Resources

Here are a few of my favorite resources for staying current in the profession and supporting my work.

Books

  • Probably my all-time favorite author in the training and development field is Robert Mager, and his book, “Analyzing Performance Problems” is the book I get the most mileage from. This book will help you nail down the source of performance problems.
  • If you are looking to make classroom-based training more engaging and applicable, I think Dave Meier’s Accelerated Learning Handbook has got some pragmatic theory and many examples and applications.
  • For e-learning design, one of my most-often referenced books is William Horton’s E-Learning by Design. There is a plethora of examples and ideas, covering a wide variety of e-learning formats.

Groups

Training websites

  • I believe that Thiagi is literally a genius when it comes to training activities. His website, newsletter, and books are all gold.
  • For a very informal yet decidedly useful encyclopedia of training and development theory, I’ve been a fan of Don Clark’s website for a lot of years.
  • For info about Learning Management Systems and other learning technologies, I think Bryan Chapman has a great website.

Captivate-specific Resources

Since I specialize in developing engaging eLearning using Adobe Captivate & MS Powerpoint, here are some resources specific to Captivate:

Websites for developing training assets

  • For digital images, my favorite site for higher-end images is Bigstock Photo, but I’ve been finding a lot of good inexpensive stuff at Dollar Photo Club. But if cutout people is what I need, my first stop is eLearning Brothers.
  • Want to create a word cloud for a presentation or e-learning slide? Wordle is my favorite.
  • Or maybe you want to create a custom warning sign?
  • Need sounds? I like to search the Web using FindSounds.
  • Choosing a color scheme for your presentations/e-learning can be fun with Adobe Color CC.
  • To create an imitation dictionary entry when defining words/terms, Hetemeel is fun. Just enter your term and the definition, and it will generate a graphic you can insert into your training.