Developing Quality eLearning at the Speed of Sound


As instructional designers are pushed to create content faster and deadlines are moved up, the concept of creating courses at the speed of sound becomes more commonplace. Use Standard Benchmarks. Basic is described as “including content pages, text, graphics, perhaps simple audio, perhaps simple video, test questions” and typically refers to PowerPoint to eLearning conversion. The post Developing Quality eLearning at the Speed of Sound appeared first on.

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Top Five Tips to Create Accessible Content


If there is no alt text, the screen reader will simply say “IMAGE” with no frame of reference. When in doubt, refer to the color contrast checker from Web Accessibility in Mind (or WebAim), among their other valuable resources. . Download it today for easy reference.


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The Importance of eLearning Style Guides

Association eLearning

It had their color palette, the guidelines for using their logo, the standards for images, and more. Tracking standards – SCORM 1.2, The usual visual guidelines – colors, logo use, image standards, etc. How to address the learner – Should they be referred to directly as “you”? Are buttons supposed to have hover states or sound effects? Once upon a time not so very long ago, an organization rolled out their latest style guide.

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Text-to-Speech Functionality in Captivate

Integrated Learnings

Audio narration can be very time consuming, and in many cases requires hiring talent for a professional sound. However, what if you don’t have the budget to hire the talent to make it sound professional? As with any software application, there are a few challenges to using a text-to-speech tool: The voices can sound a bit robotic – Although not as bad as a monotone computer, you can tell that there is a robotic edge to the narration. By Dean Hawkinson.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

be referred back to at any time. refer to the assets and features your learners see and use as they navigate your courses. sound complex and potentially costly but. XLIFF, which is an agreed-upon standard to easily. You should expect high standards from your authoring.

Udemy for you and me

E-Learning Provocateur

I jumped straight into it without referring to the instructions, and while I’m familiar with authorware, I expect it’s intuitive enough for Average Joe to work it out too. If and when it meets their standards they will add it to the marketplace, which means it will be discoverable by the public. In fact, one of their standards is that the course contains a minimum of 30 minutes of video content.

Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

Association eLearning

Asynchronous refers to eLearning offerings you take on your own. Synchronous refers to eLearning offerings where you participate as part of a group and everyone in the group needs to be logged in at the same time. eLearning can be used before an in-person event to provide all participants with standardized background information and/or it can be used for follow up (some in-person events even use eLearning during the face-to-face sessions). Sound off in the comments section.

What You Need to Know About the New 508 Compliance Rules

eLearning Brothers

This rule updated the Section 508 standards and Section 255 guidelines in response to market trends and innovations and aligned Sections 508 and 255 with other standards both in the U.S. and abroad, including standards issued by the European Commission and with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Now, this might sound like old news, but the Access Board was nice and gave everyone a year to get used to these new standards.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): The Argument for Casual Games in the Corporate World

Mark Oehlert

July 27, 2007 in Gaming & Learning | Permalink Technorati Tags : casual games , game-based learning TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Argument for Casual Games in the Corporate World : Comments casual gamers with 80 million so odd gamers um that doesnt sound to casual [link] Posted by: | November 01, 2007 at 07:58 PM The comments to this entry are closed.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Hey buddy, can you spare $1600?

Mark Oehlert

I know that sounds like a lot of money ;-) but look at it. May 12, 2008 in New Tech/Cool Tech | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Hey buddy, can you spare $1600? e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Seafood Selector from the Environmental Defense Fund | Main | Check out Spore on the iPhone! » May 12, 2008 Hey buddy, can you spare $1600?

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities" (Campus Technology)

Mark Oehlert

How do these sound for capabilities: running video and audio of the lecture and a transcript of the lecture which scrolls with the lecture and underlines words in the lecture as theyre spoken. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Picnik: My new favorite online photo editor | Main | GDC Update 1: Geez My Hotel Room is Small!

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Open Laszlo: Open Source Webtop Platform

Mark Oehlert

I havent gone very far but I like the sound of this: " OpenLaszlo programs are written in XML and JavaScript and transparently compiled to Flash and, with OpenLaszlo 4, DHTML.The OpenLaszlo APIs provide animation, layout, data binding, servercommunication, and declarative UI.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Open Laszlo Gets Its Own Track and Big Customers for the open source webtop platform

Mark Oehlert

It sounded interesting and I have heard rumors that one of the armed services in the U.S. Here is a little something for my geek bros and siss: "Temkin has always been careful to underline how one important thingabout OpenLaszlo is that it doesnt lock you into the Flash player,even though it takes advantage of Flash as a standard ubiquitousruntime.

How SCORM works


SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. It is a technical standard for e-learning software products. It gives a standard at which all programmers must write their code in order to play well on other e-learning software. It is because all DVD brands, whether Sony, Toshiba, or any other brands, are produced using the same standard. That is the standard for all PC manufacturers that prevents them from having different cables. Reference Models.


Blended Learning: How To Innovate Your Organization’s Training

Spark Your Interest

Standardized and consistent content and information delivered every time. Increasing engagement, decreasing the time to learn, and ensuring that the training is consistent, standardized and convenient for the learner.

eLearning: Two Awesome Microphones

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jeff Harris   In March, Kevin shared his techniques for  improving sound quality by using sound absorbers. Each of these microphones delivers high quality sound for eLearning and podcasting applications. Let's start with the  Heil PR-40 , a dynamic microphone (meaning that it doesn't need power from a battery, USB connection, or mixer (sometimes referred to as "phantom" power).

Tips for Using Animation in E-Learning


To get the best results, you need to ensure you follow industry best practice standards. It also best to avoid colloquialisms, slang phrases, and cultural references that some people completing your e-learning course and watching the animation won’t understand.

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We did it again! 13-time Best Places to Work winner

Rustici Software

We are able to pass along to newer folks some insight into how certain traditions came to be, that might sound small but can make a big difference on working together. Lovingly referred to as the ‘knowledge of the ancients’ (tenure, not age!),

BIM: What Now and Why?

Global eTraining

This feeling of being both excited, while also overloaded with potential options probably sounds a little bit like you being faced with BIM, doesn’t it? Have you ever taken a moment to think about the much-loved, oft-used phrase ‘Like a kid in a candy store’?

3 Reasons Why Every LMS Needs Tin Can API Functionality


The trouble is, most people don’t know what Tin Can API is or understand why it’s crucial to successful implementation of an LMS, also referred to as an eLearning system. What exactly is this strange-sounding thing called Tin Can API? xAPI is sometimes referred to as SCORM’s successor. SCORM is an acronym for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model.”) “SCORM is a set of technical standards for e-learning software products.

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Aligning eLearning Levels of Interactivity with Articulate 360

B Online Learning

The types of things you would expect to see at this level include text, images, diagrams, auto-played videos/animations; and the standard next and previous buttons. It can be converted easily to a Level 2 interactive eLearning module using Presenter and some instructionally sound Engage interactions. This post is adapted from a webinar – register here to view the recording. They say for eLearning to be engaging, it needs to be interactive.

12 Instructional Design Basics You Should Know

Overnite Software

Which sounds better to you: “Today we are going to teach you how to build a boat,” or “Today we will teach you how to select the best type of wood for building a boat.”?

Learning objectives: Our frenemy

Making Change

e) Define “incendiary device” If you said that only d, “Quickly extinguish a brush fire,” was an action by my standards, you’ve gotten my point. Maybe some of the knowledge doesn’t need to be memorized and could instead be included in a job reference. Put those over-eager learning objectives on mute because they don’t know how to sound appealing. “Never design anything without first writing the learning objectives.”

Digital Learning glossary


Audio learning refers to lessons in the form of short narrative podcasts to learn where you want, when you want. The learning experience refers to how the learners – the user – feel during their experience on the platform.

Customer Service – Solutions to Stay Upbeat


This new standard of expectation has also seen a shift in values. A knowledgeable employee should sound confident , be able to resolve issues and combat difficult customer interactions. Customer expectations are reaching new heights, and poor customer service can cost a fortune.

Evaluate The Right Partner To Outsource Your eLearning Content Development: Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Adobe Captivate

I believe the answer lies in an effective evaluation strategy that can help you address these challenges plus help you create a sound and long term partnership that can deliver the required value. You can refer to my article Is Outsourcing eLearning Content Development Right For You to review the triggers that typically initiate the outsourcing process. Inconsistency in performance and quality standards. Reference checks. Probe further and carry out reference checks.

The Best Retail LMS for Enterprise Brands: How to Onboard Employees Quickly and Boost Engagement


This is because employees often find old paper- and desktop pc-based training systems tedious and difficult to reference, so training is hard to implement and quickly forgotten. Note that if the above sounds intimidating, you don’t actually have to go all in at once.

Tin-Can API Renamed To Something Even Sillier


For quite some time now the learning community has been referring to the upcoming eLearning protocol as “Tin-Can API” due to the back and forth communication nature of this new standard. It just sound silly. I think this name was well suited for the project initially, but it was starting to pose some problems. Specifically, in an industry where it can be hard to establish credibility, talking about “Tin-Can” didn’t do me any favors.


Choosing a Style Guide for Your eLearning

eLearning Brothers

But the sentence, “The chickens were flossing the giraffes’ teeth,” while a bit absurd, is grammatically sound. Well, technically, a double negative is still correct grammar, even if it sounds stupid. Should I refer to my enemy as an “unkempt cow” or a “slovenly bovine”?). A style guide is a set of standards to follow when it comes to matters of style and usage.

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How the 8 Effects of Arts Education Are Changing Online Pedagogy, Part 3


Do any of these terms sound familiar? Instead, in stark contrast, somewhat unimaginatively and definitely unambitiously, many online learning designers are taught that it is by working in ‘sub-skills’, with secure ‘standards mastery’, and learning sequences which don’t tax our 10-15 second working memories that will ensure ‘defined proficiency’, to apparently guarantee a successful twenty-first century! Photo by W / Unsplash.

Designing Online Courses for Different Learning Preferences


As instructional designers, you have an interesting conundrum: how do you balance these differing learning preferences with the need to create standardized courses that will work for multiple audiences? As a result, not everyone enrolled in the course will appreciate the “standard” content presented. All this personalization may sound difficult and time-consuming to implement, but it doesn’t have to be — especially if you enlist the right tools to help you.

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Human Capital Analytics — Now

eLearning Brothers

While this sounds obvious, performance data required to make this analysis—and determine the associated adjustment to increase performance—is frequently isolated in multiple spreadsheets or locked in enterprise systems. The Department of Defense (DoD) has experience in propagating learning standards. First, you need to create a common reference point between your data and outcome stakeholders. Human capital powers activity in commercial business and in government.

The Cornerstone Acquisition

eLearning 24-7

Sure in some cases it did poorly, but it wasn’t because the idea wasn’t sound, it was due to the way the learning was presented. I refer to these as combo systems, and depending on the vendor, the percentage of audiences can sway back and forth.

Features of a Learning Management System for Customer Training

Academy of Mine

As promising as those numbers sound, how many of these companies investing in a Learning Management System for customer training are making good investments? Long-term customers will write you great reviews, brag about your business in testimonials, and refer your business to others.

Adobe Captivate: Say Hello to Version 7

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Easily create simulations and demonstrations that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Allow your learners to access additional web-based reference material that complements course content. Learning Notes Enable learners to add and edit personal notes within a lesson, allowing learners to place cues within the course for future reference. by Kevin Siegel.

April Dunford and Obviously Awesome

Spark Your Interest

Sound scary? It’s a standard formula used to structure the “who/what/why” of a product or service. In training, we refer to it as the ‘what’s in it for me (the trainee)’. Market Category (Frame of Reference). April Dunford and Obviously Awesome.

Worried About Course Security? Start With Your Website.


If this sounds like what you need, here are the most important actions you can take right now to keep your course and your learners protected. Many hosts now also come with free SSL certification as a standard part of their services.