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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

visual design mistakes E-learning is a mostly visual medium which means a lot of what we communicate in our courses comes through how they're structured visually. The challenge is that graphic design and visual communication are their own fields and it's hard enough to be a good instructional designer let alone a good graphic artist. I get the privilege of reviewing a lot of courses and understand that many people struggle with the visual part of the course. So in this post, we'll review some common visual design mistakes that are easily fixed. ...

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A lot of e-learning content starts with existing PowerPoint slides. And a common challenge is converting all of that PowerPoint training into interactive and engaging e-learning. Today we'll look at a few considerations that will help make the conversion to interactive e-learning successful. Understand Why the E-Learning Course Needs to Be Interactive Generally speaking, there are two components to interactive content. We've covered this in a previous post, but here's a quick overview: interactive e-learning

  • Interact with the screen. The goal is to get
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free PowerPoint template There are tons of free dingbat fonts available for download. And they're great to use for your training and e-learning courses. Here's what you already know:

Great! But what about managing those fonts and quickly previewing the icons and images you can use? It's a pain to review them one-by-one. Here's an easy way to manage all of those free fonts and preview the ones ...

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Like many of you, I'm no graphic designer. I do have enough skill to get what I need or know enough to modify existing templates. The good thing is that today, it's not that big of a deal because you get media assets like Articulate's Content Library. So you have plenty of quality templates and stock images to help guide your design. However, there are times when you may be stuck with a specific image and need to figure out how to create different (but matching) layouts without doing a bunch of ...

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build e-learning skills Summer's approaching*. Many of you are taking days off and, generally, the workload eases up a bit. This is a good time to catch up on things or put together a short-term plan to build your skills. I'm asked almost daily how to learn more and get better at building courses. Today, we'll review a few ways you can implement some skill-building activities to make for a great summer time. Attend an Articulate Roadshow to Build E-Learning Skills We put together 2-day events where we cover all sorts of e-learning topics. ...

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essentials of interactive e-learning At a recent workshop, we reviewed some of the essentials of interactive e-learning. Here are some of the highlights from the presentation. They focus on what the course participant should DO and not what information they need to SEE. Basic Course Design We discussed this in the post on what every new instructional designer should know. When building courses there are three main considerations:

  • What content needs to be in the course?
  • What's the right look and feel for the course?
  • What will the users do in the
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free text-to-speech narration Previously we looked at how to create free text-to-speech narration using a free application. The audio quality is decent enough for those who need the text-to-speech audio. Today we'll look at a free (or inexpensive) way to create your text-to-speech narration that's just as easy and hardly costs anything, if at all. Earlier I showed how to create an Amazon S3 account as a way to share your courses. The first 5 GB is free and after that, it's very inexpensive. If you use a site like ...

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e-learning portfolio tips In recent posts, we discussed why you need a portfolio for personal development and to manage your professional career. The obvious next question is what tools and resources should I use to build a portfolio? What Goes in the Portfolio? The portfolio represents your skills and expertise. You need to decide if you want the portfolio to be static where you only do occasional maintenance and updates. Or do you want a site that's more dynamic and continually updating? e-learning portfolio For ...

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free web page creator and print web page as PDF Here are two really cool applications. The first is an easy way to create quick, disposable web pages using your email. And the other is a way to save web pages as PDF for later reference. Create Free Web Pages Publishthis.email lets you create quick and simple web pages. Basically, you put the content into an email, send it to a specified email address (which you can find on their site), and they send you a link back with a web page. The animation ...

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e-elearning project management Managing all of the to-do lists and activities for your e-learning projects can be really time time-consuming and a pain. I've worked in organizations where it seemed we spent more time managing the bureaucracy related to the project than we actually spent on it. Someone asked what I use to manage projects. Personally, I prefer a simple process with the least amount of friction as possible. I started using Sortd with my email account and that has really saved me some time. I may do a blog post on ...

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free text to speech narration Occasionally, I get questions on free text-to-speech applications. While there are a number of free text-to-speech applications out there, many have character limits or don't allow for commercial use. I'm not sure how many people have personal use cases for text-to-speech, but if you do, there are plenty of options. Another challenge is that many blogs in our industry create linkbait lists of text-to-speech applications, but for the most part, those lists are worthless. Today we'll look at a really good solution if you need a ...

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e-learning professional portfolio As an e-learning developer, it's important to document your work experience and skills. One way to do this is with a professional work portfolio. In previous posts, we discovered why you need a portfolio as part of your professional development. And we even looked at one community member who does a great job demonstrating her skills by showcasing her e-learning modules in her portfolio. Today, we'll look at a few things to consider when creating a professional portfolio. Most people I meet don't maintain a portfolio. So before we ...

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