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. What is a template? Why use templates? Here, a template tends to be a framework for particular interactions. But we can have templates at higher levels, too.

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.


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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.

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!

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?

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.

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. I don’t want anyone to get me wrong. I like Kate a lot. We’ve known each other for a number of years.

ID Support Thyself

Clark Quinn

I had originally been thinking about templates, and that’s another way. And here, I’m not talking about tarted-up quiz show templates. Just as you may have a template you reuse to maintain look and feel, you can have placeholders for the elements.

How to Overcome Content Management Challenges at Scale


When you author structured content and publish it through templates, all that fussing with formatting goes away. Every organization runs into content management challenges when they reach a certain size.

Case Studies in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You might provide online forms, templates or help sheets to help them plan and construct their response to the case study (I know I would). Right, I've never used one in a MOOC.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Did You Know 2.0" (shifthappens)

Mark Oehlert

Put aside all thoughts of SCORM, or templates or Likert scales or ROI or alignment or LMS or whatever for the 8 minutes and 15 seconds it takes to watch this video and understand that we work in the learning field.that is a powerful place to be and there is great potential in the skills and knowledge you all have.

How Not to Adopt an LCMS


Unwillingness to standardize your output templates. While template is a four-letter word in some training organizations, organizations can gain huge efficiency by standardizing a rich library of screen layouts, interaction types, and content structures that learning and development teams can choose from when designing content. Hand-crafted content takes time, but the reality is that most learning content can be templated.

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.

PKM in practice

Harold Jarche

It was a simple question but there no template available to say what was needed and what was not. The solution that was developed was a visual template with seven factors that were needed to support workplace learning. What is cognitive load?

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"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.

How I write

Clark Quinn

And the author even provides a template to get you started. From there, he has a template for chapters as well. I’d cued up a topic for a post, and then a conversation with a friend and colleague moved it to the front of the queue.

How to Save 30% or More on Translation


Xyleme further simplifies content translation by providing elearning templates in 28 languages, with built-in support for Right-to-Left languages. Xyleme templates automatically re- flow the text to accommodate the expansion and contraction that happens with language translation. Companies like Dell are saving 30%+ with Xyleme.

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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. Content Authoring Tool/Templates (Includes Assessment). •. ?. Content Output Templates. ?. LMS vs. LCMS: What is the difference and why does it matter? LMS vs. LCMS?

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. Here at Xyleme, we would argue that if you have the right tools and publishing templates, you don''t actually need the skills of a seasoned web developer to produce responsive learning outputs. Tailor the responsive template to meet your branding needs, without web development skills. .

Mythless Learning Design

Clark Quinn

Quiz show templates for knowledge test questions because they’re more engaging. If I’m going to rail against myths in learning, it makes sense to be clear about what learning design without myths looks like.

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The Pros & Cons of Content Silos: Getting the Best of Both Worlds


Structured output templates ensure learning content follows consistent formats and correct branding and design elements are automatically applied, regardless of output type (Word, PowerPoint, PDF, HTML5, SCORM, etc.). David Dye. Solution Consultant.

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.

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. Xyleme is delighted to be acknowledged for the fifth consecutive year as a Top 20 Authoring Tool.

Driving a 75% Reduction in Translation Costs at Ford Motor Company


Prior to Xyleme, Ford utilized different course templates and different content production tools, as well as outside tools for developing assessments. CUSTOMER STORIES. Driving a 75% Reduction in Translation Costs at Ford Motor Company.

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Mobile Learning: Making Content Available Anytime, Anywhere


With fully-customizable and mobile-ready out-of-the-box templates, our web outputs are truly responsive — automatically adapting the content layout to the specific screen size being used.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It has the out-of-the-box gRSShopper template and contents. So I need to edit the page_header template to use the course mascot image, and then to create a contents box (I could just put it in the template but I want to be able to reuse it wherever I want). Here's the page_header template: Figure 32 - Page Header Template This actually represents about an hour of puttering around to get the format nice.

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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 Authoring Tool/Templates (Includes Assessment). ?. ?. Content Output Templates. ?. ?. The Learning and Development industry, like any other, has been inundated with new technologies and tools for learning.

What is a Component Content Management System?


What templates are you using? A Component Content Management System (CCMS) is transformational for organizations with large-scale content creation and maintenance needs. But before we discuss why you need it, let’s explain what it is. Balancing Content Needs with Creative Constraints.

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Siphonophorae not hybrid (1 of 2)

Dave Snowden

To see the result look at the banner picture, extracted from the slide template. I am indulging myself a little with the title to this post.

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.

A word or two about words … (2/2)

Dave Snowden

The template for parable form stories and the whole of this approach will be in the wiki shortly by the way and if anyone wants to contribute let me know. In yesterday’s post, I was concerned about both the abuse of power, and the effectiveness of confessional use of language.

What is the locus of change?

Dave Snowden

I’m always looking for pictures that fit the 1280 by 300 pixel constraint of the blog template and this will not be the first, and almost certainly not the last time, in which I chose the pictures with only a vague sense of what I wanted to write about.

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

Beth Kanter

Each method provides step-by-ste instructions, examples, templates, and additional reading links. This section includes templates for meeting processes. Lucid Meeting Agenda Templates -Lucid Meeting is a collaboration and meeting platform. The template library consists of facilitator agendas for a wide range of meeting types.There is also a useful section of virtual meeting templates.

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 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. Having recently returned from Learning Technologies in London, I have a few new reflections about what''s "trending" in the L&D world. First, organizations are still really struggling with mobile learning.

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addressing wicked problems

Harold Jarche

Cynefin gives us a template to understand ‘desirable patterns’, recognize ‘undesirable patterns,’ and provide a variety of ‘seeds’ for the complexity of the problem environment.

Tools for LXD?

Clark Quinn

You might be using templates for good design. I’ve been thinking on LXD for a while now, not least because I’ve an upcoming workshop at DevLearn in Lost Wages in October. And one of the things I’ve been thinking about are the tools we use for LXD. I’ve created diagrams (such as the Education Engagement Alignment ), and quips , but here I’m thinking something else. We know that job aids are helpful; things like checklists, and decision trees, and lookup tables.

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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. Additionally, structural reuse is scalable, meaning you''re able to create a template for a table, figure and even lessons.

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. Lucid Meeting Agenda Templates -Lucid Meeting is a collaboration and meeting platform. Meetings are a big part of our work week, whether it is a recurring staff, team, or board meeting or informal check-in.

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. But if we put the structure and these templates around the content and really standardize, then we can flip that. How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint [link] via @slate — Dawn Poulos (@dawnpoulos) March 7, 2014.

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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. And there are lots of other posts available on eLearning Learning Stock Photography. But I really missed something important: traditional stock photo sources are often a pain for eLearning.

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. We all have used the phrase, “ we will cross that bridge when we get there ”, but what happens when you get “ there ” and you don’t have a strategy in place to get across the bridge, or… there is no bridge?

Mobile Learning: Anytime, Anywhere


With fully customizable and mobile-ready out of the box templates, our web outputs are truly responsive — adapting the content to the specific screen size being used. Mobile learning, also called M-learning, is any type of content that is developed or consumed on mobile devices, such as on smartphones and tablets. This can be anything from podcasts to taking a full eLearning course. According to Pew Research , virtually all Americans – 96%, currently own some kind of cellphone.