Monthly Archives: August 2007

10-20-30 Rule

I like the concept of this. Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 rule says that a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points. I think Merlin Mann of 43folders said it best…”Get in, get out, and don’t make people squint. Awesome.”

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Are you using the right elements?

[via Soul Soup ] This is a good reference to see if there are other tools that you could be using to collaborate better.

How are you using these tools that are listed? Are there any that are new to you?

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Another Top 10…Most wanted online course features

Based on Brandon Hall research the most common requirements when selecting an authoring toll are:

1.    Novice friendly, yet still has underlying extensibility for complex interaction types.
2.    No plug-in required (with the exception of Flash output).
3.    Adherence to SCORM specification and AICC standards. (The real need is full interoperability with many LMS solutions.)
4.    Short learning curve for new content developers.
5.    Extensive library of very interactive question types (beyond multiple choice and true/false).
6.    Robust testing engine (with features such as randomization, drawing from a test item pool, etc.).
7.    Rich media support.
8.    Ability to repurpose content quickly from other sources, such as PowerPoint, Word, and specialty authoring tools (i.e., simulation tools).
9.    Minimal time spent creating navigational control structures (i.e., navigation buttons, menus, etc.).
10.    Low cost (for stand-alone authoring tools).

This sounds like an excellent list. Is there anything missing?

I’m a big fan of the combination of PowerPoint which meets the low cost, easy to use and Articulate which I think meets all the rest of those criteria.  What are you using and how does it compare to this list? I’d love to know.

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Top 10 Tools

via Jane Hart Here is a list of many elearning professionals and their top 10 tools. See my own personal top 10 below:

  1. Firefox
  2. Google:  Reader,Search, iGoogle & NoteBook
  3. Del.icio.us
  4. Picnik.com
  5. Word Press
  6. Wikispaces
  7. Articulate: Presenter & Quiz Maker (also Engage)
  8. Audacity
  9. Captivate
  10. PowerPoint

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Amen to this one!

I couldn’t agree more…”The Slide Is Not Your Script” “The Slide Is Not For Documentation Purposes” & “Your Slide Is Not Your Note Page”

The Public Speaking Blog » Blog Archive » The Pointlessness of PowerPoint

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Ten Tips for New (and old) Trainers/Teachers

Although this article is touted for NEW trainers & teachers I think we can take a moment to review this to check in and make sure we’re doing many of these things regardless of how long we’ve been a trainer or teacher.

Creating Passionate Users: Ten Tips for New Trainers/Teachers

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Got Visual Aids?

Via Pivotal Public Speaking, I found this article referencing some research saying that only 7% of the information conveyed in presentation comes from text. But think of the last one you saw…was it dominated by text? Too often we cram way too much text at the expense of other, more effective options. Visual communication accounts for 55% while the vocal or spoken component the remaining 38%.

“The study by Decker Communications showed that by using visuals in your presentation you could expect roughly to double the chance of achieving your objectives.”

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