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free powerpoint template

Here’s another free PowerPoint template that you’re free to use in your online training courses. The free template is structure to slide up and down as you navigate. I designed the files for a workshop on building some interactive timelines, however it can be used for anything. Essentially they’re just slides with numbered circles. They’d work great as a process interaction. If you need additional slides, just duplicate them.

See the Free PowerPoint Template in Action

Below is an example of the free PowerPoint template without any content in it. As you can see the slides push up as you advance.

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Click here to view the basic template.

And here’s the free template mocked up with some generic content and characters. The first example is the PowerPoint version of the template and the second example is the Storyline version of the template.

examples of free PowerPoint templates

As you can see, modifying the template is pretty easy. In one template I added photo characters and in the other I added some of the free people icons I featured in a previous blog post.

Download the Free Template

How to Customize the Free PowerPoint Template

  • The template has four core slides: a start and end slide and then a left and right circle slide.
  • The template uses the color design theme. Change your theme and the template changes, too.
  • You’ll notice that in the mock up I created, I added a color side panel for more contrast.
  • Add some interactivity by making the number circles clickable to reveal the slide’s content.
  • Here’s a screenshot of the template using pictures rather than shapes and vector icons.

free powerpoint template photo version

Enjoy!

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free PowerPoint template

Here’s a free PowerPoint template I built for a recent workshop. I used it to show how to create interactive conversations in PowerPoint using hyperlinks. In this example it’s a simple back and forth conversation.

This free template could be used as a way to share manager/employee information or perhaps as an FAQ interaction. In either case it’s free for you to use as you wish.

Below is an example of the template in action. I mocked up a FAQ interaction on copyright laws. Click the character on the left to trigger the question. And click the character on the right to answer it.

Free PowerPoint template interaction example

Click here to see the free template demo.

How to Edit the Free PowerPoint Template

Here are a few production tips:

Free PowerPoint template interaction

  • These tutorials give you a very good overview of how to work with this free PowerPoint template.
  • The template is made of two simple layouts which you can edit in the master slides.
  • The characters have transparent boxes that link to the next slide. Edit these on the master slide. You can locate them using the selection pane.
  • The progress indicator base is on the master slide. Those are the light gray circles. The darker and colored progress indicators are at the slide level to indicate progress on that slide.

Download the free PowerPoint template here. I also created a version of the template in Storyline, which you can download here. It’s a single slide and designed to easily update the question/answer text using variables. You can see it in action here.

Also, there are all sorts of free PowerPoint templates available in the community. They can be used for your online training courses.

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Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

 




Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - over 60 free stock images here

Now that Microsoft’s quit providing free clip art and free stock images many of you are scrambling to get hold of free resources to use for your elearning and training development.

Download Free Stock Images

In a previous post I shared 45 free stock images via the Unsplash site. In today’s post I’m going to share how to get 68 free stock images via Creative Tail. They’re free for commercial use which means you can use them for your online training courses.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - examples free stock images here

Since the images are free to distribute based on the CC 4.0 license, I saved a few steps by putting them in a single folder for you to download.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - over 60 free stock images for download

You can download the free stock images here.

However, since Creative Tail made the images available for free, here’s a courtesy link to their 500 image pack you can purchase.

If you’re not inclined to use the free stock images, you can always find inexpensive stock photo subscriptions.

Editing Free Stock Images

Sometimes the stock images may not appear usable. However, one way to get more use out of them is to isolate people from the original image. This gives you more usable assets because a single image can become multiple distinct assets. And even if the stock images don’t work as a main image, with a blur filter applied, they become useful ambient background images.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to use free stock images here

In either case, it never hurts to take advantage of the free assets like these free stock images while they’re available. Hopefully they’ll come in handy.

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Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - free people icons

Free people icons are great when they’re truly free to use for commercial courses. And who doesn’t like them, especially now that Microsoft no longer offers free clip art?

Here’s a list of some free icons. I only link to the ones that are free for commercial use. That means you can use them for your work and not spend time looking at free icons that you can’t use.

Kameleon Free People Icons

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Nice flat people icons. Free for commercial use and the site also includes additional icons. Download them individually from iconfinder as .PNG files.

Customizable Free People Icons

free people icons for e-learning

Trina Rimmer shares some free icons that can be easily customized because she built them in PowerPoint. Click here to get the free PowerPoint template.

Large Boss Free People Icons

Good mix of characters. Also includes the elusive Satan avatar which is critical for totally serious feedback in compliance training. Free for commercial use; attribution required.

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Flatflow Free People Icons

Nice flat icons with actual faces (not sure why there are so many blank-faced icons). Free for commercial use; attribution not required but appreciated. Here’s a direct link to the designer’s site.

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Vista Free People Icons

Good assortment of occupations. Free for commercial use, attribution required.

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Creative Tail Free People Icons

Another nice collection of flat people icons. Free for commercial user via CC 4.0

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Kids Set Free People Icons

These are informal, cartoony icons. Free for commercial use under GPL license.

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Need ideas on how to use the free icons? Here’s an example from a presentation I did a few years ago where I used the Kids Set icons above.

Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - free people icons used in presentations

And here’s an example from a recent blog post where I gave away a free elearning template made with free icons. You can download the free Storyline or PowerPoint template files.

Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - free people icons used in online training courses

Click here to view the free template in action.

As you can see, there are all sorts of ways to use the people icons. They can be used as avatars, buttons, or characters in your courses.

Some of the free icons do require attribution. If so, here’s a post that shows how to properly attribute the free people icons and give their creators proper recognition. Even if they don’t require attribution, it’s a good practice to still give them credit.

As you can see there are quite a few ways you can leverage the free people icons. Which icon set do you like best? Any ideas on how you’d use them?

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  • October 29: ATD Nashville. Here's Why You Need an E-Learning Portfolio.

Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.