by Bill Brandon
Do you want to use video in your eLearning content, but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on equipment, production, and post-production? Looking for help and ideas for short-form Web video? This is the book you need, written by an expert who has produced, edited, and hosted over 300 episodes of USA TODAY’s “Talking Tech” series.
If you’re looking for the next must-read book for learning professionals, this is it. Michael Allen’s latest work, Leaving ADDIE for SAM, outlines his successive approximation model (SAM)—an approach that reduces the overall complexity of traditional instructional design processes, offering a more flexible, iterative, and productive model for today’s instructional designers and developers.
by Joe Ganci
Adobe has released Presenter 8, which attempts to surpass competing PowerPoint-based authoring tools in power and ease of use. Here is a review of the new features; it turns out that they are not just “more of the same,” but are additions that can help instructional designers create better designs.
For anyone who thinks education in America isn’t quite right and wants to do something about it, add Clark Aldrich’s Unschooling Rules to your summer reading list. This quick read of Aldrich’s 55 common-sense insights will surely pique your interest. And you may soon find yourself unlearning everything you know about schools in America today.
Technical details? Check. Relevant examples? Check. Accessible writing style, practical advice, and clear explanations? Check, check, and check! With Learning Everywhere, Chad Udell has taken a somewhat arduous process and distilled it into a how-to manual that is a must read for anyone tasked with developing mobile learning content.
by Joe Ganci
From HTML5 output to high definition screencasts to new pre-test and branching capabilities, plus numerous other important improvements, Captivate 6 is a huge step forward from the prior version, with new additions and features that make it easier to create engaging eLearning and let you do it even faster. Here’s an early look at the release.