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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

instructional design for a new generation Ok...I'm not sure that's the right title. I'm working on a presentation that covers instructional design challenges and wanted to share a few points to consider about course design and how we need to move past the way many of today's courses are constructed. Technology has changed the landscape for today's course designers instructional design content owners Years ago, someone other than the learner controlled access to content. We were all beholden to the subject matter experts and their walled ...

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accessible e-learning retrofit A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Training Program Manager, Articulate. Many e-learning designers are challenged because they don’t often build accessible e-learning courses. So, they’re not sure what accessibility means and how it impacts course design. In a recent webinar, we discussed general ideas around accessible e-learning, common design challenges, and some ways to overcome them. One of the tips was to plan for accessibility from the start because it’s not a good idea to retrofit 508 or WCAG compliance into existing e-learning courses. An attendee asked, “What’s wrong ...

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3 ways to use theme colors for e-learning One way to speed up production in your e-learning course design is to use themed slides. You can create robust and visually varied templates like the ones you get in Content Library. The templates are a combination of layouts and two themed elements: fonts and colors. However, you don't need to have a complex template to leverage theme colors. Theme colors allow you to pre-determine the colors you'll use in your course's slides. There are several benefits and reasons when using theme colors. Make ...

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e-learning template Templates offer a lot of value and power in your e-learning course design. They help keep things consistent, provide a good starting structure, and they make it easy to swap and replace theme elements. The main benefit of a template is saving time. But templates come with constraints and when attempting to customize them you may be robbed of the time saved. This is something I see all the time when working with e-learning developers. To keep things simple, I like to consider templates from two perspectives. Option 1: The E-Learning Template ...

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In an ideal world, you create an e-learning course, publish it, and put it online. And everything works perfectly. The reality is that there are many variables between the technology and the individual users and how they access the courses. And these variables can create issues which make it a challenge to troubleshoot e-learning courses when problems arise. In a previous post, we looked at the HTML5Test site as a way to check the browser and how it's current support for HTML5 which is important to know when adding interactivity and ...

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html5 Before we get started: Flash is going away soon. And if you have a lot of older e-learning courses, it's something that you should be dealing with now before it's too late. Start pulling together the original source files because you'll have to republish or maybe rebuild a few of the older courses. If you don't have the sources files, a couple of the resources below should help.

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e-learning course The other day, I had a service technician from Xfinity come by to troubleshoot an issue with my cable connection. While we were waiting for the cable box to reboot, I asked about how he gets trained and what types of training he has to take. He does most of the same types of compliance training we all do. And then as expected, there's also a lot of technical training. Part of his training is blended with some face-to-face, peer guidance, and online modules. Much of it is delivered via ...

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convert Storyline PowerPoint It never fails that after building an e-learning course in Storyline, someone asks if they can get a PowerPoint version of the course. There are many reasons for this request, such as using the content for face-to-face training, wanting a slide deck for subject matter experts, or creating a PDF handout out of the slides. Today, we'll look at a simple way to convert what you created in Storyline and make it a PowerPoint file. PowerPoint and Storyline are Different Applications Before we get started, let's review a few key points ...

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course design activities Here are a couple of fun activities around visual design. They're not "e-learning" course design activities but they are relevant because e-learning courses have to be constructed using common design concepts and skills. Go through the activities and see what you learn. What Kind of Course Designer Are You? course design activities designer Click here to view the design activity. Here are a few things that come to mind after the activity:

  • There's a tension between being too organized and not being organized enough.
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visual context e-learning When it comes to the visual design of you course, there's on thing you can do to add context. And it doesn't require a graphics design degree. Replace the bland default template with a single background image. Find the one image that best establishes the context of the course. Once you have an image, there are things you can do. Here are a few simple tips. Determine the Course Context I like to focus on industry. And then within an industry you may have specific environments like meeting rooms and offices. A corporate ...

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subject matter expert e-learning course You're building an e-learning course and your subject matter expert needs to review and make edits to the course. But they don't have access to your e-learning software. So how do you get them to make those edits? Here are some time-saving tips. What Should Happen Before you start building the e-learning course, you should have a signed and approved script. And then you work from that. Obviously, there will be a final review and there's always some editing to be done. But there shouldn't be a ton, ...

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free illustrations for e-learning Who doesn't like free? Recently, I shared these free resources: free animated gifs, free medical images, and free open doodles illustrations. Today, I'm sharing more because you can never have enough of the free stuff. One challenge with stock imagery is that it's stock which means it's mostly generic and doesn't meet all needs. Another challenge unfortunately is that most stock imagery lacks diversity. Here's a good start to fixing that problem. The designers at blackillustrations.com provide a starter pack of illustrations that are free to ...

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