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E-learning's Greatest Hits by Clive shepherdspacer E-learning's Greatest Hits
A compilation of articles on e-learning written by Clive Shepherd over the past three years.
Its 28 chapters include more than 100 interviews with suppliers and users, and 24 case studies.
Each chapter examines an important aspect of e-learning, with the uninitiated reader in mind, but with a depth of critical analysis that will appeal to seasoned campaigners.
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Learning Object Design Assistant
LODA is a reference tool for designers and writers of online learning and performance support materials, to help them select the right strategy to meet their particular objectives.
LODA provides detailed instructions for more than 40 types of learning and knowledge object, along with six comprehensive visual demos.
Available as a book, e-book and online tool.

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LODA by Clive Shepherd

Clive Shepherd has moved
If you enjoy Clive's articles, go to the Above and Beyond site, where more than 25 monthly of his columns are now available for you to read free of charge. Contact Clive.

Learning media blender
The Learning Media Blender is a simple interactive tool that allows you to experiment visually with different media options for your blended learning solution. Simply give your project a name and then drag the media options that you require into the blender. Working with the tool ensures that you consider all the options before making a decision. Download the blender.

Online trainers' toolkit - version 2
The Online Trainers' Toolkit provides you with a wide range of templates to help you put together your own web-based training courses. It has already proved its worth in the development of more than 50 hours of highly-interactive online learning material for the courses Web pages that Work, The Online Trainer and The Online Tutor. Now you can do the same and at absolutely no cost. New version 2 uses Dynamic HTML for speedier authoring and delivery..
Find out more about the Online Trainers Toolkit

Also available free from Fastrak are two mini toolkits. Both provide you with a range of question templates that you can easily integrate into your own online courses. The first uses frames but will work with version 3 browsers. The second uses Dynamic HTML but is restricted to version 4 browsers and above. Either way, if you just want question templates and don't want a completely integrated package, the mini toolkits are for you.
Download a mini toolkit.

About this site
TACTIX provides tips and tools for trainers and other communicators looking to improve their effectiveness within their organisations through the application of new technology. TACTIX will be of interest to anyone already working with, or exploring the potential for intranets, online learning, CD-ROM or any other form of interactive media.
Here's a quick guide to the main options available within TACTIX:

  • Features: check out the range of articles and papers
  • Fastools: try out one of Fastrak's unique on-line decision-making tools or the Online Trainers' Toolkit
  • Fastload: download any of the Fastrak tools
  • Fastlinx: other web sites that offer useful information for trainers and communicators
  • Fastrak: if you're interested in Fastrak's training and consultancy services, look here
  • Fastline: how to contact us
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