Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago

October 26th, 2012

I just returned from Training Magazine’s Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago, and overall, felt it a good use of time. My focus for attending was to learn more about “Gamification.”

” … the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-game contexts. Typically gamification applies to non-game applications and processes, in order to encourage people to adopt them, or to influence how they are used. Gamification’s proponents argue that it works by making technology more engaging, by encouraging users to engage in desired behaviors, by showing a path to mastery and autonomy, by helping to solve problems and not being a distraction, and by taking advantage of humans’ psychological predisposition to engage in gaming …

I was pleasantly surprised with the tenor of most of the presentations: focus on the business need first – make it a part of your approach – not your entire approach, and don’t expect it to be the silver bullet for all development needs.

You can view all of my notes and reference materials from the conference on Twitter at @Yanaitis.

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Quick Survey: Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools

September 10th, 2012

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Mobile Learning Content Made Easy

December 28th, 2011

Originally posted on eLearningTV

According to Gartner research, employees have taken control from corporate IT departments.  In the future, employees will be  using multiple devices including tablets and smart phones of their choosing. What this means is corporate training departments will need to be able to deliver eLearning content to multiple devices. Today we have Chris Van Wingerden from dominknow Learning Systems to give us some tips on how to create content for tablet computers.


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Huge Breakthrough in Authoring Tools – HTML5 from Articulate, Captivate, Claro & Lectora!

December 28th, 2011

Originally posted on eLearningTV

In this episode of eLearningTV, see an Articulate Storyline Demo, and learn how HTML5 is enabling the delivery of eLearning content to mobile devices, including the iPad and iPhone.

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Want a Great Looking E-Learning Course? Here’s a Simple Way to Get It.

December 20th, 2011

This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at The Rapid eLearning Blog by Tom Kuhlmann

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - three main parts to a course

There are three core questions that help guide the development of an elearning course.  I discussed this a bit in the post on building a roadmap for elearning.

  • What is the look and feel of the course?
  • What information needs to be in the course?
  • What will the learner do with the information?

For many rapid elearning developers the most challenging part is the first question because it requires a skill set different than training or instructional design.  So what typically happens is that we create elearning courses that either all look the same or have a discordant look where the images and typography are a hodgepodge of whatever we have available.

In today’s post I’ll share a simple way to get a nice look for your course that will give it a rich feel.  It’s not a substitute for good instructional design, but it is a simple way to make your course look good and take the pressure off of the rapid elearning developer who has limited access to graphic designers.

In a recent post I shared some ideas on how to craft more engaging objectives.  For the demo, I wanted my earthquake intro to feature a family huddled in the dark.  And as the information was shared a family member would disappear.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - original idea for the elearning course

Like most of you, I am pressed for time.  Since I had no time to build the graphics I wanted, I decided to change the huddled family image to a framed photo of a family.  This would be a lot easier to do since all I needed was an image of a picture frame and a family.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - idea evolution for elearning course

As I was looking for picture frames on iStockphoto I saw a few Polaroid-like images.  So I decided to switch from a single picture frame to Polaroid photos of each family member.  Doing a search for “Polaroid” revealed a lot of cool layouts.  What I like about them is that they offer some structure that I could easily use in my elearning course.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - stock image search for elearning course

Searching through the Polaroid images lead me to an artist who had a series of images that I could use.  The artist provided a background, title and section screens, and then various layout options.  The added bonus is that since they came from the same artist they all looked like they belonged together.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - consistent image theme for elearning course

Here’s a quick demo of these images used in an elearning course.  As you can see, I didn’t have to do much work because I used the default layouts for my slide backgrounds.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of images used in an elearning course

Click here to view the demo.

I look for images that come from the same style so I can get a consistent look and avoid a discordant style.  And then I look for “buckets” where I can add content.  In this case the Polaroid images are perfect.  I can use them to add pictures, as menu choices, or even as a way to display text that may have previously been a bullet point.

The secret is to find an artist who provides a lot of images that come from the same style.  This way you have a lot to work with.  Here are a few sets that I think would work well in an elearning course:

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - find good image portfolios

Desktop themes (same artist):

This isn’t a replacement for good instructional design.  You’ll still need to do that.  But for the elearning developer who has no graphic design background and wants to create a visually appealing course, it’s an easy and simple solution.



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