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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

custom color scheme for e-learning In a previous post I mentioned how to find color schemes using color schemers.  They're great tools to help find the right color palette for your courses. Personally I find them valuable because I have slight color blindness. So having a system that keeps me in line really helps. Use the Color Picker to Manually Create Color Schemes Another way to create color schemes to manually pick colors from an image. In the tutorials I did for Storyline, I show how to use the color picker ...

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free audio sound effects Had a question about finding good free audio sound effects for elearning courses. Do a search and you'll find hundreds of sites. However, most of them are lame and pain to go through. So I pulled together a list of sites that you may find worthwhile. The truth is once you find a good one there's no need to look at dozens more. As with any free content, if you're using the free audio files for real projects, be sure to check the license agreements. Many of these ...

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visual design e-learning Let's face it, we're not all graphic designers and it can be a chore to get the right look for your slides. This is especially true if your slide is a little light on content leaving a lot of white space. And when this happens, we feel obligated to fill it with something like decorative clip art. The following visual design tip is a great way to fill the space and maintain some context. It adds texture, looks nice, and is really easy to implement. Examples of the Visual Design Tip I'm ...

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Variables in E-Learning Why should one use variables in elearning, especially since the authoring tools are so easy to use? Good question. Many course authors transition from facilitated classroom training to elearning development. Their companies buy software and then they're left on their own to build courses. If you're using software like Storyline, producing courses is relatively simple. However, the tendency is to keep course design simple, as well. Because of this, many courses are mostly linear, explainer-type content with generic navigation. This is fine for some courses, but what if you want more than linear content? What ...

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free e-books and best e-learning books One of my goals each year is to read one book a month that will help sharpen my course-building skills. I'm always asked for book recommendations. Some of the recommendations are for those getting started, even if you're an experienced course designer it helps to review familiar course design concepts or expand to other fields like UX or graphic design. If your goal is to read twelve books this year, here's a list to help you get started. Even if you don't read them all this year, some ...

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best e-learning posts 2015 2015 was another great year in an industry that's still really hot. I hope you had a great year, too. Here's a rundown of some of this year's rapid elearning goodness. Things You Need to Know Before we review the best elearning posts for 2015, here are some important things related to this blog and the community.

  • Don't use Google Drive to share courses. Many of you participate in the weekly challenges and use Google Drive to host and share the courses. That needs to change because Google is removing that
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free templates for PowerPoint and e-learning At a recent workshop I showed the difference between creating interactive elearning in PowerPoint and Storyline. For the workshop I created a few different templates. One of them was a tabs interaction. Following is the free PowerPoint template and the corresponding Storyline version. You can use them as you wish. Free Interactive Tabs Template free e-learning template

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free e-learning template post In the spirit of the holiday season, here's a free elearning template. It can be used as a progress meter, a main slide menu, or simple process interaction. There are two versions of the free elearning template: Storyline 2 and PowerPoint. Free E-Learning Template: Storyline 2 free e-learning template Storyline version

Free E-Learning Template: PowerPoint free e-learning template free PowerPoint template example
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PowerPoint interactive e-learning If you follow this blog then you know that I'm a big fan of PowerPoint. In fact, I think it's one of the single best applications out there. And with some practice and creativity, there's not much you can't do to create engaging multimedia. But is PowerPoint the best option if you want to create interactive elearning? Here's What Makes PowerPoint Special Just so you know that this isn't just another trendy PowerPoint bashing post, I'm starting with some of the cool things you can do with PowerPoint. Here's a sampling ...

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get started with e-learning "How do I get started with elearning" is one of the most frequent questions I'm asked. It makes sense since the industry is still hot and growing and every day someone new joins it and needs help. Most elearning developers I meet are transitioning from face-to-face training and usually start by converting their classroom content into elearning courses. The usual solution is to use software that turns the PowerPoint slides into elearning courses. The challenge is that effective elearning is more than converting existing classroom content. Get Started by Learning ...

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free e-learning interaction template One way to engage learners and get passed locked navigation is to allow the users to explore content in the course. There's many ways to leverage exploration in a course. For example, using the 3C model for branched decision-making (challenge, choices, and consequences), you could pose a challenge to the learner that requires them to research content to make an informed decision. In that case a simple interaction that allows them to explore content is a great way for them to collect information. To help you ...

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engage learners One of the big challenge in crafting a learning experience is figuring out how to engage the learners. This is especially true for a lot of corporate training that is compulsory and not always connected to performance expectations. Today, we'll review 5 ways to engage your learners and build a better learning experiences. Engage Learners with Relevant Content Engaged learners need content that is relevant to their needs. If it's not, then they're less apt to be motivated which leads to less engagement. It forces you have to do a lot more to ...

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