Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Help Wanted: Hiring an eLearning Professional #DevLearn 2016 Presentation

Several weeks ago at the Devlearn conference, David Schwartz and I presented a session on hiring eLearning staff. Below is a link to our presentation, now available on Slideshare. I also added a link on the last page to the presentation's related resources, which we think are very helpful to anyone searching for a quality eLearning professional. 

If you were not able to attend Devlearn, but would like to access other presenters' slide decks and resources, the eLearning Guild makes them available to all at

Saturday, November 12, 2016

#DevLearn, Here I Come!

Devlearn Logo
I am on my way to the DevLearn Conference next week - As always a great time and plenty of valuable sessions. This year I plan on attending numerous mLearning sessions, which look perfect for anyone looking to delve further into delivering mobile learning, like me.

I will also be speaking again. This year I am excited to be co-presenting with my colleague, David Schwartz. Our topic is on how to find, hire and keep quality eLearning professionals. If you will be at DevLearn, stop by and see us. We will be on the Strategic Solutions learning stage in the conference's Expo Hall. 
Help Wanted: Hiring eLearning Professionals
Strategic Solutions Stage 
Thursday 11 -11:45
Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sharing My Process and Expectations with My Stakeholders #wolweek

Over the years, I have written my share of posts about working with SMEs. However, there is no single, perfect approach to working with SMEs since they differ as well as each project differs. In my latest attempt to making the process a bit easier, I have created a document that explains to SMEs and stakeholders my process of creating courses and their role in this process. I always take the time to explain this process and the expectations for the SMEs and reviewers, but from my experience, they don't always retain all the finer details and sometimes misinterpret their responsibilities.

So I wrote this up, which gives my SMEs and all other stakeholders involved a better understanding of my process. Hopefully, you too will find it useful when working with your stakeholders and maybe also see how I approach working with mine.

eLearning Process and Expectations Doc

A link to the doc is here. Feel free to adapt it for your use. Any input on how it can be improved is always welcome too. 

FYI: It has been a while since I have written a post on my blog, but it being Work Out Loud Week, I thought it would be a good time to share this and blow the dust off this old blog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#DevLearn 2015 Sessions That Impressed

I recently returned from the DevLearn 2015 Conference, which is always an incredibly inspiring learning experience. So, here are some of the sessions that impressed me along with the slide decks/resources that are worth sharing.

What Delights CLOs and What Keeps Them Up at Night? Allison Rossett
Great insight on what CLOs and org leaders need/want from training professionals. Also, challenges/obstacles and problems in current elearning/L&D.
Brain Science and Learning: Seven Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Training Art Kohn
I really liked his ideas on “boosting” learning – Post learning events that increase retention. No PowerPoint on the resources page, but here is Art’s SlideShare -
Interactive Video for eLearning Designers David Anderson
David provided some creative ideas for using video and even showed some tips and tricks in Articulate StoryLine. FYI: No PPT, but David works for Articulate, which has the Rapid eLearning Blog and the eLearning Heroes site both of which are chock full of tips and resources. 

Innovations in Interactivity and Interactions Rick Blunt
Rick's session on interactivity reminded me not to get stuck recreating the same old interactive assets. He discussed the levels of interactivity, Bloom's Taxonomy as it applies to using interactions and he provided great examples. It was a great audience and he was very good at getting them to share ideas and solutions during his session, which was also invaluable.

What? I Don’t Have to Be an Art Wiz to Create My Own Design Assets? Bianca Woods
While I could not attend this session because it coincided with my own session, otherwise it would have definitely been on my list of must attends, I did make it a point to grab her presentation slides off the resource page. It has some great design tips and tricks along with some good tool resources.

All the resources provided by the DevLearn presenters are available at

Friday, September 25, 2015

My #DevLearn Presentation - Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners

Next week I will be presenting at eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference. It is always a thrill to attend the conference and a real honor to be presenting too. Below is a link to my presentation, hope some of my readers will be there and attend my session. If not, hopefully we will meet during other conference happenings.

Also, Thursday night will be the live #Lrnchat (an online Twitter chat), which is always a blast. Stop by the #Lrnchat table right after DemoFest.

See you in Las Vegas!

Monday, August 3, 2015

eLearning Guild's First Ever Online #DemoFest

On August 19th and 20th, the eLearning Guild will be holding its very first online version of their world renowned DemoFest. It will kick off with an opening session from two ever impressive speakers, Jane Bozarth and Karen Hyder. Like all the eLearning Guild's DemoFests, this will be a chance to see some wonderful online solutions for real world learning and support challenges. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and pick the presenters' brains. Visit the Online DemoFest page to see a listing of all the presenters.

My shameless plug - I will be demo’ing my “Mission: JHome Content Manager” on Day Two of this Demofest.

So, register today and I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Why Classroom Training is Sooo Much Better Than #eLearning

In honor of Dave Letterman and an end of an era, my top ten list... 

Why traditional classroom training is soooo much better than eLearning:
  1. You can learn at another person's pace.
  2. Get to see what the beltway looks like at 8 am. 
  3. Stale donuts.
  4. Sit next to that annoying guy from Finance. 
  5. Get another 2 1/2 inch binder. 
  6. Leave at 4:30. Hey, does the beltway look the same at 4:30?
  7. Complete a level 1 evaluation and let them know the trainer was real nice, but the room was cold. 
  8. Because there's a good chance I can be told "to put my phone away."
  9. I get to take the class once and if I need to review it, well maybe there's another one soon. 
  10. Who doesn't love a slightly awkward icebreaker?
Feel free to add your own in the comments section.