Templates and tools

Clark Quinn

A colleague who I like and respect recently tweeted: “I can’t be the only L&D person who shudders when I hear the word ‘template'”, and I felt vulnerable because I’ve recently been talking about templates. To be fair, I have a different meaning than most of what’s called a ‘template’, so I thought perhaps I should explain. Templates don’t have to stifle creativity, they can serve to improve quality instead.

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.

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

Charles Jennings

I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. I found I disagreed with Kate’s view on a number of points, and stand on the other side of the fence from her argument for a number of reasons.

SharePoint Templates for Academic Departments

Tony Karrer

I work at a University and one of our first task’s is to work on a template that might meet 80% of an Academic Departments needs. I’m wondering in your search if you’ve come across others who may have created a more customized template that better suits the needs of a department vs the out of the box templates that you might be able to share. In fact, I don’t believe these are even called templates, so … What would you call what this person is looking for?

Fixing the quirky noQuirks blog template

David Weinberger

Thanks to Mirek Sopek, the folks at Mako Lab diagnosed why my new WordPress blog template was going all wonky in Internet Explorer 9. Even after I’d discovered that the problem was that I was declaring the HTML page with Quirks , I’d put the type declaration in the wrong spot. I put it at the top of header.php, thinking that would put it at the top of the HTML page that WordPress assembles out of various files. You have to put it at the top of the index.php file. D’oh!

What's Wrong with Traditional Stock Photography Sources for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Access to other files, such as background images, other stock photos, and templates all formatted for eLearning That’s not to say that traditional stock sites have no value. Back in 2007, I provided a long list of sources of stock photography for eLearning.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Often, we get stuck in meeting design ruts where we blindly follow the same template or recipe. Each method provides step-by-ste instructions, examples, templates, and additional reading links. This section includes templates for meeting processes.

A Few Really Useful and FREE Social Media Tips Sheets and Resources

Beth Kanter

Infographic Template for Nonprofit Annual Report: Just in time! A fantastic template to create an infographic in pikochart of your nonprofit’s impact for the past year.

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What is #responsivelearning and why should I care?


We discovered that the biggest barriers companies face to producing effective responsive learning content are Skills, Tools, and Templates. Tailor the responsive template to meet your branding needs, without web development skills. .

Successful Social Media Content Strategy Is A Continuous Improvement for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Format Templates , Content Asset Organizing Tools, and scheduling software that covers this whole process. Format Templates and Cheat Sheets.

Scaling in complex systems

Dave Snowden

In a complex system you need to define your identity focal points and manage your connections, rather then get out the flow charting template and create excessive structure.

Our new instinct

David Weinberger

This is helpful information because Avery doesn’t have nearly as many ready-made templates for Pages as it does for Word. Avery doesn’t have a Pages template for its Beige Design Filing Label, Clear, 30 per sheet (# 5029 ), so you made your own? MacWorld ran an article on how to set up Apples Pages to print out Avery labels. So the article walks the reader through the page and table settings. Excellent.

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

CMS, templates, classifieds, and cloud hosting, among other features. Bulletlink Templates and allarently free hosting, $59/month. Templates would have to be rewritten, as they're not very good. Here's a demo of the newspaper template. Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system.

Under the ‘Content’ Cover

Clark Quinn

That’s why we create external tools like checklists and templates to support good design. Instead, we could be using checklists or templates to ensure we get the right elements. Too often I see instructional design training and tools, in addition to talking about ‘objectives’ and ‘assessment’ (which I tend to call ‘practice’, for hopefully obvious reasons), talking about ‘content’. And I think that simplification is a path to bad learning design.

Mobile Learning and the Continuing Death of Flash

Tony Karrer

You choose templates, add text, images, audio, video and quizzes, then publish for web and mobile. About a year ago, I wrote about the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash.

Some new elearning companies ;)

Clark Quinn

Their signature offering is a suite of templates for your elearning featuring cooperative play. As I continue to track what’s happening, I get the opportunity to review a wide number of products and services. While tracking them all would be a full-time job, occasionally some offer new ideas. Here’s a collection of those that have piqued my interest of late: Sisters eLearning: these folks are taking a kinder, gentler approach to their products and marketing their services.

No Sweat DIY Infographics

Beth Kanter

I’ve been looking for free, low cost, easy-to-master tools and templates to reduce some of the sweating. And, ironically, the templates are just pretty, but they help guide you in planning and designing your infographic.

Designing Learning Like Professionals

Clark Quinn

But just following a template isn’t sufficient. I’m increasingly realizing that the ways we design and develop content are part of the reason why we’re not getting the respect we deserve. Our brains are arguably the most complex things in the known universe, yet we don’t treat our discipline as the science it is. We need to start combining experience design with learning engineering to really start delivering solutions.

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


What they did know, however, was that they had specific business problems to solve and that those problems weren''t going to be solved with a new PowerPoint template or yet another rapid eLearning course.

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IDs can use an LCMS to develop collaborative content with design templates, reuse content nuggets across courses and learning departments, import content from other authoring tools, and publish the content across multiple outputs and devices. Content Output Templates. ?. ?.

Becoming personal knowledge managers

Harold Jarche

Reusing a memo that was approved as your template for the next memo to ensure it gets through.”. Tweet Nick Milton highlights an overview of knowledge management (KM) from Susan Camarena , CKO at the Federal Transit Authority, which includes: How do we implement KM? We already are doing it!

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

Beth Kanter

Cover Photo Template. Full Mock-Up Template. In the interest of maintaining credit where it is due the originator of the file Hongkait.com has his branding on the template.

Why I Love @Canva for Nonprofits and Why You Should Too

Beth Kanter

The tool is easy to use, includes templates, and lots of useful how-to information. I am in Cambodia as part of Tech2Empower , an initiative of Wake. I traveled with a team of Advisers to conduct an interactive “Tech2Empower” workshop for leaders of anti-trafficking and women’s rights NGOs.

The 2 views of workplace learning: L&D and Employee

Jane Hart

The technologies they employ underpin this approach: e-learning authoring tools to create templated content, and a LMS to store all the usage data. It is now very clear that in many organisations L&D and employees view workplace learning very differently.

A Few Good Tools To Manage Your Online Professional Network Connections

Beth Kanter

YesWare : The primary benefits of Yesware are e-mail templating. Yesware E-mail templates make that task more efficient. Flickr Image: Myles Grant.

The Key to Great Year-End Fundraising? Your Brand.

Beth Kanter

Then we play that out across every part of the campaign—from the stories we tell to the design of the email template and copy in the direct mail piece. Flickr photo by Mallix.

#datanerds: Six Steps to Great Graphs and Charts

Beth Kanter

Step 5: Save as a Template. Make this process easier in the future by saving the chart as a template. Then the next time you need to make a three-line graph, click on your customized template and BAM – instant great graph. Source: Gemma Correll – I Love Charts.

Aligning with us

Clark Quinn

Instead, we see rapid elearning tools and templates that tart-up quiz questions. One of the realizations I had in writing the Revolutionize L&D book was how badly we’re out of synch with our brains.

5 Book Recommendations for Nonprofit Networking and Data Nerds

Beth Kanter

The book shares some fantastic case studies as well as templates, discussion questions, and a measurement culture assessment tool. The book is a manual for nonprofits on how to become a data-informed organization and do more good in the world.

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Organizing Talent

Harold Jarche

There is no template. The opposite of ‘routine’ is ‘original’ Labour is routine. Talent is original. Even advanced technical Labour can be in essence routine. As Labour, once you learn how to do something, you are able to repeat it.

What I Learned From @nancylublin About #dataonpurpose

Beth Kanter

This mean that they had to think of social change as campaign templates so they could do more systematic iteration and learn from it. “If you are constantly changing, you are not iterating.”. Their primary communications method is text and that lends itself to templates.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Digital Strategy

Beth Kanter

The best ever resource and template for an editorial calendar comes from my colleague, Holly Minch at LightBox Collaborative who has been sharing her template in a google document since 2011. Photo by Gary Clark.

Shiny objects and real impact

Clark Quinn

The analogy here is that using all the fancy capabilities: tarted up templates for simple questions, 3D virtual worlds, even adaptive learning, might not be needed if we did better learning design! Yesterday I went off about how learning design should be done right and it’s not easy. In a conversation two days ago, I was talking to a group that was supporting several initiatives in adaptive learning, and I wondered if this was a good idea. Adaptive learning is desirable.

Content engineering

Clark Quinn

What’s involved is tighter templates around content roles, metadata describing the content, and management of the content. We’ve heard about learning engineering and while the focus is on experience design, the pragmatics include designing content to create the context, resources, and motivation for the activity. And it’s time we step beyond just hardwiring this content together, and start treating it as professionals. Look at business websites these days.

meaning and failure

Harold Jarche

When you rank theorists over practitioners, split work tasks into atoms and pulls templates onto the leftovers, you lose commitment. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Hire character. Train skill.”

Five years of editing Wikipedia

Dave Snowden

Templates and images also but in much smaller numbers. That said there is a constant problem between editors who are obsessed with order who look after templates and policies and the rest of us who deal with the messy coherence of life.

Design like a pro

Clark Quinn

Yet, somehow, we see elearning tools like ‘click to learn more’ (er, less ), tarted up quiz show templates to drill knowledge, easy ways to take content and add quizzes to them, and more. In other fields of endeavors, there is a science behind the approaches. In civil engineering, it’s the properties of materials. In aviation, it’s aeronautical engineering. In medicine, it’s medical science.

Free E-Book: NetworkforGood Giving Day Planning Guide

Beth Kanter

They’ve just published this terrific, free e-book with lots of tips and planning templates to help your organization decide whether to participate. Click to Download. While it may be the dog days of August, GivingTuesday 2014 kicks off on December 4th.

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

Beth Kanter

Having a staff retreat on an annual basis to map out large projects is also a good idea and anticipating monthly or quarterly key deadlines can minimize stress. There is even a “ look ahead ” template for Excel that make this type of planning easier to do. Flickr Photo by Gavin St.

Global Pulse HunchWorks Project: Week 3 Challenge

Adaptive Path

” and 17”x11” - some sketching templates we often use. Hunch scenario (PDF) - A pdf with the scenarios and some basic sketching templates included. Imagine you're a researcher working with farmers in Uganda.