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PowerPoint template PowerPoint tips One of my favorite ways to learn is by deconstructing what others do. It allows me to find new ways to do things. And even though I've been doing this stuff for a while, there's always something to learn. A couple of weeks ago, Creative Markets, gave away this PowerPoint template. Looks like it's no longer free. It's a nice template with a lot of useful layouts. powerpoint template PowerPoint tips But there were two things that I really liked about ...

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select e-learning software I get a lot of questions about buying elearning software. And with that I get to see some of the ridiculous checklists that some IT groups create to compare software. Usually they place more value on number of features (regardless of their real value) than on how those features are used to create the online courses. When it comes to selecting software, it can be hard to know what to look for and what questions to ask. Here are some tips to help you find the right tools as you wade ...

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350-community e-learning community I'm a big fan of community and how it helps us learn from each other. This is especially important for those of us in the elearning industry. If you are a financial analyst, odds are that there are a number of seasoned financial analysts in your organization who could draw from their experience and offer you all sorts of tips. Often that's not true for elearning. Many of us work on small teams and don't have access to seasoned pros. And that's why community is so important for us. The Value of the ...

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course design Course design is a challenge as you try to balance the needs of the client, subject matter experts, learners, and your own course design sensibility. One of the biggest issues with many online courses is that the course is a single solution designed to accommodate multiple learners. And most of them are designed the same way: start, click, click, click, knowledge check, click, click, click, and final quiz. course design simple I suspect many courses are designed this way because they're easy to ...

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share e-learning courses Today I am going to show you how to set up an Amazon S3 account to share elearning courses and portfolios. It's something I mentioned previously when we discussed ways to share your courses. However, this post provides more detail and it's super important to those who use Google Drive to share their elearning courses because Google is discontinuing that option on August 31, 2016. Now's the time to come up with a better solution before all of your links no longer work. Here's what you'll need to do:

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free PowerPoint template When I review vector images, I like to review the other images from the same artist. This way when I need to build a module or template, I can find assets drawn in the same style. This lets me deconstruct the vector illustration and use the parts to create illustrations that meet my own need. And remember, if you don't have an illustration app, as long as you can get .EPS vector files, you can edit them in ...

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e-learning pain points The other day someone asked what I thought the three top pain points were for online training or elearning. I hear lots of complaints and I'm sure that there are many pain points, however if we keep them in perspective, they're really not as painful as being stabbed or thrown down a flight of stairs. Here are some of the issues I find most challenging with elearning. E-Learning Pain Point #1: Courses are Boring I review a lot of courses during the year. Many of them are very basic--consisting of mostly ...

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free clip art for PowerPoint Having free clip art is a big deal for those of us on fixed budgets and with limited access to stock images and clip art to use in our elearning courses, presentations, and training programs. So last week's news that Microsoft is bringing back free clip art was a breath of fresh, kind of. About two years ago, Microsoft got rid of clip art. Because of this many of you have been using the free stock images sites, the free images in the community, and downloading the ...

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a dozen free stock video sites A while back we had a great challenge on how to use video as the slide background in your elearning courses. It's a great way to add texture and novelty to screens that are usually plastered with static images and bullet points. Video backgrounds also force us to think how we'll lay out the content to accentuate the video. That helps us think about layouts in different ways. There are over 50 excellent examples in the challenge recap link above. Be sure to take a peak for ...

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powerpoint illustrations In this post we'll look at an easy way to customize illustration in PowerPoint, since it's a tool most of us have and it's easy to do. Most illustrations are vector images that are saved in a format such as. EPS or .AI that allows you to edit them. However, what happens when you have an illustration in a bitmap version such as .JPG or .PNG but you don't have the source file to edit it? This is an issue I run into quite a bit because I get some of my ...

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e-learning portfolio post I had a couple of questions this week about elearning jobs. First, someone asked me what they should expect when hiring an elearning course developer. And on the flip side, someone I know was looking for work and wanted some tips on how to get a job. Here's my take and some things I've done in the past as a hiring manager and when looking for work. Also, I just updated a lot of the event info for this year. Be sure to check out if we'll be in your ...

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interactive video for e-learning made easy A few years back working with video was not all that easy. Most networks couldn't support the delivery of video and producing video was expensive and really time-consuming. However, that's changed quite a bit over the years. Rapid E-Learning Makes Interactive Video Easy Here's one of my favorite examples of how things changed with the advent of rapid elearning. A few years back, one of our Flash developers was a little behind on a project to create a flash-based video player for one of our courses. When ...

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