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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

draw custom characters In previous posts we discussed how visual thinking helps us focus on core concepts and teaches us to communicate those with graphics and other visual elements. We also looked at ways to practice developing your visual thinking skills so that you can effectively apply them to your course design. In today’s post we’ll look at how to create custom characters that you can use in your visual thinking activities and course design. The Case for Hand Drawn Custom Characters You don’t have to be an artist to create custom ...

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free interactive image template and tutorials As noted in an earlier post, an easy way to build interactive elearning modules is by choosing a single image and adding interactive elements to it. This is a great solution for those who don't have graphic design skills or access to a graphic designer. The key is finding a single image that has a few potential content buckets. Finding images is relatively easy today. I look for images like the ones below. They need to have some visual interest, a consistent context, and potential content areas ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog -  customize free stock photos Most of us are scrambling to find free assets to use in our presentations and elearning courses. The good news is that there are more than enough free stock images available, such as these three earlier posts where I shared 80 free stock photos45 free stock photos, and 60 more free stock photos. The challenge with all of these free stock photos is that it's not always easy using them for your presentations or elearning courses as they are. ...

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free desktop PowerPoint template for interactive course This post gives you a two-fer: that's two freebies for one. I found a free desktop image made available by Anastasia Kolisnichenko. I used the free image to create an interactive course prototype for an upcoming workshop activity. The template is free for you to download and use as you wish. Below is an example of the template in action. It's embedded on the blog page. Click here to view the template if the embedded version isn't visible in the email. The example above was created in ...

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free powerpoint template Here's another free PowerPoint template that you're free to use in your online training courses. The free template is structure to slide up and down as you navigate. I designed the files for a workshop on building some interactive timelines, however it can be used for anything. Essentially they're just slides with numbered circles. They'd work great as a process interaction. If you need additional slides, just duplicate them. See the Free PowerPoint Template in Action Below is an example of the free PowerPoint template without any content in it. ...

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free PowerPoint template Here's a free PowerPoint template I built for a recent workshop. I used it to show how to create interactive conversations in PowerPoint using hyperlinks. In this example it's a simple back and forth conversation. This free template could be used as a way to share manager/employee information or perhaps as an FAQ interaction. In either case it's free for you to use as you wish. Below is an example of the template in action. I mocked up a FAQ interaction on copyright laws. Click the character on the left ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - over 60 free stock images here Now that Microsoft’s quit providing free clip art and free stock images many of you are scrambling to get hold of free resources to use for your elearning and training development. Download Free Stock Images In a previous post I shared 45 free stock images via the Unsplash site. In today’s post I’m going to share how to get 68 free stock images via Creative Tail. They’re free for commercial use which means you can use them for your ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - free people icons Free people icons are great when they're truly free to use for commercial courses. And who doesn’t like them, especially now that Microsoft no longer offers free clip art? Here’s a list of some free icons. I only link to the ones that are free for commercial use. That means you can use them for your work and not spend time looking at free icons that you can't use. Kameleon Free People ...

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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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