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Friday, February 27, 2015

ADDIE < 100

ADDIE Non-Linear Jennifer Valley
ADDIE Non-Linear Model
Taking hints from the eLearning Uncovered eLearning Tips in 140 character or less Twitter campaign and HubSpot’s In Under 100 Words blog series here is my definition of ADDIE in under 100 words.

ADDIE is an instructional model that stands for the phases of Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate that was first used by Florida State University for the U.S. Army in 1975. During which you collect and analyze data to make informed decisions, design content which supports the analysis, develop robust learning material that will be used for the learning campaign, assist with a successful implementation, and evaluate the effectiveness to provide data and make adjustments for future revisions. In total, the model contains 19 steps which are considered essential. The model can be applied linearly or non-linearly.

ADDIE Linear Model
Do you have an Instructional Design/eLearning/L&D/Media term, model, theory or otherwise used word that you'd like to see in this series? Submit it below or tweet me @jvalley0714

Monday, February 16, 2015

Free (or Cheaper) Tool and Resources for eLearning (February 2015)

In August 2014 I published my first version of this article which is still view able here. Since then I've been slowing adding to the list as I find new tools and resources that I can afford to implement into my life (items marked with asterisks are tools or resources I use regularly). I think the list has nearly doubled which is crazy (even for an internet and app obsessed person like myself). With my last post reached over 600 people and was shared over 20 times on Google plus alone I felt like another installment was due. I'm thinking about making this a regular series where I randomly update the list when I come across something new or in clumps of a certain number. To reduce the size of this article I didn't go into great detail on each tool or resource. Find me on Twitter or comment below if you want to chat about my experiences. 




Collaboration/Management Tools*


Course Authoring

Image Manipulation




Meeting Tools




Other  - Not near Excel….have no fear * - Because who doesn’t need help spelling * - To help you pick the right word - Check your website before it goes live - Speed test for your computer* - Keep all your bookmarks in one place* - Chop your links for easier social sharing* - Need to create a "to read list", set a yearly goal or read reviews? - Free online library - Free annotation creator* - Keep your avatar consistent across all sites* - Set Google Alerts to stay up to date on important topics - File converter - Ned help creating an eBook?* - Professional development for $25 a month.  Uh yes please!

As before, please leave me your suggestions in the comments below or find me on Twitter (@jvalley0714).

Thursday, February 5, 2015

When you hate listening to your own voice

When you hate listening to your own voice, why not do a podcast! A podcast is a series of audio clips produced and shared by a company or individual for easy listening. It's a great way to get your thoughts and voice out there. Only problems is, I hate recording my own voice! Something in the last couple years made listening to my own voice sound like nails on a chalk board. Maybe it's the number of times I've tried and failed to upload a Youtube video or the fact that I do a lot of voice over work for my job.

Today, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and participated in ELH Challenge #67 Podcast: How Do Instructional Designers Get Things Done? We were asked to answer the following questions:

Question 1: What’s your job title? What title do you think really captures your roles and responsibilities?

Question 2: What software tools do you love?

Question 3: What's your workspace setup like?

Question 4: What is your creative or design philosophy?

Question 5: How do you stay fresh and keep building your skills?

Question 6: How do you avoid burnout?

Question 7: How do you save time and boost your efficiency day-to-day?

Question 8: How do you manage your workflow? Do you have a project management tool you love?

Question 9: What books or blogs have been influential to you?

Question 10: What kinds of tasks do you love to do? What gets you excited to sit down at your desk?

Question 11: What do you like to do least? How do you keep yourself motivated to do that stuff?

So, how did I create a podcast?

I used Camtasia to record and edit my audio. I kept my responses unscripted and didn't even talk it out before recording so I could capture a "real" version of myself.  I kept editing to a minimum and only trimmed the tracks. I published the content out to MP4 and then uploaded it to my SoundCloud account. I used the SoundCloud embedding tool to place it below. I was so afraid the process was going to be more time consuming or cumbersome that I put off doing this challenge til now. Doing this challenge has opened a whole new way for me to create and share content! I might just have to go back and do Challenge #39 soon. When I can stand listening to my own voice again of course ;)

Have you ever done a Podcast? Do you hate listening to your own voice too?  Please don't let me be the only person that does!