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I was inspired by others in the Articulate user community to create the above infographic. The link below will take you to the conversation after you select it.
E-Learning Challenge: Instructional Design Tips that Really Pop
This is what I wrote over there:
Michael Allen (of Allen Interactions – www.alleninteractions.com ) is one of a few online learning researchers I refer to often.
He encourages the design of scenario-based simulations (whether a paramedic’s tasks or how to coach a new manager) based on real world “stories”. Add the element of surprise in your instructional design to engage and motivate the learners.
Chunk the content to provide scenario-based simulations with performance improving Practice and Test activities.
If you work with media, you are probably already familiar with iStockPhoto.com – if you aren’t familiar with them, I’m happy to introduce you!
e-Learning instructional designers and developers, graphic artists, Web developers, technical writers, video production specialists, voice-over actors, eBook authors and publishers, copywriters, advertising gurus…the list could go on for several more lines. I know that there are several terrific sites on the WWW for finding and downloading stock photos, illustrations, audio, and video files.
For years, I’ve stuck with iStockPhoto.com because, well…they just make it easy for me to find, save to Lightbox, purchase, and download stock files. Awhile ago, they began sending emails to members highlighting free, high-quality stock files.
Most glossaries are just the name of the term plus some text for the definition. And, that’s fine if your learners go to a glossary to take a quick peek at the term to refresh their memory. But, what if the terms are brand new to them? How can we replace “boring” with “engaging” when designing an online glossary?
Simple. Add contextual media that support the words used in each term’s definition. Choose illustrations, photos, and videos that will visually help your learners to remember the terms.
Recently, Microsoft made changes to the user interface of search results when you do a search for clip art, photographs, audio, and video in Microsoft’s Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, for example). These changes make it harder to find media for users who design and develop e-learning modules in PowerPoint add-on tools.
Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate wrote a helpful blog post that you may want to bookmark to your Favorites. He found a way and shared it on this blog post.
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Free Conference Call Advice
Conference calls. Love them or dislike them, telephone or online conference calls are key to communicating when you work on a telecommute (virtual, remote, distributed) team.
By now, you probably have already seen “A Conference Call in Real Life” by Tripp and Tyler, on YouTube.com Their video has gone viral and as of today it has 4,126,945 views. Their video is quite funny and accurately portrays what happens on conference calls.
As I watched their video and laughed, I also thought about the many successful conference calls I’ve been on, and what I did I to ensure I got my part of the project done.
Job aids give your learners tools they can use either before, during, or after a learning activity. Job aids support workplace performance improvement and can include:
- Quick Start Guides (for technology),
- Quick Reference Guides,
- Organization charts,
- Maps, and
- Other resources that function as repositories of key information.
I like job aids very much, and I use them when they appropriately support learning. After a learning activity, learners can use job aids to reinforce what they learned and continue to improve their performance on the job. So, imagine my delight when one of the Articulate blogs presented us community members with a challenge: how to use job aids in e-learning.
In some ways, it’s hard to say good-bye to 2013. Ridge View Media had good projects with great, amazing clients. When each project came to a close, it was hard to say “adios”, and nice to hear those clients say “We’ll hire you again whenever we can!” We all got along well and new, non-work relationships are blooming.
This year, we upgraded these tools in our tool box, and we’re ready for your projects:
- Articulate Storyline
- Articulate Studio ’13
- Adobe Captivate 8 (CP8)
LinkedIn.com has a wonderful feature where clients and colleagues can write Recommendations. These Recommendations display on my LinkedIn profile. Over time, however, the site seems to “bury” the thoughtful comments people have written, making it difficult to find them.
Today, I compiled them into a PowerPoint file, saved to PDF file format. I created a new page titled “Testimonials” on the main navigation bar.
You can also read them right here on this blog post! (Thank you, SlideShare.net)
Betty Wang posted a helpful article yesterday (October 7, 2013) on the FindLaw.com blog site on how to become aware of “free money” grant scammers who target small business.
We here at RidgeViewMedia.com recently purchased two licenses for Articulate Storyline. Many moons ago, I was invited to join the Beta, and on August 26th of this year, I did share a very old demo that I created way back then.
I’m continuing to build additional work samples to show what we could do for your e-learning projects. Here’s the latest, a Tabs interaction based on a Composition Book.
You all inspired me very much! This was a busy week, but I worked on this little by little each day. I love Composition Books, and this Tabs interaction is based on that concept. Enjoy!
Screenr Demo: http://www.screenr.com/BZDH
Try it: https://db.tt/dn0TJmuF
Freebie *.story file for you (zipped): https://db.tt/u7Zy6X9O
The Articulate E-Learning Heroes community had issued a “weekly challenge” for forum members to share their own Tabs interactions. Check out their ideas as they’re very creative!