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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - knowing your online training and online learners Many online training courses go by a one-size fits all model: build one course and everyone has to take it exactly the same way. I like to think of this as the elearning gulag where there’s not a lot of freedom for online learners and little concern for their experience. Who Are Your Online Learners? Regardless of how you design your online courses, it is important to understand your online learners, their ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free stock images In a previous post I shared some free stock images via Unsplash. They’re free for commercial use. Unsplash has a lot more images, but the download I featured was curated to help save some time and preserve the images. Today, I’ve done the same thing only this time the curated images are from Startup Stock Photos. Just like Unsplash, they’re free to use and distribute via a public domain license. You can download them individually ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create hand-drawn graphics Earlier we looked at the essential guide to visual thinking where we discussed how to communicate visually. Coupled with that post, we explored practical ways to apply visual thinking skills to elearning course design. One advantage of visual thinking is learning to see the concepts and how to express them to others. Another advantage is that you gain the skills to create real assets that can be used in your elearning courses. Today we’ll look at ways ...

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responsive design for elearning Last week I was at the Learning Solutions conference in Orlando and ran into my mentor and elearning pioneer, Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer. We chatted about trends in elearning and mobile training. A lot’s happened over the past few years and it always seems like your lab is at the forefront of emerging technologies. For example, you’ve had great success with the:

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - Build Better Online Training There’s often a big disconnect between the training that is delivered and the training that has impact. It’s because training is commissioned by someone who doesn’t take the training like a manager or subject matter expert. What happens is that while the training has all of the right information it doesn’t frame it in a perspective that is true or relevant to the learner; and that’s because the end-user usually doesn’t have a seat at the table when the training ...

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I was chatting with someone recently who was complaining that the organization’s elearning courses weren't successful. After some conversation, it turns out that the courses were mostly information-based courses. The organization did a great job pulling content together, but outside of the content (and some nice looking slides) there wasn’t much to the courses. We talked a bit more about what it takes for a training course to be successful. Successful Training Defines Success There are different reasons why organizations create elearning courses. And with that, the ...

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Rapid E-Learning Blog - how long should e-learning course be I’m often asked how long an elearning course should be. My quick response is that it should last long enough to meet your objectives. On the surface that’s not a bad answer, but it’s usually one that doesn’t satisfy either. There are a few variables when it comes to determining how long an elearning course should be. However here are some tips that may help answer the question. Chunk Your Content The trend in online learning ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - practice visual thinking skills for e-learning In a previous post, we discussed visual thinking concepts and where they fit with elearning design. Now, let’s look at ways to practice sketching your ideas so that you’re able to move past understanding the concepts and actually applying them to your course. How to Practice Your Visual Thinking Skills The first step is to get a handle on the basics:

  • Learn to capture
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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - share elearning courses To share elearning courses via a learning management system or Articulate Online is common. However, sometimes getting access to an LMS isn’t easy, especially if you want to share elearning courses that are quick prototypes or demos to solicit opinions. You definitely don’t want to fill out requisitions and wait for your LMS administrator to send you a link. There are also many of you who participate in the weekly elearning challenges and need an ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog -  free stock images for e-learning courses One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on a tight budget. ...

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A few weeks ago I shared an elearning example I created for an elearning workshop. Many of you requested a template based on the example so here it is. There’s a PowerPoint version and one for Articulate Storyline 2 that offers a lot more interactivity. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - elearning example Click here to view the elearning example. Working with Templates One of the challenges when using a pre-defined template is that it tends to look good with real ...

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 Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - essential guide to visual thinking for e-learning Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching. What is Visual Thinking? The essence of visual thinking is to convert your text-based ...

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