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Coming in April 24, 2014 – Battle of the eLearning Tools! March 20, 2014

Posted by stephanieF in Announcements, e-Learning Tools.
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Have you ever been in a situation where you found yourself debating which eLearning development software was the right tool for the job? Which tool will give you everything you need with the least amount of tweaks and workarounds?

This session will be an open forum where we’ll walk through several scenarios as time permits related to designing and developing eLearning for system applications (simulations) and business processes, and developing graded quizzes, and addressing LMS compatibility. We’ll discuss/debate the pros and cons of popular tools such as Articulate Studio (Presenter, Quizmaker, Engage), Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora. Is there perhaps another OTS tool that you use every day?  For sample scenarios, please see the PDF below about this upcoming eLearning SIG session.

April 2014 SIG_Battle of the eLearning Tools_v2

Note: As an open forum everyone is welcome to participate – even if you don’t have a lot of experience and just want to learn more about the tools. For those with experience, come prepared to defend your favorite tool!

We’ll keep score and see which tool comes out ahead in each scenario. If you’d like to share a short sample in defense of your tool just let me know in advance (your demo must be less than 2 mins.). Our email: astdphl.el.sig@gmail.com

After the session we’ll post the scores and key notes from our session on this blog and ASTD Greater Phila. LinkedIn site.


Research Participation for Reusability of Learning Objects March 2, 2014

Posted by stephanieF in Announcements, Best Practices, Blogging, e-Learning Tools, Intructional Design.
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This posing is by request from a local colleague, Latonia Ayscue, who is conducting research for her doctorate in Instructional Design. If you are interested please read and click on the short Eligibility survey included below.  Thanks! – Stephanie

Attention: Instructional Designers with five or more years of experience and have reused learning objects to participate in a research study, “An Investigation of Instructional Designers’ Criteria that Predominately Influences Reusability of Learning Objects.”

Instructional Design has made significant contributions to presenting instructional material in virtual learning environments and has facilitated the way information is communicated, changed, and applied in many learning situations.

Seeking experienced ID’ers who are willing to share their experiences and provide insights into varying rationale used to identify the criteria that contributed and influenced reuse of learning objects. This research study focuses on experienced instructional designer’s practical experiences to answer the why (rationale) by exploring practices (what are users’ definitions of learning objects, value, expectations), from experienced instructional designers’ perspectives.

The research will investigate:

  • The predominate rationales practitioner’s use of learning objects.
  • The attributes of the learning objects practitioners believe should predominately influence reuse.
  • How practices are construed, formed and shaped from various points of view through vicarious experiences.
  •  The attributes that led to decisions to reuse learning objects (capturing the creativity, reasoning and intuitive thought processes when challenged to solve ill-structured problems)

To be selected to participate in this research, please go to the following link and complete a short Eligibility Questionnaire:


Your participation in the research will offer value from a practical approach to how reusable learning objects could influence intended learning and could clarify understanding how experienced instructional designers established and modified their criteria, based on the attributes, in the decision to reuse learning objects.

Thank you,
Latonia Ayscue, M.Ed., ABD

Free Tools & Resources for eLearning May 1, 2009

Posted by jmullock in Announcements, e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations.


ASTD eLearning Presentation Slides April 16, 2009


Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite free tools and resources for eLearning at our most recent SIG meeting.  My original concern—that we would not have enough material for the presentation—turned out to be completely unwarranted.  We had so many quality suggestions and software tips that we were only able to provide the briefest overview of the tools discussed, and had to leave out several others entirely.


To keep the pace of the meeting moving we promised to post URLs on this BLOG for your reference.  You can now find them listed on their new home on the blog, the “Free Tools and Resources” tab.


Finally, while lists of free software are great, I find that having some context helps me decide what is worth downloading or not.  With that in mind, I will be starting a series of weekly blog articles to provide some descriptions, personal reviews, examples, or additional resources for making use of these tools in eLearning.


 Look for the first in this weekly series that we will be calling “Joe’s Guide to Free eLearning Tools” on Tuesday, May 5th.


Cheers…….Joe Mullock


Announcing the E-Learning Tools Wiki June 19, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Announcements, e-Learning Tools.

There are so many e-learning tools out there, and it is hard to keep up with all of them. So, we created an e-learning tools wiki. We ask that you add at least 3 new tools to the wiki. Describing the tools that you use, how you use them, what you like and what you don’t like about them will help all of us when we are looking for an e-learning tool to fit our needs.

ASTD Certificate Programs in Philly March 30, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Announcements.
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The ASTD Greater Philadelphia Chapter, in partnership with ASTD National, is excited to announce upcoming professional development programs in the Philadelphia area. If you register for one of these programs, please support our local chapter by registering with our Chapter Incentive Program (CHIP) Code: CH2021 (more…)

2/15/07 Meeting is a Go February 15, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Announcements.
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The sun is out and the ice is melting, so tonight’s meeting is a go. (more…)

January Meeting Topics – Vote Now! December 6, 2006

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Announcements, e-SIG Presentations.

Dave Goodman, President of SoftAssist, a custom e-learning design and development firm that’s won the Brandon Hall Award for Custom Content for the last 4 years running, will be our featured speaker in January. Dave has offered to speak on the following 3 topics and what better way to decide than to have our members vote. Please vote for your favorite topic by December 15, 2006. Dave will present the topic that gets the most votes at our next meeting on January 18, 2007.

  1. How to Select an LMS without getting burnt
  2. Understanding the 5 Levels of eLearning Course Design
  3. Measuring an eLearning Project: Time, Cost and Results