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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

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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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e-learning screencast webinar tutorials If you create software training then odds are you show a lot of keyboard shortcuts. If that's the case you'll like today's tip where I share a simple tool that makes it really easy to display the keyboard shortcuts on-screen. How to Display Keyboard Shortcuts during Screencast Tutorials Meet Carnac the Magnificent. It's a keyboard utility that displays keyboard shortcuts as they are used during your demos. This is perfect for webinars and screencast tutorials. It's also great for live presentations where people in the back of the room ...

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character templates for e-learning Looking for just the right images is one of the most time-consuming activities we have when building our courses. It's easy to get distracted and waste a lot of time. It's gotten a lot easier over the years now that the software comes with professional templates and thousands of character poses. As I build courses, I often use the same characters and a few common poses. Which means I don't need to always search through all of the poses available. And I suspect many of you ...

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subject matter experts relationship This is part two of the series on working with subject matter experts when building e-learning courses. In the previous post, we looked at how to set expectations and some simple project management tips. I also shared a link to the free e-book, Essential Guide to Working with Subject Matter Experts. Today, we'll look at what it takes to build a good working relationship with your subject matter experts. I always take a short term and long term view. In the short term, I want to ...

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instructional design tips e-learning tips During a recent interview, someone asked about what I've learned over the years. It's a question I get asked a lot by new designers. One point I always make is to not worry about what's under the hood. Just worry about getting the output you need. All of the other stuff you'll get as you gain experience and have to make edits. However, here are a few key points I shared in the interview. It's Not Rocket Science I know this statement irks some instructional designers, but come on, ...

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subject matter expert tips At a recent workshop, we had participants share their tips on working with subject matter experts. As expected they shared some really good tips that are practical and will help move your training courses forward. Since there was a ton of tips I broke them into a series of posts. Today we'll look at how to manage the relationship with your subject matter experts. Establish Expectations with Your Subject Matter Experts tips when working with subject matter experts in e-learning

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free microlearning template Earlier I shared this free microlearning template. It is easy to use and edit. However, I did receive some questions on how it was created and how to add additional cards. So in today's post I'll share a few tips so you can make your own template and edit the one I shared. Here's a series of video tutorials that show how to create the simple, yet powerful microlearning template. Check out the last tutorial on how to quickly edit the text. It's a neat way to leverage ...

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free microlearning template Here's a free microlearning template I created for a workshop on interactive e-learning. The template uses the popular overhead desktop theme. I'm using the interaction as a simple microlearning module. But it could also be a quick knowledge check like this one. It just depends on how you want to use it for your own course. Example of Free Microlearning Template Here's an example of the template in action. free microlearning template Click here to see the microlearning example. How to Edit the Free Microlearning Template What makes ...

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