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Dennis OConnor

The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • The way it seems to work is that organizations restructure and somewhere in the process the training people are usually the first to go.
  • So if I were to offer any advice, it would be to provide the most value that you can.
  • The challenge in all of this is that rapid elearning has to bring real value and isn’t just a bunch of PowerPoint files converted to Flash and then put online. 
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  • By creating rapid elearning courses, you bring value to your organization because you can drive down the cost of production. However, no software replaces the need for sound instructional design.
  • Assess your learners on what they need to do.  The original quiz questions are based on the product.  I changed the focus from the product to answering customer questions.  I still cover the same information, but am better off putting it in context to how the learner would use it.
  • I was on the phone with someone who had problems with her elearning course.  It seemed that nothing was working right.  As I dug a little deeper, it turned out that she was deleting some of her files.  She told me she did so to keep her files organized.  Apparently the folders were looking a bit messy.  What she didn’t realize was that all of those files she was moving and deleting ...
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    The rapid e-learning blog always has interesting articles.
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    Lots of great ideas for creating "rapid e-learning." Articulate is a software package used to create and convert PowerPoint presentations into flash presentations that can be used on-line, and from within Moodle or other course management systems.
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    This is a blog put on by the authoring tool Articulate. This blog contains many tutorials for how to create content that can be shared via an LMS such as Moodle.
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    This is a blog put on by the authoring tool Articulate. This blog contains many tutorials for how to create content that can be shared via an LMS such as Moodle.
Dennis OConnor

Here Are More Than 200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 6 views

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    Here's a terrific archive of tutorials from the folks at the Rapid E-Learning Blog. A treasure chest worth exploring!
Dennis OConnor

3 Ways to Define Interactive Rapid E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 2 views

  • There’s a lot of debate about interactivity in elearning.  You have some people who think elearning is not valid unless it has a high level of interactivity.  Anything that’s not interactive is just a “boring click-and-read course.”  On the other hand, there are a lot of people who equate interactivity with nonsensical games.  So to them, any interactivity is just extra time and expense. 
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    Fine advice from the rapid e-learning blog
Greg Sack

What Steve Jobs Can Teach You About Designing E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • Reynolds argues that the Jobs presentation is more effective.  I agree, and think Jobs’ slides are better because they are: visually interesting less cluttered formatted with smaller chunks of information Considering what we discussed earlier about cognitive loads, you can already see how this approach is effective for elearning.  The learner is better able to understand and process the information, making it more memorable. Compared to many other presentations, the Gates version is not bad.  We don’t want to be critical of the slides.  However, comparing the two presentations, it’s easy to see how a simplified screen with very specific points is more visually appealing and easier for the learner to digest.
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      I have taught simplicity and clarity as important positives in web page design. This makes good points for online course structuring.
  • Here’s a quick demo where I take the same narration and present it four different ways.  What you’ll notice is that to lessen the cognitive load you can: progressively reveal information condense the text on the screen replace text with relevant images Click here to see the demo. Both the Jobs and Gates slides are primarily information-based and not very interactive.  While that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that the course can’t be effective.  The combination of nice visual design with text and narration that eases cognitive load makes your course much more memorable and effective.
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      I love this video. It gives a very concrete way of lessening cognitive load. I am still trying to figure out its practical implications for online course design, though. In case the url is not provided with the post (I have yet to see where the post is posted) http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/what-steve-jobs-can-teach-you-about-designing-e-learning/
Dennis OConnor

» A Quick Look at Your 10 Most Popular Posts for 2008 The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a Rapid elearning pro. It is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate.
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    Round up from the folks at Articulate
Nigel Coutts

Four perspectives on truth, normality and education in times of rapid change - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    We are living in interesting, frightening and rapidly changing times. Where rapid changes and transformations through technology, politics, globalisation and the climate, conspire against normality. These times demand a fresh approach to education, one that provides learners with the thinking dispositions they need to turn challenges into opportunities.  "All that was 'normal' has now evaporated; we have entered postnormal times, the in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have not yet emerged, and nothing really makes sense." But what thinking might guide us through this time of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity?
anonymous

A Roadmap for Building an E-Learning Course » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 1 views

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    Although this is a short article, it calls attention to the importance of visual design in an e-course
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    Although this is a short article, it calls attention to the importance of visual design in an e-course
Greg Sack

Rapid E-Learning 101 » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • I get a lot of emails asking how to get started with elearning.  Subscribing to this blog is a good start.  But I do have a few more suggestions.  There are three core areas you should focus on: instructional design, visual design, and performance consulting.  These areas will help build effective courses that look good.  And you’ll know how to build the right type of course.
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      How do I apply Visual Design in Moodle?
Dennis OConnor

Three Practical Ideas for Using Twitter in E-Learning - The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • Twitter is a useful tool.  It can also be incorporated into your elearning courses.  Today I’d like to share a few ideas to whet your appetite.  However before I share some tips, it’s probably a good idea to explain some Twitter basics. 
  • Suppose you’re doing a course on organizational leadership.  Inevitably, some learners will have questions of the subject matter expert (SME).  You could incorporate a subject matter tweet that lets people ask questions or follow the SME after the course is complete.  Consider it a post-course consulting tool.  It also humanizes the course and makes it seem more personal, which can contribute to its perceived value.
  • Create a twitter account for a famous person who represents the topic you teach.  Then have the students follow the tweets.  For example, it would be fascinating to read the tweets of someone like John Adams responding to some of the debate in Washington D.C. today.  Or keep the tweets in context to the historical character’s time.  Perhaps you can teach about the D-Day invasion via the tweets of a soldier crossing the channel and storming the beach at Normandy.  You could even include media using sites like Twitpic and Twitvid.  What a great way to make history come alive!
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  • Have the learners use Twitter to share their thoughts.  For example, instead of giving them an assessment, make the assessment their Twitter stream.  They need to reflect on what they’re learning in the course and then share that with others. Another way to get them involved is to have them share links and other information relevant to what they’ve learned.  Even if the course content is proprietary, there’s no reason why they couldn’t go out and look for other thought leaders or groups in the same industry to build on what they’re learning in your course
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    More intelligent and focused information from Tom at the Rapid e-learning blog. Essential idea: follow the expert & build a community. Here's how. Includes link to Articulate's twitter page.
Victor Hugo Rojas B.

3 Ways to Define Interactive Rapid E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 2 views

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    There's a lot of debate about interactivity in elearning. You have some people who think elearning is not valid unless it has a high level of interactivity. Anything that's not interactive is just a "boring click-and-read course."
Tina R

Quandary Home Page - 1 views

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      Be sure to check out the examples!
  • nteractive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it.
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      Hot Potatoes- another tool for lower level skills
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  • can be used for many purposes, including problem-solving, diagnosis, procedural training, and surveys/questionnaires.
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    This a freeware tool that allows one to create quick interactive eLearning without knowing rapid development tools or programming. The site provides some examples to explore for ideas, but it can be used for problem-solving and diagnosis.  It may not look as fancy as some rapid development tools, but it accomplishes the task.
Dennis OConnor

10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 12 views

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    Today I want to share some free or inexpensive ways to work with the audio in your elearning courses.
Dennis OConnor

» Here's How I Built That PowerPoint E-Learning Template The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • ’ve gotten a lot of emails about the template I used in the Dump the Drone demo.  So I’m going to show you how I built it (all inside PowerPoint) and then I’ll show you some tricks that will make it easier for you to build your own elearning courses.
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    PowerPoint 2007 how to create stand alone e-learning objects with branching and choice. Linked to Articulate Presenter
Dennis OConnor

More Than 100 PowerPoint Tutorials & a Free Template » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 7 views

  • With as many PowerPoint questions that I get, it’s a good thing that over the past year or so the elearning community has created about 300 PowerPoint tutorials.  For this post, I decided to pull a bunch of them together so that you have them in one easy list. I also included a free PowerPoint elearning template to celebrate the holidays and a great 2010!
Nigel Coutts

Why such a rapid pace of change? - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    I am currently reading "Thank you for being late: An optimist's guide to thriving in the age of accelerations" and have found in this the answer to these questions. In essence we are confronting two types of change, one that we have always faced and one that is unique to our current times. 
anonymous

These 12 Tutorials Teach You How to Build an Interactive E-Learning Course » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

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    Visually appealing site offering tutorials developing an interactive e-learning course Muich emphasis is placed on techinques to creating slides in Power Point
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    Visually appealing site offering tutorials developing an interactive e-learning course Muich emphasis is placed on techinques to creating slides in Power Point
cc omalley

Want to Build Better E-Learning Courses? Think Beer » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 6 views

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    What are the elements of different kinds of E-Learning courses
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    Defines differences in courses
Dennis OConnor

How to Organize & Manage Your E-Learning Course Files » The Rapid eLearning Blog - 7 views

  • I was on the phone with someone who had problems with her elearning course.  It seemed that nothing was working right.  As I dug a little deeper, it turned out that she was deleting some of her files.  She told me she did so to keep her files organized.  Apparently the folders were looking a bit messy.  What she didn’t realize was that all of those files she was moving and deleting actually broke her course.
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