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Cinecraft Productions Top 10 Noteworthy eLearning Company

By Dan Keckan published December 27, 2017

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Cinécraft is honored to be a part of the Top 10 Noteworthy eLearning Companies of 2017. Each year eLearning Industry ranks eLearning content development companies into a Top 10 list. Editors from eLearning Industry combed more than 300 companies, looking for top notch eLearning firms that design pioneer eLearning strategies, provide learners with memorable eLearning content, and significantly increase their customers’ ROI.

eLearning Industry ranked companies based of the following 8 criteria:

  1. eLearning Content Development Quality
  2. eLearning Expertise
  3. eLearning Industry Innovation
  4. Customer Reviews
  5. eLearning Company’s Economical Growth Potential
  6. Customer Retention
  7. Employee Turnover
  8. Company’s Social Responsibility

“This honor is a testament to the great work our team does to help learners act. It’s not just about the learner knowing what to do on the job, it’s about them doing what needs to be done on the job,” explained Dan Keckan VP Learning & Instructional Design.

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How to Avoid Half Cadence Video Simulations

By Dan Keckan published December 19, 2017

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The first time I immersed myself in a video-based simulation, I felt like something was off, uneasy,, or just plain awkward. For those musically inclined, it was like hearing a half cadence or a sequence of incomplete notes. These half-cadence simulations are a source of great frustration because simulations are meant to bring the learner as close as possible to the ideal behavior or skill. However, when you fail to use this principle as your guide, you risk impeding the flow of realistic dialogue and creating an assessment rather than a simulation. What’s more, while an assessment is effective, it lacks the learner engagement necessary to achieve comprehension and retention.

To help instructional designers avoid half-cadence simulations, designers should follow 13 key guidelines. (I’ve created this job aid based on my past failures!)

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CVATD Monthly Meeting – The Anatomy of a Video-Based Simulation

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Join the Cuyahoga Valley ATD Chapter for a presentation by Dan Keckan, VP eLearning & Instructional Design at Cinécraft Productions. The presentation will take place on September 13, 2017 from 5:30-8:00pm at Akron General Health and Wellness Center – West.

Behavioral video-based simulations are perfect for changing behaviors. But designing simulations that are linear or non-linear (branched or not) is not an easy task. To further complicate the design process, adding in video can be daunting.

Join this session to learn how to create effective simulations that combine video and e-learning to inspire behavior change.

You’ll get to experience award-winning, video-based simulations and learn about practical tools you can use on your next project.

Come away with tips and techniques you can apply back on the job when designing, producing, and developing video simulations.

Application on the Job:

  • Differentiate between first-person and third-person point-of-view video simulations.
  • Discover techniques for designing linear decision points that reflect behaviors.
  • Create dialogue that is realistic for video.

CLICK HERE to register.

About Dan Keckan

As Vice President of eLearning and Instructional Design at Cinécraft Productions, Dan Keckan helps organizations improve employee performance that leads to measurable business results.

His specific expertise is in matching learning modalities with skills and behaviors to create authentic simulations.

His award winning team of top designers and developers have won the Brandon Hall Awards, Best-of-Show at DemoFest and Training Magazine’s Learning Design Challenge.

His company, Cinécraft Productions, has now been recognized for three straight years on Training Industry Magazine’s Top 20 Content Development Companies Watch List.

Agenda:

5:30 Registration, dinner and networking

6:15 Announcements

6:30 Tonight’s topic

8:00 Adjourn

This program is not affiliated with the Akron General Health and Wellness Center- West.


By Dan Keckan published December 30, 2014

When designing a custom eLearning course, you know that getting the right information is critical. But Subject Matter Expert (SME) buy-in is even more critical to your training’s success – and in the end, key to whether or not you will have a happy and repeat customer in your portfolio.

When we encounter a Subject Matter Expert who isn’t engaged in the process, our first impulse is to work around the issue – and I could point you to many articles telling you how to do that. But let’s step back and look at the situation using practical psychology. When you work through the conflict instead of around it, you hone your people skills, and you just may win over your Subject Matter Expert and “get the information anyway.”

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101: What type of video should I put in my eLearning?

By Dan Keckan published August 8, 2014

Begin with this premise:

Video is one of many assets available to instructional designers.

By 2018, per Cisco Systems, 84% of internet traffic will be video content. What does this mean for training professionals? We need to establish a training video lexicon. It is a proven fact that a firm grasp of word meanings is a strong predictor of successful writing. That being said, designers and clients that share a common language will be more effective and efficient in satisfying business objectives. Furthermore, choosing the type of videos for your eLearning course should be based on your learning objectives.

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301: Branchtrack Review: Easily Storyboard Simulations

By Dan Keckan published July 8, 2014

Three months ago, I dove into Branchtrack and whipped together a first aid simulation in about two and half hours. “Wow!” I thought, “This is great. Thank you to Cathy Moore for the suggestion!”

Before moving on with the story, here’s a hi-level description of the product: Branchtrack is a superfast way to author, design and deliver branched simulations. They believe in “learning by doing, trying, playing and failing. (They) believe that serious can be fun and easy.” I learned about the tool while studying with Cathy Moore in her Scenario design workshop. Back to the wow.

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201: Muddling through Moodle

By Dan Keckan published June 23, 2014

There is an allure to Moodle’s value proposition. What’s not to like about FREE?!

For a company considering an LMS solution, spending $100,000 annually can cause sticker shock. In return, the organization receives an untried delivery channel to host, track, and report on the training content delivered to employees, distribution channels, and customers. Alternatively, many Software as a Service (SAS) LMS solutions have a cost-per-registered user model that seems affordable when you have a limited number of users, but can ramp up to be a very pricey annual expense if you have a large user base.

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By Dan Keckan published August 28, 2012

Are you a training department of one?  Have you created training that fell short of the client’s expectations?  Are you often going outside the scope or over budget? Here are 5 questions to ask a prospective client in one of your company’s line of business when they come to you with the desire for a custom eLearning course.  Hopefully these time-savers will keep you on track to success! Continue reading

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