Social Identity & Reputation | Video of the Month 200805

The lovely month of May 2008, initiates The Video of the Month for this blog.

The video below is by VendAsta up in Canada. It reminds us all to create trustworthy social networking Profiles when we describe ourselves. And, to “trust but verify” when we add contacts to grow our professional networks.

Embedding a YouTube.com Video
How did I embed this video on my post? The screen shot below from the WP.org Codex FAQ page tells us all how:

Hat Tip on the video to Jay Thompson via his PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com blog.

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Quiz on Quiz-Authoring Software Programs

Instructional Systems Demi-god Mel Aclaro asked a question on LinkedIn.com regarding which quiz-maker software we prefer. I answered his question voting for Articulate’s Quizmaker. Mel posts the casual survey results here:

http://www.businesscasualblog.com/2008/03/instructional-d.html

I’ll take a look at Questionmark’s product. However, I like the results I get from Articulate’s Quizmaker.

Like you, I’m “Always Learning” about new-to-me software products.

(Mel, BTW…very interesting use of Articulate Presenter for your online resume and portfolio!)


UPDATE, May 2016: Thank you for reading the above blog post! As of this update, I no longer use Articulate’s products, or work in the e-learning profession in general. My focus is now on writing. Visit Articulate.com for help with Quizmaker and other products.

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You Don’t Know Jack! on LinkedIn.com

This gets filed under the “Humor” department…. The screen shot below appeared on my monitor when I chose to make a LinkedIn.com connection to a professional colleague with a very basic first name. The result on screen made me laugh out loud. Other LinkedIn.com users will also see the humor.

You Don't Know Jack

I shared this with my non-LinkedIn.com-savvy husband, and even he thought it was funny. So, I post this screen shot on my blog to share with you, and to have it available to me the next time I need a laugh.

I’m “Always Learning” that humor appears in the strangest of places, and often when I need it most. Enjoy!


UPDATE: Discover how I approached a dilemma: Creating a LinkedIn.com Profile for a fine artist. Go to my blog post “Creating a LinkedIn Profile and Feel You Don’t Know Jack?”  ~May 2016.


 

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Approaching the Project


I have begun my free eBook on project management. If you want to know when the eBook is completed, please go to my Contact page and send me an email. I’ll add you to the list of interested readers. And, thank you! ~ May 2016

I am “aging” the below post, and will incorporate it into an exciting eBook! Check back periodically for details. ~ April 2015.


How to Manage a New Project – for project managers, instructional designers, and technical writers. Oh, and also for you!

Approaching the Project? Ah, the title sounds like a martial-arts film. This post gives you a simple, high-level view of me approaching new projects (with nunchucks in hand).

Who is my audience?
I first ask myself this question (“Self, who is this project ultimately for?”). I jot down some notes to create a reader profile. When the reader’s persona lives in my mind’s eye, I meet with at least two SMEs and my key stakeholder to make sure my profile accurately describes the reader they call their “customer”.

What is my content?
First, I create an outline (a skeleton to be fleshed out later) or a Mind Map of the project’s topics. The Outline View inside Word (documentation) or PowerPoint (e-learning) works well most of the time. I also like PowerPoint for creating subsequent thumbnails (or storyboards) of my pages from that initial outline. The Slide Sorter comes in handy as it allows me to rearrange pages if needed. I calculate four hours of development time per page (per JoAnn Hackos) to estimate the project’s time line and potential cost.

What are my questions?
As I begin to research content for the project, I start a Q&A page. I write down the questions I have, then, I try and resolve as many as I can myself, using existing documentation and any other available resources. Once I answer those initial questions, I schedule meetings with targeted SMEs. (If I’m lucky, I get them all in the same room at the same time.) I provide a Q&A list prior to the meeting to minimize the time the SMEs spend in the meeting.

What is my content (Part deux)?
After that SME meeting, I flesh out my Outline/Thumbnails/Storyboards with headers and draft content. My reader firmly in mind, I try and focus on the needs of both the reader (end user, learner, etc.) and the business. Why? Because I have two customers: the client and the end user.

This post is just one of many to come, I’m sure, on the topic of project management.

I’m “Always Learning”.

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Welcome: WordPress Blog on Instructional Design and eLearning

RidgeViewMedia’s WordPress Blog on Instructional Design and eLearning

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How many times can I say Welcome to my WordPress blog on instructional design and elearning? I guess as many times as the SEO program wants me to! LOL Seriously, I come from a line of teachers and writers (authors). My corporate career began in Human Resources as a policy and procedures writer. I then moved into technical writing, and reached my goal as an instructional systems designer. When corporations got on the Internet and created intranets, I moved into elearning design and development, my career at the time I began this blog site.

I love to write and learn, and that’s why I started this blog. I’m always learning something about instructional design and elearning, and blogging is a great discipline for the writer inside of me.

Instructional Design and eLearning

Take a look at the blogroll in the sidebar on the right of my home page for interesting bloggers in the Learning and Development career space!

In addition, visit my “Portfolio Sample” playlist on my YouTube Channel to see a few designs that you can “borrow”.

WordPress Blog: How I Began

First, my thanks go to Tom Johnson for his easy-to-follow tutorial on uploading WordPress to my site hosted by Bluehost.com. If you want to blog with WordPress, please view his tutorial:

http://www.idratherbewriting.com/2008/02/06/
answering-questions-on-the-practicalities-of-blogging/

Tom, as “they” say down-undah, you are a won-dah!

What I liked about Tom’s blog post? First, he stresses using a self-hosted WordPress blog site (like mine), if you can afford the fees. He also uses Bluehost, my hosting services as well. Their fees are very affordable for the service they offer. Second, he encourages the purchase of a premium theme, and I agree. I’m using a simple WordPress theme for this blog site. However, for any future web sites I create with WordPress, I will purchase a theme with all of the “neat-o” configuration and design already done for me.

Third, he encourages those of us who love to write to get out there in cyberspace and blog. And, I not only love the creative space that blogging provides, I’m learning more and more about blogging and WordPress to the point where I might be helping others create their own blogs.

What About You?

Have you created a WordPress blog for your business or personal interests? If not, contact me and let’s see how I may be able to help you. I am not a WordPress developer, I don’t know a lot of CSS, and I don’t know PHP at all. I am a designer with a keen eye for UX or UI design, something I did unofficially for my corporate employers.

I’ll be happy to chat with you. I also recommend searching YouTube for “WordPress” video tutorials. You’ll find many great tutorials out there!

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