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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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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simple-tips Here are two simple tips to help save time and frustration as you work through the day. One shows how to autosave files so you don't need to worry about losing your work. And the other lets you see which tabs and extensions in Chrome are eating up all your RAM and processing power. How to Autosave Your Files The first thing I learned when working with multimedia was to save my work and save all the time. It's inevitable that an application freezes or the system shuts down and work is lost. ...

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e-learning portfolio Having a portfolio is really important, especially in today's world of digital technology. It's a great way to document your skills, experience, and qualifications. Recently, I gave a presentation on why you should maintain a work portfolio, here's part of the presentation where we'll focus on your personal development. What is a Portfolio? what is a portfolio A portfolio does three main things:

  • It showcases your skills
  • Documents your experience
  • Demonstrates your qualifications
Whenever I hire an instructional designer, I'm more inclined to review their portfolio ...

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hotspot drag drop interactions In an earlier post, we looked at three ways to use hotspots in your e-learning courses. In most cases, hotspots are used as invisible buttons for interactive e-learning. But today we'll look at ways to use the hotspot feature in your drag and drop interactions where the hotspot isn't a button. Drag and Drop Basics Generally, there are two main components to drag and drop interactions:

  • an object that is dragged
  • a target to accept the dragged object
I covered this in more detail when we looked at ...

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free stock images for e-learning Apparently, the internet can't get enough of free stock images as it seems there are new sites popping up every day. Truth be told, many of the sites aren't very good and most of the images probably don't have a good context for e-learning design. Free Stock Images for E-Learning Resources I've already shared some resources for free stock images in previous posts, as well as a few sites that seem to curate most of the free stock images. This saves a bunch of time because you don't ...

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subject matter experts help build better e-learning Subject matter experts play a key role in the success of our courses. This is part three of the series on how to work with subject matter experts based on tips shared by your peers. First, we discussed how to set expectations and then we looked at how to manage the relationship with your subject matter experts. Today we'll explore how to get them to help you build great e-learning courses. Working with Their Subject Matter

  • Ask the subject matter experts to explain things
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gamified e-learning gamification I hear a lot of people ask about gamifying their e-learning courses. And the examples they show are usually simple games modeled after shows like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Those are fine and have their places in e-learning, especially for quick knowledge checks. But they're not the same as gamification. In today's post, I'll share a few simple things to help get your brain muscles going. What Do You Need to Know? When it comes to building the courses in an authoring tool, you basically ...

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hotspot Hotspots are commonly used in e-learning course design. They're invisible, yet functional. Today, we'll explore some common use cases for the hotspot in your online training. Invisible Button Hotspots The most common use for the hotspot is the invisible button. Essentially it allows the developer to add an interactive choice on top of another object. This can really speed up production. For example, the image below starts with a single image of a world map. By adding separate hotspots over each continent there's no need to create separate images with links. This ...

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free fonts In an earlier post, we looked at how to convert dingbat and wingding fonts into vector images that you can use in your e-learning courses and presentations. They're great for creating icons or bullet lists. Not that you know how to convert the fonts into vector images, you need some fonts to use. I reviewed a bunch of the free fonts and tried to sort to the those that are free for commercial use. If you want to search on your own, look for facefonts, dingbats, or wingdings. They tend ...

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free icons PowerPoint In the e-learning community, a number of people shared free icons and shapes. There's a lot of variety from which to choose. And they're great for your courses, so make sure to take advantage of all of those free resources. Looking at the free icons reminded me of simple trick we show in our PowerPoint workshops. It's one I've shared in the past when I showed how to create custom shapes in PowerPoint, but today I'm adding a bit more detail. Convert Dingbat Fonts to Free Vector Images There are ...

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