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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

build e-learning skills Summer's approaching*. Many of you are taking days off and, generally, the workload eases up a bit. This is a good time to catch up on things or put together a short-term plan to build your skills. I'm asked almost daily how to learn more and get better at building courses. Today, we'll review a few ways you can implement some skill-building activities to make for a great summer time. Attend an Articulate Roadshow to Build E-Learning Skills We put together 2-day events where we cover all sorts of e-learning topics. ...

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essentials of interactive e-learning At a recent workshop, we reviewed some of the essentials of interactive e-learning. Here are some of the highlights from the presentation. They focus on what the course participant should DO and not what information they need to SEE. Basic Course Design We discussed this in the post on what every new instructional designer should know. When building courses there are three main considerations:

  • What content needs to be in the course?
  • What's the right look and feel for the course?
  • What will the users do in the
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free text-to-speech narration Previously we looked at how to create free text-to-speech narration using a free application. The audio quality is decent enough for those who need the text-to-speech audio. Today we'll look at a free (or inexpensive) way to create your text-to-speech narration that's just as easy and hardly costs anything, if at all. Earlier I showed how to create an Amazon S3 account as a way to share your courses. The first 5 GB is free and after that, it's very inexpensive. If you use a site like ...

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e-learning portfolio tips In recent posts, we discussed why you need a portfolio for personal development and to manage your professional career. The obvious next question is what tools and resources should I use to build a portfolio? What Goes in the Portfolio? The portfolio represents your skills and expertise. You need to decide if you want the portfolio to be static where you only do occasional maintenance and updates. Or do you want a site that's more dynamic and continually updating? e-learning portfolio For ...

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free web page creator and print web page as PDF Here are two really cool applications. The first is an easy way to create quick, disposable web pages using your email. And the other is a way to save web pages as PDF for later reference. Create Free Web Pages Publishthis.email lets you create quick and simple web pages. Basically, you put the content into an email, send it to a specified email address (which you can find on their site), and they send you a link back with a web page. The animation ...

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e-elearning project management Managing all of the to-do lists and activities for your e-learning projects can be really time time-consuming and a pain. I've worked in organizations where it seemed we spent more time managing the bureaucracy related to the project than we actually spent on it. Someone asked what I use to manage projects. Personally, I prefer a simple process with the least amount of friction as possible. I started using Sortd with my email account and that has really saved me some time. I may do a blog post on ...

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free text to speech narration Occasionally, I get questions on free text-to-speech applications. While there are a number of free text-to-speech applications out there, many have character limits or don't allow for commercial use. I'm not sure how many people have personal use cases for text-to-speech, but if you do, there are plenty of options. Another challenge is that many blogs in our industry create linkbait lists of text-to-speech applications, but for the most part, those lists are worthless. Today we'll look at a really good solution if you need a ...

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e-learning professional portfolio As an e-learning developer, it's important to document your work experience and skills. One way to do this is with a professional work portfolio. In previous posts, we discovered why you need a portfolio as part of your professional development. And we even looked at one community member who does a great job demonstrating her skills by showcasing her e-learning modules in her portfolio. Today, we'll look at a few things to consider when creating a professional portfolio. Most people I meet don't maintain a portfolio. So before we ...

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simple-tips Here are two simple tips to help save time and frustration as you work through the day. One shows how to autosave files so you don't need to worry about losing your work. And the other lets you see which tabs and extensions in Chrome are eating up all your RAM and processing power. How to Autosave Your Files The first thing I learned when working with multimedia was to save my work and save all the time. It's inevitable that an application freezes or the system shuts down and work is lost. ...

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e-learning portfolio Having a portfolio is really important, especially in today's world of digital technology. It's a great way to document your skills, experience, and qualifications. Recently, I gave a presentation on why you should maintain a work portfolio, here's part of the presentation where we'll focus on your personal development. What is a Portfolio? what is a portfolio A portfolio does three main things:

  • It showcases your skills
  • Documents your experience
  • Demonstrates your qualifications
Whenever I hire an instructional designer, I'm more inclined to review their portfolio ...

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hotspot drag drop interactions In an earlier post, we looked at three ways to use hotspots in your e-learning courses. In most cases, hotspots are used as invisible buttons for interactive e-learning. But today we'll look at ways to use the hotspot feature in your drag and drop interactions where the hotspot isn't a button. Drag and Drop Basics Generally, there are two main components to drag and drop interactions:

  • an object that is dragged
  • a target to accept the dragged object
I covered this in more detail when we looked at ...

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free stock images for e-learning Apparently, the internet can't get enough of free stock images as it seems there are new sites popping up every day. Truth be told, many of the sites aren't very good and most of the images probably don't have a good context for e-learning design. Free Stock Images for E-Learning Resources I've already shared some resources for free stock images in previous posts, as well as a few sites that seem to curate most of the free stock images. This saves a bunch of time because you don't ...

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