If U have(or wanna start) an Articulate user group, c'mon in here!

Often when we connect with folks in the Articulate community, we hear about how some of you are getting together with other Articulate users to form shared-practice communities -- these are groups of folks who work in the same company, industry, or geographic location, and they meet up to share ideas, tips, & e-learning examples. We love to hear about stuff like that!   A great example is the WebJunction group, coordinated by Kathleen Gesinger.

We thought it would be cool to start a thread for folks to share what their groups are doing, what's working, & what's not. This way, other folks in the community who are in similar groups, or who want to start one, can benefit.

So, chime in with your wisdom (or your questions!) on topics such as:

  • How frequently do you meet, and for how long?
  • Do you meet in person, or virtually? Or both? Any pros/cons to share about that?
  • What sorts of things do you include in your agenda? Or is it more of an informal, jam-session type of get-together?
  • How have people in the group benefited from exchanging ideas & tips?
  • What are your best tips for folks who want to start a group? If you have a group now, what would you do differently if you were to do it over again?
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Allison Michels

HI!!  

We meet the first Friday of each month. We have some users that call in and use Live Meeting that come from PHX to Germany!

We include at least one show case each month of what has been happening within the different groups. We had a user last month show off his first draft of his course before he presented it to his leadership team. We were able to give him feedback before that meeting.  In the meeting before that, one user showed us the characters that their group purchased to use for their eLearning courses this year. This was a really cool thing that they had done and research and brought back to the group. Now the rest of the group can use these characters within their eLearning modules.

 I also try and dig around on the community for some resources or short screenr that I can share with the group as well. As an organization, we struggle with tracking training and eLearning roll outs in general - so this is also a time for us to talk about the new LMS and how we can build better eLearning courses.

We have Power Point classes coming up and I strongly encouraged all of the roundtable members to attend because the better they become in PPT the better they are in Articulate and their eLearning courses will shine!

Get a good group and a kick off - establish some goals but make it informal. It’s like a breath of fresh air for our group because it’s FUN (unlike the rest of the meetings we sit in all day!).

An idea that has come up is to block off a day or half day to do a working session today and all work on our different projects in the same room at the same time. Sometimes it’s hard to get in the groove of working on ELearning with the distractions of the day. This may be a good idea to start your group or for a break of the roundtable meetings.

Let me know if anyone has any questions - would be glad to help try and answer them!

Linda Lorenzetti

Hey Torontonians and anyone else in the GTA - how about it?  Anyone interested in starting a similar group?

BTW The 1962 encyclopedias were new compared to what we had.  Someone gave us an old set of the Book of Knowledge, it was great, but I remember reading someday man will go to the moon!

Gerry Wasiluk

We hold an Articulate User Group here at 3M for our internal developers.  Essentially, it's a series of mostly monthly webinars on various topics and Articulate news.  More here.

But a general Articulate user group in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area would be cool.  Any one know of one or interested in starting one?