Tuesday, 6 February 2018

An Idea for Measuring the Effectiveness of L&D

Is it just me, or is nobody talking about measuring the effectiveness of Learning & Development? 

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of options for (and discussion about) evaluating attendance and completion (aka: butts in seats), reaction, learning, behaviour, results (Kirkpatrick's Levels 1-4), and even return on investment (or ROI, Phillips' Level 5).

That's all well and good, but it's also strictly transactional. All we're evaluating is a single course, intervention, or program.

Why aren't we measuring the L&D function as a whole?

Measuring the effectiveness of L&D

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Roll the Bones in Storyline 360 - A Rolling Die Interaction

Roll the Bones in Storyline 360

Ever since Articulate announced the random number feature for Storyline 360, I've been kicking around various ideas for using it - I'm sure many of you have as well.

I'm thinking my first project will be a board game. A key element of many (most?) board games is rolling dice, so I wanted to include an animation of the dice rolling. 

Unfortunately, I'm no animator. I did some Google-fu and came up empty. If you can't find something online in five minutes, it might as well not exist.

So I made the animation myself, in Storyline 360 - using only standard features (no JavaScript, no video editing). Here's what it looks like in action: 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

DevLearn 2017 Recap 1: Building an Adaptive Course in Storyline

It's been two weeks since DevLearn 2017, and I'm still collecting my thoughts.

To get things going, here's a recap of the session I facilitated, number 715 on the agenda: "BYOL: Building an Adaptive Course in Storyline".

The four objectives of the session were to learn how to:
  • customize course content based on pretest results
  • show remedial content only when needed
  • end the final test early—as soon as the learner passes or fails
  • make your course adjust itself based on learner performance
We'll do all of it, without any JavaScript, coding, or magic.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

DevLearn, Here I Come!

Next week is DevLearn 2017, the eLearning Guild's biggest conference of the year, and I couldn't be more excited.

This is my first time attending DevLearn, and only my second time attending a conference. I attended Learning Solutions Conference (LSCon) in March 2016 and had a blast. So many sessions! So much to learn and bring back to my work. Also, I got to meet many people I've only interacted with via Twitter. By all reports, DevLearn should be similar, only more. Also, there's a stronger technology focus, which fits nicely with my role and my interests.

So, what am I looking forward to most? Well, everything. Here's what I mean:

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

This Week in Training: Your Favorite Articles

Greetings friends and colleagues! Welcome to the inaugural edition of "This Week in Training" (or #TWIT).

The idea for "This Week in Training" (#TWIT) came about because there are so many great articles and blogs out there related to Training, Learning & Development, e-Learning and so on. So many, in fact, that I'm not finding them all.

I need your help! As they say "all of us are smarter than one of us". Whether you call it "crowd-sourcing", "user-generated content", or "content curation", the idea is the same. I'm sure you've written or read some great articles. I'm asking you to pick your favorite and share it with the world.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

This Week in Learning

Hi everybody. I'm trying out something new today. I've picked some of my favourite posts and articles that I've read recently. I really think you should read them too. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Observations from a Hospital Waiting Room: The Abilene Paradox

I was at the hospital with my wife on Tuesday. I'm not telling you that for sympathy, though. I'm telling you that so I can tell you a story from our visit. You should know that my wife was at the hospital for day surgery. Trust me, it's a key plot point.

If you haven't had surgery, there's something you should know to fully appreciate this tale. Are you ready? Here it is: you're not allowed to eat before surgery.

Our story begins Monday evening (the night before surgery). We had dinner around 7:00 PM. As you've probably figured out (because all my readers are above average), this was to be my wife's last meal before surgery.