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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

engaging e-learning checklist Here's a presentation from a previous workshop on how to create interactive e-learning. For this workshop, I focused on how to create an engaging e-learning experience for the end-user. Here are a few core points from the presentation on how to create engaging e-learning courses. Engaging E-Learning Starts with Not Building a Course engaging e-learning future learners are bored That's probably not the right heading but it is the right position to take when it comes to building e-learning courses. Often the client defaults to training ...

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PowerPoint graphics In a recent post, I showed how I use PowerPoint to build the graphics for my Rise courses. I had a few questions on how to create the person sticking out of the circle image (apparently that is popular).  So today's post shows how to do this. It's pretty easy. How to Create a 3D Pop-Out Graphic in PowerPoint PowerPoint graphics Content Library

  • Insert a character and crop it until it is square.
  • Insert a circle.
  • The circle and image should be
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PowerPoint graphics In a previous post, I shared how I built an interactive scenario in Rise. I've gotten lots of emails asking how I built the graphics like the headers and the flashcard interactions for the interactive scenario. So in today's post, I'm going to show you a simple way to build graphics for your Rise e-learning courses. PowerPoint graphics headers for Rise blocks PowerPoint graphics flashcard interaction Understanding the Image Blocks in Rise Rise offers a number ...

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interactive scenarios What happens when you convert an old PowerPoint course into a Rise course? The other day I found an older interactive scenario that was built in PowerPoint. I wanted to see what it would take to rebuild something similar in Rise. This isn't an uncommon situation for those who are trying to convert and update older courses with new technology. Today, I'll show what I did to convert the course and a few production tips that helped me. The Original Interactive Scenario Back in the day, this was a pretty cool example of what ...

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training Whenever an organization needs to re-organize or make cuts to its staff, the training people are usually the first on the chopping block. There are a lot of arguments as to why that's the case but it's a reality for anyone who's been in the training industry for a while. The good thing is that e-learning is still a hot part of the training industry, thus far many of us have been spared. But as the tools become more efficient and others are empowered to build their own training content, there will be ...

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e-learning myths I came into rapid e-learning from the world of Authorware and Flash where building courses took a lot of time and cost a lot more money. But I saw the light in the early 2000s when I started using Articulate Presenter. Initially, I only used it to storyboard my course content and interactions in PowerPoint. That made it easier to share my ideas with our Flash developers. However, I quickly realized I could build most of what we needed in PowerPoint. So why were we wasting money on expensive Flash development? As soon ...

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Google storage share courses online free I get a lot of questions about free ways to share courses and portfolios. In previous posts, I shared tips on managing an e-learning portfolio and I also shared a few ways to share courses online for free. Another way to get free storage to share your courses and files is via Google's Storage Platform. It's pretty easy to set up. Tutorials on How to Share Courses Online

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Use PowerPoint to edit images Over the years, I've posted hundreds of tutorials using PowerPoint. Some of them to be updated. Today I am going to cover five ways to use PowerPoint as an image editor. This is great for quick image editing or for those who don't have other image editors on hand. Save PowerPoint Content as an Image Since we're talking about PowerPoint as an image editor, the first tip is that whatever you create in PowerPoint can be saved as an image. I usually group the objects so it's one group. ...

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next generation rapid e-learning Ten years ago, the e-learning industry was still mostly Flash-based. That meant organizations either had to buy e-learning courses, have them custom-built, or hire a Flash programmer to build them. The cost for doing so meant most organizations didn't have access to the world of online training. That all changed when the PowerPoint-to-Flash tools like Articulate Studio, emerged. It democratized the world of online training because it put e-learning into the hands of anyone who wanted to build a course. If you came from that world where building Flash ...

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edit SVG in PowerPoint The good news is that now you can edit SVG images in PowerPoint. And that's a big deal because we're starting to see more SVG images every day. In fact, one of the sites where I buy images has the option to download SVG images. This is great because they can be edited and customized. However, to edit them requires knowing how to do so with an illustration program. Unless of course, you know how to use PowerPoint. Insert & Edit SVG Image in PowerPoint This first step is really easy. ...

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interactive video This is part two of the series on working with 3D models and interactive video. In the previous post, we looked at how to create a video using 3D models in PowerPoint. Today, we'll discover how to use them to create interactive videos in Storyline. And then of course, once you have an interaction you can also insert it into a Rise course, which is what I did in this Rise lesson. Create the Interactive Videos in PowerPoint using 3D Models If you want to create a different kind ...

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3D models in PowerPoint I shared a cool 3D interaction in a recent workshop demo and have had lots of people ask how I built it. You can check out the interaction in this Rise demo. Creating the interaction is a two-step process:

  • The first step is creating a video of the 3D model as it rotates in and out.
  • The second step is to insert the video and add interactive elements in Storyline.
  • In the case of the Mars Rover module, there's a third step because inserted the interactive Storyline
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