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Do you know your E-learning Buckets?

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Electronic performance support systems provide just-in-time knowledge to learners who either don't have the time for other learning options. 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.

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Using a Skills Hierarchy to Organize eLearning Content

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For our curriculum, we were tasked with a complete re-write, which provided us the opportunity to “start from scratch” and really do a deep dive into all the skills necessary for the job and ultimately how they should be taught. By Dean Hawkinson.

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Building the Next Generation of SCORM

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This frees content authors to provide content in more modern ways to learners. by Jonathan Shoaf. Last Thursday was the kick off of project Tin Can. While project Tin Can has been championed by Rustici software for years now, it is speeding up activity to produce a 1.0 version of the Tin Can API (planned for June of this year). This project is a first step towards the next generation of SCORM. As one of the most widely used versions of SCORM , the SCORM 1.2

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Make Learning Supportive and Available Everywhere

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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. Thoughts on Elliot Masie's Lectora User Conference Keynote. By Jay Lambert.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture

Emphasizing Noteworthy Content in eLearning

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Apparently, the lessons did not provide the cues necessary to help learners distinguish what they ought to jot down versus content they could easily look up later when needed. So how can we provide this guidance to learners? Below are some ideas for providing this type of support in eLearning. By Shelley A. Gable.

Adobe Captivate 7 - Now or Later?

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Once in Captivate, they can provide the additional functionality they need or pass it to a developer for advanced interactivity. 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.

Being a Good Coach through eLearning Feedback

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We should provide hints that help the learner figure out the correct answer and/or understand why the selected answer is incorrect. By Shelley A. Gable. I have a friend who plans to volunteer as an assistant coach for his son’s soccer team in the fall. He told me about some of the advice he found on the web about coaching, and I realized that much of what he learned can be applied to coaching in eLearning as well.

Creating a Smart Next Button in Lectora

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Most e-learn development tools provide some sort of object reuse through inheritance or master pages. by Jonathan Shoaf. Reducing the number of objects in your development project saves time to develop and makes project maintenance easier. While not everyone is a fan of the next button, it is a common object found in e-learning. Its appearance on many pages makes it a prime candidate for reuse.

Understanding Skill Based Learning for Business

This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture

Draft a Branching Scenario in 6 Steps

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In a branching scenario , an eLearning slide might only provide the start of a situation. Based on the information available, learners choose their next step from a few options provided. By Shelley A. Gable. How often have you encountered eLearning packed with information, yet lacks an outlet to apply that new knowledge in a meaningful way? Designing eLearning around problems that learners encounter on the job can help avoid this pitfall.

What Makes eLearning Boring?

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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. Gradually provide the information they need through coaching along the way. By Shelley A. Gable. In this post, we’ll look at what we do too much of, resulting in boring eLearning. Too much text.

Cues that You Need an Image Instead of Text

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We know that meaningful images provide a memorable and efficient way to learn information. By Shelley A. Gable. Yet, in the tradition of building bulleted lists in PowerPoint, text dominates many eLearning courses. As a text-oriented person myself -- someone who finishes reading an article's text and then goes back to view the tables and charts -- translating text into images does not come naturally for me. So, over the past year, I've made it an informal personal goal to get better at it.

What does an mLearning participant look like?

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It is really fun to watch all the latest smartphones, tablets and other devices try to out-do each other with new technologies to provide convenience to consumers and businesses alike. If they are in a retail environment that uses mobile technology such as smartphones or tablets, why not provide them with these quick learning nuggets between customer interactions on their company -issued devices? by Dean Hawkinson.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. Seven Simple Secrets to.

Using Variable Flags to Provide Feedback in Adobe Captivate

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Most e-learning tools, including Adobe Captivate, provide for the ability to use flags. by Jonathan Shoaf. Flags are common everyday objects. When a flag is raised into position, it has meaning. Flags are used as signals. The are used in races to signal caution, final laps, and victory.

eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy

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While a job aid might outline a procedure and provide guidance for decision-making, optional eLearning might offer conceptual background, examples, or short practice opportunities to help people confirm understanding. A combination of job aids, short eLearning lessons , and other available resources might present content and provide learning guidance. By Shelley A. Gable. How did most of your workplace learning occur over the past year?

Are You Really Serious About Effective E-learning?

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Learning through discovery is not provided. By Jonathan Shoaf. I recently came across an infographic about determining the costs of a custom e-learning course. From my years of experience doing e-learning, I think the graphic is dead on. To summarize, it lists three important factors that determine the cost of an e-learning course: Graphics and multimedia. Level of interactivity. Instructional design time. I'm not going to go into the details now.

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George Orwell's Advice for Writing eLearning Content

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Subject matter experts often use department-specific jargon when providing information. If so, please utilize the commenting function provided here by the blog. 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.

4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

Live face to face: You may use a F2F training provider. Typically, the training provider will run anything from an afternoon session to a several day workshop, focusing on topics like coaching or managing performance. provide strong content and then sit back and hope.

Gaming with the Nine Events of eLearning

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The context of the game likely provides this intuitively. 5-- Provide learning guidance. This could occur by providing learners with a way to obtain hints throughout the game. 6 and 7-- Elicit performance (practice) and provide feedback. By Shelley A. Gable. I recently joined a project that involves designing a series of eLearning games to teach sales skills. The intent is for learners to learn entirely by doing , in the context of a fun game.

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Using Custom Progress Bars in Lectora

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Lectora’s progress bars are like a “You are here” marker for eLearning courses, providing visual feedback to users about their progress. By Joseph Suarez. You are here.”. Don’t you love when a map tells you that?

Strategies for Optimal SME Engagement

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We rely on them to provide insight into our project and to validate what we are writing or creating. When this occurs, it is very difficult to create an end product that moves the needle on performance within the time frame provided by our clients. In this seminar, Dr. Sink provided a list of barriers to optimal SME engagement, and we worked in groups to come up with some ways to respond to these barriers. By Dean Hawkinson.

Are You a Performance Consultant?

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This provides an excellent opportunity to consult and partner with those types of clients to look at all of these environmental and motivational factors. The BEM provides six categories for investigating all of the factors impacting performance. Incentives – In this category, we ask if the workers are provided with the right incentives to do their jobs. For instance, are individuals willing to work under the conditions provided by the organization? By Dean Hawkinson.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

this report provides you with a little. but has provided skills or knowledge that have actually. provide timely value for the business. to provide, and where, when and how can it be accessed? how to use the tools that’ll provide them. provide you with the answers.

Emphasizing the “Doing” in the Nine Events of Instruction

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5) Provide Learning Guidance. 6) Elicit Performance + (7) Provide Feedback. By Shelley A. Gable. We know that Robert Gagne’s nine events of instruction is a helpful guide for designing engaging eLearning. But are you applying the model to design active training? At a glance, it may seem as though the first five events are telling-oriented, or invoke passive learning tactics. That we must spend a lot of time presenting information before skills practice occurs.

Making Scenarios Realistic in eLearning

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Provide images. Sometimes these knowledge checks are in the form of a multiple choice question, where the stem sentence provides the name of the system screen and the options are the names of buttons. A more realistic approach is to provide a screen image with a hotspot interaction. Observing experienced employees in action can provide a goldmine of ideas. By Shelley A. Gable.

Project Teams – Coordinating or Collaborating?

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At the same time, however, we are truly listening to our clients to understand their needs and fostering that trust by providing them with a product that meets those needs but does not compromise solid adult learning and instructional design principles. By Dean Hawkinson. I recently attended a webinar led by Steven M.R. Covey, the author of the book, “The Speed of Trust.”

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What you don’t need to know about SCORM

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The SCORM standard provides a run-time Application Programming Interface, or API, for making your content work with an LMS. The LMS provides the SCORM compatible API. that means it provides the SCORM 1.2 You just build the project and let the tool provide all the SCORM communication you need. by Jonathan Shoaf. The first time I heard the term SCORM was about 10 years ago. I never paid it much attention.

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Effective Storyboarding

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If you have the Lectora Professional addition, you can also use a web service provided by Trivantis known as ReviewLink. With this service, you can place your published material on the server for your SMEs to review with full functionality and provide feedback. By Dean Hawkinson. Storyboarding for an eLearning course can be a very effective way to lay out the overall look and feel of your course, as evidenced by this post by Donna Bryant.

Using Captivate to Create Cool Text Animations

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Captivate also provides a good selection of shadow properties you can adjust. by Jonathan Shoaf. Adobe Captivate 5.5 is a well suited e-learning development tool for simulations and the tool I turn to first for Flash-based e-learning development.

Standing at the Crossroads – Providing Navigational Clues to Help Learners Find Their Way

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3) Provide word clues tied to the action needed. Instructions that need images with callouts When providing instructions within a lesson, sometimes words are truly inadequate to provide enough guidance to complete a task successfully.

Developer's Perspective of Adobe Captivate 6

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Adobe provides several themes out of the box. These can provide for a more interactive knowledge transfer to learners. by Jonathan Shoaf. Some people get excited about the new fall TV shows in September. Baseball fans get excited for the MLB playoffs in October. Developers, like me, get excited for new releases of software. All the new features and improved workflows.how exciting!

Crafting Feedback in Articulate

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Like any skilled craftsman, a skilled e-learning developer will be a master at picking the right tool for the job to save time and provide the best possible user experience when given a client's set of requirements for a project. The pragmatic e-learning craftsman will also know when to suggest adjustments to requirements to either save time on the project or provide a better learning experience. E-learning developers are always limited by time and technologies.

Isolating the Results of eLearning Impact

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In the spirit of scenario-based instruction, the authors provide several case studies that illustrate the various approaches they describe. By Shelley A. Gable. A recent project renewed my interest in Level 3 and Level 4 evaluation methodologies. That led me to purchase the book, Isolation of Results , by Jack Phillips and Bruce Aaron.

Integrate Your E-Learning with Google Docs

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Many learning management systems provide a way to administer surveys. by Jonathan Shoaf. A good developer is always looking to improve a course offering. Before the course goes out, we may run a pilot or find some testers to give us feedback and look for errors.

Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Nine Events of Instruction

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A handful of instructional design models offer formulas for assembling training in a way that captures learners’ attention, conveys content, and provides learners with an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on new skills. Provide learning guidance. Provide feedback. Provide immediate and specific feedback to learners while they practice, to help shape their behavior to improve performance. 4 & 5- Present content and provide learning guidance.

Is your head in "the cloud"?

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But what if your LMS is a 3rd party provider and you don’t really care where it is or how its configured and backed up.well that could be considered in the cloud. They provide SCORM services in the cloud that can work with online applications through an API. by Jonathan Shoaf. My career is the Internet. If the Internet goes away, I will need to make major adaptations. It’s a little scary to be so dependent on one technology, but isn’t that how most people’s careers are?

Remember the Debrief…Even in eLearning

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That way you can ask open-ended questions and provide space for learners to record as much or as little as they desire. For instance, you might provide learners with debriefing questions to think about, letting them know that their managers will schedule time soon to discuss their ideas. By Shelley A. Gable. In instructor-led training , post-activity debriefing discussions seem to occur naturally.