Tag Archives: training

How to Manage Projects in a Team Environment Successfully

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As Instructional Designers, our workload looks a bit different than the average person. We tend to work project by project, and if you’re anything like this team, you work on multiple projects at once. Sometimes it can get confusing and overwhelming – not to mention a little chaotic with multiple people on one team! In order to successfully manage your …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Rollovers for Software Simulations

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The most recent eLearning project I completed was for an online software application, so creating online software training has been on my brain. I typically create training for adults, so I have been paying close attention to incorporating adult learning theories into software training. In my recent posts, I talked a bit about how Adobe Captivate allows you to create …

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults Creating any type of training for adult learners is challenging because there are so many theories and principles to consider. Is the content too long? Is the content engaging? Is the goal of the content obvious to the user? Now consider those same questions for online software training for adults. You’re looking at multiple checklists …

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5 things managers should know

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For several years now I have been privileged to sit on a panel as a manager for aspiring leaders here at Northern Arizona University. On this panel is a group of managers at the University who, on the last day of the class, meet with the students and answer questions about being a manager. During this meeting there are always …

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Creating Online Software Training

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As an Instructional Designer, I’ve created online training modules for sales, safety, and new employee orientation, but most of my projects have been for IT systems training. Providing online, self-paced training for new software provides end users with the opportunity to see the system and maybe even interact with the system before they use it. Before I share my experiences …

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Inspirational Nugget: Your Course Will Help Someone

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Since I’ve joined the Learning & Professional Development Team at Northern Arizona University, my blog posts have focused on two major themes: Instructional Design “Inspirational Nuggets” and Adobe Captivate 9 features. The Inspirational nuggets came from a couple Post-It Notes that I’ve kept with me throughout my ten years as an Instructional Designer. These Post-It Notes serve as a reminder for …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Advanced Actions Part 2

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In my previous post, I covered a few simple techniques for adding Advanced Actions to Adobe Captivate 9 projects. We added hidden captions that appear when users click a button. Now we’re going to connect that interaction to the slide navigation, because our customer wants to make sure that users read every caption before they can move to the next …

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Using Transitions Effectively

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Transitions are a great way to move around blocks of content, but without careful attention, they can quickly become distracting. Many novice users will overuse transitions, which can make the training look sloppy, unprofessional, and most notably, a distraction to the learner. There are many transitions to choose from, so it is important to figure out which one works best …

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6 Design Rules to Live By

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If you’ve gone to college for a design degree, these tips might be second nature to you now. But when you’ve been handed a project or assignment that involves creating an eLearning module from scratch and have no previous knowledge of design, these tips will keep you on the straight and narrow. Just follow these six steps and you’re well …

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