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At a recent workshop I was showing some tips on creating elearning templates. I decided to finish up the template I started in that session and make it available for you to use as you wish. There’s a version created in PowerPoint and published with Articulate Studio ‘13 and a version created for Articulate Storyline. [...]The post Here Are Some Free E-Learning Templates to Speed Up Your Course Design appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog.
Your hierarchy is the smallest & least valuable part of your network - Simon Terry Hierarchies may technically be networks, but they are merely simple branching ones. They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. Hierarchies are … Continue reading →
Graphic styles change. What was hot one day, starts to look old the next. One way to make your courses look fresh is by adapting to the changing styles. The past few years we’ve seen a shift from bevels to glossy gel to reflections. Now the hot design look is flat UI (user interface). Just [...]The post Create a New Look for Your Online Training Courses with this Simple Tip appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog.
Many of today’s larger companies have overly complicated, hierarchical structures. As they grew to their current size, control processes were put in place to create efficiencies. To ensure reliable operations and avoid risk, work became standardized. New layers of supervision … Continue reading →
I read a blog post recently on website usability. The author mentioned five usability issues from navigation to engaging the site’s visitors. While the post specifically deals with website design there is a lot in there that’s relevant to the design of elearning courses, too. After reading the post I reflected on a few issues [...]The post Lessons Learned from 100,000 Usability Studies appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog.
Remember when someone older than you first got an email account? They probably sent you at least one joke, and it was likely to a long list of recipients. Actually, they probably sent a lot of jokes. There is a … Continue reading →
What is it about the ‘organization’ of the Internet that has allowed it to thrive despite its massive size and lack of hierarchy? The work of identifying which relationships and connections to build and grow and maintain is dispersed to … Continue reading →
I’m still decompressing from the blur of the last several days and, in some ways, couple of weeks. I’m now safely home from Washington, D.C., where I went with my best friend to be honored for my work by the … Continue reading →
Recently I was working looking for some free textures. It’s easy to find “free” textures, but it’s not easy to find free textures that are really free. A lot of sites that give things away for free often have stipulations that they’re only free for personal use. Yeah, right! Like I need those free stock [...]The post Here Are Hundreds of Free Textures appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog.
But neither the flat organization nor empowered employees have been fully realized. The reason is that most of us have been working over the years to solve problems by creating new and improved companies, rather than by equipping individuals with … Continue reading →
Friday’s Finds: “From @SteveMartinToGo interview: “Writing is now so essential to our lives online. Sometimes it’s the only thing people see of us.” So true.” – @thinkitcreative What an anonymous British sheep farmer can teach us about the power of … Continue reading →
After the announcement last week, and carrying on into today, I’ve gotten such nice messages from people, many I know, several I do not, saying the nicest things about me. It’s been pretty nice. Really nice. Wonderfully . . . … Continue reading →
We’re reading Unmistakable Impact by Jim Knight together as a large team at work. This is the third post in my series on that reading and reflection. # This month’s chapter is on coaching, both the role of the coach and the practices and … Continue reading →
I was leading a PowerPoint workshop last week and noticed that Microsoft recently changed the way images are searched on their site. That impacted part of my workshop and some of my blog posts where I show how to find free clip art images online. I’m sure you’ll run into similar issues if you haven’t [...]The post Here’s How to Find Free Stock Photos & Clip Art for PowerPoint appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog.
Earlier today, the White House posted the blog posts from the Connected Educator Champions of Change. Including mine. Here’s an excerpt: # Technology is often seen as an addition to the learning experience. In the 21st century, in a time … Continue reading →
[First ...] Here’s the final word on social business from me: informal social relationships have always been linked to effective performance. [So ...] Now here we are with all that we know, or should know, about the importance of informal … Continue reading →
Connectivists are inclined to turn up their noses at xMOOCs. I’ve done this myself, (Why can’t an xMOOC be more like a cMOOC ?), pointing at the instructivist pedagogy that xMOOCs inherit from traditional courses. Now, one way or another, I’ve participated in several xMOOCs and I’ve even completed ‘Introduction to Philosophy‘ and ‘Quantum Mechanics […]
It’s rather interesting to hear from the same company that 1) their situation is unique, and 2) they are looking for examples of best practices in their industry. If they are so darned unique, why aren’t they developing their own … Continue reading →
“Democracy is neither a gift nor a license; it is a possibility realized through practice grounded in a deep commitment to truth and an acceptance of the responsibility to seek justice for all.” – David Korten A guiding goal in … Continue reading →
In a complex economy, the way to think about the future is this: We can’t predict the future. But we can learn about the patterns from which the future will emerge. In fact, while we can’t control the future, we … Continue reading →
I don’t usually repost press releases here or on the blog or, well, anywhere else. But this time, I’m going to make an exception. # # I’m honored to represent all of my teachers, colleagues, and educator friends at the … Continue reading →
Friday’s Finds: @CelineSchill -“‘I’m only playing devil’s advocate’ and ‘I’m just here to warn you’ should be forbidden sentences. Propose, instead of censoring.” @tkadlec – “Was asked the best advice to give to someone new to web dev. My answer … Continue reading →
I’m writing this morning from Washington, D.C., where later today, they’ll be honoring the Connected Educator Champions for Change in a ceremony at the White House complex1. # If you’d like to watch the event, they’ll be streaming it … Continue reading →
How do our minds cope with the torrent of information coming at us from every angle today? How do we convert so much knowledge into socially productive wisdom? What can we do to close the gap between those who have … Continue reading →
The knowledge sharing paradox is that while sharing our knowledge is good for the organization, each individual has to see a personal benefit as well. The more the enterprise directs knowledge-sharing, the less likely it will happen. Conversely, the less … Continue reading →
What is connected leadership? It’s not the status quo. Stephen Downes provides a succinct counterpoint to certain popular leadership literature, especially “great man” theories. ‘Leadership’ is the trait people who have been successful ascribe as the reason for their success. … Continue reading →
In an earlier post I shared over 100 free callouts for you to use with your online training courses. Who doesn’t like free? There are plenty of free callouts from which to choose. However sometimes the free ones just don’t work and you’ll need to create your own. So today I am going to show [...]The post A Simple Way to Create Custom Callouts for Your Courses appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog.
At the end of the nineteenth century, mechanization changed the economy, the workforce, and society. Many countries, especially the United States and Great Britain, shifted from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Human muscle was replaced by machines. Farm workers … Continue reading →
Stowe Boyd and I had an email conversation a few weeks ago, which is now posted on his Socialogy site: [Stowe] The thesis of Socialogy is that scientific findings about sociality, social networks, and human cognition are only slowly becoming … Continue reading →