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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

transcribe text PowerPoint HTML5 Flash I've been playing around with ideas to get old Flash course content into a new HTML5 course. There are tens of thousands of old Flash-based e-learning courses where people no longer have the source files. All they have are published versions of the course and need to convert to HTML5. Grabbing the media like images, video, and audio is usually not as challenging. But moving all of the text can be a hassle. In a previous post we discovered how to use screenshots and OCR to extract ...

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convert Flash to HTML5 Many of you have to convert old Flash courses to HTML5. All you have is the published course but not the original source files. It's easy enough to extract the media (like images and video) from the published output. But adding text from the old course isn't as easy because most Flash courses don't allow selecting text to copy and paste. And who wants to spend hours retyping the text? Here are a couple of simple ways to copy the text from old Flash e-learning courses that you can ...

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convert e-learning to PowerPoint The other day someone asked how to convert their Storyline course into a PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint and Storyline look similar but they are two separate applications. You can import PowerPoint slides into Storyline, which makes it easy to convert some existing PowerPoint content into an interactive e-learning course. However, PowerPoint doesn't offer a way to import Storyline files. With that said, there are some ways to convert your Storyline course content into a format you can bring into PowerPoint. Setting Expectations for PowerPoint Conversion One of the reasons people ...

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Before committing resources to your course, it's important to understand what type of e-learning course you need to build. E-learning courses tend to be one of two types: information or performance

  • Information-based courses are more like explainer courses where the main objective is to share information or offer a linear explanation of the content. This is common for new initiatives where awareness is a key objective to the course. It's also typical of a lot of compliance training that are less focused on changing behavior and more on awareness of key
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Squoosh.app is a free service from Google that compresses large images. What I like is being able to compare the before and after versions of images. It's amazing to see how advanced the compression schemes are today. Some of the images I tested were compressed down over 90% and to the naked eye the degradation was negligible without zooming. free image compression As you can see above, the image size goes from 4.4 MB to just under 200 KB. That's amazing. And the image ...

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e-learning example During the recent Articulate User event at Devlearn, Sarah Hodge from SlideSugar shared a really cool example that she built in Storyline. She incorporated the 3D models from PowerPoint to create videos that she added to her e-learning course. Click here to view the e-learning example. It's a great example with some really neat ideas. She also included a quick tutorial to show how she built it. There's also a free download for practice. Here are a few key ...

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animated gif reasons to use for e-learning At a recent workshop we discussed the popularity of working animated gifs and how they can be used in e-learning courses. Here are three reasons you can use them in your courses. Animated Gifs for Novel Visual Design E-learning courses are still mostly visual. And one part of engaging you learners is to create visually rich experiences. This doesn't replace instructional design, but it does help make your course look more interesting and contributes to capture the person's attention. I love this example created by one of ...

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branched scenario tips Developing the content and flow of an interactive branched scenarios is one thing. Creating the visual structure is another. In today's post we'll look at some key considerations when building scenarios and come up with a simple storyboarding process to help think through the scenario design and layouts. Branched Scenarios: 3C Model Years ago, I introduced the 3C model to build interactive scenarios: challenge, choices, and consequences. It's a simple model to help think through the content requirements. It starts with challenging the learner's understanding through some sort of ...

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e-learning programmer Do you need to be an e-learning programmer to build e-learning courses? A lot has changed with e-learning over the past decade or so. As noted before, it used to require a team of people that usually included someone with some programming skills. However, as the rapid e-learning market emerged, the need for programming skills virtually disappeared. That's great because it opened the industry to a lot of people and organizations. The challenge though is that while you don't need to be a programmer, it is still good to know a ...

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interactive scenarios backgrounds There's a lot that goes into building interactive scenarios. Obviously content is king and critical to building a branched scenario that is both engaging and effective. One key part of the scenario construction is establishing context. The good thing is that a single image often suffices to establish the scenario context. The free stock images I shared recently are perfect for building interactive scenarios and establishing visual context.

I've had a few questions on how to set up the slides using ...

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branched scenarios A while back I shared some free illustrated backgrounds that you can use for your branched scenario courses in e-learning. Those worked great for the classic illustrated characters. branched scenarios I've been working on interactive scenarios for a few upcoming workshops and created some background images that we'll use to build interactive branched scenarios. As you can see below, the backgrounds work well for the modern illustrated characters as well as with the photographic ...

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scenario Between the workshops I run, blog emails received, and helping in the community, I get to see hundreds of e-learning courses. A common issue for many courses is transitioning from sharing content to helping people use the content to make the appropriate decisions. Many course developers focus on making the content interactive, which is good. But much of the interactivity is novel or exists at a very basic level. What tends to be missing is the more complex decision-making interactivity. The challenge is how to move past rote facts and get ...

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