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Creating Non-Linear Presentations with PowerPoint Zoom

Creating Non-Linear Presentations with PowerPoint Zoom If you would like to create non-linear, more audience-focused PowerPoint presentations, consider using the Zoom feature. Usage of the Zoom feature can be helpful when you are using your presentation as the basis for a fluid discussion or if your PowerPoint will be used as a self-paced (i.e., asynchronous)…

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Performance Support: Introduction

Performance Support: the training that your learners really want. And expect. The concept of “performance support” is not new to the field of instructional design. Even when I was just starting in my training profession, creating a Job Aide or Quick Reference Guide (both valid performance support tools) was a natural and normal extension from…

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Interactive Video Platform

The usage of videos in Learning & Development seems to be growing exponentially lately. Although there are video content providers besides YouTube (yes, really, there are), here are two YouTube statistics to consider: 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day. During…

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Making Brain-Friendly (Instructional) Videos

Videos are all around us. On sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, and more and more on Twitter and Facebook. Whereas once a upon a time, you needed this thing called a “video/camcorder” to record video, today you can record high quality videos using your cell phone or even “recording” your mouse-clicks on your computer.…

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Using Screencast.com

If you use either of the TechSmith products Camtasia or Sngait, you may want to consider using their free screencast.com service to host and share your content created with these two tools. Getting your images and videos to the right people couldn’t be easier. Since all these products are created by the same company, TechSmith,…

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Microsoft Sway

Let’s talk about a “new” Microsoft product called “Sway”, a program released in 2015. Although Sway is considered a “presentation” program, there are many differences between Sway and PowerPoint (as well as some basic similarities). Re-imagine the way your ideas come to life. In Sway, you can easily add pictures, videos, text-based documents, links (of…

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uPerform (by Ancile)

uPerform (by Ancile) is a an authoring tool that enables you to create, manage, and distribute software learning content. Learners are able access that content on-demand, right within the software they use every day (i.e., performance support). The ability of performance support tools like uPerform to author once, output into multiple formats (videos, step-by-step documents, job…

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How to Avoid Death By PowerPoint

David JP Phillips, TEDx Stockholm Salon, 2014 If you use PowerPoint and/or like TedX talks, this is a must-see for 20 minutes. David provides lots of understandable examples and humor to back up his PowerPoint guidelines. Without giving away too much away, here are six keywords to look out for (both during the talk and…

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UbD (Understanding by Design)

A less known instructional design model than ADDIE, the main focus of UbD (Understanding by Design) is on the desired outcomes. Having a strong understanding of where you want to go, will have a direct affect on the actions you take to get there. The emphasis on outcomes seems to apply equally to both the…

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Virtual Classroom: Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect offers several different online meeting and video conferencing tools. One unique feature that Abode offers is a “Daily Demo” of the Abode Connect products. Link to Daily Demo schedule. Adobe Connect Meetings is geared towards work-related meetings for up to 25 meeting participants. Plans for this version start at around $50/month. Adobe Connect…

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Workplace Learning: Developing an Holistic Model

Pamela Matthews, The Learning Organization, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.18 – 29, 1999 Abstract Investigates the real meaning of workplace learning by looking at definitions used by academics to describe how individuals and organisations attach different meanings to the phrase. Goes on to suggest that for workplace learning to work in any situation, certain opportunities,…

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Multiple Modes in Corporate Learning

John Ambrose and Julie Ogilvie, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2010 Abstract Recognizing that the shifting corporate environment is placing ever greater stresses on learning organizations, this paper reports how companies are increasingly offering employees a wide choice of learning options beyond conventional classroom training, including online, social learning, and other modalities in “blended” programs.…

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Understanding Today’s Learner

Jane Hart, Learning Solutions Magazine, 2008 This is a three part article based research and on evidence from organisations that shows today’s learners are different. For many organisations there is a real need to address the characteristics of the changing workforce. It is no longer possible to think workers have the same approach to life, work,…

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The Learning Continuum: Formal and Informal Learning Experiences

Amitabh S. Sinha, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 2012   Abstract Over the years, there has been a significant shift in the approach towards ‘learning’ in an organization. The focus of learning is no more limited to only the formal training mediums, such as classroom interventions and e-learning programs. The shift in learning paradigm…

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Software Tools: Slack

Workplaces are awash in email traffic, competing demands, and hard-to-maintain courseware, while businesses try to operate more responsively to the needs of both the marketplace and its stakeholders. To better work within this complexity and remain relevant to the business, L&D needs to rethink the methods it uses to support learners. While expensive, enterprise-weight solutions…

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Performance Support Vendor: Ontuitive

Performance Learning for the Enterprise Ontuitive is a technology-enabled learning services vendor based in the US, UK and The Netherlands. They deliver performance support learning solutions that support business processes and computer-based applications and systems for the enterprise workplace learning environment. Their performance support solutions range from customized performance support (see SAP demo below) to…

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Comparing Typical (Crammed) Learning vs. Spaced Learning

The Shift blog regularly has some very interesting posts, and this article is one of my favorites. Comparing Typical (Crammed) Learning vs Spaced Learning addresses an important concept in the way people learn, especially as it relates to adult learners in the workplace … when they are trying to learn and improve their on-the-job work…

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ADDIE Model of Instructional Design

Although there are plenty of instructional design models (both old and new), the ADDIE model still offers a solid foundation for new as well as experienced instructional designers and training professionals. The ADDIE model provides guidelines for building effective training and performance support tools in five phases. Analysis Design Development Implementation Evaluation Here is a…

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5-Point Makeover Process for PowerPoint

PowerPoint can be a very powerful tool when used and designed properly. Having said that, it is widely known that there is no shortage of not-well designed PowerPoint being presented on a regular basis. This article provides some very useful information about how to address five common short-comings of PowerPoint-related presentations. Although you likely will…

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Virtual Classroom: Cisco WebEx Training Center

Cisco WebEx offers several different online meeting and video conferencing tools. WebEx Meeting is geared towards smaller, work-related meetings. Although they offer a free version of this, the free version has a limit of meetings up to only 3 people. The non-free plans start as low as $19/month and prices increase from there based on the…

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Multiple Modes in Corporate Learning

Recognizing that the shifting corporate environment is placing ever greater stresses on learning organizations, this paper reports how companies are increasingly offering employees a wide choice of learning options beyond conventional classroom training, including online, social learning, and other modalities in “blended” programs. Identifying a number of trends—a multi-generational workforce, remote employees, off-shoring and contract…

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Formal and informal learning in the workplace: a research review

The economic, social and cultural changes experienced by the labour market within recent year have helped to highlight the central role played by the learning process in individual career development and organizational success. Traditional models of learning both inside and outside of the workplace have become unable to explain the complexity of such a process, weaving between and overlapping…

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Modernize Corporate Training: The Enterprise Learning Framework

Over the last year or so we have talked with hundreds of companies about their desire to transform their corporate training programs to take advantage of social networking, knowledge management, communities of practice, and better models of blended learning. As we studied dozens of high performing training programs, we realized that today’s corporate training world…

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6 Steps to Creating Learning Ecosystems (and Why You Should Bother)

Here’s a quick recap for those just tuning in… 70:20:10 has shone a spotlight on the limits of formal learning. In contrast, social and experiential learning continue to be veritable goldmines of productivity, placing learners at the centre of their story and demanding a major shift from Learning & Development professionals. That’s where learning ecosystems come in. Link to Industry…

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Effective Learning with 70:20:10

Effective Learning with 70:20:10 The new frontier for the extended enterprise. The 70-20-10 model accredited to Lombardo & Eichinger (1996) suggests that lessons learned by successful and effective managers are roughly 70% from tough jobs, 20% from people (mostly the boss), and 10% from courses and reading. Together, Jérôme Wargnier and Charles Jennings explore the…

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