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powerpoint e-learning tips

Technically converting a PowerPoint file to an “e-learning course” is fairly easy. You can import the slides into Storyline or just publish them from inside of PowerPoint with Articulate Studio 360.

But is that really a course? Maybe, but probably not because it’s not about just putting content in front of learners.

Here are three things to consider when converting a PowerPoint file into an e-learning course.

Presentation content isn’t the same as an e-learning course. Sure, presenting content in your course is part of the process, but it’s a passive form of learning. The solution is to find a way to make delivery of the content more active.

PowerPoint presentations used in face-to-face training tend to have a PowerPointy look. An e-learning course doesn’t need to look like a PowerPoint slideshow. Use some of the Content Library templates to get away from the presentation look. You can even customize them to fit your organizational brand.

However, there is a look that fits the content and objectives of your course, and that’s where you want to put your energy.

Convert bullet points to interactive content. Instead of showing screen after screen of bullet points, why not convert them to micro interactions? For example, three bullet points could be three interactive tabs.

Those are three real quick tips when converting PowerPoint to an e-learning course. Of course, there’s more to it.

Why not join me for my free webinar, Here’s How You Can Transform PowerPoint Content into Interactive E-Learning, on September 25. There are two times available: 1:00 PM EDT and 7:00 PM EDT. We’ll look at other things to consider when converting PowerPoint to an e-learning course with a lots of practical tips and tricks.

Hope to see you there.


  • May 21-24 (San Diego): ATD ICE. Come visit the booth.
  • June 1 (Johannesburg): 2023 Learning Indaba Conference. Delivering a keynote presentation and afternoon e-learning workshop. You can also sign up to attend the conference sessions virtually. Register here.
  • June 2 (Johannesburg): Articulate User Roadshow. Connect with other users and learn all sorts of tips & tricks. Learn more here.
  • June 6 (Cape Town): Articulate User Roadshow. Connect with other users and learn all sorts of tips & tricks. Learn more here.
  • Everyday. Check out the weekly training webinars to learn more about Rise, Storyline, and instructional design.

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.


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