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This is the 6th year that I have produced a list of my favourite articles, blog postings and slidesets of the year, chosen from my annual Reading List. Here they are presented in chronological order with a short quote or image to give you a taste of what each one is about. I’ve also created a Wordle to visualize the key themes in this year’s list – and you can compare it with those I produced for my top articles lists 2008 and 2012 below. January 2013 Top 50 articles of 2013 Top 50 articles of 2013
10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design 10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design Too often today you will find organizations hastily slap-together a bunch of PowerPoint slides, upload them into a program like Articulate, click “publish” and call it “elearning”. The reality is that this type of elearning development is just flat-out ineffective. Any instructional designer will tell you that in order to create effective training, there are certain design principles and models that should be leveraged.
Improve Training using the PAF Model Instructional designers are always looking for tips and tricks to improve the elearning, or training, that they are developing. There are many successful models available to use today, all of which can be applied (or modified) in their own way to maximize the qualify of materials. Before using any kind of model, it is important to remember that these are meant to be used just as tools to help with the content creation process. Improve Training using the PAF Model
Top 10 Reasons to Use 3D Humanoid Vectors Instead of Photographs | The Upside Learning Blog Top 10 Reasons to Use 3D Humanoid Vectors Instead of Photographs | The Upside Learning Blog Let's take a look at the main advantages of this type of visual. Gender Neutrality: With the growing equality between the men and women performing most of the jobs available today, there is a need to maintain the same equality in their representation within the courses we create. Using gender neutral visuals helps achieve this. It also helps focus attention on the content, rather than on specific individuals.
Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where To Improve Your Spelling & Grammar Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where To Improve Your Spelling & Grammar Being a freelance writer or journalist isn’t easy, particularly if you write in a language that isn’t your mother tongue. Yet, many foreign speakers are tempted to write in English because it promises a greater audience and thus better opportunities to earn a living. The drawback is that we are constantly struggling with the details of the little devils in the language.
Enter Project Start Date and Task Dependencies Great.. If you have gone this far without any hitch, you are almost there. You are, of course, wondering why all the activities are starting on the same date, right? How To Start a Project in Microsoft Project: A Step By Step Tutorial How To Start a Project in Microsoft Project: A Step By Step Tutorial
Five tips that will increase your Word productivity Five tips that will increase your Word productivity Searching for ways to increase your Word productivity may get in the way of your productivity. So here are a few tricks you don't need to go looking for. This post was originally published in the Five Apps Blog on June 2011. Most of us don't have time to discover all the ins and outs of the software we use on a daily basis. We learn on the fly, we occasionally pick up a tip or shortcut, and we grudgingly plow through the Help system when we absolutely have to. But sometimes, just a few little tricks can make a big difference.
In my previous post I showed that an analysis of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work suggests that L&D departments should consider working more closely with people managers to support the continuous learning and performance improvement of their people – both in teams and individually. But of course this isn’t the only reason why they need to do this; continuous organizational learning is a key business imperative – as the University of Guelph points out “continuous learning is increasingly important to the success of the organization because of changing economic conditions. Given the current business environment, organizations must be able to learn continuously in order to deal with these changes and, in the end, to survive.” Supporting continuous learning and performance improvement – a vital new area of work Supporting continuous learning and performance improvement – a vital new area of work
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It’s appropriate to look back at the year, here at the end of it. Reflection is a powerful and all-too-neglected tool. My year started off with a bit of travel and ended up with a lot of thought, writing, and preparation. I started off with a bang, with two separate trips for presentations in Saudi Arabia with a few weeks of each other (phew!). The second included a paper that was a stab at rethinking formal learning: Redesigning Design (warning, PDF). It integrated my previous discussion of activity-centered learning with backwards design.
ABC: Keep it Simple Training ABC: Keep it Simple Training Following my earlier post: ABC: 10 reasons not to create a course – and 10 other options, I have had a huge amount of interest in finding out more about the different ABC (Anything But Courses) options I mentioned. So in this post I am going to talk about a simple – and low-cost – training model that I recommend whenever there is a requirement for workers to demonstrate they have “learned” (that is read and understood) some content, and can apply it in the workplace. This approach comprises THREE elements: (1) relevant assessment; (2) flexible content; and (3) timely support. Although the three elements are inter-related, they are independently accessible – and the emphasis is placed not on the content but on the assessment. Here’s some more detail about the three elements. 1 – Relevant Assessment
My colleague, Clark Quinn, recently wrote a blog post, Yes, you do have to change, in which he explained how he felt that “the elearning industry, and the broader learning industry, is severely underperforming the potential”. He also went on to say: “While the industry congratulates itself on how they make use of the latest technology, the lack of impact is leading a drive to irrelevancy. Learners tolerate the courses, at best. ABC: 10 reasons NOT to create a course and 10 other options
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Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, Articulate Storyline: Production Times One of the more common questions that I get from new eLearning developers is how much time it will take to produce published content. The answer I provide is dependent upon a couple of factors. For instance, which eLearning tool are you going to use to produce the lessons? Is it Adobe Captivate?
Assessing the ROI of training by Clive Shepherd If people really are your greatest asset, isn't it time to look at your training programmes as investments in your organisation's human capital and not just as an expense? Assessing the ROI of training
What type of email subject gets your attention? This week I deleted 1226 messages from my email inbox. Viewing their subject lines, I was reminded of what typically makes me read a message: specificity--something specific in the subject. Email Subjects: Specific vs. Vague
How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations Ah! The presentation. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But no matter what, we all usually have to give them at one point or another, whether in school, work or even just for enjoyment (see Get Inspired With TED’s Top 20 Most Watched Videos [Stuff to Watch]).
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