E-Learning Podcasts (Challenge #39) Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM

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E-Learning Podcasts: Challenge | Recap

 

I've always been a big fan of audio podcasts for everything from learning to entertainment. One of my favorite audio projects comes from StoryCorps. Specializing in capturing oral history, StoryCorps travels around the country setting up MobileBoothsrecording studios housed in Airstream trailers.

 

 

They invite pairs of people to interview each other for 40 minutes about the most important moments in their lives. StoryCorps keeps a copy and provides participants a CD copy of the interview. They even offer a free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide for capturing and recording your own interviews.

 

 

While their focus is on storytelling and oral history, there’s plenty of interviewing techniques course designers can apply to their own training projects.


So I thought it’d be interesting in our challenge this week to switch gears from a visual focus, and instead play with our audio sense to design a podcast.


Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to record your answers to the following 10 interview questions:


E-Learning Podcast Interview Questions:

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and the types of e-learning projects you most enjoy.

  2. How did you become an e-learning or instructional designer?

  3. What are the essentials of good e-learning design?

  4. Tell me about your most successful e-learning project.

  5. What are the most important criteria in evaluating e-learning?

  6. What are some common mistakes new course designers make and how can they avoid them?

  7. How is designing mobile learning different than designing for the desktop?

  8. How do you evaluate whether your course was effective?

  9. How do you keep up your skills and stay current in the industry?

  10. What is the future of e-learning?

Save each audio clip as its own file. Use a naming convention that makes it easy to identify each audio file to the corresponding question. You can use numbers (1-10) or any format that works best for you.

 

In the comments section or on your own blog, link to each of your 10 audio clips. I’ll compile each of your questions into an interactive audio project.

 


 

Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, Audacity, or any other audio recording program to record your podcast.


Last week’s challenge

E-Learning Challenge #38: Steal This E-Learning Template

 

Before you sound off in this week’s challenge, check out the amazing game templates your fellow community members shared in last week’s template challenge.

More about the e-learning  challenges:

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.


Wishing you a safe and sound week, E-Learning Heroes!

 

Post written by David Anderson

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Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

 

 

 

113 comments so far

User Rank Tim Slade

448 posts

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Okay, I've finally found the time to participate in the weekly e-learning challenge! Below is a link to download my answers to the 10 questions on SoundCloud. Enjoy!

soundcloud.com/.../weekly-e-learning-challenge-podcasts-for-learning  

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Right on, Tim! I wasn't sure how well this one would go but after hearing your podcast, I have a feeling this is going to be one of our best challenges. Thank you so much for jumping into the challenge!

User Rank Tim Slade

448 posts

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Thanks David! This one was a ton of fun!

Allison Nederveld

136 posts

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

So life has been hectic and I have been a bit absent, but couldn't resist this one!

Tim, thanks for putting yours up on soundcloud.  I would never have thought of it, but when I saw yours, I remembered that I could actually embed the player into WordPress and use this as a blog post as well. :)

So, here are my answers:

soundcloud.com/.../articulate-elearning-heroes-podcast

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

@Tim @Allison

Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed listening to your podcast!  

@David

This is a great idea that I could see building out for a company to introduce its key executives, their job responsibilities, culture, mission/values, etc.  Hmm... and idea is in the works!

Richard

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Awesome, Allison! I really enjoyed your insights and conversational approach.

I hope you guys consider writing a short post on your process for this challenge. Did you script your answers or jot down some talking points? What type of audio setup did you use? How many takes did you need for each question? There's so much to talk about for this challenge:-)

Richard: That's a great idea. I didn't consider using this beyond the elearning podcast angle, but your'e totally right that it could be used for corporate podcasts.

Ashley Chiasson

296 posts

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Tim and Allison - I loved listening to your podcasts!

Here is my submission:

soundcloud.com/.../e-learning-challenge-podcasts-for-learning

Here's my blog-post process write up:

ashleychiasson.com/.../weekly-e-learning-challenge-podcasts-for-learning

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

E-Learning Podcast Interview Questions:

Tell us a little about yourself and the types of e-learning projects you most enjoy.

benchmarkenglish.net/.../1.mp3

How did you become an e-learning or instructional designer?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../2.mp3

What are the essentials of good e-learning design?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../3.mp3

Tell me about your most successful e-learning project.

benchmarkenglish.net/.../4.mp3

What are the most important criteria in evaluating e-learning?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../5.mp3

What are some common mistakes new course designers make and how can they avoid them?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../6.mp3

How is designing mobile learning different than designing for the desktop?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../7.mp3

How do you evaluate whether your course was effective?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../8.mp3

How do you keep up your skills and stay current in the industry?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../9.mp3

What is the future of e-learning?

benchmarkenglish.net/.../10.mp3

Allison Nederveld

136 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:20 AM

@Richard - great idea!

@Ashley - you're going to be awesome in Toronto :)

Per David's request, I edited my draft blog post this morning to include more about my process.  Good thinking, David.  (and Ashley, I totally stole your idea of using David's image from his tweets! I mean, it's not often that my face is Photoshopped into things.)

http://wp.me/p4kcT2-aV

Ashley Chiasson

296 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

@ Alison - My thoughts exactly! I mean...I'm glad that I'm not Photoshopped onto many things, but it is very flattering in this context :P

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Image credits? I think this is a first for me:-) #FeelingSpecial

Nick: Sounds like you had some fun with this one. I loved your answer re: most successful project.

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Criminy, Nick! How many people did you hire for your podcast? We have at least one BBC presenter, debate amongst participants, and I'm sure an impressive production crew.

Beautifully and entertainingly done, Sir. If I was wearing one, I'd d-o-f-f my h-a-t to you, too. (OK - this isn't the spelling bee challenge, but I enjoyed your line from that one.) :)

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I love how audio enables us to get to know each other differently than through writing and design.

Dana Dutiel

118 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Richard...that is a great idea.  I may steal that and suggest it to our leaders.

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Here are my answers:

soundcloud.com/.../elearning-question-and-answer-dan-sweigert

David, I'm new to Soundcloud, so let me know if this is ok, or if I need to do something different. Thanks, Dan

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

For some reason, the last link didn't work, hopefully this will:

soundcloud.com/.../elearning-question-and-answer-dan-sweigert

Allison Nederveld

136 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Nick - I loved your stories!

Dan, I'm not sure if it is just me, but it seems like your playlist doesn't have anything on it...

Allison Nederveld

136 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Looks like we cross posted, Dan :)

The new link doesn't seem to be working either.

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Many thanks for this challenge, David. Great idea.

And many thanks to you Jackie. Your praises are well worth winning. I'm very much looking forward to hearing your answers to David's questions.

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:40 PM

OK, now it's working, this is the same link, there was some default "private" setting on all the tracks in the playlist, but now they're all up there:

soundcloud.com/.../elearning-question-and-answer-dan-sweigert

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Dan that's great! I'm having the best time listening to your podcasts.

It's like a mini-conference by experts for experts. Thank you all so much!

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Thanks David! Also, thank so much for the Tweet with the picture on the laptop, that was really nice!

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hehe, no problem Dan. Since there wasn't the usual published output to work with, I needed something fun and visual to accompany the tweets.

Nicholas Sargent

13 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Good evening!

soundcloud.com/.../articulate-challenge-podcast-nicholas-sargent

My process:

-I jotted down notes for each question.

-Recorded as one track in Adobe Audition, then cleaned audio and chopped into the ten segments using markers.

-Only recorded one take.

Thanks for making me aware of SoundCloud.

Dana Dutiel

118 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Hi Nicholas, when I cilick on the link, I see your image but it says "no tracks available"...I am new to soundcloud, so maybe your audio is hidden

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Hey Nicholas! That just happened to Dan, too. The tracks defaulted to "private" and he had to uncheck that.

User Rank Nancy Woinoski

3,713 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I love this challenge - I was going to record mine today but the school across the street was having some sort of event complete with a loud megaphone and lots of cheering so I'll give it a go tomorrow.

In the meantime I've been listening to the recordings and love hearing everyone's voices.

@Nick, I smiled at your first one because I feel exactly the same way when it comes to talking about myself. I can go one for days in writing but I still get nervous when I have to stand up and say my name and then tell people about myself.

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Nancy, did you stop to see if maybe they were cheering you on to do a fabulous podcast? (A touching yet thoroughly misguided approach, if so.)

Same here - some new and loud background event each day (thunder and lightning and weather radio alerts for hours now, among other noisy events all day) - but I'll try finishing up tomorrow, too.

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 3:16 AM

Right back at you Allison!

In fact listening to your and Tim's blog motivated me to do mine.

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Tim - I love your templates. Thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas.

Allison - Very nicely done. On one of your points, I had a Biology instructor who put just about every word he was going to say on a PowerPoint presentation. He had no idea why his students were pulling their hair out.

Ashley - Great point about no e-learning evaluation. I think some people get so caught up in the new technology, they can't see the forest for the trees.

Nick - Yours was such a fun listen, love your voices! I agree that someone has to make the final decisions or you end up with the most bloated, inefficient piece of work possible. Also great point about the gaming industry's influence on the future of e-learning.

Nicholas - As Jackie mentioned, I had the same problem you did. You need to un-click the box that makes your files private. I look forward to hearing yours and the rest of the group in the next few days.

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Dana - Nice job. Good point about mobile design focusing on quick solutions. And your focus on purpose in design will keep it nice and clean.

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM

My thunderstorm-free responses: soundcloud.com/.../articulate-e-learning-challenge-podcasts-for-learning

Big buckets of thanks to Tim for steering us to SoundCloud! Great idea, Tim. :)

User Rank Nancy Woinoski

3,713 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

It is starting to thunder here so looks like I won't finish today. I'm just starting number 5 but that brings me to a question for the group.

What the heck is the difference between question 5 and 8?  

User Rank Tim Slade

448 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Good question Nancy,

I thought the same thing as well. I think question 5 is asking how you, as an e-learning designer, judge or rate the quality of an e-learning course. And question 8 is asking how you measure the effectiveness of an e-learning course.

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

With question #5 I was going for critiquing and judging elearning projects. Is it interactive? Is it visually appealing? Is it intuitive? And so on.

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

@Dana - I really enjoyed your interview. In particular, I like how you used your seasonal downtime to learn and practice your new skills. Awesome story! Thank you.

Nicholas Sargent

13 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I've just made public these files. So, if you are not already burned out, go have a listen. Thanks!

soundcloud.com/.../articulate-challenge-podcast-nicholas-sargent

My process:

-I jotted down notes for each question.

-Recorded as one track in Adobe Audition, then cleaned audio and chopped into the ten segments using markers.

-Only recorded one take.

Thanks for making me aware of SoundCloud.

Nicholas Sargent

13 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

If it's not one thing, it's another. Here's the untruncated link. :)

soundcloud.com/.../articulate-challenge-podcast-nicholas-sargent

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Whew! Here's my blog post with happily-embedded podcast tracks: www.jackievannice.com

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

@Dan: Nicely and succinctly done! That favorite project sounds oddly familiar. :)

@Dana: Nothing but great points all the way around. Fantastic job!

@Nicholas: I'm glad you fought your way through all the linkiness because you ended up with a terrific podcast. I enjoyed hearing your examples of things that work well at work, and your vision of what you'd like to see in the future is well worth the listen. Thanks for sharing all that!  

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

...here we go Jackie, fedora, homburg, trilby, bowler, Panama, and finally that hitherto undoffable of hats, my most cherished Sherlock Holmes deerstalker. Very well done. I bow to the master.

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:17 AM

Nick - Thank you (!!) but you're waaaaaay too kind!!! I want to go to the University of Nick Podcasts where they teach you to tell stories and jokes and comport yourself like both a proper interviewer and interviewee. (Now where did I put my UNP catalogue...)

Allison Nederveld

136 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 6:42 AM

I'm loving this week's challenge!  These have been awesome to listen to while I'm fine tuning some visual aspects of a project this week. So much inspiration and affirmation and food for thought.

@ Nicholas - what I wouldn't give for Iron Man's awesome set up...

Linda Lorenzetti

226 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Nick, the way you interview yourself reminds me of scenes from The Commitments. When Jimmy is in the bathtub pretending to be interviewed.

Terry: "Be honest Jimmy did you ever think you would be this big?

Jimmy: "To be honest Terry I did. Even in the early days"

Terry: "As big as the Rolling Stones?"

Jimmy: "Who the *beep* are they Terry?"

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:50 AM

What the "beep" are the Commitments?

Linda Lorenzetti

226 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM

A funny old Irish movie about putting a band together.  It sounds like your interview style.

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I was just goofing around Linda. Many thanks for your comment and I'll try and watch the movie. Sounds like my cup of tea.

Ashley Chiasson

296 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Finally found some time to listen to folks! I still can’t get over how I thought people would sound versus how they actually did :P

Dan - I totally agree with the range of creativity between ILT and E-Learning. The job-aid aspect of mobile learning was one of the reasons I looooved working on Electronic Performance Support Systems - Job aids and visual demos all in one place!

Nicholas - screen captures are amazing resources; I do these and screencasts for faculty members at the university I work within - they’re very busy and aren’t always tech savvy, so they need the explanation and then the visual walkthrough for context.

Dana - The overzealousness often gets overwhelming as a developer, so it’s always important to step back and recognize why you’re developing e-learning the way you are!

Jackie - You have such a calming voice! I also agree with you on ensuring your learners get excited about learning how to apply the information they’ve been presented with.

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Okay... Here is my submission for this week's challenge! It has a "southern" flair so if you need me to translate anything just let me know. :)  By the way, this is the reason I prefer to subcontract our my voice-over needs! :)

To complete the challenge, I wrote simple scripts for each question and included key points I wanted to cover. After scripting, I used a Samson GO MIC to record the tracks via Audacity, Camtasia Studio to level the audio and remove dead space from the beginning and end of each track, and then exported as MP3s.  From there, I located and installed a plug-in for SoundCloud, which allowed me to present the podcast directly from my website, performed just a dash of CSS customization and shaazam.... it's ready.  

@David: If you decide to use the files for your project, you will find a link to the individual files on the site as well.

http://tinyurl.com/ogm9cn8

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

@Nancy: I love challenging projects as well! It’s those types of projects that I think help us to grow our own skills!

@Nicholas: Sounds like we have a similar background in technology and training!  I remember Captivate 2… the “good old days”..

@Jackie: “Marshes and Spanish moss…” Isn’t that the most creative place to work?

I agree … “Start by looking at what the course is supposed to accomplish up front!”

@Dana: “Reality checks!”  I agree with you!  It’s a process; you have to learn as you go. I’m sure you will be amazed at where you will be in the next 6 months!  

@Dan: I agree! “You must think about how people use their mobile devices”. Good point!

User Rank Nancy Woinoski

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Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

@Richard - yes, let's drop the e.

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM

"I like the ones that are the most complex and the most challenging from the start."

So true! If anyone gets the tough projects, it's Nancy. Okay, I'm moving on to track 2.

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

@Nancy - Yes! Absolutely agree that the most complex challenges are the best ones. Also that breaking the rules can lead to the next level of creativity and that getting AWAY from the work to explore what inspires you is what leads to the best new creative ideas.

@Richard - I guess this marshy, mossy, liquid heat, gator-filled environment might inspire some good creativity. You may be on to something! Why didn't I think to mention that my favorite projects pay well and come in on time, too?? Also love your "accidental animation" term for misaligned screen elements. I could have been using the heck out of that one for years now!

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

@Nancy: Yeah! That makes two of us. Of course, we can replace the e in e-Learning with something else... like.... i-Learning perhaps? :)

@Jackie: Accidental Animation (AA)....should I copyright that? :)   I don't think enough people realize how using white space and aligning things can make something look more professional!  

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Thank you to everyone for your wonderful, insightful contributions. Tx, especially to Tim Slade for getting us started, and pointing many of us in the direction of Soundcloud.com. That was new for me! I listened to most of you earlier today...didn't get to y'all, Richard and Nancy, who posted after I'd finished listening.

I've learned a lot from everyone...and here's mine:

soundcloud.com/.../elearning-challenge-podcasts-for-learning

User Rank Nancy Woinoski

3,713 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:13 PM

loved your insights Becky especially your story about getting started in e-learning but what's with the running  cigarette butt? :)

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Maybe it's a microphone with someplace to go?

User Rank Nancy Woinoski

3,713 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:18 PM

It is a microphone. I was just being a brat

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Have I told you guys how much I enjoy this challenge?

Becky, I talk to you on a regular basis but learned things I never knew. Twin brother? I expected you to rewrite at least one question, so +10 points for me. Nicely done, Becky. Thank you for jumping into this one.

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,180 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

ARGH @#$%^ just spend an hour recording my answers in Studio'13 to have it crash on me when I press the Save button...   GRRRRRR

Daniel Adeboye

54 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:25 AM

And finally, I'm able to be a part of this week's challenge...my first, though I have been silently following the blog, posts and tips offered here, they've been very useful for newbies like me. I just decided to try this one out and it was great fun. Thanks to Jackie for her encouragement!

I have uploaded the answers on my blog at

all4krist.wordpress.com/.../podcasts-interview-questions-on-e-learning

Please check it out!

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

@Daniel - Congratulations on getting into your very first challenge! You did an outstanding job of figuring out how to make it happen and I really appreciate you sharing how you did it on your blog. I made more comments there - but my favorite response from you is your advice to new e-learning designers. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Hey Daniel welcome to the challenges! You picked a great challenge to introduce yourself so thank you for sharing this week.

I really liked your comments on mobile design. Spot on and I feel that's an area we're all going to learn more about going forward.

Thank you!

Dana Dutiel

118 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I am just starting to listen to the interviews and am really enjoying learning from what others are sharing about their knowledge and experiences.

@Tim - I love love love your statement about "always being a beginner" and if your not learning then your not pushing yourself hard enough...my philosophy always.  Thanks.

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Wanted to come back and at least make one comment around each of your podcasts

Daniel - great reminder to not give up, all pros were beginners once. Need to remind myself about that when I'm trying something new

Jeff - ugh.

Richard - so true about white space/alignment...CRAP! Hey, barely heard your southern drawl. P/h I've become impervious to it because my daughter-in-law is from TX?

Nancy - your early aptitude for painting & drawing is always evident in your creative and delightful designs.

Nicholas S - agree re best trainings sometimes are when problems are solved w/quick screencast or job aid. Get my "fix" for these answering questions in the community.

Jackie - my sentiments exactly re making a course that you'd want to take...placing yourself in the shoes of the Learner

Dana - yep, learn a lot by recreating what others have done

Dan - agree that training feels successful when you know Learners are able to use and apply the information

Allison - SO agree about allowing Learners to make mistakes. Love the term "nonexample" which was new to me in my ID classes.

Ashley - Testing the training solution and verifying the functionality. How is it that this is sometimes missed when it's a key ingredient?

Nick R - Enjoyed the show ;). Especially your thoughts on staying current...never allow yourself to think you're the all-knowing sage, but learn from everyone, all the time

Tim - from loss prevention to ID! Fascinating. Really enjoyed your recent webinar.

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Seems like there's a lot of bratty IDs ;-)

Nancy and Jackie, yep, it's a runaway microphone. And it was actually emblematic of my microphone last night, which was trying it's best to run away from this challenge. It suddenly stopped working on the only USB port where it had previously worked. I was literally pulling all the (USB) plugs. It's been finicky before: Samson CO1U Studio Condenser. Technology ;(

User Rank Tim Slade

448 posts

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

@Rebecca

RE: Richard - so true about white space/alignment...CRAP! Hey, barely heard your southern drawl. P/h I've become impervious to it because my daughter-in-law is from TX?

How did you guess I was originally from TX?  Most people confuse my accent with New Jersey!  :)

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Here's my blog about the podcast. I can't wait until David puts this all together. Thanks David also for the photo!

dansweigert.wordpress.com/.../e-learning-podcast

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Hey Richard,

RE: ..

Becky said: Hey, barely heard your southern drawl. P/h I've become impervious to it because my daughter-in-law is from TX?

Richard said: How did you guess I was originally from TX?  Most people confuse my accent with New Jersey!  :)

Becky's  response: I can see how they get confused ;)

User Rank Daniel Brigham

1,281 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Here are my responses tied into a post on my blog:

www.brighamcommunications.com/daniel-brigham-interviewed-about-e-learning

I've been enjoying listening to you all. --Daniel

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Nicely done, Daniel!

(And you and Dan Sweigert may possibly have some common musical interests.)

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Jackie - You make a great point about people using a new technology or new whiz bang effect without thinking about if it's really teaching anything, or if it's the best way to convey the message.

Nicholas - I liked your metaphor of matching the scratch to the itch. Also great point letting the pictures do the speaking. Let me know when the 3D virtual reality e-learning beta testing starts.

Nancy - You make an interesting point about following the rules mostly, but knowing when it makes sense to break them. It's very true what you said about rather than designing one module for a whole bunch of different devices, it's probably better to have different content and experiences created that work best for the different devices (For Ex: Smartphones and other mobile devices).

Richard - I really appreciated your focus on defining, designing, and measuring success based on specific business objectives. You make an interesting point about using high visual contrast in your design for mobile devices if they're going to be used outside in bright sunlight.

Rebecca - Cool idea about guiding learners on how to figure things out for themselves rather than just telling them.

Daniel A. - I agree that flexibility is an important consideration in e-learning design. A lot of times we'll design the navigation to give the learner the option to leave the course at any time or to move to different sections in any order they choose. Also, good point about not giving up because your work isn't as professional or artistic as a seasoned veteran. It takes time to get there. That's why I participate in the challenges, because I know I need to get better.

Dan Sweigert

180 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Daniel B. - I didn't realize you were a musician. I share your love for those three Canadians. I will say one way you can know your advanced Storyline course was effective, I've already used things you taught in it to not only create e-learning modules, it also helped me to create a music video.

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Daniel and Dan.... I too am a musician. :)  Perhaps we need to start a virtual E-Learning Challenge Band? :)  I think Jackie could be our lead singer?

Dana Dutiel

118 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

@Allison, I like your world of Rainbows and Unicorns and the ideal scenario of being involved at the very beginning of the project, at the analysis phase...man wouldn't that be cool.  :)   I also like the point that you made about working backwards, which I try to do on all courses, but it's always a good reminder.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Daniel B, agree so important and so much better when the learning allows for Learners to makes decisions and think critically...and regarding your comment about the need for the lessons to respond to and improve the work life of the Learner

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

@Richard! That's a very funny idea and a very nice compliment, but unless you guys want to change your name to the E-Learning Virtual ChallengeD Band you SO don't want me on vocals. (Unless they're intentionally comical - I'm not challenged there.) But I can do crowd announcements and record the outgoing voicemail message at your fan club headquarters. Done.

Paul Alders

294 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Thanks David for setting up this challenge. It's a great way to learn more about the people in this community.

Thank you all for sharing your ideas. #LoveIt

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:50 AM

I suppose you've been too busy following Holland's brilliant World Cup campaign to find time to record your own Paul!

User Rank Daniel Brigham

1,281 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

@Dan: glad the Storyline course was helpful.

@Rebecca: I've always like the Niels Bohr quote that an expert is one who has made every mistake in his/her field. I guess that's what grinds my gears about course designers who are pompous. One mistake the new designers make that I forgot to touch on: they don't capture, at the outset of the project, the client's expectations. Learned that the hard way, too. Just being honest. Our field could use more honest practitioners.

@Jackie and Richard: Thanks for listening.

Richard Watson

143 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

@Rebecca, @Daniel: I have always thought that one learns more from their mistakes than they do from getting it right every time!  

I also agree with the importance of understanding  what the cliient is really asking for. I've done a few projects that were really more about delivering information and clicking the Next button. As much as I wanted to make it more interactive and engaging, the client was very specific about what they wanted. In the end they received what they asked for, they were happy, and I'll have another chance to help them improve their courses in the future.

As L&D professionals, I think it's important to educate our clients on what is possible but sometimes, you just have to "go with the flow" to deliver what the client is asking for.

Hope that makes sense.

Paul Alders

294 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Nick - #LOL.... You are half right, I follow every step of the Dutch National team, but besides this I'm also working on my contribution for this awesome challenge ;) All of this, working on some new 3D #characters for #Articulate and a great medical eLearning project makes life to good to be true! ;)

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

It makes perfect sense. I couldn't agree more Richard

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

@Paul

Our hopeless and hapless English team performance means I have more time for these challenges. With you guys I guess its a case of Oranjekoorts.

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,180 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I'm a little behind but here's my podcast! Tim, thank you for kicking off and showing me Soundcloud.

soundcloud.com/.../interview

Boy this was tricky. I've never done a podcast before and I really was trying way to hard to get this right. How do you people keep breathing while talking?

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,180 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Now to listen to all of your entries :)

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Nicely done, Jeff! I especially liked hearing about some of your projects. I'm glad you kept breathing, too! It would have been a far shorter podcast if you hadn't. :) Sounded really good.

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

You mean breathing and talking isn't an either-or task? :-)

If you hadn't mentioned struggling with it, I would have thought you did it in one take. I've seen you present and watched your video screencasts and you're a total natural. I'd love to hear a bit more about your experience.

For what it's worth, I think your interview rocks! Learned a few new things about you and what you do. I'm really looking forward to the next podcast challenge:-)

Paul Alders

294 posts

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Hey guys - I'm a little behind as usual but here is my submission;

www.eyespirations.com/.../my-first-podcast

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Good gravy, Paul - that was great! I'm so glad you were able to make time to do this challenge since I really appreciated what you had to say.

I won't get into everything here, but your description of your preferred kinds of projects, your project with Morning Tears, and the details of your design approach where you see it as taking learners on a journey (which it should be!) were all terrific. Thanks for sharing all of that.

Nick Russell

518 posts

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Awesome Paul and Jeff - I don't know how you do it!

You should make the rest of us do our next podcast in Dutch to even things out.

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Well done, Paul. I hadn't heard of Morning Tears but it sounds like a wonderful program.  I'll update the recap to include your podcast.

Looking forward to catching up w/you this November.

Paul Alders

294 posts

Posted Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Jackie - Thanks for the nice comments....when I talk with people about my eLearning projects and learning I often use the story of traveling to visualise the work that I do.

Nick - what a great idea.... Here is a short video to practice the Dutch language http://youtu.be/FJLKxTlF46Y

David - - the time that I spend in China for Morning Tears was awesome, but also very emotional....especially the part when I interviewed some of the children for the content that I needed. Looking forward to November and tell you more about the details of this project!

Nicholas Sargent

13 posts

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Paul Alders - I got to listen to your podcast. Thanks!

Your comment on the future of elearning granting "more time for living and learning" in conjunction with your elearning project with Morning Tears makes me long for a context in which I/we are freer to create pro bono (vs. constrained to other people's agendas for profit). I love the idea of free apps and open source, especially for altruistic causes. Maybe that's a good challenge for this forum at some point: point us to some directory that needs elearning-for-free, pick a cause, make something and share. (Might be a bigger undertaking than a weekly challenge, though.)

Paul Alders

294 posts

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Nicholas - Thanks for your comment. I really like your thoughts about creating 'courses' pro bono, so if 'we' can work this out I'm in!

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Nicholas & Paul: You probably already know about volunteering with LINGOS. When I talked to them a few months ago they said the best way to get involved was to post your skills and interests on their LinkedIn group page (I believe) and that they keep their eyes open as projects come in and match you up. Seems haphazard when you look at the page (they agreed), but I guess it works.

Also, I've never had a problem getting an enthusiastic "Yes!" out of nonprofits when I approach them directly about doing pro bono elearning courses for them. Sometimes the direct method is the best!

Nicholas Sargent

13 posts

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Jackie - Thanks! I just joined the LinkedIn group Global Giveback connected with LINGOS. That's a start.

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 1:57 PM

That's great, Nicholas! You're so welcome!

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Right on, Nicholas! A lot of folks in the community have worked with LINGOS at one time or another. Please feel free to share any updates or projects you create for them. We'd really like to see what you're doing w/ them.

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Jeff and Nicholas, just had an opportunity to listen. Jeff, you sure sound like a natural "podcaster" to me! Enjoyed all your comments, especially your, I was "too enthusiastic for my super cool job" comment.

Paul, LOVED when I heard you talk about seeing the "joy and fun of learning" in your students' eyes...and the learning/luggage analogy.

Enna Ayub

30 posts

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Oh Wow, was just looking for samples on learning using Podcasts. Thanks David for sharing the link on StoryCorps. I listed to Tim's and Allison's Podcasts and both of you have good recording voice. Did you use SoundCloud to record or another program?

Julia B

2 posts

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at 10:21 AM

The podcasts were very interesting and listening to them was very reassuring to a newbie like me!  It is so great that y'all share your knowledge, experiences, advice, and even templates.   Thanks!

Enna Ayub

30 posts

Posted Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Hi! I thought it will be fun to participate in this challenge. I thought everyone's entry was unique to their life's experience so here's mine:

enna-id-atwork.blogspot.com/.../my-podcast.html

Jackie Van Nice

799 posts

Posted Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Hi Enna - That was fun to listen to. You sounded very relaxed and as though you had fun creating it. I enjoyed hearing about how you got started and your thoughts on good design. Nicely done!

Posted Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Hi Enna,

Tx for participating. Completely agree that we learn some of our best lessons from our mistakes! And congrats for getting that course out just in time.

Enna Ayub

30 posts

Posted Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Hi Jackie and Rebecca,

Thanks for listening to my podcast. I am doing research on Podcast for learning at this moment, so the challenge was quite relevant.

These days I enjoy asking my my stupid questions to the SMEs. Ask now or pay later. :-P

User Rank David Anderson

3,291 posts

Posted Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Very nice, Enna. The bumper music was a very nice touch to your podcast. Great points about not shying away from asking SME silly questions. Love it.

"Ask now or pay later"

Enna Ayub

30 posts

Posted Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Thanks David. A practice that needs getting use. glad you liked it.