Friday, February 25, 2011

Visual CV - A review

A friend showed me her resume today on Visual CV.  Nice product - your should check it out.  Link articles, presentations, video etc. that directly highly your skills and abilities.  Here's Kathleen's resume -  Notice how items that relate specifically to her position show side-by-side.  There's a reference to her work for the City of Houston directly next to her position information. 

The CV can be downloaded as a  nicely formatted PDF file.  Oh and the service is free!  You can get a premium account with your own URL for $60/yr.

Check it out:

Speaking at eLearning DEVCON 2011

Come join me - the conference is a real bargain with lots of great sessions -

Jun 15 10:20 am - 12:25 pm (2-hr BYOL session):  Creating Branching Scenarios
A scenario can put the course content into a context that is relevant to the learners because they can use the information in a real world setting. In this session, you will learn best practices for writing and creating branching or "soft-skills" scenarios. The presenter will demonstrate Rapid Development tools used to create scenarios, and attendees will use one of the tools to create your own branching scenario.

Jun 16 9:40 am - 11:50 am (2-hr BYOL session):  Adding Interactivity to Adobe Acrobat
In this session, Debbie will show you interesting ways to use Adobe Acrobat PDF interactive documents – either as a stand-alone eLearning element or as part of a course.  Attendees will create an interactive PDF and insert it into an e-learning course. The presenter will also lead a discussion on using PDFs for collaboration and commenting during the e-learning course development process.

Jun 17 9:45 am - 11:50 am (2-hr BYOL session):  HTML5 - What You Need To Know and Why You Should Care
HTML5, the new web markup language is supposed to eliminate the need for the Adobe Flash plugin. What does this mean for e-learning developers? Even though HTML5 is not fully supported in major browsers, there are those that are pushing forward and experimenting with its new features. In this session, we will create HTML5 pages and CSS3 styles. We’ll explore key features along with reasons for learning/using HTML 5 instead of Flash. Don’t be scared away from this session if you don’t know basic HTML and CSS – I’ll show you enough to be dangerous!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The MadCap Roadshow is coming to Austin!

This special one-day training event is non-product specific and ideal for all skill levels of technical communicators and managers, regardless of which product(s) you are currently using.  The Roadshow is an excellent opportunity to advance your professional skills, learn about the latest trends in technical communication, and network with fellow peers in your city. 

Event Details:

March 28, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Hilton Austin Airport
9515 Hotel Drive
Austin, TX 78719

Normally $149, this year's price is now just $99, making the Roadshow more affordable than ever. Be sure to sign up early and reserve your seat!

To see the detailed agenda or to reserve your seat, visit:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Webinar: Designing mLearning: Magic "To Go"

Everywhere we go, we hear more and more about apps, smartphones, and mobile everything.  Is this a fad, or are we seeing a significant change? Our employees are increasingly mobile and increasingly equipped with mobile technologies. This is a new resource that is largely untapped to improve organizational performance, yet promising large returns. How do we take advantage of it? To truly "get" mobile, we need to shift our thinking. In this session, we will explore the new technologies that underpin the excitement, cover the opportunities on the table, review a set of useful frameworks to help shift our thinking, and talk about the design process and organizational imperatives that accompany this new opportunity.

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