Alternatives to Storyline

Why Storyline?

Last week I wrote about fun drag and drop interactions that our team created in Articulate Storyline. I really like Storyline and have used it for years. I am a much more of an Instructional Designer than a developer, and because Storyline is so easy to use, Continue reading

Effective PowerPoint Checklist: Is Your PowerPoint Good?

I’ve been working with a number of presenters to help them develop more effective, engaging presentations for upcoming conference or training sessions. While PowerPoint should never be the focal point of a presentation, effective slide design is important for those presenters who choose to use PowerPoint in their sessions.

To help presenters determine whether their slides are any good, I put together the Effective PowerPoint Checklist to help them perform a self-assessment.    Continue reading

Easy Drag and Drop eLearning Interactions

The focus at work lately has been on eLearning. As we are building these training modules, we have found some creative ways to use Articulate Storyline drag and drop functionality. Today, we would like to share three fun and engaging drag and drop eLearning interactions from our recent projects.

Magnetic Poetry

One struggle I have with eLearning is getting participants to share their stories or reflect individually. Giving space for free text journaling in the module opens up the opportunity for participants to skip an activity or write gibberish. To combat this,  add an interaction that resembles one of those Magnetic Poetry sets your roommate had in college.  Try your hand at creating your own phrase in the interaction below.

Magnetic Poetry - elearning interaction

Try this Magnetic Poetry eLearning interaction.

Pros and Cons

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Is it possible to create engaging software training?

Over the past several weeks I’ve exchanged messages with several blog subscribers who were looking for some ideas on how to make technical training – specifically computer/software training – more engaging.

I’ve worked on a handful of software training courses and the answer is yes*.

There is an asterisk to my answer, because you may need to calibrate how you define “engaging” and what “engaging” looks like.   Continue reading

Let me tell you a story

Last week I had the opportunity to present at Learning Solutions on controlling your narrative. Did you miss it? Well then, let me tell you a story…

Driving down the highway last winter, I saw a message board that said there had been 190 fatalities on the Montana highways that year. I asked my husband what I am supposed to do with that information. Continue reading

Greetings from Learning Solutions

Hello from the eLearning Guild Learning Solutions in Orlando Florida!

I have been here for a few days, and it has been time extremely well spent. Below, I posted a few videos of my time here. It is difficult to capture the entirety of the conference with a phone, but you will see the highlights.

Learning Solutions Day One

I hit my goal of not skipping sessions on day one. The sessions I found most applicable are:

  1. Seven design principles of Van Gogh.  We learned to apply Van Gogh’s artistic principles to our training design. I will be applying these principles to my instructional design in the future which mostly consisted of using what you have and implementing social-alone learning – which is social learning combined with independent learning.
  2. The “bring your own device” session for low-cost augmented reality. The facilitators demonstrated three low-cost AR software and walked us through one called Zapper. I am excited to play more with Zapper back at the office and apply it to projects.

I recommend always attending the social events. I had a 12-hour day on Tuesday and very little motivation to go socialize. With a little encouragement, I went to the evening reception and met a lot of great people. After the reception, the Guild held a game night they called Game Crawl where you could sample games and socialize with peers. One of the Guild employees, Dave, even brought a game he developed with his son for us to test.

Learning Solutions Day Two

Day two was great! The sessions that resonated with me the most involved:

  1. A panel discussion on running virtual-instructor led training (VILT) that really put into perspective the realities of a distracted world and how to manage a virtual classroom. I found this useful for VILT facilitation I will do as well as writing courses for VILT.
  2. A graphic design course for non-graphic designers that where we looked at layout, fonts, colors, and basics for IDs who find themselves struggling to make something pretty. It was simple and I see a lot of application for slide design in the future.

If there is a good reason to skip a keynote, I can’t think of it. Both Learning Solutions keynote speakers were phenomenal. I hadn’t heard of either speaker before this week, and now, I will never forget Kai Kight or Platon. I was moved to tears in the morning’s presentation as were nearly everyone in the crowd.

I am off to finish the conference. Do you have questions or advice about speaking at or attending Learning Solutions or any other conference? Let’s talk about it in the chat!

Six Ways to Build a Better Training Role Play

Many people find the six dirtiest words in a training setting to be: “Now let’s do a role play!”

There are many reasons people don’t like role play, and many of those reasons are legitimate. Often people don’t have enough context to carry on an effective scenario. Often the role play arrives at a happily-ever-after sort of conclusion that is neat and easy to wrap up in a training setting, but not actually realistic at all. Often people don’t like getting up in front of all their colleagues… and then receive feedback.

There’s gotta be a better way.   Continue reading