Thought Leaders
Anne Mills

Anne Mills

Director/Developer, Learning Solutions

Anne is a graphic designer whose skills have enabled her to produce appealing learning objects and engaging online learning experiences. Through her collaboration with Caryl Oliver, and Raptivity, she has created a range of learning and training courses for clients as small as a hospitality college in India to industry giants like the Linfox Group in Australia.

Currently Anne is contracted to Achievement for All in the UK producing material that supports the charity in its work with vulnerable children. With its reach into 2000 schools, the task to transform their main programme from face-to-face training of school personnel to predominantly online learning is a challenge for them as well as for Anne!

Mini-Lessons: A Different Learning Approach

Mini-Lessons: A Different Learning Approach
Although presented in small bites to satisfy today’s learners, effective mini-lessons follow good teaching practice.
Underpinning Knowledge

Underpinning Knowledge
Some interesting samples created using various Raptivity interactions to introduce a concept to pupils.

Learning Activities

Learning Activities
Various samples built using Raptivity interactions which make pupils perform varied activities that help them learn.

Testing and Assessing

Testing and Assessing
Some samples that assess a learner’s knowledge in a variety of interactive and engaging ways.

Interactive Quiz on Appetisers and Salads

Interactive Quiz on Appetisers and Salads
Interactive way of testing knowledge of appetisers and salads.


Presentation on Ripples

Presentation on Ripples
The sample uses concentric circle interaction to present information about Ripples. Ripples is a tool to measure readiness to implement innovative practice.
Interactive Quiz on Innovative Practices

Interactive Quiz on Innovative Practices
Ladder steps interaction used to explain steps to embed innovative practices in your organization

Desiree

Desiree Pinder

Executive Director/Founder, Artisan E-Learning

Desirée Pinder is the Executive Director of Artisan E-Learning where she helps companies get up and running with e-learning initiatives. Artisan E-Learning specializes in the use of rapid development tools (one reason she enjoys using Raptivity to develop interactions). She helps clients as diverse as government agencies, non-profits, medium-sized businesses, and Fortune 500 corporations.

Desiree has served as a judge for the Brandon Hall awards and has spoken at national, online, regional, and local forums and conferences, and she led the team that received Best Mobile Solution at The eLearning Guild’s SolutionFest in both 2013 and 2014.

She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series and blogs regularly for eLearningUncovered.com giving various tips she uncovers as she works on projects.

Streamlining Your E-Learning Production Process for Efficiency-Q&A

Streamlining Your E-Learning Production Process for Efficiency-Q&A
Diane and I had the pleasure of sharing some ways we have streamlined our production process in last week’s “Best of DevLearn” Webinar presented by The eLearning Guild, which you can view here...
Top Writing Mistakes in Storyboards

Top Writing Mistakes in Storyboards
Recently we asked our instructional designers and storyboard editors what mistakes they were finding (and constantly fixing) during storyboard edits. Here are the top mistakes we identified—with information on how to correct them...
Style Guides for E-Learning Courses

Style Guides for E-Learning Courses
When I’m working with a new client and ask for the company’s style guide, I often get a blank look. Until I ask that question, people are often using their own standards, rather than a true “style”–so we create one with them! Here are the things you may ...
Oswaldo

Oswaldo Camacho

IT / E-learning Analyst

Working with technology and infrastructure for the last 10 years and the last 6 years in the Brazilian office one of the biggest American Publishers, generating Digital Educational Solutions for Latin America customers in Spanish and Portuguese. Responsible for all technology details of digital solutions proposed for customers, since the compatibility of the digital learning objects until the outcomes generated. Always analyzing the main LMS and authoring tools of the market to understood the best possibilities to easily develop and delivery good educational content.

Developing learning objects in a team

Developing learning objects in a team
I used to work in an editorial team where we developed learning objects with help of multiple authoring tools. With many people involved, the process to create....
A Simple Tip to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Online Courses

A Simple Tip to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Online Courses
Do these words sound familiar? Probably yes, this is the kind of feedback we generally receive in our online assessments or exercises.
Susan Wines

Susan Wines

eLearning Specialist Thomson Reuters

Experienced in all phases of creating eLearning courses, I find authors (subject matter experts), apply instructional design principles to course content, improve courseware processes, train internal teams worldwide, troubleshoot, publish, and then engage in social media representing our brand. I work in HTML, XML, and create interactive learning content using flash/HTML5, and videos—even whiteboard.

To work at Thomson Reuters is to embrace innovation. We investigate experiment, collaborate, and continually roll out improvements and new products that delight our customers. Our efficiency represents cost savings, which are also passed along to our customers.

Our custom automated system moves our courses from inception to publication for our online courses. Each new course or update begins in a Word template, then is converted to XML, which is stored by all-chapters or by 1-chapter in Microsoft's Team foundation Server. By maintaining the content in XML, we then run over 100 tests to ensure that we meet critical, compliance, and editorial standards. Our click to reveal type of activities are tagged in the XML, then we develop and add more advanced interactivities as objects (both flash and HTML5). We also maintain a database of over 12,000 accounting definitions. The course information is stored in an online relational database, which is re-purposed to various marketing platforms, plus LMSs, etc. We support mobile, online, download, CD, 508 compliance, though not all on our website but for specific customers. We also support print with an online exam.

How To Stand Out In The Corporate Training Market

How To Stand Out In The Corporate Training Market
Your LinkedIn profile is an excellent source for prospective employers to find and evaluate you. Make it sticky, and shine in the corporate training market. Read on to know how...
E-learning for Compliance: A Value Proposition

E-learning for Compliance: A Value Proposition
Does compliance training sound like a nasty medicine to you? Do you slog through the compulsory courses just to avoid the repercussions of noncompliance? Does it seem like you are required to ...
Gamification in eLearning: Touching Base

Gamification in eLearning: Touching Base
We all know that gaming is serious business to the person in play. They are in "the zone." I believe that zone is the momentum of almost mastering a skill. Master it and boredom sets in unless ...
Todd Kasenberg

Todd Kasenberg

Principal
Guiding Star Communications and Consulting

With career stints in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Todd Kasenberg, Principal of Guiding Star Communications and Consulting, brings years of experience and expertise in group processes, adult learning, online learning and marketing communications to his clients. Todd first dipped his toes into the e-learning pond in 2005, and since has used some of the best available e-learning composing tools, including Raptivity, to delight a number of clients in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Todd’s work has reached and delighted thousands of online learners, in both formal and informal learning contexts. He is an often invited speaker and workshop facilitator, loves to talk apps, mobile learning, and job aids, and is a software entrepreneur, with stakes in online platforms Case Swarm (www.caseswarm.com), Slide Swarm (www.slideswarm.com), QRomium (www.qromium.com) and Culture Digs™ (www.culturedigs.com). Learning personalization is a particular interest – reach out to Todd to discuss this or share your ideas / work in this area.

6 Things That Learning Professionals Can Learn from Marketers

6 Things That Learning Professionals Can Learn from Marketers
Marketers and learning designers share a lot of common ground, but at times may be reluctant to let this be stipulated. Confidently, I will assert that both professions endeavor to change...
Raptivity Linker: Product Review

Raptivity Linker: Product Review
[Learning Solutions Magazine] Raptivity, as the best collection of off-the-shelf, yet customizable, interactions for building in the eLearning market, earned a place in my eLearning development arsenal in its own...
A Comprehensive and Easy to Follow Storyboard Template for Free Download

A Comprehensive and Easy to Follow Storyboard Template for Free Download
A e-learning storyboard broadly specifies the onscreen text, narration script, audio and visual elements, and navigation and interaction instructions. While ...
Storyboarding: A Primer and Current Perspective

Storyboarding: A Primer and Current Perspective
On the surface, storyboarding just seems like much ado with little return. Let me see if I can convince you (and me!) that this is not the case, and that when done with rigour, storyboarding will save a whole lot of grief.

The Five Persistent Problems of Learning
Horses and water come to mind when thinking about the first persistent problem of learning - namely, that the learner sees no reason to participate in the learning. This may be the most ...
Cynthia Alderman

Cynthia Alderman

Senior Technical Editor / Instructional Designer Thomson Reuters

Cynthia K. Alderman, CPA, has been a Senior Technical Editor/Instructional Designer-Online CPE for Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting since 2008. She earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her 30 years of professional accounting experience includes twelve years for two small local CPA firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex; seven years in controller positions for several small privately-owned businesses in Dallas, Texas; five years as manager of financial and SEC reporting responsibilities for a small closely-held company in Dallas, Texas; and eight years as manager of financial and SEC reporting responsibilities for a large public filer in Fort Worth, Texas.

Top Six Online Student-engagement Strategies

Top Six Online Student-engagement Strategies
[Learning Solutions]There are too many distractions that online learners fall prey to: social-networking updates, videos on YouTube, or the forever-trending discounts on eCommerce sites. Keeping learners focused and ...
Retirement Planning for Expatriates to Central America

Retirement Planning for Expatriates to Central America
Millions of people have become expatriates, or expats for short. These include workers, retirees, and entire families. Expats have left the countries where they were born or were affiliated as ...
Monique Head

Monique Head

Sr. Mgr. Information Security Training / Awareness eLearning Developer & Instructional Designer
p>Monique has been in the learning technology field for over 20 years. Her past professional experiences have taken her from the rural classrooms in Southern Georgia, where she supported the use of technology in education by assisting teachers and students as they incorporated computer use into classroom learning; to college campus like Morehouse College where she helped to implement their online learning program.

Her international experience includes an international start-up company, MindScope Multimedia, which provided eLearning solutions by implementing distance learning initiatives in western Europe.

Her current focus has shifted to the corporate industry. Her most recent experience includes the roles of instructional designer and eLearning developer for companies in the cybersecurity and digital payments industries. A major focus throughout her career has been the use of multimedia in producing compelling, dynamic and engaging training tools.

Her most recent interests include the use of xAPI to integrate learning events into the workflow process and integrating the learning process and tools into the “Internet of Things”.

Vision 2016 - An Interview with Monique Head

Vision 2016 - An Interview with Monique Head
Monique shares her vision on eLearning trends and challenges in 2016 through this interview.
PCI Compliance Interaction Sample

PCI Compliance Interaction Sample
This Learning Arc explains the 12 PCI Compliance requirements and goals, along with a practice exercise. It is built using multiple ...
Caryl Oliver

Caryl Oliver

Managing Director – Learning Solutions E Director – Achievement for All Founding Director – International Association for Mobile Learning

Caryl Oliver has been a leading voice in online and mobile learning for some 12 years and is a founding director of the International Association for Mobile Learning. Prior to that Caryl developed a series of technological developments for her own business including the first online accommodation inventory management system.

Caryl speaks regularly at conferences, seminars and workshop on using technology to deliver training and online learning at all levels. While a Director of Australia’s largest Tourism and Hospitality College, Caryl developed learning by means of handheld devices – then a first. She went on to introduce mobile learning throughout the vocational education sector. It was during this time that she first started working with Raptivity and embraced it as an engaging and valuable support for online and mobile learning.

Now based in the UK, Caryl is working with Achievement for All, a charity that assists schools to provide support for vulnerable children. She is developing a complete intranet for delivering teacher training and upskilling to improve practice in schools. She is also training her colleagues to produce content appropriate for turning into online learning.

Course on Embedding Innovative Practices

Course on Embedding Innovative Practices
This presentation uses interactivities that take you through the process ...
An Interactive Course on Asian Cookery

An Interactive Course on Asian Cookery
This programme has been developed for you to test your knowledge in Asian ...
Interactive Quiz

Interactive Quiz
View this interactive sample to check your knowledge about vegetables, eggs & farinaceous Dishes.