Templates for good

Clark Quinn

In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’ And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good.

eLearning Templates – 20 Resources

Tony Karrer

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources.

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Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

Learning professionals spend a significant amount of their time (maybe even the majority) designing and delivering content and then evaluating completions and short-term memory outputs from structured mandatory and compliance training modules and courses.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 5

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I created a page called 'Course Newsletter' and it publishes to course_newsletter.htm For templates I'm using page_header and page_footer. Again, normally I would use a specialized email template to fix this. Nothing changed. What would change that?

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In doing this I realized that I needed to change how I had defined to Module table in gRSShopper. I tried making 'description' a plain text box, which worked, but did nothing to change the way 'synopsis' is displayed. It has the out-of-the-box gRSShopper template and contents.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For example, instead of creating a course simply by filling in boxes in predefined forms, I can think about the structure and format ahead of time and design it exactly how I want. This XML schema is a good starting point (remember, I can always add or change elements later if I want).

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The format will default to HTML, and I'll want to change that, but I'll test this first. I should put a header and footer template on the page that will contain the styling I need, plus any Javascript libraries.

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Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


So what does that mean for the poor instructional designer when over 70% of the learning they create delivers poor customer experiences? The easy thing for an instructional designer to do is to rely on simple instinct and maintain the status quo.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A simple HTML page that will load the actual 'submit feed' form into an iFrame - this makes it a lot easier to keep this page up to date with template changes 2. which are created once and might never change).

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New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

My colleagues, Heather McLeod Grant and Adene Sacks, have just published a new workbook called “ Leading Systems Change.” That’s why I’ve keep a good list of meeting facilitation playbooks such as Leading Systems Change handy for inspiration.

3 reasons to change your learning content management strategy now


High Impact Learning Organizations like Capgemini Academy are investing in state-of-the-art learning content management systems, like Xyleme, to keep pace with the drivers of change. It improves the speed of design and the amount of reuse," May indicated.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. Kudos to NTEN for breaking the template on the typical type of events it has hosted. The Session Design and Implementation.

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All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

Martijn Linssen

So the world is changing. The feedback we receive from the tire that needs changing at night in the rain is powerful, but nothing compared to the feedback we receive around a dinner table or during a seminar Q&A. Learning Management Suite RFP Template | Catadoc.com - [.]

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The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Future IMS Learning Design What is the future of learning design? Joel Greenberg My own personal view: maybe the world is moving on, and maybe the idea of 'design' is a bit old fashioned. We found that over 80 percent of OU material could be done with one schema; they were changing it (the schema) to change it, not adding value. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it.

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How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

And, you need to think about the cover image design in the context of your overall content strategy. But what if you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer and need to do it in-house? Some of the major changes include. Cover Photo Template.

How Not to Adopt an LCMS


People don’t like change. They particularly don’t like change that is not well thought out. Unwillingness to standardize your output templates. Hand-crafted content takes time, but the reality is that most learning content can be templated.


Clark Quinn

The topic is interesting to me, because like with Design Thinking , it seems like well-known practices with a new branding. As context, during grad school I was in a research group focused on user-centered system design , which included design, processes, and more. What was current at the time were iterative, situated, collaborative, and participatory design processes, so I was pretty familiar with the principles and a fan. And we certainly need change.

Manifesting in principle

Clark Quinn

My thoughts are related: Tool vendors should ensure that their tools can support designers interested in these elements. The real issue is in the design. I’ve argued in the past that better design doesn’t take longer. RFPs) and internal (templates, checklists and reviews) to start meeting these criteria. It will take some education around the workplace, but to ensure that the efforts are really leading to meaningful change mean it’s critical.

Stop creating, selling, and buying garbage!

Clark Quinn

One of the causes is unenlightened designers. There are lots of them, for lots of reasons: trainers converted, lack of degree, old-style instruction, myths, templates, the list goes on. You know, it’s not like one dreams of being an instructional designer as a kid. Good learning design is not something you pick up in a one week course, sadly. And the pressures they face are overwhelming if they did try to change things. design strategy

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Meet The New Blog

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Meet The New Blog Today marks the most significant change in this little blog since I first set up shop here a little over three years ago. More important changes are on their way, though.

Levels of eLearning Quality

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’ve been both reviewing eLearning, and designing processes & templates. As I’ve said before , the nuances between well-designed and well produced eLearning are subtle, but important. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the work is well-produced, and explore some levels of differentiation in quality of the learning design. Rote knowledge dump and test reliably lead to no meaningful behavior change. design

Smart.fm: Why Goals are the new Lists

Adaptive Path

And changing the way we think about something can have powerful implications on what we design and how we evaluate it. Using our Elevator Pitch “mad-lib&# template, we brainstormed ways to fill in the blanks: “For people who… the new smart.fm Part of the Smart.fm

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eLearning Process Survey results!

Clark Quinn

eLearning process is something I’m suggesting is ripe for change, and I thought it appropriate to see what people thoughts. I assumed people would know to choose the lowest option in the list if they could, and I don’t know that (flaw in the survey design). design strateg

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Xyleme Named a Top 20 Authoring Tool for 2018 by Training Industry


Xyleme is the Learning Content Management System (LCMS) of choice for the visionaries who are looking for innovative ways to change the way learning is created and delivered. This seventh annual list is designed to help buy-side organizations in their searches for the right training partners.

The role of the university?

Clark Quinn

Similarly, pursuing one fixed course of study won’t make sense anymore, as the fields are beginning to change, and the arbitrary categorizations won’t make sense. Sure, there’d likely be some templates around for learning, but it’d be more self-directed, customizable, and put the appropriate responsibility on the learner. It would necessitate a change in pedagogy as well. Tags: design social strategy

Scaling in complex systems

Dave Snowden

Think of a Portuguese Man of War which is a symbiosis of different creatures which assemble in a specific context, or of Slime Moulds which again change their nature.

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth Kanter

I’m co-facilitating a session on Nonprofit Training Design and Delivery with colleagues John Kenyon, Andrea Berry, and Cindy Leonard at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference on Friday March 14th at 10:30 am! What part of the workshop should be changed to improve learning?

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How much do we love reuse? Let's count the ways!


An author makes a conscious decision to reuse content when he or she finds a course or lesson that would augment a particular course he or she is designing. Reused content can only be changed by a certain number of people who have the authority to modify the content.

Creating Stellar Learning

Clark Quinn

Getting the details right about instructional design is quite hard, or at least it appears that way, judging from how many bad examples there are. Whether you’re creating products for commercial sale, or solutions for internal or external partners, you want to take your learning experience design to the next level. So, how does an organization improve their learning design process to create stellar learning? Teams can learn good design.

It’s Time to Cross That Bridge: Building Learning in a Highly Regulated or Compliance-Driven Industry


Often regulation and compliance content changes faster than what can be authored and published, so if content is built in various systems or tools, it becomes very challenging to make edits quickly. To be mobile-friendly having responsive design is mandatory!

Tools and tradeoffs

Clark Quinn

RapidWeaver uses templates: there are quite a few included, and you can pay for more. I haven’t dived into the actual design behind the themes, as that takes me somewhere I don’t want to go. Tags: technology design Old Site. I’ve been busy updating my website.

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Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

Beth Kanter

Both ideas were new, so it took a little bit of adaption of the templates and techniques, but we managed to come up with something useful for all. Then afterwards we repeated the poll and they saw how the energy level changed.

The year’s top posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 Blogging Community Complexity Design Just Jay MOOCs Working Smarter

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Manipulating narrative?

Dave Snowden

The latest of these attempts to the commoditisation of design thinking but narrative, or rather story telling was one of the first. So if you want to achieve change in a modern organisation, the last thing you should do is announce a change initiative.

meaning and failure

Harold Jarche

Deep change – Good change – Bad change by @petervan. When you rank theorists over practitioners, split work tasks into atoms and pulls templates onto the leftovers, you lose commitment.

5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

Beth Kanter

I use my own self-care plan template to write down what I will do. I know that might seem old fashioned, but being a trainer and facilitator and in the room with social change leaders is what inspires and energizes me.

Global Pulse HunchWorks Project: Week 3 Challenge

Adaptive Path

As a hunch changes over time, how is that reflected in the interface? ” and 17”x11” - some sketching templates we often use. Hunch scenario (PDF) - A pdf with the scenarios and some basic sketching templates included.

Global Pulse HunchWorks Project: Week 3 Challenge

Adaptive Path

As a hunch changes over time, how is that reflected in the interface? ” and 17”x11” - some sketching templates we often use. Hunch scenario (PDF) - A pdf with the scenarios and some basic sketching templates included.

The Networked NGO in India

Beth Kanter

It marked the start of a six month peer learning exchange where I, along with colleague Stephanie Rudat will work remotely with grantees as they implement an action learning project to put techniques into practice and facilitate organizational change from the inside out. Program Design.

Are you able to personalize your content? LCMS 3.7 can help you!


The content must change from monolithic, one size fits all courses, to “nuggets” of content in a granular format which can be configured on the fly. include: Microsoft Word Output – Publish your content in Word format whose design is defined through your own Word templates. More and more, users are demanding that their learning be personalized.

Moron Facebook

Martijn Linssen

Change the work approach, and the tool is no longer such a barrier. are all designed to be sticky. They dazzle and tease, but are designed principally to engage you. Templates, project workspaces, forms, integration with productivity suites, etc.

Learning and Development Webinars


Now add constant change and a distributed L&D function. Eric Span, lead content developer at Benefitfocus shows the before and after of their learning ecosystem and how Xyleme helped them optimize their learning content design and delivery. They offer three ways to shorten your development time: collaboration, job roles and templates. Effective Responsive Design.

Interactive Journalism, The New York Times and Andrew DeVigal

Adaptive Path

Andrew talked about his background, which is steeped in both journalism and design, and started off by explaining that he thinks of himself as a journalist rather than a designer. The line between journalists and multimedia designers/technologists is blurring.