Here are a few of my favorite resources for staying current in the profession and supporting my work.
- 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.
- On a local level, Denver Metro E-Learning Developers (DMELD) is an excellent group for networking and peer support, and has really interesting presentations at their occasional meetings.
- On the national level, I’m a big fan of the Captivate Enthusiasts group for information on that application, and the Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals’ Group for more general support in the field.
- For local support on training on development, the Rocky Mountain chapter of ASTD has a good LinkedIn group. Of course you can also join the chapter and go to their very informative meetings.
- 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.
Since I specialize in developing engaging eLearning using Adobe Captivate & MS Powerpoint, here are some resources specific to Captivate:
- The Adobe eLearning Channel on YouTube has lots of great tutorials
- Of course, Adobe also has lots of tutorials on the Captivate Support Blog and also offers live and recorded webinars
- For Captivate questions, the Adobe Captivate Forum is a good place to go
- And finally, Adobe has an entire course that is nicely broken up by topics, that will show you all the new features of Captivate 8
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.