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.

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!

Template for OER Success Stories

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Outline * Participants: A note about the learners and educators involved. Who provided the solution, for whom? Context: A note about the context, e.g. socio-economic conditions, geographical region, rural vs. urban, available internet access, * Solution: Please give details of the solution here. * Key Barriers: Please give some of the key barriers to access addressed by this solution. Ideally referring back to our list of access issues.) o Access in terms of awareness.

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.

"Could you just do me a one pager on that?"

Euen Semple

Putting off doing something by writing a templated bit of business fluff. I remember the sinking feeling those words triggered. You knew that you had lost their attention and they were resorting to diversionary tactics. So many documents are diversionary. Reading yet another fictional case study rather than inspiring your own. Faffing about with formatting and fonts rather than taking the leap and sharing what you have written.

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


Studio, Xyleme’s Authoring platform, allows teams to author collaboratively, create consistent branding with templates, and author once in XML and publish to any web, print, or mobile format. Feb 12th 2018 – Xyleme, Inc. was named by Training Industry a 2018 Top 20 Authoring Tool.

Another model for support

Clark Quinn

My role was to develop the initial template that the rest of the content fit. Note that this isn’t a template for tarting it up, but instead a template about what the necessary elements and details around them were to ensure that the elements (e.g. In each case, we created an overall template for the learning, and then detailed what the elements for the template were, and the critical components.



Content output templates. Learning teams can use an LCMS to develop content using design templates, reusing content elements across courses and learning departments, importing and integrating content from other authoring tools, and publishing the content to multiple outputs and devices.

The Power of Reflection in an Ever-Changing World

Charles Jennings

The US military four-question AAR, for example, could serve as a template for any organisation to help embed a culture of reflection. (I wrote the original piece this article is based on for Training Industry Quarterly in Winter, 2012.

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Complexity, design and aesthetics

Dave Snowden

The picture which opens the post is by David Spencer Both published under a creative commons licence, and have been cropped to fit the template on this page. One of my better ideas last year was to put together the first Cynefin Centre Retreat in Snowdonia.

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.

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.

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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. .


Euen Semple

This fetish with uniformity over effectiveness sucks you into an over complicated world of not quite right templates, rigid corporate style guides, and endless hours faffing around rather than thinking or communicating. I recently installed Windows 10 on my Mac. Don't ask, but it had to be done!

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


Cut Wasted Time by centralizing content and using templates you will cut time spent on process, allowing more time to author courses collaboratively.

Links for 2008-07-23 [del.icio.us]

Clark Quinn

Brobst Systems - Ready-made Website Templates and Themes - Free Samples Social Bookmarking For Enterprise Knowledge Management | Intelligent Agent. Martin De Saulles » SMEs and the Web - Executive Summary. SEOmoz | Beginner's Guide to SEO - Single Page Version.

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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Fun Sign Generator

Tony Karrer

You give it a picture to include in the generated image, choose a template that you want to generate, choose the size of the generated image and it generates a fun resulting image. Fun way to generate signs, magazine covers, etc. at FotoTrix.com.



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. ?. ?.

Preparation as brinkmanship

Dave Snowden

The position was exacerbated by time spent getting the new keynote template to work, but that is something I enjoy, sad although I know it to be. For those interested in content or template for that matter, the slides are here. I was living on the edge this morning with my keynote.

Learning Trends 2014


Or, they are "toolkits" for loading your own content into JavaScript templates. You need an integrated authoring, workflow and publishing environment, not simply a collection of tools or a framework that allows a developer to produce "HTML5" templates.

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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.

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


You can see this illustrated in organizations that have created templates that can be used in multiple courses. If you''re creating a course, for instance, you just need to integrate whichever template you want and then modify pieces of content as desired.

What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?


Templates, output options, and customization options. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Learning Content Management Systems. When most people hear the phrase “Learning Content Management System,” they usually think “Oh, an LMS.”

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.

Manipulating narrative?

Dave Snowden

We got most of the way through this exercise, using the water engineer story as template today. As promised yesterday it is more than time to update some of my thinking on narrative as communication.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Learning and Development Webinars


They offer three ways to shorten your development time: collaboration, job roles and templates. The Xyleme Learning Content Management platform delivers a simple ‘Author + Publish’ approach with responsive publishing templates. The below learning and development webinars feature speakers from leading companies like Cisco, Dell, T-Mobile, Caterpillar, and Baker Hughes, and cover a variety of topics, news, and best practices specifically geared toward learning and development.

Social Learning Designer

Tony Karrer

Using a common marketing template, I thought it would be a great exercise to have people define our: Buyers Benefits Services Differentiation Here's the template. Out of the conversation in Learn Trends around making informal learning concrete, Cammy Bean asked: Cammy Bean: So is there a market for Social Media Instructional Designing Consultants? Jane Hart suggested that we use the term Social Learning Designer to describe the role.

The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Building on and leveraging the Internet will be a great help. “In addition to providing a good template for blockchain’s adoption, TCP/IP has most likely smoothed the way for it.

Site Redesign

Harold Jarche

For the most part I have just used templates or very simple layouts. If this site is popular, it is because of the content, not the design. I have not put much effort into the design and visual art is definitely not one of my skills.

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.”

New SenseMaker® web site

Dave Snowden

Now it really needs a complete revamp but Michael to his great credit drove an interim solution, using the current template but with different text and images. I spent a fair amount of today working on the text for our "new" SenseMaker® web site.

Moron Facebook

Martijn Linssen

Templates, project workspaces, forms, integration with productivity suites, etc. Actually, I mean “More on Facebook,” but as I was once accused of using fancy headlines to draw clicks (to this site with no advertising), I thought I would play the part and see if that behavior makes any difference. Tongue is firmly encheeked. Also, this isn’t about Facebook at all. Not really.