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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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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advanced e-learning courses "I want to learn more advanced e-learning." As I conduct e-learning workshops around the world, this is probably one of the most frequent statements I hear. In many of the workshops, there's a mix of people who are just getting started with e-learning and those who've been building courses for a while. So their expectations and experiences are very different. On top of that, there's a difference between advanced topics for using the Articulate software and advanced topics when it comes to instructional design and course construction outside of the ...

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rapid e-learning I've been reviewing some of my older blog posts to fix links and update some of the examples. After ten years, most of the posts are still relevant but some are obsolete like using clip art in PowerPoint. Going through ten years of blog posts brings up some interesting observations. For example, some of the media companies I referenced no longer exist. It's a good reminder for us to not always jump on what's hot until it's really proven its worth.  In addition, the industry has changed quite a ...

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free templates Here's a list of all of the free resources shared in this blog and a few bonuses. I hope you enjoy them and can use them in the upcoming year. Free Bonus Here are a few bonus items not included in previous posts:

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free e-learning PowerPoint template I created a couple of simple quiz templates to use in a workshop and thought I'd share them here as well. One is created in Storyline and the other in PowerPoint. I also added a tutorial video for those who want to learn more about using the template for a simple quiz in Storyline. Free Quiz Template: Storyline You can download the free template here. It contains two slides. The first slide is a graphic slide that you can customize to meet your needs. And then once you're done, ...

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accessories audio narration In a previous post, we explored some inexpensive microphones for recording audio narration. However, sometimes having a microphone is not enough. There are other accessories that help put the microphone in the correct position and offer other assistance for recording the best quality audio. In this post we'll look at a few accessories to help get better audio quality when recording narration. Use a Microphone Stand when Recording Audio Narration It's a good idea to invest in a microphone stand. It helps control placement of the audio. There are a ...

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locked navigation e-learning "How do I lock navigation?" is one of the first questions we get when showing people how to use our software. In fact it's one of the questions we had to revisit in a recent Articulate Live webinar where people wanted to see the features used to lock navigation. I understand the question and why it's asked, but from an instructional perspective it's one of the most frustrating questions to answer because locking navigation may inhibit learning and it's a miserable experience for the person stuck in a boring ...

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