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This Blog Moves to a New Web Site January 9, 2009

Posted by elearningtyro in About this blog, e-Learning Groups or Forums, Instructional Design, Template Design, Useful Resources, e-Learning Demos, Graphic Design, About e-Learning, Bloom's Taxonomy, Assessments, Articulate Engage, CMS.
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Hello all,

I am glad to announce that I have launched a new Web site on e-learning. Here is my new Web site name:

http://elearningplanet.com/

Here are the unique features of my new Web site:

Millions of e-learning Web sites are available in the Cyberspace. There are Web sites that include only e-learning blogs; some include e-learning forums, information on e-learning jobs, reviews on e-learning products, and so on. But, very few Web sites post information that covers all aspects of e-learning.

 

elearningplanet.com deserves to be one among those rare Web sites that:

  • Includes its own e-learning blog.
  • Facilitates collaborative learning between e-learning professionals through its forum.
  • Conducts frequent online contests for e-learning professionals.
  • Provides free online training and assignments for instructional designers and graphic designers.
  • Selects its favorite blog post and blogger from the e-learning blogosphere on a weekly basis.
  • Selects active participants in the planet’s forum.

All blog posts in this blog (http://elearningtyro.wordpress.com/) are moved to the ‘Blog’ section in http://elearningplanet.com/. However, this blog  continue to remain with no future updates.

Please redirect your feeds to http://elearningplanet.com/?feed=rss2

Thanks for all your support and I am anxious to contribute more to this e-learning world through my new Web site.

Regards,

Sathish Narayanan

Moodle Demonstration Website December 29, 2008

Posted by elearningtyro in CMS, Useful Resources.
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Click here to view the official demonstration Website of Moodle Content Management System (CMS).

This website allows you to try the most recent and stable version of Moodle, and to explore courses which demonstrate important Moodle features.

Useful Blog on Virtual Environments and Worlds December 22, 2008

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Click here to view a useful blog that includes videos and presentations on virtual environments and worlds.

15 Ways to Promote E-Learning Programs December 19, 2008

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Click here to view an article that describes 15 ways to promote e-learning programs.

E-Learning ROI Calculator December 6, 2008

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Click  here to view an interesting tool for estimating the ROI from an e-learning project.

E-Learning Project Cost Estimation Tool December 2, 2008

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Click here to view an interesting tool for estimating the project cost of an e-learning project.

Best Practices for Using Webex July 9, 2008

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Click here to view a useful post that lists the best practices for using Webex for online collaboration.

Basic Interactivity Strategies in E-Learning May 21, 2008

Posted by elearningtyro in Graphic Design, Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Let me share with an informative blog post on interactvity in e-learning. I always recommend to view this post when someone asks me for basic information on interactivity strategies.

Click here to view the post.

Adding an Articulate Engage Interaction Within Another April 2, 2008

Posted by elearningtyro in Articulate Engage, Graphic Design, Instructional Design, Template Design, Useful Resources.
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Click here to view a useful post on adding an Articulate Engage Interaction within another.

Maximum Sizes for Images and Videos in Articulate Engage March 12, 2008

Posted by elearningtyro in Articulate Engage, e-Learning Demos, Graphic Design, Instructional Design, Template Design, Useful Resources.
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Each interaction type in Articulate Engage has its own specifications in terms of the sizes for images and videos. Here is a useful information on the maximum sizes for images and videos. Thanks to Gabe Anderson for sharing these details in his blog. 

Interaction Type

Maximum Size

Example

Process (no text in steps) 620 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Labeled Graphic 690 px width x 470 px height Click here for an example
Tabs (at a minimum size of 10%) 553 px width x 380 px height Click here for an example
Tabs (at the regular size of 30%) 425 px width x 380 px height Click here for an example
Circle Diagram 250 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Timeline 620 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Media Tour (without captions or video player) 688 px width x 468 px height Click here for an example
FAQ 617 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Pyramid Diagram 250 px width x 305 px height Click here for an example
Guided Image (if the image takes 75% of the space) 434 px width x 295 px height Click here for an example
Guided Image (if the image takes 85% of the space) 490 px width x 335 px height
Glossary (with glossary items set to a minimum width) 493 px width x 330 px height Click here for an example

Tips for Creating Engaging Assessments by Using Articulate Engage February 20, 2008

Posted by elearningtyro in Articulate Engage, Assessments, e-Learning Demos, Graphic Design, Instructional Design, Template Design, Useful Resources.
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Hi all,

I just viewed a useful post on creating engaging assessments by using Articulate Engage.  Its really worth sharing, and thus you have this post right now.

Click here to view the post. 

Tips for Encouraging Learners to Take e-Learning Courses February 8, 2008

Posted by elearningtyro in About e-Learning, Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Hi all,

Recently, I read an useful article on how to encourage learners to take e-Learning courses. I am sure this article will be more meaningful for organizations that have planned to implement e-Learning for their training purpose.

Click here to view the article.

Useful Article on e-Learning 2.0 November 12, 2007

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I just read Tony Karrer’s interesting article on e-Learning 2.0. He describes the basics concepts of e-Learning 2.0, and compares it with e-Learning 1.0 and 1.3

I found it very useful. Hope you will also admire his article!

Click here to view the article.

Phases of Instructional Design September 25, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Let me share with a Web site that contains a plenty of useful information on the different phases of instructional design.

Click here to view it!

Guidelines for Developing Effective Product Demos September 6, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Let me share with an informative post from Rupa’s blog. She used the Microsoft product demo to provide several guidelines for developing effective product demos. Hope you will also find it useful.

Click here to view Rupa’s post!   

List of International Instructional Designers August 21, 2007

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Let me share with an informative URL that contains a list of international Instructional Designers with their qualification and other contact details. 

Click here to view the list!

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy July 24, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Bloom's Taxonomy, Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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A number of debates are conducted all across the Globe regarding the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Meanwhile, let me share with a Wiki page that includes the details of Bloom’s Taxonomy and its  revisions. This Wiki page also includes a Web link to download the Microsoft Office PowerPoint Quiz that enables you to test your Bloom’s Taxonomy knowledge. Hope you will find this post useful!

Click here to view the Wiki page!

Tips for Developing an Engaging MS PowerPoint Presentation June 7, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Thanks to Christy Tucker for referring an interesting presentation by Karl Kapp. The presentation emphasizes on how to develop an engaging MS PowerPoint presentation. In the presentation, Karl Kapp shows some examples of bad PowerPoint slides. Then, he follows up with his suggestions on how to present the slides in an engaging manner to the audience.

Here are his words that impressed me the most:
We cannot blame the tool. Study after study shows that good design, regardless of the technology, is what that makes good learning. In the end, it’s the design and not the tool that impacts learning.

Great words, isn’t?

Click here to view the presentation!

Interactive Course on the Power of e-Learning April 11, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in About e-Learning, e-Learning Demos, Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Recently, I admired viewing an e-learning course that provides an excellent introduction to e-Learning. The course contains several modules that are replete with concrete and practical examples. I am sure that the course will be handy for a novice who wishes to seek a basic knowledge on e-Learning.

Click here to launch the course!

Graphic Design Style Guide – Essential parameters March 31, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Graphic Design, Useful Resources.
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Graphic Designers shall consider the following essential parameters while developing or reviewing the media of an e-Learning course by using Macromedia Flash:

  • Document properties: This includes verifying standardized document properties, such as document size, frame rate, publish settings, and other properties.
  • Naming conventions: This includes verifying the standardized naming conventions of a graphic element, file, layer, symbol, and library.
  • Font specifications: This includes verifying standardized font specifications, such as the font face, size, and color.
  • Alignment: This includes verifying alignment in page title, frame content, and graphic element.
  • White spacing: This includes verifying unnecessary white spaces between characters, lines, and paragraphs.
  • Library management: This includes verifying whether the library is managed using folders and ensuring that the unused elements are deleted from the library.

Apart from considering the aforementioned parameters, Graphic Designers shall also check for:

  • Typo errors
  • Content verification by cross checking with the source content
  • Consistent usage of graphic elements
  • Masking problems
  • Audio synchronization

Tips for Interacting with the SME on Content-Related Issues February 5, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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During the input collection process or during the storyboard development stage, an Instructional Designer (ID) might require content-related clarifications from the Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Here are a few instances in which an ID shall raise content-related queries or issues to the SME.

1) Missing contents: It is recommended to raise the SME query for contents that do not have required information.

For example, consider that there is an abbreviated term called ‘ICT’ without any expansion in the SME’s source content. In such a case, the ID shall raise the following query to the SME:
This course has a term called ‘ICT’ without any expansion. Please provide the expansion for the same.

It is to be noted that this query can be raised only after a thorough exploration on the abbreviated term (like search in Internet or in other resources) at the ID end. Then, the ID shall inform the SME with the following note:
This course has a term called ‘ICT’ without any expansion. From an article relevant to this course, I found the expansion of the term ‘ICT’ to be ‘Information and Communication Technology’. Please confirm if it is correct.

2) Complex, ambiguous, and lengthier sentences: It is advisable to make a note to the SME on sentences that are complex, lengthier, and ambiguous.

For example, the content provided by the SME may contain complex, ambiguous, and lengthier sentences. While junking them into precise or shorter sentences, there is a possibility of content loss. In such cases, the ID shall inform the SME with the following note:
This sentence looks complex and ambiguous. However, I have tried to make it precise and shorter. Please let me know if I can proceed with my sentence formation. Alternatively, please provide a simpler sentence for content clarity.

3) Redundant or irrelevant sentences: It is better to make a note to the SME on redundant or irrelevant sentences in the source content.

For example, the source content may contain information that is redundant or irrelevant to the context. In such cases, the ID shall make the following prior notification to the SME on the deletion of redundant or irrelevant information:
This sentence looks redundant or irrelevant to the context. Please let me know if I can remove this particular sentence.

Hope the aforementioned tips for interacting with the SME on content-related issues are sufficient for a novice. However, I will update this post if I acquire any additional information.

Virtual Classroom Starter Guide January 10, 2007

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Here is my pick of the day.

Let me share with an interesting article that I read recently. This article covers the basics of virtual classroom, its features, challenges, and other related information. I am sure it will be useful to you!

Click here to view the article.

195 e-Learning Magazines January 3, 2007

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Here is an informative Web site that might keep your life engaged forever.

http://www.quiknet.com/tcsmith/mags.htm 

This Web site has a list of 195 e-Learning magazines and related resources. Hope it will be useful to you!

Top 100 Education Blogs December 26, 2006

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Online Education Database (OEDb) has released a list of top 100 education blogs. You can view the list by clicking the following URL:

http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs

Elements in the e-Learning Course Template December 25, 2006

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Template Design, Useful Resources.
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Here is a list of elements that shall be included in the e-Learning course template.

  • Header or session title: It should display the session name.
  • Frame title: It should display the frame title.
  • Pagination information: It should provide information on the current frame number and the total number of frames in the session.
  • Glossary button: It should provide the list of terms, definitions, and relevant description.
  • Help button: It should provide assistance in operating and navigating through the session.
  • Exit button: It should enable the learner to exit the session. It is appreciable to include a dialog box with an instruction like “Are you sure you want to exit?” when the exit button is clicked.
  • Slider bar: It should enable the learner to navigate the frame contents either forward or backward.
  • Audio ON or OFF button: It should enable the learner to play or mute the audio.
  • Audio transcript button: It should display the contents read in the audio.
  • Previous button: It should navigate to the previous frame.
  • Next button: It should navigate to the next frame.
  • Play or pause button: It should enable the learner to play or pause the execution of a frame.
  • Template instruction bar: It should provide information on the template navigation instruction (for example, ‘Click Next to proceed‘, ‘Click Exit to exit the session‘, ‘Follow the instructions in OST‘, and so on) or the status of frame execution (for example, ‘Frame execution in progress‘) to the learner.
  • Notes button: It should display a scribbling pad. The learner can type his or her notes, save, and print the same.
  • Search button: It should enable the learner to search for his or her required terms and explanation.
  • References or learning aids button: It should display all the reference materials and other learning aids related to the session.
  • FAQ button: It should display the session’s frequently asked questions and their respective answers.

The aforementioned elements are some of the frequently used elements in the e-Learning course template. You can choose the elements based on the target audience and your client’s requirements. I will update this post if I acquire any additional information. Hence, I suggest you to visit this post frequently.

Tips for Developing the Course Design Strategy Document December 21, 2006

Posted by elearningtyro in Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Let me share my knowledge on developing the course design strategy document.

The course design strategy document is developed before developing the storyboard and it gives an overall idea on the strategies to be incorporated in the courseware. Strategies here corresponds to both the instructional design and graphic strategies. It will be useful for both the client as well as the e-Learning team, which develops the courseware.

I suggest you can consider the following attributes or parameters or details for developing an efficient course design strategy document.

  • Client name
  • Course name
  • Course objective
  • Course complexity level (in terms of Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  • Course language
  • Target audience
  • Instructional strategies
  • Graphic strategies
  • Course flow

Let me emphasize the key instructional and graphic strategies to be populated into the course design strategy document.

Instructional strategies

Instructional strategies shall include the following details:

  • Instructional theory to be adopted in the courseware
  • Inclusion of the course guide (if planned)
  • Usage of interactivities, such as roll over, point and click, select an option, text entry, drag and drop, and tool tip
  • Assessment types with details, such as where the questions will come into existence  (within the content frames, after the content frames, as a separate module, and so on)

Graphic strategies

Graphic strategies shall include the following details:

  • Level of graphics, such as 2-D or 3-D, screen grabs, and animations
  • Inclusion of audio with details on the gender of voice
  • Navigation details (linear or non linear navigation)

Note

It is better if you could include the reasons for incorporating the aforementioned instructional and graphic strategies.

Hope the aforementioned tips for developing the course design strategy document are sufficient for a novice. However, I will update this post if I acquire any additional information.

My Favourite Groups or Forums on e-Learning December 20, 2006

Posted by elearningtyro in e-Learning Groups or Forums, Instructional Design, Useful Resources.
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Here are my favourite groups or forums on e-Learning and Instructional Design. I will keep you updated with my favourite groups or forums through this post. Hence, I suggest you to view this post frequently.

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