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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

search free stock image sites It seems like every day there's a new site that offers free stock images. There are so many, that sometimes it's a burden to process so many choices. Seriously, how many stock images are you really using? In the past, I've save you some time by reviewing free stock images and curating them into contextual downloads. However, even that can be a bit much to manage. What you need is an easy way to search through all of those free stock image sites so you ...

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no audio narration for e-learning Audio narration is part of multimedia and adds a lot of value to your elearning courses. However, there are times when it makes sense to NOT use audio in your courses. Do Not Use Audio Narration When They Can't Hear It If those taking the course can't hear the audio narration, then it makes sense not to include it. This probably seems obvious, but often we don't get to meet those who take the courses so we're not always aware of their audio limitations. In fact, many of the people I talk ...

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tabs interaction post The most common types of interaction we see in elearning courses are the tabs interactions and for good reason—they're an easy way to sort and present information. Tabs can be simple content chunks or a way to explore and collect information to make decisions during an interactive scenario. The Value of the Tabs Interactions Let's face it, most elearning isn't overly interactive. In fact, a lot of it is more explainer-type content than it is interactive decision-making. Regardless of how dynamic or interactive an elearning course is, the majority of it still ...

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instructional design tips At a recent workshop I was asked to put together a post with some of my top instructional design tips. So here it is. Of course, over the past 8 years most of the posts are littered with various tips related to instructional design. If there's a single best tip it's that the course content needs to be relevant to the learner's needs. If not, why is the person taking the course? Instructional Design Tips Here's a list of blog posts related to instructional design.

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multimedia for e-learning blog post Multimedia for elearning is something common to all of our courses. There's only so much you can put on the screen. It's either going to be text or some sort of multimedia like shapes, pictures, or video. In addition, you may have audio narration to complement what's on the screen. At some of our workshops we discuss inexpensive ways to acquire multimedia for elearning. We'll reference some of the previous posts when we've discussed different ways to either get free multimedia for elearning or learn to create them ...

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e-learning characters add interest and context When designing the visuals for an elearning course there are only so many things that fit on the screen and one of the most important of those things is a character. Here's why. E-Learning Characters Initiate Engagement Adding the right image initiates engagement because it draws the learner's attention, communicates the general topic, and can generate a visceral reaction. Review the images below. What response do they elicit? What do you think the courses are about? Are they serious? Funny? Do they seem ...

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The Internet is rife with free things, especially free stock image sites. However, there are usually three main issues with the free stock image sites:

  • The free stock images aren't really free. For example, free is confined to "free for personal use." This is great when I want to build elearning courses for my family’s safety training but pretty useless when I need to do anything work-related.
  • The free stock image sites are only there to point to for-pay stock image sites. You are enticed with free stock images, but when you click on
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e-learning templates tips We all work at the speed of business which means that we have to find tips and tricks that save time. In today's post I'll show three easy ways to create templates for your elearning courses. 30 Second E-Learning Templates I've featured this technique before in the post on How to Build a Template in 30 Seconds. Essentially, you want to find a viable sliver from an image or screen grab. And then stretch it to create your template. I guess this could also be called the "viable sliver ...

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build e-learning skills When I look back at my early work, I'm surprised I've lasted this long. A lot of the courses I built years ago just weren't very good. But that's okay. I may not have built good courses to start, but I did do some things in the early years to build my elearning skills that helped me grow and learn to build better courses over time. Here are a few of the things I did and what you can do, too. Build Your E-Learning Skills by Debriefing Your E-Learning Projects Get ...

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e-learning examples and free stock images For many of you, this is like the start of a new year. The summer's gone, kids are starting school, and it's back to building some elearning courses. I'll keep this post quick so you can get back to the work at hand. More Free Stock Photos free stock photos I just noticed that one of my favorite free stock photo sites, StartUp Stock Photos, released a bunch more photos. I like their photos because they can be used in ...

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free PowerPoint and e-learning templates Things tend to slow down in the summer. A lot of people are on vacation and not a lot of work is being done. It's also a time to prep for a new school year. Why not make it a time to prep for a new work year as you come back from your vacations fully rested? To help you out, I compiled an assortment of free templates that you may have missed the past few weeks. There are 16 free PowerPoint templates and 15 free Storyline templates. And if ...

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draw custom characters In previous posts we discussed how visual thinking helps us focus on core concepts and teaches us to communicate those with graphics and other visual elements. We also looked at ways to practice developing your visual thinking skills so that you can effectively apply them to your course design. In today’s post we’ll look at how to create custom characters that you can use in your visual thinking activities and course design. The Case for Hand Drawn Custom Characters You don’t have to be an artist to create custom ...

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