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TEACHING ONLINE CLASSES: Interactive Polls Help End Sucky Training

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  One of the easiest ways to engage online students is by displaying quizzes and polls. When I start my classes, displaying a poll is a great way to break the ice and get my class started on the right foot.

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TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Cursor Smoothing: A Cure For the Over-Caffeinated

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Any eLearning developer knows that coffee by the gallon helps get the job done. Of course, too much coffee can lead to the jitters and, by extension, a jittery mouse while recording a video demonstration.   Such was the case for me during a recent project.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Importing Photoshop Layers

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I received a Photoshop file the other day for use in a Captivate project. Moments later, I received a frantic call from the person who sent it to me. He was in a bit of a panic because he had sent me a Photoshop file (PSD) instead of the.jpg image I had requested.

DESIGN CENTRAL: Is It Time for a Design Refresh?

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Late last year Microsoft announced a design update to their MS Office product line suite, but you may have only recently noticed an update to your icons.      It doesn’t seem like that long ago that they were updated, but did you know that was five years ago already? 

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Why Are Smart Shapes So Smart? Let Me Count The (6) Ways

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You can change the shape.   Smart Shapes in Captivate are similar to some shapes in PowerPoint: you draw the shape, and then you locate the special yellow handle to change not the size, but the actual shape of the arrow.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Master Slides vs Layouts: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to working efficiently in Articulate Storyline, few things top the proper use of Slide Masters. When I teach my beginner Storyline class, students are always surprised to learn that Storyline supports masters and, even better, that master slides are so easy to use.   One of the more common misunderstandings when it comes to slide masters is the difference between a slide master and layout slides.   Consider the relationship between a parent and child.

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Articulate Storyline 360: Modern and Legacy Players

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. If you're an Articulate Storyline 360 developer, you’ve likely grown familiar with the publishing choices found in the Publish dialog box. Most notably, you can elect to publish as HTML5 only, HTML5 with a Flash fallback, Flash with an HTML5 fallback, or Flash only.

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TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Extending Video Frames

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After adding a video asset to the Timeline in Camtasia, it's likely you'll want to freeze a specific part of the video to allow for other Timeline objects to appear (such as annotations or images).   In the image below, I've added a video to Track 1 on my Timeline.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 3 & 360: Forced Learner Navigation

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. There are times where you don’t want your learner to leave a slide until certain criteria have been met.   For instance, there's an interactive game on a slide (a credit score game you'll learn to create in my Storyline Essentials book).

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Publish a Portion of a Project

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When publishing a Storyline project, it’s often preferable to publish a small section of the project instead of the entire thing (a single slide for instance or an individual scene). Fortunately, Storyline 360 makes quick work of this task, if you know where to look.

"Adobe Captivate 2019: Beyond the Essentials" Coming Very Soon

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My "Adobe Captivate 2019: Beyond the Essentials" book is with the beta team and should be available for purchase in just a few weeks

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Getting Past the DPI Awareness Error

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Creating software simulations has always been one of Captivate's core strengths. From the Home screen, double-click Software Simulation, select the area of the screen or application to record, select your mode (or modes), click the Record button, and away you go.

Adobe Captivate 2019 Advanced Book In Production

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Adobe Captivate 2019: Beyond the Essentials. October.  

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Make Your Software Simulations Scorable

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP. The Assessment recording mode in Adobe Captivate creates a step-by-step software simulation that is intended to function as a test. It is part of the three-part formal software lesson: Demo, then Training (practice), then Assessment (test).

Articulate Storyline 3/360: Beyond the Essentials (2nd Edition)

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We're currently hard at work on an update to our Articulate Storyline 3/360 advanced book (we're enhancing/improving several lessons). The book should be ready in just a few short weeks

TEACHING ONLINE: Don't Let a Computer Crash During Class Cause Panic!

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. I've been teaching live online classes for years. And while I’ve had all sorts of technology challenges during that time, I’ve never had my main machine go down along with my backup--until yesterday! Even though I rebooted my machine in time for class, it froze again, and I couldn’t click anything. Panic? Not me. As a certified online training professional, you’re taught to handle these kinds of bumps in the training road.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Make Software Simulations Scorable

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP. The Assessment recording mode in Adobe Captivate creates a step-by-step software simulation that is intended to function as a test. It is part of the three-part formal software lesson: Demo, then Training (practice), then Assessment (test).

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

ELEARNING AND PRESENTATIONS: In Search Of Free-to-Use Images

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. When trying to find quality images for use in PowerPoint presentations or eLearning projects created with any development tool such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or TechSmith Camtasia, most people turn to Google. And why not?

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eLearning: xAPI is Geek Free and Ready to Go

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by Megan Torrance      In my  previous xAPI article  I pointed to the emergence of "geek-free tools and platforms" as the hallmark that xAPI is beginning to achieve main-stream status.

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TECHSMITH CAMTASIA 2018: Assets Galore!

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. TechSmith recently released Camtasia 2018. You can purchase the software directly from TechSmith or try the software free for 30 days via the trial download ).   At first glance, there’s little difference between Camtasia 9 for the PC and version 2018.

TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: Asking Review Questions

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP.   Over and over, as we teach our ICCOTP Certified Online Training Professional course on how to teach online , I see students use our techniques correctly—but on the wrong topics. For example, we teach a very specific technique—the overhead question. The purpose of the overhead question is to review material you have already delivered or covered in the class.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Control the Startup Screen for a Published Project

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP , CTT. Not all that long ago controlling what learners see first in Adobe Captivate published eLearning content was as simple as creating a visually-appealing first slide in the project. However,

eLearnChat: All Things eLearning

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I really enjoyed my recent session with Rick Zanotti on eLearnChat. You can watch the interview by clicking the image below

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TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: What You Need to Know ?About Your Online Platform: Part 2

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP, CTT. Today I was teaching an online class on GoToTraining. I use this online training platform about three to five days a week. But today, it threw me for a loop.      Just two days ago, I taught a class on this platform and all was well.   Today, I logged in one Instructor computer to serve as my main platform. Then I logged in two additional computers: one as my Slide Display computer and the other as my Software Display computer.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 3 & 360: Forced Learner Navigation

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. There are times where you don’t want your learner to leave a slide until certain criteria have been met.   For instance, there's an interactive game on a slide (a credit score game you'll learn to create in my Storyline Essentials book).

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Hands-On Workshop in Houston, TX: Create an Articulate Storyline 360 eLearning Course In a Day

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I'm teaching a hands-on workshop in Houston May 3: "Create an Articulate Storyline 360 eLearning Course In a Day." "   Bring your own laptop (use the free 30-day trial version of Storyline for the class), start with a blank project, and leave with a working eLearning course.   You can listen to a podcast about the session here: [link].   You can register here: [link

Articulate Storyline 3/360: Beyond the Essentials (2nd Edition)

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We're currently hard at work on an update to our Articulate Storyline 3/360 advanced book (we're enhancing/improving several lessons). The book should be ready in just a few short weeks

Articulate Storyline 360: Modern and Legacy Players

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. If you're an Articulate Storyline 360 developer, you’ve likely grown familiar with the publishing choices found in the Publish dialog box. Most notably, you can elect to publish as HTML5 only, HTML5 with a Flash fallback, Flash with an HTML5 fallback, or Flash only.

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"TechSmith Camtasia 2018: The Essentials" Step-by-Step Workbook Now Shipping

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A self-paced, hands-on workbook that teaches the core TechSmith Camtasia 2018 skills! Using TechSmith Camtasia, you can quickly create software demonstrations, software simulations, and soft skills eLearning.

Monetizing Customer Education: Free, Fee, and Everything In Between

Some of the best customer education programs monetize customer training to help offset program costs, fuel new initiatives, and enable additional investment in your programs. In this webinar, Skilljar will discuss the free-to-fee continuum and share best practices for developing a pricing and packaging strategy for your education offers.

We'll tell you ours, you tell us yours

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From Kevin : I've been teaching live online classes for years. And while I’ve had all sorts of technology challenges during that time, I’ve never had my main machine go down along with my backup--until yesterday!