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Here’s a recap of posts from 2013 where I shared free templates or assets to help you build your online training courses.

Do You Need an Instructional Design Degree?

This is probably one of the hottest questions of the past year. It comes up quite a bit and creates a lot of good conversation—both pro and con. If you haven’t weighed in with your opinion, it’s not too late.

PowerPoint Tips & Tricks

Many elearning courses are dependent on PowerPoint. The more you know about it, the better you’ll be at designing good courses. The tips below help you learn more about using the features so that you become more fluent with PowerPoint.

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Free Templates for E-Learning

Templates are a great way to get started or transition existing content for online training. Here are a few to speed things up for your next course.

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Free Graphics & Media Assets for E-Learning Design

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Upcoming E-Learning Events

  • February 3 & 4 (London). Learning Technologies. Swing by the Articulate booth and say "Hello" or check out my free session February 3 at 2:45: 5 Ways to Use Interactive Video to Engage Your Learners.
  • April 26 (Houston, TX). Interactive Video Made Easy in Articulate Storyline. Learn more & register.
  • April 27 (Houston, TX). Keynote presentation. Think Forward Conference.

Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

6 responses to “A Year’s Worth of Free E-Learning Templates & Tips for Success”

January 7th, 2014

I remember my mom collecting green stamps when I was a kid! Thanks for the memory (and all the great resources).

January 7th, 2014

Thank you very much Tom for your contribution to the Rapid Learning Community and all the useful resources.
I wish you an Excellent Year 2014 full of Successes.
Best regards,
Tri Huê

January 7th, 2014

Thanks you for this recap of posts from 2013. In the past year your posts became one of my favorite source of inspiration. I certainly hope to read more from you in this year.



This is amazing. Thanks, Tom for being so generous with everything you do. As a beginner, it’s great to have such a rich resource.

Thanks all for the nice comments. I’m glad you find the resources helpful.

I think Mark Twain said it best in that he never let his schooling interfere with his education.

I spent a decade successfully designing and developing courses and entire educational programs in the military before I had my first degree; a BA in Psychology specializing in learning and cognition. I went to several military schools to learn the skills needed and these schools were designed by people with instructional design (ID) degrees. I have since left the military and first pursued a Masters in ID & Online Learning and then a second Masters in ID & Human Performance Technology. I found my military ID training and practice made learning the graduate level materials very easy.

Do I believe a “degree” in ID is required, no; I never confuse education with intelligence. Is a certain depth of formal, informal, and non-formal learning in the areas of learning, ID, psychology, and technology required, YES. Failure to receive this learning will result in lots of action but little forward motion towards the intended outcome.

Just my humble opinion.