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2/15/07 – Captivate vs. Camtasia February 26, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations, Intructional Design, Lessons Learned.
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At the meeting on February 15 we had three excellent speakers that delivered three great presentations covering Adobe’s Captivate and TechSmith’s Camtasia.  Here’s a summary of each…. (more…)

Make sure learners have the technology to view your hard work! January 25, 2007

Posted by Marguerite Fallon in Intructional Design, Lessons Learned.
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When looking to design an e-learning session, don’t forget to look at technology.  Whether it is live or online, you need to know what is being used by your learners. Ask these questions before you start.

  • Have the learners taken e-learning courses previously?
  • What level of keyboard/mouse skills do the learners have?
  • Do the learners’ computers have soundcards, Flash, Media Player?

  • What Internet/Intranet connection speed do the learners have?

  • What processor speed do the learners’ computers have?

  • Are there any other computer limitations to the learners?

Believe it or not, not everyone has the latest and greatest in PC’s. You may develop a really cool session with voice, animation, interactivity, only to find out it can’t be used because the learners are on dial up. Very disappointing!  So more pre-work to do when looking at your latest e-learning session.

How to Make Your Presentations Even Better – More PowerPoint Tips January 18, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned, Synchronous Training.
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Noelle’s post on presentation tips for virtual training generated a lot of interest.  Preparing a good presentation deck is an important skill whether your are training live over WebEx, pitching an e-Learning project to your client or giving a standing room only talk at the Philadelphia e-SIG. 

To continue in that spirit, here are some great tips on what makes good PowerPoint design over at Presentation Zen.  It gives some very basic, but powerful guidelines, as well as a few examples of before and after slides.  Here’s an example:

     

Simpler is better. 

Even though the post is a couple years old, good presentation skills are timeless.

Flash 9 Player May Cause LMS Havoc January 10, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in e-Learning Tools, Lessons Learned.
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Adobe Flash logoIf your e-Learning courses are Flash based, rolled in a SCORM wrapper and loaded into a Learning Mangement System (LMS) then you may be experiencing problems with your users who have been grabbing the latest version – Flash 9.  The reason is because of new security that restricts certain calls from Flash to the web page that called it. 

This could be bad news for you now.  Considering that Flash has an adoption rate of 80% within the first year of any release, this will definitely be bad news for many over the coming months. (more…)

Surprise! How to Help Your Clients Visualize the Course When it’s Just Words January 4, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Intructional Design, Lessons Learned, Project Management.
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In the pre-production phase of an e-Learning project there are a lot of ideas thrown around, design sessions and documents created.  You’re on the same page as your client.  You’re on the same page as your development team.  Everyone is energized.  Things are great.

Then you go away with a storyboard in hand and the development team starts developing.   After a while, you have a version of the course that’s ready for review.  You put it in front of the stakeholders and…they’re less than thrilled. 

What happened? (more…)

Audio Production Techniques – Part III December 7, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned.
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Here’s the wrap-up to my series on making the most of your audio productions for e-Learning.  These can be used whether you are using actors or creating a podcast yourself. (more…)

Audio Production Techniques – Part II December 5, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned.
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My first post on techniques for getting the most out of whatever audio production you do for e-Learning dealt with directing, talent selection and taking the monologue to a different level.   Here I focus on more specific tips to get the most out of your voice-over talent, studio time and streamline audio integration into your courses. (more…)

Audio Production Techniques – Part I November 28, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned.
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There is a great article in the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions online magazine that provides excellent guidelines for producing highly engaging audio for e-Learning.  Even though Marc discusses the production in terms of synchronous e-Learning courses, it applies to all e-Learning. (more…)