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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

e-learning font style favorite font I build a lot of templates and shareable files, so I often use system fonts. I do this so I don't need to worry about fonts not being installed on the other person's computer. Most of the time I stick with Open Sans. It's a nice clean font family that has plenty of options. And it's one people usually have. When it comes to working with fonts, I'm not a designer, so I like to keep it simple. I usually look for a title, body, ...

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e-learning mars rover demo I created a demo course in Rise for a workshop. One of my goals with the demo was to show off different ways to add content and how the various blocks work and look in a real-ish project. This produced a lot of questions in the community on how I built it.  So I'll try to answer them here.

First, I'll have to admit that I didn't really do all that much because Rise did all of the heavy-lifting. There is one custom ...

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kickstart e-learning career I once had a manager who told me everything I report to him should be presented as five things on a notecard. He didn’t want all of the detail or nitty gritty. He just wanted a quick overview of the five most essentials points. I get a lot of emails from people who want to transition from their current jobs into e-learning development. They want to know what they need to do (or know) to get moving in that direction. So here are my five things if you ...

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e-learning prototypes Many e-learning developers spend too much time building courses that are almost complete before they solicit feedback about the course. This could be a waste of resources because by that time, they've invested a lot of resources and it's a real challenge to get things changed that late in the game, especially if the changes are significant. A better solution is to quickly prototype the course, get some feedback and make adjustments. This is even more critical if you have a lot of interactive content. The good thing ...

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e-learning porfolio I get questions all the time about work portfolios. One of the most frequent questions is "What types of courses need to be in the portfolio?" Why Have an E-Learning Portfolio? The portfolio is your proof of skills. It shows that you have more than a resume list of education and experience. It documents some of your projects and also shows your specific skills. The challenge for many is that the work we do is proprietary and we can't show what we know. That's OK. If that's the case, you want to ...

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e-learning checklist On a recent flight, I watched the flight crew go through a pre-flight checklist. This is a series of things that need to happen prior to taking off. While watching them I wondered what we’d consider being part of an e-learning pre-flight checklist. So I jotted a few quick notes in my Rocketbook (my latest gadget).

  • Information vs Performance. I like to put courses in one of two buckets: performance or information. Performance-based courses seek to change behaviors and have people learn and
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gamified e-learning The other day I got one of those marketing emails that I tend to delete without looking over. However, this one featured some ideas on gamification. And what got me most interested was looking at their examples. As we all know, gamification is a hot topic and it's always neat to see how different groups build the gamified elements in their courses. Ingenuiti put together a portfolio page with three different gamified examples. They use three micro games to teach and demonstrate some core gamification concepts. I reviewed their modules ...

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share your e-learning courses header This is a tip I stumbled upon this week and thought I'd share it because one of the most frequent questions I get from people trying to manage a work portfolio is how to easily share e-learning courses. Let's quickly review some of the options that we've mentioned in the past:

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closed captions We've discussed closed captions in a previous post. We looked at how to create them with free software or online tools. And we also explored how to build closed captions using a single text variable. Today, we'll look at how the closed captions feature works in Articulate Storyline 360. You'll find it a lot easier to use. Here are three video tutorials that go into more detail regarding the steps below. TUTORIALS

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e-learning experts In the past, I've referenced a number of instructional designers who are active in the community where they share all sorts of free downloads, examples, and answer questions. Today, I'd like to focus on a few instructional designers and course developers who tend to share more advanced course development tips. They go through the nuances of the software, share hacks, and how to leverage JavaScript when using Storyline. These are peers worth following. Melissa Milloway Melissa is a passionate learner and actively shares what she learns (often while she ...

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subject matter experts Subject matter experts play a key role in the success of your e-learning courses. The challenge is learning to use their skills and knowledge in a way that works best. Today's post is a curated list of free resources with essential tips and tricks so that you are successful building your courses. Free Downloads Here is a list of free downloads available to you.

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screencast tips Screencast tutorials are some of the most common forms of online training. This makes sense since a large part of e-learning is predicated on learning new software. One challenge is creating effective and engaging screencasts. So today, we'll look at a few simple production tips to help you get started. Screencast Tip: Establish Context Quickly It helps to know what you're learning and why. At the beginning of the screencast, introduce what you're going to teach and why (or what the outcome should be). Many screencasts aren't clear about what the value of ...

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