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Wink - Free software for creating Tutorials

Need to have the functionality of Adobe Captivate or Camtasia but don't have the bucks?  Wink is a tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.  
You can download Wink at:
http://debugmode.com/wink/
 
 

David Seah - Compact Planning Calendar

One of my favorite "productivity" designers is David Seah.  David created the Printable CEO series which is a series of forms to keep me on task and manages priorities.  One of the forms I use the most for Project Planning my E-learning projects is his compact calendar.  A one page calendar that encompasses the entire year.  You can find the calendar at http://davidseah.com/page/compact-calendar.  David describes how to use the calendar to manage projects far better tha

Second Life Resources

The June 8 Dallas Morning News had an interesting article on Second Life at Dallas area colleges/universities
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/060808dnmetsecondlife.3c9c715.html

90 - 9 - 1 Rule - Participation Inequality from Jakob Nielsen

Usability and Design Expert Jakob Nielsen states that in large online communities 90% of the users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of the users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the actions.  I sincerely hope that The E-Learning Council users will participate and break the mold.  Some suggestions on increasing the amount of participation are:

  • Make it easier to participate:  We have forums, online pools, and allow users to create blogs.  Use the Contact Us form if you are interested in having your own blog on this site.
  • Make participation a side effect:  E-Learning Council does track the stories that most readers click on and promotes them automatically.  Users can also rate each story (including this one), book, etc on a 5 star rating system
  • Edit, don't create:  After we get the primary E-learning Council site is up and going, we are going to work on setting up a E-Learning Wiki using PBWiki or MediaWiki that will let users edit existing content.
  • Reward participants:  As The E-Learning Council grows we hope that active participants are recognized and rewarded for their contributions
  • Promote quality contributors:  I am going to use this blog and the front page to highlight the best information on the site.

If you have additional ideas on improving participation please let me know.
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