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Create Interactive eLearning Quickly with Articulate Rise

If you’re in the instructional design space then you’ve definitely heard of Articulate products: Storyline is one of the most widely used eLearning authoring tools out there. Unfortunately, like many authoring tools, there’s a learning curve. And for course authors who focus primarily on video courses, that learning curve might not be worth it. But what…

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Changing Your Learning Business Model: Interview with Eric Byrd

Eric Byrd, the founder of Pitch for Success, has taught networking and other business topics to thousands of students on Udemy. Despite his courses’ wide reach on Udemy, he is changing his business model to better meet the needs of his students and to build a more sustainable revenue stream. If your own online courses are not…

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Small Wins: How You Can Achieve & Celebrate Small Steps that Lead to Big Leaps

If you’re at all interested in elearning (eLearning, e-learning, etc.) (and I know you are because you’re here on this site!), then you’ve probably heard of microlearning. According to John Eades from eLearning Industry, “microlearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts.” Microlearning is beneficial because in a…

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Where to Find Free Content for Your Knowledge Products

Want free content to add to your blog or online course? I bet you do. Because content creation is a bear. And it’s a constant need. If you publish a blog or if you create online courses, you have to produce content to put into them, like: Text Images Video Sound You can, of course,…

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Information Product Power Planning: Online Workshop

So let me ask you this: if you’ve been thinking about creating an ecourse, workshop, ebook, or other information product this summer, how far have you gotten? I see this all the time with my clients and with other people who have all the expertise and desire to create a transformative learning product. They have an idea, and…

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Podia Live Test Drive

This post contains affiliate links  It seems like every day there are new tools coming out that help learning entrepreneurs package and sell their expertise. Podia is a new course authoring platform on the market—watch me take it for a live test drive here! (Note that this is a little glimpse into some of the…

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Talmar Anderson Answers: When Should You Hire?

I’ll be honest with you: even after all this time having my own business, I still have baggage when it talks to talking about money. Money is a sensitive topic for almost everyone, and I think it’s even more sensitive for people who come from the world of education and training, for lots of possible…

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Mighty Networks Live Test Drive

After my conversation with Jen Polk of Self-Employed PhD, I decided to take Mighty Networks for a little live test drive to see what the platform is like. Watch the full test drive below! I love Mighty Networks’: Interface. It is indeed as user-friendly and pretty as they say (and fast!) Events. I love that…

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What’s Trending in Learning Businesses

Today I’m going to be sharing some current trends in learning businesses. First, a clarification: a learning business is a business that uses education as a revenue generator, a marketing or outreach tool, and/or as their driving mission. So here are some trends that I’ve been seeing in learning businesses… keep in mind I’m not…

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Summer Goals

This post contains affiliate links.    Thanks to everyone who joined me LIVE as I announced my summer goal: A Facebook Live every week for the entire summer—that’s June, July, August! I’ll be talking about topics related to learning entrepreneurs, so tools and resources I use, plus interviews with current/former teachers, researchers, HR professionals, and…

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Essential Qualities of Learning Entrepreneurs: Benefits & Pitfalls

As a learning entrepreneur who helps other learning entrepreneurs, one of my goals is to understand what contributes to our success in business, as well as what gets in our way. Learning entrepreneurs often have a background in education, like academics, K-12 teachers, publishing professionals, instructional designers, and coaches. We have professional experience in schools, universities, companies,…

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3 Simple Steps to Start Creating Online Courses

So you’ve decided to create an online course… congratulations! That’s a big step for your business, and you should be excited about all the new things you’re going to learn as you go through this process. (Isn’t that really the fun part?!) But now… just how do you start creating online courses? That’s one of…

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What Platform Should You Use to Host Your Online Course?

This post contains affiliate links.  2018 is a great time to be creating online courses—there are LOTS of tools out there that can help you create and deliver online courses. The problem with having so many choices is… well, that there are so many choices! With the number of options that are out there, it can…

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Not Writing Scripts Is Killing Your Online Course

I used to never write scripts for video or audio recordings for my website, online courses, and other content. I preferred my content to have a conversational tone, and I put off writing scripts because I thought they added an unnecessary step to getting my content out the door. My tune changed when I realized that…

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Are You Ready to Create Online Courses? Here’s How to Tell

Are you a consultant, freelancer, or business owner? If so, there’s a good chance you’re ready to create online courses—one of the very best ways you can scale your business. Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you are ready to jump into the online education business: Want to See if You’re Ready…

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50 Learning Journal Prompts to Guide Your Learning

As I describe in an earlier post on 5 Ways to Use a Learning Journal, keeping a written record of your learning experience is a great way to remember what you learn. It’s also a way to keep track of your goals and determine what are the best learning strategies that work for you. Keeping…

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Google Docs Tutorial: How to Share Google Docs

Google Docs is my favorite tool to collaborate with others. I love it because you always have the most recent version of a document and multiple people can edit all at once in real time. The first step to using Google Docs as a collaboration tool is to share a doc with other people. Here’s…

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Google Docs Tutorial: Create a Google Doc

Heard of Google Drive and Google Docs but don’t know how to start using them? This very short Googe Docs Tutorial will show you how to create a Google Doc so you can start creating, editing, and collaborating. Steps to Create a Google Doc Go to https://drive.google.com    Log in Hit the blue “NEW” button…

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Padlet Tutorial

Do you like Pinterest? Planning and organizing using post-it notes on a real bulletin board? Then you’ll love Padlet! Here’s a quick Padlet tutorial on how to get started. Padlet Tutorial Here are just some of the possible uses for Padlet: Collaborative projects Vision boards Trip planning Note taking Research Brainstorming Work portfolio Discussions Bookmarking…

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Loom Tutorial: Easily Record and Share Your Screen

Have you ever wanted a really quick way to just show someone what’s happening on your computer screen? If you have, then you should use Loom. Loom is an awesome tool that lets you share you record AND share your screen in a matter of seconds. Check out the video below for a super quick…

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Inspiring Learning Quotes

Sometimes the process of learning can get overwhelming. There’s so much to learn, and not enough time to devote to really diving in. When I get in a situation where I feel like giving up, or like I’ll never be able to learn what I want to learn in the time I have, it can…

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Libraries Offer Free Access to Lynda

Just another reason to love your local library — you may be able to get free access to Lynda!  If you’re asking “who’s Lynda?” the short answer is: Lynda is a learning platform owned by LinkedIn where you can learn hundreds of business-focused skills, like web development, photography, and design. One of my favorite features is…

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5 Ways to Use a Learning Journal

Is there anything with more potential than a blank notebook? How about a learning journal filled with examples of your own learning journey? A notebook can be used to keep track of your goals and can be a space for you to reflect on how you’ve progressed. Here are five ways you can use a…

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How to Learn Using Youtube

When we talk about places to learn online, we have to include a discussion about YouTube. YouTube was a gamechanger in the online learning space because anyone in the world could share their knowledge with others. All they needed was a camera and an internet connection! This free resource is one that should absolutely be…

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Places to Learn Online

Summer is ending, which means that fall is just around the corner. No matter how old I get, this particular change in seasons always gets me thinking about school, new beginnings, and learning. If you have access to the internet, you have access to literally thousands of learning opportunities — but figuring out where exactly…

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Tools for Online Learning

There are countless places you can go to learn online: Lynda, Udemy, Coursera, among many others. But what about tools that you should be using in order to learn online effectively? No matter where you decide to learn online, there are some tools that can help you make the most of your investment of time and/or financial…

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Learn Better: 5 Things You Can Do Today

In his new book Learn Better, Ulrich Boser presents his findings on the new science of learning: a skill that requires practice just like any other skill. I’ve talked about this concept in other blog posts (and it’s certainly a key component of any course I teach) He debunks some common learning myths and shares best…

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Workshop Must-Haves: 5 Essential Components of Live Learning Experiences

Lifelong learner/perpetual student/knowledge junkie. You could use all these terms to describe me. I love learning new skills and taking classes, devouring content and how-tos from all kinds of sources. Because of my addiction to learning new things, I’ve attended countless webinars and workshops. As an educator, I’ve also given my fair share of trainings!…

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The Business Value of Teaching Skills

Teaching skills are not usually skills that are found in a business school curriculum, but many of the skills that teachers use every day play an important role in marketing, sales, operations, human capital, and leadership. If your business uses learning-based engagement, then you’re already employing many of the skills that teachers use; chances are,…

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5 Information Products You Can Sell

Do you have a process for solving a problem that is valuable to others? If so, then you might want to think about how to make the most of your expertise by creating and possibly selling information products. You’ve seen information products all over the internet — it’s possible you just didn’t know what they were called….

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How to be a Good Online Learner

If you’ve taken an online course or if you read content online, then you’re an online learner. Which means: If you’re reading this post, you’re an online learner. I mentioned in my last post that while design does have an impact on the effectiveness of a learning experience, the success of that experience really depends on…

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How to Choose Online Courses

Chances are you’ve already taken an online course. They’re easy to find and many are easy to afford. You know what’s not easy? Having to choose online courses to take. I call this digital overwhelm. There are the marketplaces (like Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, and Lynda), MOOCs offered by universities, and online courses created and sold…

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Track Your Learning Goals with Asana

In my last post I explained how I use learning-based engagement to learn something new. In this tutorial I share how I use Asana, my favorite project management tool, to keep track of my learning goals. As I mentioned earlier, the key to making real gains with any learning goal is to be consistent and…

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How to Learn Something New

If you’re like me and you are constantly wanting to learn new things, here’s the Learning in Bloom method of how to learn something new. Since I think like a teacher, when I set out to learn a new skill I apply adult learning and instructional design principles to make sure I make consistent and visible…

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Small Wins: Delegate Tasks

This is my last Facebook Live of the summer. I started out the summer with the goal of providing consistent content, and I’ve definitely done that! Making a commitment to doing a Facebook Live every week created a framework for consistency. I’ll start back up with my weekly Lives soon, but for now I’m taking…

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Kajabi en español: Ejemplos de cursos online

Kajabi es una de las mejores plataformas para crear y vender cursos online. Pero, ¿es posible usar Kajabi en español? ¡Sí, es posible! Muchos autores de cursos ya lo usan y con mucho éxito. Aquí les dejo algunos ejemplos de creadores de cursos que tienen éxito con Kajabi. Como verán, se pueden publicar productos de cualquier tema….

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