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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

interactive e-learning: why do we do it What is interactive elearning? In previous posts we discussed different ways to interact with onscreen elements. Generally, interactions are limited to click, mouse over, or dragging interactions. Then we explored two key points when building interactive elearning. The first point is to get the users to "touch" the screen. Find ways to have them interact with onscreen elements. The second point is to have them interact with the content to create a great learning ...

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free vector images online Do a search for "free vector images" and you'll find hundreds of sites that boast tens of thousands of free images. The problem is many of them are junk and not even worth your time. Besides, how many free vector images do you really need? Websites that Offer Free Vector Images As you may know, many of the sites that offer "free" resources only allow them to be used for personal use. That won't work for your courses and presentations. To make things simple, I reviewed dozens of websites ...

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edit free vector images in PowerPoint header In this post we'll explore how to edit free vector images in PowerPoint. You'll be able to use them in your presentations and online training courses. There are hundreds of sites to download free vector images that can be used for your presentations and online training courses. The challenge is that to edit most of the free vector images requires an illustration application like Illustrator or Inkscape (free). However, if you get them in .EPS format you may be able to edit the free vector ...

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closed captions in Storyline In a previous post we learned how to create closed captions text for your online courses. Now we'll learn to use that text in Articulate Storyline. Before we get started, let's do a quick review of your closed captions source file. Regardless of the application you used to create the closed captions file, you'll end up with the timing and the text for the captions. It should look similar to the image below. closed caption storyline SRT Display Closed Captions ...

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free closed captioning software for online training and elearning In this post we'll explore a few simple ways to create free closed captioning text for your online training courses. We'll work off of the assumption that you want closed captioning to sync with your audio narration or an inserted video on your slides. What is Closed Captioning Text? Generally speaking, closed captioning text accompanies the audio or video narration in your online training courses. It's used to help those who are deaf and can't hear the audio follow along with the course's narration. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - pre-assessment scenario Organizations operate at the speed of business and don't like to waste time or money. That's especially true when it comes to pulling people away from their daily tasks. And this is something that happens every time a person is asked to complete an elearning course. So it's important to create the most cost-effective process possible and still meet the organization's goals. One way to make elearning courses cost-effective is by sorting your learners and then pushing them to a successful learning path. Some ...

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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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