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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

extract image e-learning When I create presentations for our webinars or workshops, I like to use the imagery from our e-learning community or the Articulate website. They're on-brand and with the illustrations, we have a lot from which to choose. When I created training at previous organizations, I did something similar. If you need to collect images from your company site to use in your training this tip should help. Usually when I find an image, I right-click to save. However, this is a bit ...

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e-learning portfolio At one point, I was hiring an e-learning course developer. I received hundreds of qualified applications; however I couldn't screen them all, so I created a first filter based on their work portfolios. Most of the applicants tended to fall into one of two camps: they didn’t have an e-learning portfolio or the projects they worked on were proprietary so they couldn’t share them. I know that many of you are in the same boat. And based on the tons of emails I get about finding work in this industry, ...

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e-learning interactions In a recent workshop on creating interactions, we looked at ways to take a single image and create interactive content. It's a good practice activity because many of us aren't graphic designers so it helps us see different ways to use stock imagery that doesn't require a lot of editing. And it gets us to think about interactive content in ways we may not initially consider. The general idea is to find a single image that you can use for an interaction. A few things I look for:

  • Visually interesting.
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audio narration tips In e-learning software like Storyline 360 and Rise 360 you can record (or import) audio narration into your courses. Since many e-learning developers tend to produce all media that belongs in the course, recording audio narration usually is one of those responsibilities. That means there are a lot of people that record audio narration who aren't trained voice over talent. If you have money and the time, using professional voice over talent makes sense. But most of us don't have that luxury. So here are some ...

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free portfolio A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Training Program Manager, Articulate. You need a portfolio! Even if you’re not currently looking for a new job, maintaining a portfolio is important as an archive to highlight your work and experience. In previous posts, we covered what should be in your portfolio and how to build one (with links to some potential sites). However, I continue to get questions on how to host and manage a portfolio.  That's what I'll cover today. Free Portfolio Site Recently I came across a free tool called ...

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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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