One of the enduring challenges in the learning and development world is disseminating training classes to the largest audience in the least amount of time. Supporting a distributed workforce through effective training is an increasingly important challenge as companies expand across larger geographic regions. Conquering Distance Education: Top 4 Ways to Train Staff Across the Miles It isn’t uncommon for offices to be spread across the country (or even the globe)[…]READ MORE about Top Tech-Based Ways to Train a Distributed Workforce
Producing Quality Audio Recordings – Part 2: Tips & Tricks In Part 1 of this series, I talked about creating the ideal conditions for producing quality recordings. Now that we’re familiar with recording equipment and environment, we’re ready to talk about pre- and post-production measures—as well as tips to keep in mind when actually recording—that will make narrations smooth and easy to edit. Pre-production It’s essential, perhaps fundamental, to have[…]READ MORE about Producing Quality Audio Recordings – Part 2: Tips & Tricks
David Anderson runs a series of weekly challenges on the Elearning Heroes Articulate community blog. In one of his recent posts, he called on elearning designers to share their tips and tricks for producing quality audio: while recording audio is simple, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to improving audio quality. That means that the most helpful audio tips are the tips that align with a user’s recording needs, experience, and environment.[…]READ MORE about Producing Quality Audio Recordings – Part 1: The Setup
Today’s elearning tools are very powerful. Depending on what you need, you can move from something that gives you a SCORM-compliant punched-up PowerPoint show (like Articulate’s Presenter) to a full-fledged authoring environment that allows you to create, populate, and maintain variables across screens (like Trivantis’s Lectora). Yet sometimes it seems that that power isn’t enough. Take a full screen button, for example. Working in Articulate Presenter, there’s no option to[…]READ MORE about The Power of Limits
By Mary Word You have seen some of the important elements, such as commenting and naming. Ordering the elements in a page is also important. There are functional reasons to do this, of course. If you have six actions in a group and the third one tells the program to jump to another page, the last three will never be executed. Your interaction depends on a certain sequence of events[…]READ MORE about The Lectora User’s Conference and my First Big Presentation – Part 6: Anatomy of a Presentation, Continued
By Mary Word (Relearn what I did—the importance of commenting your own work. Also, big cheers for debug.) If you have ever done programming, or taken a programming course, you have been told to comment your code. One of the best ways to write code is by writing the comments first – pseudocode, if you will. I have worked with programmers who thought that it wasn’t macho to write comments.[…]READ MORE about The Lectora User’s Conference and my First Big Presentation – Part 5: Anatomy of a Presentation – How Did I Do That, Again?
There are plenty of ways to create a video using a free solution. Windows Movie Maker comes prepackaged with Windows operating systems and is more than capable of producing a decent video. In this blog post, we’ll experiment with a few of its most essential features and also go through the final production process. What you’ll need: Windows Movie Maker (download here) A video file (here is a list of supported video[…]READ MORE about Creating a Simple Video in Windows Movie Maker
This is the first post in what will become a series of entries on the sorts of collaborative technologies that companies use for their employees to keep each other in the loop. Every company approaches this decision with a unique level of comfort and desired openness. For example, some organizations are fine with public solutions like Facebook; others prefer restricted, enterprise-grade services like Yammer or Jive; and still others are[…]READ MORE about How Companies do Collaboration: Part 1
Editing audio is a fairly straightforward process, especially when you have excellent (not to mention free!) tools like Audacity at your disposal. There are a host of different ways to use this program to your advantage; but in this post, we’ll just cover some of the more essential functions that will probably be most useful to you in your training or course development work. What you will need: A supported[…]READ MORE about Editing Audio with Audacity
I recently heard about Medium.com, a kind of communal blog publishing platform where anyone can write about anything. This service could pose an interesting prospect for e-Learning discussions. These days, it seems like most of the online e-Learning discussions are taking place on niche websites and specialized groups on social media (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn). Twitter has helped shape the discussion into a single stream of content with topical hashtags like #elearning, but that[…]READ MORE about Medium.com: A New Medium for Discussing Elearning?