The Truth Hurts: Giving Constructive Criticism


Sharing—and receiving—criticism on a project at work is tough. “Threats to our standing in the eyes of others are remarkably potent biologically, almost as those to our very survival,” explains psychologist Daniel Goleman. In our brains, criticism is seen as a threat to our survival. If criticism isn’t presented well, our brains try to protect…

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Thursday’s Trending eLearning Topic: xAPI

Thursday's Trending Topic: xAPI

Tracking learner success is always on trend; it’s how learning and development professionals determine the effectiveness of training initiatives. xAPI (often called The Experience API, Tin Can, or the next generation of SCORM) helps us measure learner success by tracking many types of learning experiences. So, for this Thursday’s Trending eLearning Topic, I decided to…

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5 Tips for Promoting and Pitching Yourself as an eLearning Freelancer


  “Freelancer.” “Independent contractor.” Consultant.” Sound familiar? 50 percent of the American workforce will be freelancing by 2020, according to Freelancers Union projections. They call freelancing “the new normal.” According to a July 2015 survey of freelance workers by Upwork, contract history and feedback from previous clients was the number one most important factor in…

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The Best of eLearning in September 2015


I know we said that August was a lively month here at Trivantis—I’m going to say it about September too. This month we released a new version of ReviewLink™, our online collaboration tool (sign up for a free trial). We’ve also been getting ready for DevLearn 2015 (stop by booth #239 and say hello), where…

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Lectora Basics: Using User-Defined Variables


In my last blog, I described what a variable is. It’s just a named container in which you can store a value. But why would you ever want to create your own user-defined variables? The simple answer is when you need to store a value for later use and there is currently nowhere else to…

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Accessibility: How to Order Title Objects in Lectora


When you are building an eLearning course, you will want to ensure that all learners—including those with visual impairments—are able to take your course. In many cases, a learner is using a screen reader software like JAWS, so in order to develop an accessible Web eLearning course, the order of the objects placed on a…

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Productivity Secrets from the Trivantis Pros: Pt.1


Do you ever feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, shouting, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” as you struggle to meet deadlines? Sometimes it can be hard to focus when you’re working on multiple projects—or when you’re actually a rabbit in a tuxedo jacket. Our developers and designers here…

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Design Dos & Don’ts: Images and More


Creating effective eLearning courses requires good design—even if you don’t have a design background. In this new blog series, “Design Dos & Don’ts,” we’re asking designers to share essential graphic design tips and suggestions, along with what not to do in your eLearning courses. For this post, I asked two of our design experts here…

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