• Collecting Evidence

    Research: 7 Factors That Make eLearning Successful

    It is the nerd in me, but I like it when I can base decisions on evidence from research. So when I found this study, “What drives a successful eLearning? An Empirical investigation of the critical factors influencing learning satisfaction,” I thought it would be worth reading. Although this study…

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  • With a few easy tips, you can avoid putting your PowerPoint audience to sleep.

    Death by Bullet-Point, and Other PowerPoint Design Tips

    Getting up in front of a conference room full of yawning coworkers to deliver a PowerPoint presentation is already hard enough. Subjecting your colleagues to half an hour of mind-numbing .gifs and tedious minutiae isn’t going to help, either. Remember that PowerPoint is a tool that’s experienced almost exclusively by…

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    How to Enhance Training Courses with a Quiz

    Pop quiz: How do you ensure that your employees are really absorbing the materials in the training courses you’ve created with Mindflash? Answer: Make a pop quiz. Mindflash offers several ways to drop easy-to-make, customizable quizzes into new, or existing, PowerPoint courses. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the ways…

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  • How to Get Your Training Presentation From Good to Great With Images, Audio, and Video

    Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations. For people creating training content, there’s an added bonus: adding media also helps boost retention. A few quick examples: Photos. A retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale —…

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    How to Streamline a Training Workshop

    Erik J. Froelich speaks from 12 years experience in developing and implementing training, teaching and learning solutions, administering and supporting corporate research and educational technologies in a variety of sectors. His most recent work includes teaching Information Literacy and Technology at Philadelphia University. Following is an interview with Erik & Bloomfire, a…

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    Are You Using a Training Design Zoom Lens?

    The lens through which we examine information can either help or hinder our ability to make good design decisions. Zoom in too close, and you may get overwhelmed or lose sight of the business strategies that training is supposed to support. Zoom out too far, and you may miss the warning signs of a changing environment that requires trainees to learn new skills or knowledge.

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  • Opposite

    Training Lessons from Seinfeld: Lesson #3 – Do the Opposite

    It’s easy to get stuck in a design rut whenever there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it. Re-using and re-purposing design elements that have served you well in the past is one great way to enhance your efficiency, but over time, it can lead to a course library that lacks visual identity or personality. When your 20th course starts to look and feel like a carbon copy of your first course, it may be time to stop what you’re doing and apply George Costanza’s “do the opposite” theory.

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  • Design Tutorial, Part 2: How to Create Your Own iPad-Themed e-Learning Course (+ Free Template!)

    I recently shared some insights I’ve had on the usability of the iPad and walked you through the steps for creating your own iPad/iPhone-inspired app icons in PowerPoint. In this post, I’ll show you how I created an iPad-themed backdrop in PowerPoint. I’ll also show you how I’ve applied this design to one of my courses and in the process, elevated the presentation from a cool visual gimmick to user-friendly, intuitive interface.

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  • Design Tutorial, Part 1: How to Make Your Own iPad-Inspired Icons (and a Free Template!)

    In this post, I’ve assembled a quick tutorial on how to create your own custom iPad/iPhone app icons in PowerPoint using nothing more than drawing tools and free Microsoft clip art icons. Once you’ve watched the tutorial, download my PowerPoint file and use it as a jumping-off point for creating your own designs.

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  • How to Choose the Ideal Training-Design Tool

    We’ve all seen it and heard it before – bosses or clients who insist on implementing a new tool or using a fancy template simply for its “cool factor,” or colleagues who use a highly stylized graphic or font for no other reason than “it looks pretty.” It’s human nature to be distracted by the bright and shiny new thing and to allow our attraction to the “cool factor” to unduly influence our decisions. This approach of committing to a design first and asking questions later is what I call “impulse training design.”

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  • How to Transform Old Training Content into New Performance Support Tools

    Our society has a ravenous appetite for just-in-time information. In the world of “there’s an app for that,” we don’t want to read a book or take a class to learn things when a simple keyword search will do. And this desire for self-directed, easy access to information doesn’t just vanish when we go to work. For most trainees (particularly the millenials) this is an expectation of the modern workplace – and it means that trainers must embrace opportunities to re-imagine old-school content into new-era performance support tools. But when you’re staring down a catalog of old school classroom training content, where do you start?

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  • A 3-Part Tech Cocktail For Trouble-Free Training

    Have you ever wished for a way to navigate a website, live inside your training presentation – without having to leave PowerPoint and open up a web browser? Have you ever struggled to give your trainees a clear, detailed rendering of a large diagram or a form in PowerPoint – only to resort to cropping the images and spreading them across multiple slides? How many times have you shown up to lead a training workshop only to discover that you left your thumbdrive at home and you don’t have the latest version of the files you need?

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  • The Year's Most Thought-Provoking Training Blog Posts

    t’s that time of year again. Time for the onslaught of top 10 lists, wistful reflections, and flawed predictions for the year to come. Normally I try to avoid such clichés, but in support of other much-maligned but secretly cherished holiday traditions like office parties and staff potlucks, here’s my contribution to the annual countdown list genre: The Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Training Blog Posts.

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  • 3 Lessons Trainers Can Learn From Marketers

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that many of us could learn a few lessons from the marketing department. After all, training and marketing are essentially in the same business. Both of us are trying to impart knowledge to change behaviors. And, despite our different budgets, we often fall into the same communication and planning traps – a lack of focus, poor follow-through, and a tendency to deliver tons of information and very few solutions.

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  • How to Solve PowerPoint’s 3 Biggest Problems With Presentations

    Being a PowerPoint geek can be a blessing and a curse. After 10+ years of  salvaging presentations (and professional reputations) I thought it was time to compile some answers for three of the most universally puzzling PowerPoint problems: 1. How do I get a YouTube video to play in PowerPoint?…

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