Sat.May 22, 2010 - Fri.May 28, 2010

Here Are Ten Rules to Create Engaging Elearning

Rapid eLearning

At the recent ASTD conference, I was asked how to create engaging elearning. If you’ve been reading the Rapid E-Learning Blog for a while, then you know I’ve tackled this subject before. I decided to pull ten ideas that are fundamental to building good elearning courses.

24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

Visual Lounge

Here we go! It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Snagit in 24 hours! Tune in live here. And, we will also have a chat room going in there as well. And, you can follow us on Twitter as well @techsmith and @betsyweber. We'll be giving some fun prizes throughout the day too!

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3 Rs of Smarter Training Design: Reuse, Recycle, Renew

Mindflash

With many training and development departments stretched thin or nearly non-existent, the task of creating new online training is daunting enough. Who has time to think about, let alone do , maintenance?

Sizing Up an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. If you’re designing a one-week course, or even a partial day course, how do you divide its content into lessons? Intuitively, I used to define lessons by topic. Some lessons I’ve designed are as short as 15 minutes, while others are up to four hours. The topic would drive the length. Conversely, an instructional designer I used to work with felt strongly that a lesson should be an hour, and he would look for ways to logically organize content into one-hour chunks.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

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UL Fun-e-toons: Rapid Learning

Upside Learning

Related posts: Should you be using rapid authoring tools? Top 25 Rapid eLearning Blog Posts Rapid Authoring – Freeform Vs Template Based.

PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos, Part 2

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George Last week I showed you how to insert YouTube videos into a PowerPoint 2007 presentation, but in order for it to work you would need to be presenting on a computer with an internet connection.

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Presenter

eLearning Blender

Adobe Captivate and Articulate Studio have different skill sets and sometimes you need the best of both worlds. While Captivate is great for software simulations, I think Articulate is better for soft skills projects and tying the whole thing together. Because Captivate and Articulate have unique qualities you may come across the situation where you want the best of both worlds by using the two programs together.

Book Review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training Methods

Learning Visions

I’ve been trying to read a lot lately – books, not just blogs. And I do find that the age-old book report is a great way to synthesize and encode all those juicy learning nuggets. My latest review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals.

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.

3D Virtual Immersive Environment Role Plays

Kapp Notes

A 3D Virtual World role play provides a realistic environment in which two or more people act out a scenario. Role playing is valuable for immersing a trainee in a job she would actually be doing. This type of environment is flexible.

Adobe Captivate 5: The Mother of All Upgrades!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel I've been using, writing about and teaching Captivate since, well. before the program was known as Captivate. I've seen all of the upgrades.

Telling the Truthiness

The Peformance Improvement

  truthiness : "truth that comes from the gut, not books" (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's.

The eLearning Salary Gender Gap

Learning Visions

This post is part of a blog carnival hosted by Janet Clary – a response to my original post eLearning Guild’s 2010 Salary Report in which I declared I was ticked off by this: There continues to be a consistent gender gap in pay between men and women. On average, men are paid 14.5% more than women.

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.

Hanging Out In Chicago with Allison and Tony

Kapp Notes

Earlier this week, I had a chance to hang out with Allison Rossett and my co-author Tony. I've worked with Allison before for an ASTD event about Rapid eLearning. I always enjoy hanging out with her and gaining insight from her ideas and perspectives on learning.

mLearning: The Latest Trends and Why You Should Care

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Rosie Hausler Mobile Learning (mLearning) has been around for quite a while now. As a subset of Distance Learning and eLearning it has promised a more immediate and more flexible approach to those bleeding-edge providers that have wanted to deliver more complete blended training programs.

VILT - SALT

Training Industry

Survey Results: Delivering Virtual Instructor-Led Training. Table of Contents. Survey Overview. Key Findings. About the Study. Current State of VILT. Strengths and Limitations of VILT. Elements of Effectiveness. About General

Before we criticise the next new medium …

Clive on Learning

Don't Shoot the Messenger , in a recent issue of The Economist, emphasised just how much new media have been resisted over the ages. The stimulus was Obama's recent seemingly technophobic pronouncement that “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations—none of which I know how to work—information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.”

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

ASTD International Conference Learning in 3D Recap Video and Slides

Kapp Notes

Here is a link to the video of the presentation Tony and I did at the ASTD conference a few weeks ago courtesy of Protonmedia. Once you follow the link, you will need to scroll down to view the video on the post.) Also, here are the accompanying slides if you want to follow along "at home."

Adobe RoboHelp: Links to PDFs in the Baggage Files Folder

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel If you want to include PDFs in your RoboHelp Help System there are basically two ways to proceed. First, you can store the PDFs on your Web server and then create a standard link to the PDF from within any topic in your Help system. However, if you go that route, the PDFs won't be searchable from within the Help System.

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Back to the Future

KnowledgeStar

Sometimes I think we already knew then what we are learning today. Take a music break and learn a lesson: Education Learning

Odyssey of the Mind

Spark Your Interest

I have recently been introduced to Odyssey of the Mind (this link is to the BC chapter in Canada) as a program for kids to develop creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, etc. This program is not just some kind of fun activity, teams compete internationally on both spontaneous problem-solving and on a longer-term problem that they work on as a team and enter. It’s a bit like cerebral sports.

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.

A Few Quotes in Praise of Video Games

Kapp Notes

When asked about the value of video games Daphne Bavelier, an assistant professor in the department of brain and cognitive science at the University of Rochester said "People that play these fast-paced games have better vision, better attention and better cognition." Bavelier also said games could be developed that would harness the positive effects of the first-person shooter games without the violence.

WBT – What is Happening?

eLearning 24-7

The real value of e-learning and specifically WBT has somehow become entangled into this morphed methodology of creating asynchronous courses (WBT that is fully self-contained – everything is in it), following an ILT (instructor led training) approach. It is seen quite often in people building their own courses, but some online learning vendors have – for whatever reason – become entrenched in this philosophy that is how WBT should be, and frankly they are plain wrong.

Blog Post Chosen as Pick of the Week

The Peformance Improvement

Wally Bock picked my blog post, “Don’t Throw Lean Out With Toyota’s Bathwater,” as one of his independent business blog posts of the week. I am honored to have my blog post chosen for recognition. Bock writes: Stephen Gill notes that many writers are taking Toyota's current troubles as "proof" that their success of the last couple of decades was some kind of sham. Those lean techniques still work.

Ready-loaded iPad educator

Clive on Learning

Connie Malamed's posting First iPad University Course drew my attention to the mini MBA course being put together by Rutgers University and Apple’s higher education team. Connie describes how "Rather than placing all the course content online, the program will take place in the classroom, but will provide students with iPads loaded with all required reading material, videos and custom applications."

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

Six Principles for Sticky Ideas that You Should Know

Integrated Learnings

By Derek Howard. Great ideas are golden. This is especially true in the business world. A great idea can save money, rake in new business and ultimately really plump the bottom-line. Big or small, a great idea is a great idea. Unfortunately, sometimes, no matter how great the idea is, it just never seems to catch on. Why is this? The good news is that it’s rarely the fault of the idea itself.

A Lot Happening in the 3D Space

Kapp Notes

Last week a lot of 3D news occurred, here is a round up of some of the highlights: I stopped by the ASTD booth of Digitell, Inc. and met James A. Parker, the President, who said his booth was buzzing the entire conference and a lot of people were interested in 3D webinars. Digitell is company that owns VirtualU a 3D virtual immersive environment that has been used for everything from meetings to rock concerts. Learn more about their 3D solution here.

EPSS – In Pursuit of the Dynamic Learning Ecosystem

Living in Learning

Sunday morning I stumbled over a post in one of the community groups I follow on LinkedIn. The question put to the community asked about the use of performance support. The author referenced hearing a lot of buzz lately about performance support, but there was not much evidence of success stories short of application to computer systems training. I had to agree, and I believe there is a purely business reason for that – it is called protecting competitive business advantage.