Wednesday, November 29, 2006

It's about DESIGN, not software!

Aarggh! So yesterday I get a call from someone proudly proclaiming the completion of her new asynchronous course. She's concerned that it's "all text" and when I suggest using case studies and simulations the response was: "But I don't know how to do that."

The kicker: the organization spent TEN THOUSAND dollars on an 'authoring tool' (that doesn't do anything you can't do with PowerPoint) but not one dime on giving this person a moment of training in instructional design.

Can we all now say in unison: "And two years from now management will say ' We tried e-learning and it didn't work.' "

Monday, November 27, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ha! Talk about full circle...

I was just surfing and ran into this newest twist. CRACKS ME UP.

Check it out: how to create PowerPoint-type files...with Flash:

Thursday, November 16, 2006

FREE synchronous programs

Join me for these FREE online sessions. Visit and check the calendar for descriptions and registration information:

Holiday Stressbusters
November 20, 12:45 to 2 pm EST

And for spring 2007:
HQ: Your Happiness Quotient
January 16, 1 to 2 pm EST

Winner, Training magazine Editor’s Pick Award: Best Synchronous Program
March 13, 1 to 2 pm EST

Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities
Winner, LOLA Award for Best Use of Synchronous Tools
April 10, 1 to 2 pm EST

Speaking with Sizzle, Substance, and Style
May 22, 1 to 2 pm EST

I'll also be teaching the "Synchronous Facilitator Certificate" program for InSync on Wednesdays in February. Check the InSync calendar for details.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Low cost web conferencing tool

Greetings from Vegas! I heard from a fellow government trainer today about a happy experience with the e/pop web conferencing software. Reliable, user-friendly, and LOW COST.