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Ken Whitaker

Managing Director, Leading Software Maniacs
Ken Whitaker (Leading Software Maniacs) has 25 years of software dev experience. A book author, innovator in instructional design, workshop host, PM Chalkboard video creator, software VP, recently Better Software mag editor, and gamification product designer.
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Fundamentals Of Learning Technologies: Part 2

Fundamentals Of Learning Technologies: Part 2

This article is a primer for those of you new to eLearning and learning technologies. Maybe it is just me, but some of the terminology thrown around in articles, books, and blogs force me to hunt down definitions in Wikipedia. And we all know that Wikipedia can’t be wrong. Part 1 of this two-part article explained what’s involved with planning, development, and delivery of training using modern technology. In preparation of part 2, I asked readers to take in a short online survey. Part 2 summarizes the basic components of eLearning material creation and publication for online use.
Fundamentals Of Learning Technologies: Part 1

Fundamentals Of Learning Technologies: Part 1

This article is a primer for those of you new to eLearning and learning technologies. Maybe it is just me, but some of the terminology thrown around in articles, books, and blogs force me to hunt down definitions in Wikipedia. And we all know that Wikipedia can’t be wrong. Part 1 of this two-part article explains what’s involved with planning, development, and delivery of training using modern technology. In preparation of part 2 I’m going to ask you to take in a short online survey.
Is Storyboarding A Waste Of Time?

Storyboarding Is A Total Waste Of Time

Using digital tools to create the final courseware or gamification content could be easily changed from feedback received from coworkers or customers. The effort required to create a storyboard was, in my estimation, a total waste of time. Why spend the effort bothering with mock ups? How wrong I was.
iPad Pro For mLearning: Is The iPad Pro What eLearning Needs?

iPad Pro For mLearning: Is The iPad Pro What eLearning Industry Needs?

On September 9, 2015, Apple announced the long-awaited iPad Pro [1]. To some, the announcement was a huge letdown. More of the same. To others, this laptop-sized tablet could be a stroke of genius. Regardless of your bias towards Apple’s continual product evolution, is using iPad Pro for mLearning a great idea? Does this new tablet make the perfect eLearning device?
4 Mistakes Creating An eLearning Course

4 Mistakes Creating an eLearning Course

If an eLearning course doesn’t truly engage the self-motivated student, you’ll have a failure on your hands. Many of us think the transition of live workshop courseware to eLearning is as easy as recording an existing PowerPoint as a movie for viewing on a LMS website. I made plenty of mistakes attempting to create a self-study course directly from a traditional, live classroom course. It is easy to underestimate the courseware preparation and content differences between eLearning and traditional classroom learning.