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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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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PowerPoint template PowerPoint tips One of my favorite ways to learn is by deconstructing what others do. It allows me to find new ways to do things. And even though I've been doing this stuff for a while, there's always something to learn. A couple of weeks ago, Creative Markets, gave away this PowerPoint template. Looks like it's no longer free. It's a nice template with a lot of useful layouts. powerpoint template PowerPoint tips But there were two things that I really liked about ...

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select e-learning software I get a lot of questions about buying elearning software. And with that I get to see some of the ridiculous checklists that some IT groups create to compare software. Usually they place more value on number of features (regardless of their real value) than on how those features are used to create the online courses. When it comes to selecting software, it can be hard to know what to look for and what questions to ask. Here are some tips to help you find the right tools as you wade ...

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350-community e-learning community I'm a big fan of community and how it helps us learn from each other. This is especially important for those of us in the elearning industry. If you are a financial analyst, odds are that there are a number of seasoned financial analysts in your organization who could draw from their experience and offer you all sorts of tips. Often that's not true for elearning. Many of us work on small teams and don't have access to seasoned pros. And that's why community is so important for us. The Value of the ...

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course design Course design is a challenge as you try to balance the needs of the client, subject matter experts, learners, and your own course design sensibility. One of the biggest issues with many online courses is that the course is a single solution designed to accommodate multiple learners. And most of them are designed the same way: start, click, click, click, knowledge check, click, click, click, and final quiz. course design simple I suspect many courses are designed this way because they're easy to ...

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