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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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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<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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