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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

e-learning experts In the past, I've referenced a number of instructional designers who are active in the community where they share all sorts of free downloads, examples, and answer questions. Today, I'd like to focus on a few instructional designers and course developers who tend to share more advanced course development tips. They go through the nuances of the software, share hacks, and how to leverage JavaScript when using Storyline. These are peers worth following. Melissa Milloway Melissa is a passionate learner and actively shares what she learns (often while she ...

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subject matter experts Subject matter experts play a key role in the success of your e-learning courses. The challenge is learning to use their skills and knowledge in a way that works best. Today's post is a curated list of free resources with essential tips and tricks so that you are successful building your courses. Free Downloads Here is a list of free downloads available to you.

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screencast tips Screencast tutorials are some of the most common forms of online training. This makes sense since a large part of e-learning is predicated on learning new software. One challenge is creating effective and engaging screencasts. So today, we'll look at a few simple production tips to help you get started. Screencast Tip: Establish Context Quickly It helps to know what you're learning and why. At the beginning of the screencast, introduce what you're going to teach and why (or what the outcome should be). Many screencasts aren't clear about what the value of ...

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e-learning books summer reading fun The end of summer usually serves as the beginning of the school year. In a sense, it also kind of serves as the beginning of the work year. It's always good to come into a new year with a fresh perspective. Reading is one way to do that. I'm always asked about good e-learning books from those just getting started who want to learn more.  Here are some new books I haven't referenced in the past. I think they're worth considering for your e-learning library. The links to ...

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PowerPoint animation tips I've been reviewing a lot of the older PowerPoint tutorials that I've posted in the past. Most are still relevant, but a few have changed. In this post, we'll do a refresh on the basics on PowerPoint animations. PowerPoint Animation Basics There are four types of animations in PowerPoint:

  • Entrance: object comes on to the slide
  • Exit: object leaves the slide
  • Emphasis: object remains in place, but animates to provide emphasis or become a focal point
  • Motion path: object follows a drawn
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drag and drop interaction essentials There are three main ways to interact with the course: click, mouseover, and drag. While click-based interactions are the most prominent, a good drag and drop interaction is usually more engaging. In fact, anytime I feature a drag-based interaction in a blog post, I'm always asked how it was created. Drag and drops are engaging, they let the user "touch the screen" or lean into the course a bit, and they're novel because they're not used as often as the other types. With that said, ...

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e-learning portfolio Recently, I've seen dozens of portfolios and work samples that are verbatim copies of the work of others. This isn't a good thing, especially if you represent it as your own work. There's a difference between being inspired by others and plagiarism. And not knowing this can hurt your career. To protect the innocent I won't mention the names of individuals (or companies) that have ripped off the work of others and represented it as their own. I'm sure some of it is intentional, but I suspect that most are just ...

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visual design mistakes E-learning is a mostly visual medium which means a lot of what we communicate in our courses comes through how they're structured visually. The challenge is that graphic design and visual communication are their own fields and it's hard enough to be a good instructional designer let alone a good graphic artist. I get the privilege of reviewing a lot of courses and understand that many people struggle with the visual part of the course. So in this post, we'll review some common visual design mistakes that are easily fixed. ...

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A lot of e-learning content starts with existing PowerPoint slides. And a common challenge is converting all of that PowerPoint training into interactive and engaging e-learning. Today we'll look at a few considerations that will help make the conversion to interactive e-learning successful. Understand Why the E-Learning Course Needs to Be Interactive Generally speaking, there are two components to interactive content. We've covered this in a previous post, but here's a quick overview: interactive e-learning

  • Interact with the screen. The goal is to get
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free PowerPoint template There are tons of free dingbat fonts available for download. And they're great to use for your training and e-learning courses. Here's what you already know:

Great! But what about managing those fonts and quickly previewing the icons and images you can use? It's a pain to review them one-by-one. Here's an easy way to manage all of those free fonts and preview the ones ...

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Like many of you, I'm no graphic designer. I do have enough skill to get what I need or know enough to modify existing templates. The good thing is that today, it's not that big of a deal because you get media assets like Articulate's Content Library. So you have plenty of quality templates and stock images to help guide your design. However, there are times when you may be stuck with a specific image and need to figure out how to create different (but matching) layouts without doing a bunch of ...

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build e-learning skills Summer's approaching*. Many of you are taking days off and, generally, the workload eases up a bit. This is a good time to catch up on things or put together a short-term plan to build your skills. I'm asked almost daily how to learn more and get better at building courses. Today, we'll review a few ways you can implement some skill-building activities to make for a great summer time. Attend an Articulate Roadshow to Build E-Learning Skills We put together 2-day events where we cover all sorts of e-learning topics. ...

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