A few weeks ago I participated in eLearnChat with Rick Zanotti and Coline Son Lee. The video is the recording of an overview of Yammer, how to use Yammer for Project Management, Training and lots more.
Check it out! Leave your thoughts below!
I created an eLearning course from an instructor led course. Doesn’t sound too terrible…. Backing up – this also was a HUGE change in the way that our company does purchases (aka “Shopping Cart”). The instructor who was leading this course was awful. There were HUGE training gaps, mis information, poorly written guides (11 pages of BS)… and more. After seeing some of her reviews – I vowed if any one ever wrote something like that about me – I would hang up my ambitions for training.
I did some things that I normally don’t do for eLearning projects, but now I will do going forward. It took more time, but it was well worth it.
Since this go-live of October we have had over 150 associates log in, take the eLearning and receive access from it. My next step is to survey these associates to see if the eLearning is meeting their needs. And if not what can we do to help them. I know this was a lot, however we knew the impact was going to be large and far reaching and it needed to be done correctly.
Do you do all of this for your eLearning roll outs? What other things do you do? What do you skip on? What should you be adding to your roll outs?
Here are the reasons we did this:
So with those in mind, I trained about 15 associates how to use Articulate. They downloaded the free trial version before coming to class. They also had to come with some content or a project they knew they were going to work on. Anyways – we storyboarded, learned Articulate, and the fisherman were fishing. Back to the original reason for the post…
The second Tuesday of each month since then, I have held an Articulate Roundtable. Members come and bring their projects to get feedback, we had new users come an learn, we share and watch screen casts, and began to build standards for our company’s Elearning strategy. For our last Roundtable for 2010 I wanted something that was special and different. Jeanette Brooks (and a few others @hamtra and @suchadrag) responded to my cry for help on Twitter for something cool. Jeanette offered to do an “Engage” session. I mentioned to her that our users create from content already developed and they just use the next button – they don’t really use the interactions of Engage as they should. She came up with 3 really good ideas and examples of before (slides) and after (interaction).
Our Roundtable didn’t know who the special guest was – I was excited for their reactions. We had 7 people in the room, and three more on the phone (plus two from Germany). Our largest turn out yet! They were really pumped when they saw it was Jeanette! She started to walk us through the different types of interactions.
We sat and listened in awe. I have never heard this group so quiet. Honestly – what she was teaching us was not to just to use Articulate, it was to think outside of the software and the tools that we have AND GET CREATIVE! and SMART! What she showed us didn’t take hours to make and do in Articulate, which is exactly what we needed. We are excited and I couldn’t wait to get back to my desk and begin working on Articulate! A few things I learned
I know that Articulate is working on an upcoming blog post about user groups and how to start one.
The resources that Jeanette provided are below. They are awesome and definitely worth taking a look.
What about you? Do you participate in user groups or communities? What are they like? What are you learning?
All I know is that if I don’t use it, I lose it.