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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

powerpoint tips tutorials When we started this blog in 2007, PowerPoint-based elearning was all the rage, and for good reason. It was a great entry point for people just getting started, especially when the alternative was custom Flash programming that required programming skills and resources. Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn't as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. It's something I shared in this blog post on why PowerPoint isn't the right tool for interactive elearning. With tools like Storyline, you get PowerPoint ease-of-authoring ...

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lorem ipsum Adding placeholder text is one of those tasks that we do a lot when building our course screen layouts or templates. It helps us make sure things are looking right before we spent too much time building out the real content. In today's post I'll share three easy ways to add placeholder text to your elearning courses. Use the Built-in Lorem Ipsum Generator PowerPoint, Articulate Studio, and Storyline offer built-in lorem ipsum generators so that it's really easy to add some placeholder content. Here are the steps:

  • Add a text box
  • Type in
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dropbox You need to stop sharing your elearning courses and portfolios using Dropbox's public folder. Effective October 3, 2016, Dropbox is disabling the feature to render HTML pages. It's one that many have been using to share their courses and elearning portfolios. This is similar to the action Google took last month to disable webpage sharing via the Google Docs service. If you're a Dropbox user you probably already received an email from Dropbox alerting you to this change. If not, I'm here to alert you ...

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cons of social media negative Social media is what you make of it. For the most part it is valuable and offers a number of ways for you to succeed. We discussed this in the previous post on the pros of social media. Today we'll look at the cons of social media and the potential impact they have on you, your job, and our industry. Cons of Social Media: Too Much Noise I have this routine where I read my elearning news feeds on a tablet (usually at night). I have a ...

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pros of social media positive The training industry is changing rapidly and technology plays a big role in that change, especially social media. However, like any change, there are positives and negatives that come with it.  Today, I'd like to discuss a few pros of social media as it relates to our industry and then I'll follow it up with a post on some of the cons. What is Social Media? Wikipedia has a good detailed definition of social media. I see it as technology that allows people to connect and share information.  ...

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interactive video example Earlier I shared a nice example of a gamified elearning course. Today I'd like to share a really neat example of an interactive video scenario. This example comes via the fine folks at SpongeUk who do some really cool work and said I can share it. View the Interactive Video Example interactive video Click here to view the video interaction. What I Like About This Interactive Video

  • I like the real life decision-making that they use. The situation is relevant, the choices are legitimate,
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free animated .gif Most software training is done using screencasting tools like Storyline or Replay. However, you don't always need a full video to show procedural steps. Sometimes, it's easier to create animated .gifs. And here's an easy way to create them for free. Create Animated .GIFs for Free with Screen2Gif Screen2Gif is a free open source application available here for download. It's created by Nicke Manarin, so be sure to give him props or send him a few bucks for his efforts. You can find his contact info ...

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gamified e-learning example At a recent conference I ran into Ken Haas and John Kostrey who work for Sodexo. They were showcasing a nice gamified course they built as part of the training program for facility management. What I like about the course is that it's more than the typical linear, click-and-read course. They used a lot of the core building blocks for interactive elearning. The course is part of a blended program where it's combined with live facilitated training. Check out the course below. Gamified E-Learning ...

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free templates from community As you know, the Articulate community regularly shares all sorts of free downloads. We have elearning templates, free PowerPoint templates, graphics, and all other sorts of free assets that can be used for your elearning courses. Also, you are free to use them for your projects without attribution. On top of that, many of your peers in the industry and elearning community regularly share free downloads. For today's post I'd like to feature a few of them. Take advantage of what they offer ...

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learning interactions Creating great interactive learning experiences requires a few core building blocks: relevant content, pull versus push, and real-world decisions. With those building blocks you're able to structure effective learning scenarios that are meaningful to the learner and helps meet the objectives of the course. One of those building blocks in creating relevant content or content that is placed in a meaningful context. Essentially, you want to recreate the types of scenarios that are similar to the ones the learner has in real life. This allows them to see the content in ...

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drag and drop interactions After last week's post on the different drag & drop interaction examples, I had quite a few emails asking for tips on how to create drag and drop interactions for elearning. So now's a good time to review some good general tips for building drag and drop interactions. Why Are You Dragging? There are a few reasons why we make onscreen objects draggable.

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drag an drop example It helps to look at what others are doing to get ideas and inspiration for your own work. Sometimes looking at what others have done also gives us confidence that we can do something similar. Drag and Drop Examples drag and drop examples This week I'd like to feature a number of drag and drop interactions that people in the community have created over the past couple of years.

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