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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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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<p align="center"> Here's an easy way to turn a single image into an interactive image. This tip comes in handy if you use collage images for interactive stories or have a great illustration but no way to break it into separate pieces. That's what I ran into with this recent demo I built for the blog post on simplifying variables for elearning. e-learning tutorial interactive image Click here to view demo. I had a great image of multiple characters, but all I had was ...

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variables for e-learning Consistency is one of the most important parts of the course production process. And one way to maintain consistency is to determine your naming conventions. And this is especially true of variables for e-learning. In a previous post, we looked at ways to manage and name your course files. And if you're working inside an authoring tool like Storyline you want to name your objects and layers. You can also name your objects in PowerPoint using the selection ...

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free audio The other day someone asked for some links to free audio files to use as background audio. Personally, I'm not sure how much demand there really is for free audio files but to help you out, I'll share some of the resources I've collected. Of course, here's the easiest answer when people ask how to find free audio files. There are thousands of free audio sites. But most of them are either kind of spammy, merely link bait, or repeats of other sites. Despite the abundance of free audio sites, there's ...

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search multimedia e-learning Who doesn't like some help when it comes to building courses? How many times have you tried to identify a font, or find the source of an image, or tried to find just the right stock photo? Well, today you're in luck. I'm going to show you a few simple search techniques to find the right multimedia when you need it. Multimedia for E-Learning: How to Find and Identify a Font There are so many times I have to go back to old projects but can't recall what font I used ...

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branched e-learning scenario Here are some scenario background images that are great for your next interactive branched e-learning scenario course. These backgrounds go really well with the illustrated characters that come with the Articulate applications or those you may find at some of the free vector image sites. branched e-learning scenario free images I got the original backgrounds by ungrouping some old PowerPoint clip art (unfortunately no longer available). After ungrouping them, I made some modifications so they'd work with the branched e-learning scenarios. Of ...

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free apps I like to play with new apps and test them to see how they help me be more productive or get better at building courses. Today I share three free apps that you may find to be time-savers or help be more productive. Help with Google Docs We use Google Docs here at Articulate. If you use Google Docs, then you know that when working on projects, you don't just have one Google Doc. Instead, like dandelions they grow exponentially, and you end up with dozens of Google Docs. In ...

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free templates As you know, we have all sorts of free templates to download for your elearning courses and PowerPoint presentations. The challenge sometimes is figuring out when and how to use the templates for your own projects. At a recent conference I was chatting with someone who wanted to make her software training look better. Her training was mostly a series of quick video tutorials. She wanted a nice way to present the tutorials. I recommended that she start with one of the free templates and use it as a way to package ...

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variables for e-learning Want to build better elearning experiences? Want to add game mechanics like achievements, levels, and points to your courses? If so, now's the time to learn about variables and how they help build better elearning. At a recent workshop on variables, I asked one attendee what she learned. She said, "I learned not to use variables." While this produced a chuckle, she was speaking some truth for the beginner who's never used variables: at first they may seem a bit confusing. This makes sense if you haven't used them before and don't ...

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