM. So I researched but quickly got lost in the minutia of details and acronyms -- AICC, CMI, SCO, XML, ECMAScript, manifest, packaging, and API. On top of that, I found out about the ADL initiative and the Department of Defense involvement in the specification.

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ADDIE isn't Dead; it's just more Agile

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By Jay Lambert. Readers of this blog know that I've been a big defender of ADDIE ( Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future , ADDIE isn't Dead, how can it be? , etc.). As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. Of course, we are using DADDIE now, having added Define to the beginning of each project. No ADDIE isn't dead. But it is evolving. ADDIE should be considered circular.

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What Makes eLearning Boring?

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By Shelley A. Gable. Most posts on this blog focus on what to do and how to do it – providing navigational cues , designing with social media , stimulating recall , forming sticky ideas , and so on. In this post, we’ll look at what we do too much of, resulting in boring eLearning. Too much text. It’s popular to hate PowerPoint because of the way a slide full of bullets strangles the life out of a presentation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Have you watched a TED talk?

5 Ways to Tell Stories in eLearning

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By Shelley A. Gable. We’ve talked about the value of storytelling for conveying tacit knowledge in eLearning and a formula for telling stories. So once we’ve assembled an instructional story, how can we include it within an eLearning lesson? Here are a few ideas to explore. Comic Strip. Who doesn’t enjoy a quick comic strip? They’re a relatively quick read, an effective method for displaying dialog, and visually engaging.

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.

3 Things I'm Looking Forward To In Lectora Version 11

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By Jay Lambert Trivantis gave a sneak preview of their upcoming Lectora Version 11 release at this week's user conference in Chicago. Many of us have been nervous that Version 11 brings a complete interface redesign (yes, I still fondly remember the old "traffic lights" from before the previous redesign). But the switch to a ribbon format seems sleek and even user-friendly at this point. Version 11 brings more Social Media integration which will excite many.

What Can eLearning Learn from “7 Ways Video Games Reward the Brain?”

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By Shelley A. Gable. I’m a big fan of TED talks. A few weeks ago, a colleague pointed me to a recent talk, “ 7 Ways Video Games Reward the Brain ,” presented by Tom Chatfield. It sounded like a great source of inspiration for eLearning design.so I immediately clicked the link and viewed the 17-minute video. Chatfield spends the first few minutes establishing the motivational power of video games by citing feats of time and money invested by people for the sake of games.

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How to Let Learners Make Mistakes in eLearning

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By Shelley A. Gable. A few years ago, I was a co-researcher on a study that investigated the factors that influence informal workplace learning. The literature on the subject frequently references learning from mistakes as a typical form of informal learning. So how can we leverage this natural way of learning in eLearning lessons? Nudge learners to assess their responses. I recently saw this in an eLearning lesson a colleague created. The lesson prompted learners to answer a scenario-based.

What you don’t need to know about SCORM

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by Jonathan Shoaf. The first time I heard the term SCORM was about 10 years ago. I never paid it much attention. I worked in the higher education industry and SCORM just wasn’t a big player there. About 5 years ago the company I was working for had a product called Wimba Create and the term SCORM started swirling around in my head again. Wimba Create is an add-on for Microsoft Word and can convert content to a SCORM package that can be used in a learning management system (LMS).

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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.

Make Learning Supportive and Available Everywhere

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Thoughts on Elliot Masie's Lectora User Conference Keynote. By Jay Lambert. This year's 2011 Lectora user conference provided my first opportunity to hear learning futurist Elliot Masie ( of The Masie Center ) speak live; he didn't disappoint. We were treated to both his keynote and a follow-up conversation on his view of the learning industry's present and future. I was excited to see that so many of us are on the same page.

Using White Space for Clutter-Free eLearning

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By Joseph Suarez. Imagine two scenarios. First, you are driving in a car down an open road with the windows down. Second, you are standing in a crowded bus stuck in traffic. Now imagine how the available space around you in each scenario would make you feel. Chances are the car seems less stressful and more inviting (no offense to public transit).

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What does the 80's movie WarGames tell us about learning games?

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by Jonathan Shoaf. I recently watched the 1980's movie WarGames with my son. As a dad, I often use movies like that as an opportunity to teach something new to my son. So we talked about the military, the Cold War, and then my son started naming countries and wanted to know if they were an enemy or ally of the United States. Of course, I explained that things were not that simple.

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Adobe Captivate 7 - Now or Later?

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By Jonathan Shoaf. I''ve always been a software junkie. I''m happy to spend some money on a software product when I know it will save me hours of effort over the course of the next year. So when new software comes out, I''m like a kid at Christmas opening up the gift to see if I got what I wanted. These days, Adobe is the software vendor I''m using the most. I use the Adobe Master Suite and Adobe Captivate for many of my projects.

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.

George Orwell's Advice for Writing eLearning Content

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By Shelley A. Gable. Learners can be fickle, quickly slipping into distraction or boredom if we ask them to read too much. Though highly interactive , problem-based eLearning can help maintain engagement, completing these activities usually requires learners to read words that we write. In a culture of multi-tasking skimmers, we must write as clearly and concisely as possible to help keep learners motivated. Practical Writing Advice from George Orwell.