A lot of rapid elearning content finds its roots in repurposed classroom slides. The challenge is to rework the screens and get rid of the bullet points so they don’t always look like classroom slides.
A great way to get out of the PowerPoint look is to create screens that hold content in different ways. For example, if you put a TV monitor on the screen you’re less inclined to use bullet points. So a good way to rework the screens (and get rid of bullet points) is to think of different types of display screens you can use as content holders.
WARNING: Course context is everything. So don’t get rid of bad bullet points and replace them with display screens that make no sense.
With that said here are a few ideas from previous posts and those are followed with some new ones and free downloads.
You can download many of these templates (and more) from the E-Learning Heroes community.
- TV Monitor
- Tabbed Notebook
- Flip Card & Industrial version
- Leather Notebook
- Spiral Notebook
- Comic look
In today’s post, I thought I’d share yet one more display screen graphic—the projection screen. Projection screens are common to training so they make good content holders. And many elearning courses use characters in front of projection screens.
Here are a few simple projection screen images that I created. They also included the original PowerPoint files. Feel free to use them as you wish. In addition, here are some tutorials on how to create the projection screens on your own. You’ll see that they’re very easy.
Generally, I like to keep the screens simple. You want the essence of the screen, but not all the work required to make it detailed. Plus, the less detail the better they work with the vector images.
Below are links to the tutorials where I show how to create them.
- Tutorial 1: a basic screen
- Tutorial 2: a basic screen with some depth
- Tutorial 3: a gel screen
- Tutorial 4: a gradient screen
I also pulled the tutorials into a single module for those who can’t access Screenr.
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