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So, you are the new student? Come. Step into the temple so that we may begin our training. “But I AM the trainer,” you may be thinking. Not today. Today we must unlearn so that we may learn. For, as it is written in the Tao Te Ching, “The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.” So, slip into this stylish, yet cozy Shaolin monk robe and have a seat for our discussion of: “Trainers as Students—The Never-ending Quest for Knowledge, Kung Fu edition.”

As trainers, we’re fortunate to work in an industry where the status quo doesn’t stay the status quo for long. In the interest of keeping our audience engaged, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our product. That constant “pushing of the envelope” presents us with a unique and exciting challenge: we must continue to learn in order to keep things fresh for those who consume the training we create. Thankfully, the sources for wisdom are virtually limitless these days. So, let us clear our minds and journey inward as we seek to learn more, not only about our industry, but about ourselves. (A quick disclaimer: Orgwide received zero compensation for mentioning any of these tools and resources—we simply find them useful and want to embrace the Tao, for as we have learned “The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.”)

For eLearning Developers

Storyline and Captivate users, lend me your ear! Rejoice, for a fountain of knowledge is available … one must simply know where to look. Try starting here:

  • For Articulate products, no resource is more bountiful than https://community.articulate.com/, AKA: eLearning Heroes. The user community is strong and the “heroes” are just that. An excellent source of information … and inspiration (even if you’re using different software). Additionally, refer to http://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/ for a wide variety of tips and tricks. Of course, this site skews towards Articulate products as well, but the perceptive student will uncover many universal truths within its pages.
  • For Adobe products, the Rapid eLearning blog is an invaluable resource that includes eTrainings and eSeminars, as well as a treasure trove of tutorials and examples for their products, particularly Captivate and Presenter (of the Adobe variety, of course).
  • For programming wisdom and testing, http://www.lynda.com/ provides tens of thousands of tutorials on coding and creating web applications, working with Java, etc. Additionally, http://www.w3schools.com/ provides university-level instruction on HTML, HTML5, Java, etc. (literally … I discovered it in a college class I took last year).
  • This probably should go without saying, but if you come up empty-handed from any of these sites for a particular problem you’re looking to solve, nothing beats a good old YouTube or Google search!

For Designers

Many of the sites I listed above also offer tutorials for designers that want to finally figure out some of those tricky tools that are available in InDesign, Photoshop, etc. Particularly, http://www.lynda.com/ (just click on “Design” instead of “Developer”). Where else might a Designer look for education or inspiration?

Resources? Inspiration? Information? You’ve got ‘em. To begin one’s quest on the path to enlightenment, one must simply perform an internet search using one’s favorite search engine. Now go forth, teach, and learn!

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