Archive for October, 2011
If you have been using Weblearning for any length of time, you are probably used to getting 1 or 2 updates every year with a mixture of new features and interface enhancements.
Our upcoming update (9.63) is due out by the end of this year, and includes dozens of enhancements (and some behind the scenes stuff), and a major rehaul of the admin interface (and probably some new course design changes as well).
We realize that most of you are used to the interface the way it is (it has pretty much been the same for a few years now), so we tried really hard to keep the same workflow, while really beefing up the interface. So, I thought I would show off a hadful of screen shots to give you an idea of what it will look like (I will write another article talking about the new features).
Here is the new Home Screen (what you see when you first log in):
Here is a screen of the Module List – notice that plug-in modules can be managed from here now too:
Here is an example of a Plugin subtab – we moved from list-style to icon-style rendering.
Here is the Account tab (overview). We moved the tab to the right (out of your way since it is most likely the least frequently used tab in your account). This makes room for a future tab-plugin ability.
Each tab and sub-tab you are on also pulls dynamically relevant articles and Q&A from the help section – this should help you along a bit if you are stuck on something (you will see those on the right panel).
Of course, nothing here is finalized (we are still working on it), but what I have shown you is pretty close if not exactly what it will look like when your system gets the update later this year.
I’ll admit, I can be a bit of a pessimist. Not in a “glass is half full” kind of way but more in a “been there, done that, got the t-shirt” kind of way.
It’s just hard to shock me, and even harder to show me something new and different.
Well, I stand here before you today as a changed soul.
Why you ask? Because a good friend managed not only to shock me recently, but to shake me right down to the center of my E-Learning core.
It all started with a phone call. “You’ve got to see this!”
“See what?” I ask as I lean back in my chair, kicking a stray foot up onto the desk in front of me.
“There aren’t words.“ Was the answer I received.
The other day I had a bit of an epiphany of sorts that I would like to share with all my dear friends in the E-Learning world. I was talking with a student when they asked me a very pointed and direct question that I wasn’t expecting. Nor, as it turns out, was I prepared to answer it.
Curious as to what it was?
People ask me all the time about success and what that reality looks like. It seems like a simple question, but think about it for a moment. What does success look like for the typical E-Learning professional?
Is it someone with a full calendar of events and classes? Is it a person who is well thought of? Is it a bit of both? Or is it something else entirely?
The truth is that at the end of the day, success is defined by the individual. What you find successful will differ from the person next to you as you each have your own unique set of goals for your life.
Let’s take a minute to go back … and for some of us I mean way back. All the way back to a time when we sat gathered around our grandparents’ knees as we waited with baited breath to find out what happened next to our favorite characters. Back to the days of storytelling and the magical moments those tales produced.
I’m betting even today you can remember every word. I know I can. I’ve even shared a few with the next generation, taking my place in a tradition that is as old as language itself.
This brings me to the question of the day. When did we forget about the power of the story? When did we forget that stories themselves are powerful teaching tools that can create memories which are both strong and lasting?
The other day I sat down to work on some new course content and ran straight into a solid brick wall. It didn’t matter what I tried, my mind was a complete blank and words were simply not making their way onto the page in any way shape form or fashion.
Normally this wouldn’t be much more than a simple irritation but on this particular day it was giving me cause to panic. (more…)