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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

free e-learning template post In the spirit of the holiday season, here's a free elearning template. It can be used as a progress meter, a main slide menu, or simple process interaction. There are two versions of the free elearning template: Storyline 2 and PowerPoint. Free E-Learning Template: Storyline 2 free e-learning template Storyline version

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PowerPoint interactive e-learning If you follow this blog then you know that I'm a big fan of PowerPoint. In fact, I think it's one of the single best applications out there. And with some practice and creativity, there's not much you can't do to create engaging multimedia. But is PowerPoint the best option if you want to create interactive elearning? Here's What Makes PowerPoint Special Just so you know that this isn't just another trendy PowerPoint bashing post, I'm starting with some of the cool things you can do with PowerPoint. Here's a sampling ...

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get started with e-learning "How do I get started with elearning" is one of the most frequent questions I'm asked. It makes sense since the industry is still hot and growing and every day someone new joins it and needs help. Most elearning developers I meet are transitioning from face-to-face training and usually start by converting their classroom content into elearning courses. The usual solution is to use software that turns the PowerPoint slides into elearning courses. The challenge is that effective elearning is more than converting existing classroom content. Get Started by Learning ...

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free e-learning interaction template One way to engage learners and get passed locked navigation is to allow the users to explore content in the course. There's many ways to leverage exploration in a course. For example, using the 3C model for branched decision-making (challenge, choices, and consequences), you could pose a challenge to the learner that requires them to research content to make an informed decision. In that case a simple interaction that allows them to explore content is a great way for them to collect information. To help you ...

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engage learners One of the big challenge in crafting a learning experience is figuring out how to engage the learners. This is especially true for a lot of corporate training that is compulsory and not always connected to performance expectations. Today, we'll review 5 ways to engage your learners and build a better learning experiences. Engage Learners with Relevant Content Engaged learners need content that is relevant to their needs. If it's not, then they're less apt to be motivated which leads to less engagement. It forces you have to do a lot more to ...

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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
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