The Rapid Elearning Blog

E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free clip art no longer A few months ago I wrote a post on Microsoft getting rid of free clip art. For those with a budget that probably wasn't that big of a deal. But there are many who relied on the free assets that Microsoft provided, especially since they didn't include just clip art. Losing free clip art isn't all bad news. There is some good news in all of this. A lot of the clip art was lame and negatively impacted many online courses and presentations. ...

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build effective e-learning with this free e-book I'm not sure you noticed but we just updated the Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. The first edition of the free e-book was released in 2007, and as you can imagine a lot has changed in our industry. This new addition addresses some of those changes and offers more practical tips and tricks. How Has E-Learning Changed? In 2007, most of the options for creating interactive elearning required Flash. If you wanted to build courses, you were required to either learn Flash or ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free onboarding and employee orientation I'm working on some practice content for an upcoming workshop and decided to share the template that is part of the workshop activities. It starts with a main image that has five distinct sections. Each section links to a series of slides with a few different layouts. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free onboarding and employee orientation template Because the main image looks like an organizational overview, I think the template works great for a new hire ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - become e-learning pro "I want to become an elearning pro. What do I have to do to get better?" This is one of the most common questions I'm asked. I've addressed it a few times in the blog by sharing some tips, free ebook recommendations, and a ton of tutorials. But it's still a common question and worth reviewing from a slightly different perspective. We'll look at three key steps in the process of becoming an elearning pro. Become an E-learning Pro by Learning More There are many ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - interactive scenarios As many of you know, I tend to divide courses into two buckets. One bucket is information. The other is performance. When I meet with a client I quickly asses what type of course they want to build so that we can best meet the organization’s goals and control the cost of development. Information-based courses are common and many people complain that they’re just click-and-read. However they are legitimate and do meet a need. Here are few common examples: ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - knowing your online training and online learners Many online training courses go by a one-size fits all model: build one course and everyone has to take it exactly the same way. I like to think of this as the elearning gulag where there’s not a lot of freedom for online learners and little concern for their experience. Who Are Your Online Learners? Regardless of how you design your online courses, it is important to understand your online learners, their ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free stock images In a previous post I shared some free stock images via Unsplash. They’re free for commercial use. Unsplash has a lot more images, but the download I featured was curated to help save some time and preserve the images. Today, I’ve done the same thing only this time the curated images are from Startup Stock Photos. Just like Unsplash, they’re free to use and distribute via a public domain license. You can download them individually ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create hand-drawn graphics Earlier we looked at the essential guide to visual thinking where we discussed how to communicate visually. Coupled with that post, we explored practical ways to apply visual thinking skills to elearning course design. One advantage of visual thinking is learning to see the concepts and how to express them to others. Another advantage is that you gain the skills to create real assets that can be used in your elearning courses. Today we’ll look at ways ...

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responsive design for elearning Last week I was at the Learning Solutions conference in Orlando and ran into my mentor and elearning pioneer, Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer. We chatted about trends in elearning and mobile training. A lot’s happened over the past few years and it always seems like your lab is at the forefront of emerging technologies. For example, you’ve had great success with the:

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - Build Better Online Training There’s often a big disconnect between the training that is delivered and the training that has impact. It’s because training is commissioned by someone who doesn’t take the training like a manager or subject matter expert. What happens is that while the training has all of the right information it doesn’t frame it in a perspective that is true or relevant to the learner; and that’s because the end-user usually doesn’t have a seat at the table when the training ...

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I was chatting with someone recently who was complaining that the organization’s elearning courses weren't successful. After some conversation, it turns out that the courses were mostly information-based courses. The organization did a great job pulling content together, but outside of the content (and some nice looking slides) there wasn’t much to the courses. We talked a bit more about what it takes for a training course to be successful. Successful Training Defines Success There are different reasons why organizations create elearning courses. And with that, the ...

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Rapid E-Learning Blog - how long should e-learning course be I’m often asked how long an elearning course should be. My quick response is that it should last long enough to meet your objectives. On the surface that’s not a bad answer, but it’s usually one that doesn’t satisfy either. There are a few variables when it comes to determining how long an elearning course should be. However here are some tips that may help answer the question. Chunk Your Content The trend in online learning ...

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