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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

3-ways-guide-learners Inevitably you have to provide instructions on how to do something in the course. The question is when to provide them and at what level of detail. In this post we'll explore three ways to guide the instruction process. Provide Instructions Upfront The most common way to provide instructions is to do it all up front. This is what I see in most of the courses I review. Generally you share what needs to happen and when. Depending on the complexity, you may provide some details and screen shots. The ...

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best mics for audio narration While I've covered audio recording tips and tricks in the past, one of the most frequent questions I'm still asked is about microphones. So today, I'll show you the different mics I use and demo how they sound. I'll have to admit, I'm no audio pro and I'm also a bit less dogmatic about audio quality than some elearning developers. My main goal is to get decent sounding audio without a lot of post-production. The reality is that most end users are hearing the audio through cheap headsets or small ...

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instructional design for new century I have an older Sega Master System. I recall spending hours and hours playing on that thing. It was cool 25 years ago. Then it was lame. But now it's cool again. I took it out of storage to show my kids. What struck me were the instruction booklets that came with the games. They seem so archaic especially when I look at how my son learns the games. He downloads them and just starts playing. What's changed? Back Then

  • The expectation was to have instructions. How else
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e-learning example Reviewing elearning examples is a great way to learn. You find inspiration to prompt your own ideas and by deconstructing the courses, you learn to use your elearning software to create something similar. Here are some really nice elearning examples that I've seen in the community recently. Check them out and then try to figure out how they were built. E-Learning Example: Hero Land e-learning example heroland Click to view the elearning example. Here's a great module built by Richard Lee Hill. This is ...

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free multimedia apps We all love free tools to help us save time and resources so that we are more efficient building our elearning courses. Here are two free multimedia applications that I use quite a bit. Color Picking with Color Cop If you're using Storyline that's already easy to do because there's a built in color picker. However, if you need to pick colors outside of your authoring tool, Color Cop is a good one to use. free color picker I use color pickers all the ...

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branded-e-learning-quote One of the big challenges when building courses is having to deal with organization's brand and visual identity and figuring out how to work it into the course. And to do it in a way so the course doesn't look like a billboard or race car. Here are some quick tips on how to incorporate the company's brand into your courses without being overly intrusive on the learning objectives and actual course content. Get Rid of the Branding Before we get started, here's a question worthy of debate: do you really need to ...

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free flip card interaction A great way to learn to use the elearning software you have is to create small interactions. As I've noted before, at work you may end up building one hundred courses, but the reality is you just build the same course one hundred times. That's one of the reasons I like and promote the weekly elearning challenges. They provide a mechanism to quickly build prototypes to play around with ideas and learn new production techniques. A recent challenge was to create a note card interaction. There are some pretty cool ...

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build better courses At a recent conference I was on a panel that asked about how to get better at building elearning courses. I reflected on a few things that I did when I first started and some of those things carry forward to today. I discussed this a bit in this post on how to build your elearning skills. Learning is an Iterative Process Essentially, we learn something new, apply what we learn, look at the results, and then make adjustments. Your first project isn’t going to be your best. I look ...

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instructional design tip This instructional design tip focuses on how to simplify and chunk content in complex training courses. Essentially, instructional design is about crafting a viable learning experience. Based on our desired learning outcomes, we create a way for people to learn (and hopefully apply) the content in a relevant context. Often we have to teach content that's too complicated for new learners. The risk is that we dump too much on them and overwhelm them with a lot of new information. Or we over-simplify the course content (especially real-life decisions) and the ...

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free resources Free resources always come in handy when building courses or slide presentations. At most of my workshops we take a few minutes to share different free resources people use. It's a great way to be reminded of resources you may have already bookmarked but have forgotten. And of course, there's always something new to learn from others when the share what they use. At this point, I find that there's not a lot of new free resources being added. So I compiled the resources and put them in some sense of order ...

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powerpoint tips tutorials When we started this blog in 2007, PowerPoint-based elearning was all the rage, and for good reason. It was a great entry point for people just getting started, especially when the alternative was custom Flash programming that required programming skills and resources. Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn't as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. It's something I shared in this blog post on why PowerPoint isn't the right tool for interactive elearning. With tools like Storyline, you get PowerPoint ease-of-authoring ...

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lorem ipsum Adding placeholder text is one of those tasks that we do a lot when building our course screen layouts or templates. It helps us make sure things are looking right before we spent too much time building out the real content. In today's post I'll share three easy ways to add placeholder text to your elearning courses. Use the Built-in Lorem Ipsum Generator PowerPoint, Articulate Studio, and Storyline offer built-in lorem ipsum generators so that it's really easy to add some placeholder content. Here are the steps:

  • Add a text box
  • Type in
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