Needs Assessment from a HPI Perspective

ASTD Austin Chapter members listened to Lannette Bailey, CPT, explain how she approached assessment of learning from a Human Performance perspective.

Click on the link for the audio recording – 49 minutes duration.

Lannette Baily – ASTD presentation recording

Captivate 4 Text-to-Speech and Captions

Adobe’s Captivate 4 software easy text-to-speech feature makes it possible to add spoken captions for ADA compliance to e-learning course content. Members of Austin ASTD Instructional Design SIG are shown how this can be done by guest speaker Hiram Kuykendall, MicroAssist CTO. How lifelike are the voices? Can you save time and money over recording human voice talent? Hiram demonstrates the software and summarizes the pros & cons of his rapid development strategy.

By the way, Hiram is also involved with organizing the May 26, 2010 E-Learning Symposium in Austin.

Watch my video on Vimeo. Duration: 36:00.

Is Captivate Speaking to Me? from learningman on Vimeo.

Improve Lectures with Interactive Learning Experiences

Playing Feeling Wheel Game

Jane “Star” Fisher presented to the Austin ASTD ID SIG how adding interaction to training improves attention, retention, and overall learning impact. Despite their effectiveness, why do trainers not use games more often? Why do they persist in boring, death-by-powerpoint slide shows? How can trainers improve their teaching presentations? Star guided the ID SIG members through “Reverse Brainstorming” and “Envelopes” group activities that allowed us to discover our own answers to these questions. Continue reading

Vernon Rooze on Constructing Good Questions

A recording of Vernon Rooze’s  January 24, 2007 presentation to the Instructional Design SIG of the ASTD Austin Chapter.

This presentation on Constructing Good Questions included topics such as special considerations in online testing, writing good test items, common grammar mistakes, and how to write multiple-choice questions that test  Bloom’s taxonomy’s higher levels such as evaluation and application. At the time of this presentation, Vernon was an instructional design specialist at Apple in Austin.

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Rapid ID according to Thiagi and Star Fisher

In 2007,  Star Fisher attended a Houston workshop with Dr. Thiagi, famous advocate of fun and games in learning design. She summarized Dr. Thiagi’s 14 rapid development principles and 8 design steps for the ID SIG of the Austin ASTD chapter on October 22, 2009. Star’s 2-page handout can be downloaded by clicking  Rapid ID Handout by Star Fisher. Star is a Curriculum Designer with Time Warner Cable who builds training materials for new hire employees. She has over 15 years experience designing training and is an ASTD CPLP. Continue reading

Contextual Design Methodology – July Austin ID SIG Meeting

ASTD Austin ID SIG Meeting of July 23, 2009.

Its been many months since I attended an ID SIG meeting but the topic drew me in so I drove downtown at rush hour.

It was well worth my time. Robin Brandenburg, Director of Momentum and Innovation at Six Red Marbles did not disappoint, giving a smooth, articulate presentation to about 15 assembled instructional designers. Robin used the slick new slide program called Prezi to good effect. Continue reading

How should I revise playtherapygames.com?

Norma, my life’s better half, has created many useful publications to help play therapists work with children, especially hyperactive ones. She’s sold thousands of her Directive Group Play Therapy: 60 Structured Games for the Treatment of ADHD, Low Self-Esteem, and Traumatized Children. I’ve helped her over the years with publication layouts and editing since English is her second language. Continue reading