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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

free icons I love free icons and illustrations that can be used in e-learning. Here are some good ones for the health and medical industries courtesy of Health Icons. What's cool is that the icons are open source and free to use in commercial projects without any attribution requirement. Why are the icons free? "Health Icons is a volunteer effort to create a ‘global good’ for health projects all over the world. These icons are available in the public domain for use in any type of project. The project is hosted by ...

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motivation e-learning We can put together great courses, but we can't guarantee a person learns from them. Learning requires some level of interest and motivation from the person taking the course. The good news is there are things we can do to engage people and tap into their motivation. Here are a few ideas. Add Value to Motivate Learners Courses need to be relevant to the person. They need to know where the course fits in the scheme of things and how it impacts what they do. And people make that assessment right ...

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e-learning save money Online training is hot right now. And between video chat services like Zoom and course authoring tools like Articulate 360, there's a lot of content creation. Since creating the e-learning content is easy, there's often an increased demand to create yet more online training. And with that demand is the need to manage resources, which for most training organizations is limited. Any opportunity to save time (and money) is a good thing. Here are three ideas to help manage your e-learning resources. They help improve development time and decrease the ...

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e-learning branding When I worked at this one place, we could only use a single PowerPoint slide for any presentation or anytime we created content in PowerPoint. There was nothing particularly special about the slide other than the fact it was the approved slide because it had the company logo and colors plastered all over it. This became an issue when we transitioned to one of the early rapid e-learning applications. Since the courses started in PowerPoint, the branding was on every slide and took up limited screen space that we needed ...

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branded-e-learning-quote One of the big challenges when building courses is having to deal with organization's brand and visual identity and figuring out how to work it into the course. And to do it in a way so the course doesn't look like a billboard or race car. Here are some quick tips on how to incorporate the company's brand into your courses without being overly intrusive on the learning objectives and actual course content. Get Rid of the Branding Before we get started, here's a question worthy of debate: do you really need to ...

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e-learning mistake A lot of e-learning is compliance-based and often how it has to be delivered is a bit rigid. I've heard plenty of examples where some compliance training requires X number of seat hours to certify the completion of the training. This is ridiculous because the seat hours are completely disconnected from whether the learner demonstrates any semblance of understanding. But, like I said, that's not going to change. And as an e-learning developer, you're stuck. Outside of compliance training, another large chunk is what I like to call regurgitative training. That's ...

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e-learning Like many organizations, we have to take compliance training. And when I heard we had a 3-hour harassment course coming, my first emotional response wasn't positive. Why do I shudder thinking of taking a 3-hour e-learning course? We all know why. I hear all the time that e-learning courses are boring. This isn't 1995. What's going on? We have conferences that teach us how to build better courses. We have an industry full of experts whose whole existence revolves around pointing out boring e-learning and selling their services to de-borify. I write this blog hoping ...

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e-learning You built an e-learning course and the client is happy. Now what? There's a lot that happens between getting the course uploaded and then delivered to those who need to consume it. And then after that, what happens next? Here are a few ideas. Implementation Strategy Once a course is built, it needs to be rolled out to its intended audience. Often this part of the course construction is out of the hands of the person who builds the course. However, it's still a major consideration and many clients (especially if they're internal managers) ...

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e-learning technology "Where do I put my e-learning courses?" The answer to this seems obvious to someone who's been building courses for a while. However, there are many people new to the industry and it's a question I get frequently. Today, we'll do a quick survey of some common considerations when it comes to getting a course to your learners. Does the e-learning course need to be tracked? If so, it needs to be published for a learning management system (LMS) using one of the standard tracking options: SCORM, AICC, or xAPI. If not, then it ...

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e-learning course What do you think when someone says, "We need to build an e-learning course?" My first thought is, "Do you really need a course?" An "e-learning course" can mean many things and serve many purposes. Some people use the word "course," but what they really mean is "we need to make content available." What they see as a course is more like a marketing campaign. And for others a "course" is only a course if it's focused on performance. Which gets into understanding what people want and why they want it. Then ...

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closed aptions for e-learning A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Training Program Manager, Articulate. If you're a Google Chrome 89+ user you now have access to Live Caption which is an accessibility feature that provides real-time captions for audio that plays through the browser. This is a really excellent feature for audio that runs through your browser when viewing courses that have videos or narration, especially if the audio doesn't have captions. Check it out below. Initial Thoughts on Google Live Caption I tested the Live Captions on a few different e-learning products that ...

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e-learning course Here's a quick tip for those building e-learning courses: as a course developer you serve as the intermediary between the organization and the learner. You are the bridge between both parties. Not All E-Learning Courses Require Learning Before we continue, let's assume that we're not talking about compliance training which often doesn't have specific learning objectives. With compliance training, the organization commissions the course to meet some sort of compliance requirement. However, the person who takes the course wouldn't be taking it to meet real objectives. They're only taking it to meet ...

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