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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

scenario Between the workshops I run, blog emails received, and helping in the community, I get to see hundreds of e-learning courses. A common issue for many courses is transitioning from sharing content to helping people use the content to make the appropriate decisions. Many course developers focus on making the content interactive, which is good. But much of the interactivity is novel or exists at a very basic level. What tends to be missing is the more complex decision-making interactivity. The challenge is how to move past rote facts and get ...

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how to create animated gif Some people asked how I created the animated .gifs similar to the ones I gave away for free in this recent blog post. So today I'll share a simple way to create them. Start with Animated .Gif Software There are a number of tools to create animated .gifs. I'm going to focus on just one for this post. Screen2Gif is free and you don't need to install it. Just run the .EXE file. It's a great product and I use it all the time for quick demos or ...

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create videos in PowerPoint One of my favorite features in PowerPoint is saving the PowerPoint slideshow as a video. That means anything you put on the PowerPoint slides (from animations to slide transitions) is output as video. With some creativity, you can pull together some pretty slick explainer-type presentations with a tool most of us already have. Today, I want to show something simple that may give you some ideas for your own training videos. Create Videos in PowerPoint: Examples Before we get started, here's a cool example from Duarte that Microsoft included in ...

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free animated gifs I did a workshop on simple ways to create animated .gifs for e-learning courses. In part of the workshop we play around with using them as header graphics for Rise courses. Header graphics are mostly decorative so the trick is to get decent enough quality while keeping the file size down (which is a major challenge with animated .gifs). I created a number of .gifs from some generic videos and figured I'd share them here for those who may be interested in using them. Examples of Headers Using Animated Gifs Here ...

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The training industry likes acronyms so today we'll revisit one I shared a few years ago to help new course designers remain focused on producing real value. It starts with the cookie story. Two people are selling cookies in the neighborhood. One person bakes a bunch of chocolate chip cookies and sells them door-to-door. Unfortunately that person lives in a hipster neighborhood of Keto enthusiasts and those hostile to gluten. Not many want chocolate chip cookies. They prefer cookies that fit better with their diet. The other person doesn't start by baking cookies. ...

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variables dashboard to save time e-learning Variables add all sorts of capability to the learning experiences you create. They allow to move past linear, click-and-read content to more complex interactions with branched scenarios and personalized, adaptive learning. Today I'd like to share a tip that really comes in handy when working with variables. It'll save time and really help when you use a bunch of variables that are interdependent. The 1-2-3 of Variables Working with variables is a three-step process:

  • Create the variable: which is a like a bucket waiting to have a value
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locked navigation The question I see asked almost every day revolves around locking navigation until a user has completed a task. In the most common case, the first slide is a course menu. The user clicks a button, goes to a module, completes it, and comes back. At that point, the module is marked complete and the user goes to another module and repeats the process until all of the modules are complete. Once that is satisfied, the user can continue. There are a number of ways to approach this, but I'll show ...

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meaningful content The reality is that many e-learning courses are irrelevant to the needs of the person who has to take them. Lawsuits and regulatory compliance dictates a lot of demand for e-learning courses. It puts instructional design on the back-burner and end-of-year certification becomes the priority. It's just a reality of our industry. Information vs Performance I've always split courses into one of two ...

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interactive e-learning I get a lot of questions about interactive e-learning. Often people are looking for specific "interactive" features in the software. However, the key isn't specific features as much as it applying a few simple strategies and understanding what can be done with the e-learning software. Part 1: Interactive E-Learning Strategies Here's a simple strategy I use when building interactive e-learning courses: focus on a few basic building blocks (which I've written about before).

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custom video in PowerPoint PowerPoint's one of my favorite multimedia applications. It's easy to use, almost everyone has a copy so it's easy to share what's created, and it does more than create presentations. In fact, I regularly use PowerPoint to create the graphics and custom assets for my e-learning courses. Here are a few examples:

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successful e-learning Successful e-learning is measured in many ways. It's important to provide measurable value. However, a large part of success revolves around how others view your contributions. Thus it's important to manage how you work with customers and how they understand your contributions. If you're just getting started, here are some things to keep in mind: Successful E-Learning Pleases the Customer Your customer is why you have a job. Thus it's important to ensure the customer's needs are met. Who is your customer? The obvious answer is the one who commissions the e-learning course. ...

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no LMS Generally, delivering e-learning courses is a two-step process: 1) create the course in your favorite e-learning software and 2) host the course in a learning management system. There are many small organizations that don't use formal learning management systems; however they want simple tracking of the courses. I had someone ask how they could track people in their ...

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