Category : course-development

10 Ways to Spot a Lame Corporate PowerPoint Template

This post first appeared on Brent Dykes' blog, PowerPoint Ninja.

If you work at a company with more than 100 people, you probably have an official corporate PowerPoint template. If you work in a company with more than 1,000 people, you probably don’t know the designer who created your presentation template. There’s a good chance that the graphic designer who created your PowerPoint template doesn’t use PowerPoint on a regular basis — in fact, they probably detest PowerPoint and never touch the presentation software other than to make sure the template looks okay every time the corporate branding is updated.

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Nine Training Alternatives to 'Correct' and 'Incorrect'

Imagine a trainer at the front of the room responding to a participant’s comment by saying nothing more than “You’re right!” or “Incorrect.” Imagine this happening over and over again.

Even though it seems futile, this is one of the most common types of feedback we use in e-learning courses to respond to user actions

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How to Create a Training Video

The first-ever moving picture, shot in 1878, was intended to answer a pretty simple-sounding question: How do horses move their legs when they run? Before the advent of the moving picture, it wasn't known. But string several frames together in quick succession, and voila! The answer becomes clear.

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Can Doodling Actually Enhance Training? Apparently, Yes

We usually think of doodling on your legal pad during a long presentation as a way to stay sane. But it may be even more beneficial than that.

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#TrainChat Recap: Making Training Work for Every Learner

On Friday, the Daily Mindflash hosted yet another #TrainChat on Twitter. This time we spoke with special guest Jay Forte, who discussed his recent article, "Four Ways to Ensure Your Training Fits Every Learner." Here is a condensed version of our chat. And be sure to tune in every Friday at 10 a.m. PST for another chat on online learning, employee training, and L&D.

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#TrainChat Wrapup: What Trainers Can Learn From Angry Birds

On Friday the Daily Mindflash once again hosted a Twitter chat with contributor David Kelly, in which we discussed his latest article, “What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design.” Once again, the chat was a success, with hundreds of questions, comments, and opinions pouring in to the hashtag #TrainChat related to the topic.

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What the 'Draw Something' App Can Teach Training Designers

A friend of mine introduced me to "Draw Something" last month and I must admit — I'm addicted. I've always been a doodler but this app really ups the ante by challenging me to illustrate a wide array of concepts — everything from simple words like "cow" to people like "Lady Gaga" or "Madonna" — so they can be guessed by a friend who's also drawing words for you. You earn coins for correct guesses and successful rounds are celebrated.

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How to Make Wikis Part of Your Training Program

With the Encyclopedia Britannica abandoning its 244-year-old printed version in response to the dominance of Wikipedia, and Britain's education minister calling for a "wiki approach" to designing the curriculum for schools, wikis deserve a role in employee training and learning. But where, and how to start? Here's a quick overview.

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How to Create Your Own Khan Academy for Training

An emerging trend in learning and development is creating short, specific tutorials that can be created quickly, posted on an internal website, and distributed to employees -- who can use them anytime, anywhere, and used as references when needed.

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Online Training Course Development

With powerful new tools like learning management systems, building online training courses is easy.

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