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.

Friday, May 1, 2015

eLearning Guild's Online DemoFest #elguild

DemoFest Badge
This August 19th and 20th the eLearning Guild will be holding the first OnlineDemoFest, I am really excited to see the great work that will be shared and also honored to be one of the presenters - I will be sharing my “Mission:JHome Content Manager“ course.

Hope to see you there. To attend, register on the eLearning Guild’s Online DemoFest page – DemoFest:Real People, Real Projects, Real Solutions. Let us know you are attending and what you think of the courses using the #elguild hashtag.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Paying Attention to Copyright

It is always troublesome to see disregard for copyright. At times it may be a lack of awareness to copyright law or it may be someone conveniently ignoring it, but either is no excuse and as members of a profession that utilizes images, video, audio, etc., we must keep ourselves aware of how we can or can't use such content. And I swear if I hear another person say "I found it on the web, so it's OK," I am going to scream. 

That said, here are some copyright resources in which we should be aware. I not only keep these available for the times I may need my own clarification, but I like sharing these links with SMEs, eLearning designers and anyone else who may need them. (US Copyright Office)
Copyright Basics (US Copyright Office)
Copyright Basics (BYU)
Q&A - Copyright and Fair Use (Library of Congress)
Internet Copyright Infringement (Infographic)
And you can find more in my DIIGO "Copyright" bookmarks.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Pinterest - Some of the Ways I'm Using It

I have had Pinterest for a while now, but my use has been on and off. I think for me it is not something I need on a daily basis, but certainly a great tool for when I find an eLearning resource I want to easily curate. So, here as some eLearning resources I have collected in my Pinterest boards thus far. 

eLearning - Anything eLearning related, often a lot of useful infographics are pinned. 

ISD - All things ISD, again plenty of infographics. 

Creative eLearning Examples - Inspiring examples from many great eLearning designers, and creative people from other fields too. 

My eLearning Portfolio - Some screen shots from my own portfolio. 

Any suggestions or do you have boards you would like to share? Please feel free to add them to the comments section below. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

And the last element of #IMPS... Streamline

Streamline the content, language and course interface.

Here is where prioritizing the must, good and nice to knows pays off. 
  • That "must" content is front and center - your emphasis.
  • The “good” is still accessible but may not be up front - a bit deeper into sections, appear in interactive assets, pop-ups, etc.
  • The "Nice to knows" - We are not using up real estate on these. These are:
    • Things that people who really want to learn more - curiosity or using the info at a higher level than the target audience. 
    • Things we told the SME we would fit it in when we were compromising. 
    • Great for pop-ups, an additional resources page, links to other sites, supporting materials, social media, informal learning resources or in additional interactive elements,etc.
  • Navigation - The course does not need to be linear - especially if audience has diverse learning needs, for example they may not need all the content. This will allow them to pick and chose what may be relevant to their learning needs and not make the course unnecessarily long for them.
  • Games - Lot of content, but not thrown at you all at once and a game can simultaneously put it in context - can be more "show" not "tell."
  • Cartoons - Simple scenario showing concept that brings it home instead of in-depth explanation of the concept.
  • Use analogies - Quicker and easier to understand if has similarities to the familiar - Remember, the audience brings knowledge to the table, tap into it.
  • Job Aids – Sometimes a job aid can be a better route, especially if it is something learners have to remember specific steps and apply on a less than regular basis (e.g., a task in software application). These are also good for a "Nice to Know" task that may not apply to all – Open it if you need it. Infographics may also suffice if the content is more informative than step-by-step.
  • Grammar & Style – Don’t make them read “War & Peace!” Trim the prose down as much as possible (i.e., eliminate passive sentences, successive propositional phrases, wordiness, etc.). 
Here is a quick IMPS guide for you. A link is also available under "Jeff's Links" on the right.