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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

e-learning portfolio Having a portfolio is really important, especially in today's world of digital technology. It's a great way to document your skills, experience, and qualifications. Recently, I gave a presentation on why you should maintain a work portfolio, here's part of the presentation where we'll focus on your personal development. What is a Portfolio? what is a portfolio A portfolio does three main things:

  • It showcases your skills
  • Documents your experience
  • Demonstrates your qualifications
Whenever I hire an instructional designer, I'm more inclined to review their portfolio ...

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hotspot drag drop interactions In an earlier post, we looked at three ways to use hotspots in your e-learning courses. In most cases, hotspots are used as invisible buttons for interactive e-learning. But today we'll look at ways to use the hotspot feature in your drag and drop interactions where the hotspot isn't a button. Drag and Drop Basics Generally, there are two main components to drag and drop interactions:

  • an object that is dragged
  • a target to accept the dragged object
I covered this in more detail when we looked at ...

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free stock images for e-learning Apparently, the internet can't get enough of free stock images as it seems there are new sites popping up every day. Truth be told, many of the sites aren't very good and most of the images probably don't have a good context for e-learning design. Free Stock Images for E-Learning Resources I've already shared some resources for free stock images in previous posts, as well as a few sites that seem to curate most of the free stock images. This saves a bunch of time because you don't ...

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subject matter experts help build better e-learning Subject matter experts play a key role in the success of our courses. This is part three of the series on how to work with subject matter experts based on tips shared by your peers. First, we discussed how to set expectations and then we looked at how to manage the relationship with your subject matter experts. Today we'll explore how to get them to help you build great e-learning courses. Working with Their Subject Matter

  • Ask the subject matter experts to explain things
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gamified e-learning gamification I hear a lot of people ask about gamifying their e-learning courses. And the examples they show are usually simple games modeled after shows like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Those are fine and have their places in e-learning, especially for quick knowledge checks. But they're not the same as gamification. In today's post, I'll share a few simple things to help get your brain muscles going. What Do You Need to Know? When it comes to building the courses in an authoring tool, you basically ...

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hotspot Hotspots are commonly used in e-learning course design. They're invisible, yet functional. Today, we'll explore some common use cases for the hotspot in your online training. Invisible Button Hotspots The most common use for the hotspot is the invisible button. Essentially it allows the developer to add an interactive choice on top of another object. This can really speed up production. For example, the image below starts with a single image of a world map. By adding separate hotspots over each continent there's no need to create separate images with links. This ...

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free fonts In an earlier post, we looked at how to convert dingbat and wingding fonts into vector images that you can use in your e-learning courses and presentations. They're great for creating icons or bullet lists. Not that you know how to convert the fonts into vector images, you need some fonts to use. I reviewed a bunch of the free fonts and tried to sort to the those that are free for commercial use. If you want to search on your own, look for facefonts, dingbats, or wingdings. They tend ...

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free icons PowerPoint In the e-learning community, a number of people shared free icons and shapes. There's a lot of variety from which to choose. And they're great for your courses, so make sure to take advantage of all of those free resources. Looking at the free icons reminded me of simple trick we show in our PowerPoint workshops. It's one I've shared in the past when I showed how to create custom shapes in PowerPoint, but today I'm adding a bit more detail. Convert Dingbat Fonts to Free Vector Images There are ...

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e-learning screencast webinar tutorials If you create software training then odds are you show a lot of keyboard shortcuts. If that's the case you'll like today's tip where I share a simple tool that makes it really easy to display the keyboard shortcuts on-screen. How to Display Keyboard Shortcuts during Screencast Tutorials Meet Carnac the Magnificent. It's a keyboard utility that displays keyboard shortcuts as they are used during your demos. This is perfect for webinars and screencast tutorials. It's also great for live presentations where people in the back of the room ...

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character templates for e-learning Looking for just the right images is one of the most time-consuming activities we have when building our courses. It's easy to get distracted and waste a lot of time. It's gotten a lot easier over the years now that the software comes with professional templates and thousands of character poses. As I build courses, I often use the same characters and a few common poses. Which means I don't need to always search through all of the poses available. And I suspect many of you ...

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subject matter experts relationship This is part two of the series on working with subject matter experts when building e-learning courses. In the previous post, we looked at how to set expectations and some simple project management tips. I also shared a link to the free e-book, Essential Guide to Working with Subject Matter Experts. Today, we'll look at what it takes to build a good working relationship with your subject matter experts. I always take a short term and long term view. In the short term, I want to ...

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instructional design tips e-learning tips During a recent interview, someone asked about what I've learned over the years. It's a question I get asked a lot by new designers. One point I always make is to not worry about what's under the hood. Just worry about getting the output you need. All of the other stuff you'll get as you gain experience and have to make edits. However, here are a few key points I shared in the interview. It's Not Rocket Science I know this statement irks some instructional designers, but come on, ...

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