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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

manage multimedia When I've completed PowerPoint presentations or e-learning courses, I like to save all of the media assets I used in the presentations and courses and put them in a single location. During production I have multiple versions of the files, which is fine. But when it's all over, I like a single place for all the media assets. It makes it easy to locate and not have to dig through all of the versions and duplicate files. In today's post, I'm going to show you a few simple tips to ...

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e-learning-art-deco-header I ran across two articles recently that made me wonder about the state of today's e-learning courses. The first article was on how websites are all starting to look the same. They did a study to confirm it. In the second article, the author makes some good points on how a lot of this new design is sterile and lacks personality. While the two articles dealt with website design, there are a lot of parallels to e-learning course design. Why Does Everything Look the Same? There are a number of reasons why things ...

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animated gifs Recently I shared some free animated gif resources: animated icons and backgrounds. If you're using Rise or Rise.com it's as simple as inserting an image. They're great for novel attention-getters or simple instructional procedures. free animated gif interaction If you're using Storyline 360, with triggers and state changes you can do a bit more to control how the animated gifs work in your course. Animated gifs are great, but they do loop. Thus, when you insert them in the slide they ...

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free animated gif header Who doesn't like free and animated .gifs? They're great for e-learning courses. Use them to create novel attention-getting images, add some humor, or show instructional procedures. Recently, the AppSumo site gave away free animated .gifs via Lordicon. The offer no longer exists, but the Lordicon site still has a pack for 50 free animated gifs. It's actually 100 images because you get outline and solid options. free animated gifs These are great to use in your Rise 360 and ...

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preview SVG files SVG is an image format that is becoming more common. The challenge is that it's not always easy to preview the SVG images you have on your computer. What is an SVG? SVG stands for scalable vector graphics, which means that it doesn't have a defined resolution. Instead it's made up of data in an XML file. So it can be sized up or down without image degradation which keeps the images are crisp. On the other hand, most images used in e-learning courses are bitmaps. They're essentially a grid ...

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free coronavirus training resources Many of you are currently creating new health and safety training focused on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It's not always easy to find the images you need. Here are some free images and resources to help with your training programs. And here's a link for different ways to give credit and attribution for the free resources. Free Coronavirus Stock Photos free stock images coronavirus These stock photos are provided courtesy of Icons8. They're free to use. However, you may need to offer some attribution.

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spell checker e-learning Microsoft Editor Many of you probably do lots of writing using online applications. This is especially true as many of us are spending a lot more time working remotely. If you do a lot of writing, odds are you can use one of those handy browser extensions to help with spelling and grammar. I've used Grammarly, in the past. It's a really good extension and works well. In fact, I used it for a quite some time. However, I'm always open to new browser apps and extensions, especially ...

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production tips e-learning Many e-learning developers are usually on a small team. But most I know, are a team of one. This means lots of projects, many hats to wear in the process, no budget, and almost no time. Here are three production tips and shortcuts from previous posts to help save time (and sanity) when building e-learning courses and online training. A Simple Way to Build E-learning Templates e-learning templates made easy First, if you're using Storyline 360, then you have a ton of templates ...

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free illustrations Of course your e-learning software comes with a great assortment of e-learning templates and characters to use in your online training courses. But, really, who doesn't like additional free illustrations to use in e-learning courses? Recently, I shared a few free illustrations that can be modified for your online training. Hopefully, you found a use for them. Free Illustrations for E-Learning Here are a few more from Open Doodles. What I like about them is that they're simple and they'd work great for an informal course or one ...

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e-learning example There are so many creative examples in the e-learning community. Many of them you can see in the weekly e-learning challenges. If you don't have it on your docket to review them every week, you should. You can checkout the recap every Thursday for some good inspiration and often fun examples. Here's an e-learning example from Sarah Hodge that wasn't part of the e-learning challenges but is a great example. Some of the things I like about this ...

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overview of the communication process Effective e-learning is more than putting together screens of information and presenting them to learners. Instead it’s a process of curating content and then communicating it in a way that the learner understands and ultimately can apply. The challenge sometimes rests in how the content is communicated, which then determines the level of understanding for proper application. In a previous post, we did a quick overview of some of the challenges with communication and how to overcome them. Today, I’d like to take a quick look at ...

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three ideas for effective communication in e-learning We often build a single course to suit all learners. This presents possible challenges to the learning process. Let’s take a look at why and discuss a few options to help remedy some it them. Effective Communication Involves Common Understanding We use words all the time that have loaded meaning and often don’t mean the same things to people. For example, even a word like e-learning can be a bit confusing. First, we don’t even have agreement on how to spell it. Is it eLearning, elearning, ...

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