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When we started this blog in 2007, PowerPoint-based elearning was all the rage, and for good reason. It was a great entry point for people just getting started, especially when the alternative was custom Flash programming that required programming skills and resources.

Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn’t as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. It’s something I shared in this blog post on why PowerPoint isn’t the right tool for interactive elearning. With tools like Storyline, you get PowerPoint ease-of-authoring with a lot more capability and you still don’t need to learn any programming.

But that doesn’t mean PowerPoint’s obsolete. It just means that a lot of the tutorials shared over the past ten years are not as relevant as they were when they were first published, such as working with clip art (which is now defunct).

I did look through many of the older posts and here’s an updated list of PowerPoint tutorials that still come in handy if you build elearning courses  with PowerPoint; or if you want to become a PowerPoint guru and learn things like how to use it to create graphics and illustrations.

There are some really good PowerPoint tips and tricks in that list. Even if you can’t go through them all, make sure to bookmark them for quick reference.

What’s your favorite PowerPoint tip learned via these blog posts over the years? Feel free to share them via the comments.


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8 responses to “Best PowerPoint Tutorials for E-learning”

September 20th, 2016

Tom, I have been reading your blog for about 8 years now, even though I don’t own any Articulate product. 🙂 I do love the topics your blog and the Articulate community shares. I use PowerPoint to create my storyboards and I also learned a lot from you about creating graphics. The post on “How to Create Your Own Illustrated Graphics in PowerPoint” is probably my favorite, because it was the one that got me started using PowerPoint in that way. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Here’s to another 10 years!

September 22nd, 2016

My favorite PowerPoint tip is using it to create and edit images.

Thanks for your awesome effort to make online education more useful!

September 23rd, 2016

@Andrea: thanks for the kind words and hopefully things will still be going well over the next ten years

September 23rd, 2016

@Rachel: mine, too. I actually do most of my graphics editing (the simple stuff) in PowerPoint because I can do it faster than it takes other apps to load.

You can find some favorite tips from our community members in this recent Screencast Challenge:

Vive Le PowerPoint!

Wonderful blogs.I think it’s really helpful for students.