Wed.Mar 16, 2011

Reader Feedback. eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

We received lots of feedback concerning last week's article, eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?  Here is a sampling: NO PERIODS and it is indeed to minimize visual clutter. That's why I use bullets whenever possible instead of lists. That's why I use bubbles. I need to communicate fast, and since periods were invented for that, I figure that any improvement on the speed of communication is alright.

Instructional Design Portfolio Resources

Experiencing eLearning

I love how some of my posts from 2007 still generate regular comments, such as this question today about software for creating a portfolio. First, if you’re wondering why you need a portfolio , read Tom Kuhlmann’s explanation. Portfolio by cirox.

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A Conversation with Andrew Hughes

Kapp Notes

Working in the space of 3D virtual immersive environments (VIE) is a small, but dedicated group of people who are creating some really wonderful and powerful learning. The other day I had a chance to virtually catch up with Andrew Hughes who is the president of Designing Digitally, Inc.

Hassenzahl’s Model and eLearning

Upside Learning

During the course of my web wanderings which have revolved around usability and user experience recently, I came across this interesting Hassenzahl’s model in the book ‘Funology’, that talks about the relationships between an user and a product.

[eBook] Make Better Business Decisions with Customer Training Data

Want to take your training data one step further? Download this eBook & learn how to demonstrate the full value of your program by combining traditional training metrics with the data in your CRM.

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Understanding by Design

Clark Quinn

I have long advocated, in consonance with sound learning principles, that in a good design process works backwards: start with the desired outcomes as capabilities, align assessment to the outcomes, and then design the learning experience to achieve those outcomes. This shouldn’t be new. Recently, I was pointed towards Wiggins & McTighe’s Understanding by Design , which turns out to be a curricular approach predicated on just such lines. I am of mixed feelings.

Training: Adding Interactivity to eLearning Courses with Adobe Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

The fourth session in the Adobe Captivate training program is scheduled for tomorrow -March 17th, 9AM to 10.30AM US Pacific Time. If you’ve been following this blog, by now you know that the training program is scheduled for every Thursday of the week. If you missed any of the previous three sessions, you can find [.]. Training and Tutorials Adobe Captivate Captivate elearning authoring rapid elearning

Crowd-inspired innovation

Jay Cross

TED’s Chris Anderson talks about How Web Video Powers Global Innovation. This same logic applies to any organization or community. Making it easy to create and share videos multiplies the potential connections between new ideas and a group’s members.

Google's Search for Good Managers

The Peformance Improvement

Managers have a critical role to play in the learning and development of the people who report to them. In fact, that relationship is more critical than anything the HR or Training departments can do to improve performance. This is born out in Google's internal study of good management. In this self-study, Google identified eight things that “good” managers should do. These imperatives are listed here in order of importance: Be a good coach. Empower your team and don’t micromanage.

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.

Two great ideas for your next sustainability course

Good To Great

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

How & why to design scenarios

Making Change

I’ve added a substantial section about scenarios to the Elearning Blueprint. The section is open and free for everyone until March 31 to support my March 24th presentation at the Learning Solutions conference. The six parts cover: What are scenarios? includes examples of different approaches). Why use them? Scenario ingredients: characters, decisions, and feedback. What type of scenario? How to design a branching scenario. Media and tools.

“Brain Freeze: Does your eLearning System Cause Learning Paralysis?”

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: The advent of technology options can be exciting. However, the influx of information to an individual’s brain may prove to be debilitating to one’s decision making process or may result to learning paralysis for learners.

How & why to design scenarios

Making Change

I’ve added a substantial section about scenarios to the Elearning Blueprint. The section is open and free for everyone until March 31 to support my March 24th presentation at the Learning Solutions conference. The six parts cover: What are scenarios? includes examples of different approaches). Why use them? Scenario ingredients: characters, decisions, and feedback. What type of scenario? How to design a branching scenario. Media and tools.

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.

Career Development: Interview with Tom Kuhlmann, Part 2 by Temple Smolen

Learning Solutions Magazine

Part 2 of the video interview with Tom Kuhlmann about getting started in e-Learning. Tom shares some valuable lesson, including what he looks for when he hires an instructional designer. Getting Started Instructional Design Professional Development

How Top-to-Bottom Re-Training Can Be Critical to the Bottom Line

Mindflash

While the economy still hasn’t fully recovered from recession, smart employers are investing in one thing that keeps customers coming back — excellent service — even if it means re-training employees on basic skills you’d expect them to have in the first place.

Drumroll … I am back … see?

Steve Howard

It has been far too long since my last post. But I have a good excuse, which I shall briefly explain. Around about May last year my wife Amy got a work opportunity in Atlanta, GA. Which she took. Because it paid well, and, well because we had already decided that Mississippi was not going to ever be a central hub of career opportunities for us. So off Amy went to Atlanta, leaving me in charge of the chickens and the goats.

Usability FAIL

Learning Rocks

What on earth have I done wrong? usability appeals

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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.

Usability FAIL

Learning Rocks

What on earth have I done wrong? usability appeals

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