What’s your Storyline? Articulate users evening

In the years since it’s release, Articulate’s Storyline has quite quickly become the foremost elearning authoring tool.

And not without good reason.

Articulate doesn’t actually run on a Mac Pro so this is an odd image.

It’s ease of use is rarely matched, making the most, as it does, of everyone’s familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint. From the outset it made it easy to build interactive branching scenarios and in it’s publishing it took the grief and risk out of creating reliable SCORM compliant content.

But it’s no beginners-only tool. You are just as likely to find professional instructional designers at the dirty end of the keyboard as you are jack-of-all-trade in-house hacks like me.

So we thought we’d honour this stalwart of the elearning industry by holding an evening dedicated to its many delights.

We’ll have some show and tell, Matt Francis and I will cover our 3 favourite features and there will be a Q&A for allcomers. Bring your work and show off, or simply seek your peers’ opinions.

Join us in the meeting room of the historic Llandoger Trow, on King Street, from 6.30pm, Wednesdat 6 April. Sign up at Bristol eLearning Meetup’s pages.


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How I learned to stop worrying and love xAPI

The L&D community, like its HR parent, loves a good buzzword. And few have buzzed louder over the last few years than “Tin Can”, the mysterious successor to the ubiquitous SCORM.

But wee think that unlike most of the other words that get bandied about at Learning Technologies this one, Tin Can, or xAPI to give it its proper title*, is genuinely exciting.

Where all the other trends – social learning, video, MOOCs, learner-centric design – are shifts in philosophy or L&D catching up with what our learners are doing anyway, xAPI genuinely makes possible a whole different way of gathering information about our learners so we can give them different experiences in a way that simply hasn’t been possible before. For once the bombastic claim that the industry is changed actually sounds like it might be true.

So, what does xAPI mean? How can we use it? How can we start to get used to it?

Conveniently we intend to ask all these questions and hope that someone has an answer at our next gathering of the increasingly clumsily named Bristol weeLN elearning Social Meetup.

Join us on Wednesday 9 March, from 6.30pm, at the lovely Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, King Street, Bristol for more of the same chat, friendly disagreement and a few delicious drinks (they’ve good food too!). And we’ll even be playing a bit of “xAPI Against Humanity”, courtesy of the geniuses at HT2, to really get our heads around how it works…

The Bristol eLearning Meetup is a social meetup for the eLearning Network and organised by Fireant Creative as the Bristol eLearning Meetup. Oh, and wee show up for good measure.

Sign up for FREE tickets here.

* ooh, that’s contentious. I’ve seen grown adults turnover tables at the distinction.
** alright, I made that up, but some people have pretty strong views about it.

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What’s on the fringe of learning in 2016?

weelearning’s hookup with Bristol eLearning Meetup continues in 2016 when we get together to talk about fringe technologies – those sorts of things that you really want to use for your next project, but your manager just rolls their eyes and says, yeah, yeah, maybe next time…

So it’s going to be about crazy stuff like virtual reality, branching video, physical props (say whaaaat!?) and maybe even this funny new thing you may not have heard about – xAPI…

All the usual stuff then. All served up with good beer and chat at the King William on King Street. Join us from 6.30pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016. You can sign up on the Meetup page or just tweet us to let us know if you’re coming.

Bristol eLearning Meetup is a regional meetup for the eLearning Network, too!

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