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A few weeks ago I offered some advice on how to become an elearning pro without spending a dime.  The essence of that post is:

  • You have access to a lot of free tips and tricks.  So there are plenty of opportunities to learn and it doesn’t cost you anything more than your time.
  • Practice doing what you learn.  The learning is only going to happen if you do more than watch the tutorials and read information.  Apply some of the tips and tricks to your projects. 
  • Share what you know with others.  One of the best ways to learn is to share what you’ve learned and done.  It doesn’t need to be perfect.  Trust me, there are more people getting started looking for simple tips than there are experts looking for advanced help.  What you learn and share is really important to a lot of people.

I also offered up a small challenge and your peers responded by creating a number of tutorials.  Here’s one of my favorites because it offers a clever use of PowerPoint and what you end up creating can easily use as the design for your course.

Click here to view the tutorial.

Here’s a quick mock up using the ideas from Linda’s tutorial.  In this case, it’s designed as a way to meet new team members.  However, the same idea could be used a number of ways.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - meet team members prototypeClick here to view the prototype.

Below is a list of great tips and tricks that you can apply to your elearning courses right away. Also, if you’re an Articulate user, we had a month-long series of helpful posts in the Word of Mouth blog.

Creating PowerPoint Graphics

Some of these tips are really practical and probably work right away.  Others are cool and interesting.  However, even if you can’t use those specific tips, it does help to practice the tips in the tutorials.  You’ll improve your PowerPoint design skills and odds are you you’ll use the techniques in ways that do work for you.

PowerPoint Animation Tips & Techniques

You might not need to use all of these animation tips, but it’s a good thing to practice them because the techniques can be applied in all sorts of circumstances.  They’ll also help you think about the PowerPoint features in a different way.

Rapid E-Learning

Miscellaneous Tips

Course Management

There are a lot of really good tutorials in this list, especially if you’re just getting started.  Go through them and practice some of the techniques.  Do you have some tips you want to share?  If so, add your practical tips and tricks to the comments section.

Also, congratulations to Linda Lor who won an autographed copy of the Essential Articulate Studio ‘09.


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.

59 responses to “Here Are More Than 200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials”

Fantastic blog post, Tom!

I’m going to bookmark the links to my Delicious account.

Here’s another vid…

How to create a polishing effect in PowerPoint 2007:

(I used it to begin a topic/lesson inside a course module.)

I LOVE LOVE your blog and can’t wait for new posts.

WOW!!! As usual a great resource, thanks very much

Thanks so much with these tutorials. With them, I could do almost anything to my e-learning courses.

I can’t really thank you enough for the things have learnt and gained after joining this forum of yours. More power to your elbow!

Fantastic blog Tom! I can’t wait to try some of these out in some of the stuff I create. You are an amazing resource, I am amazed at how much you share your knowledge so generously with the entire community Mr Tom Coolman! =)

I love the great ideas in here! My mind is racing with the different ways I can incorporate all of this.

April 20th, 2010

Wow Tom! I really got a shock when I started reading today’s blog. Thanks for posting my tutorial. I always enjoy reading your tips, but never thought I would end up on your blog. Thank you also for the book. I hope it clears customs soon 🙂

some of the tutorials do not play.

April 20th, 2010

this was like the “Motherpost of Instructional Design”… it’ll take me days to sift through all of it…

Tom, your blog always distracts me from my projects. This time you’ve outdone yourself! I’ll be DAYS looking through this great stuff! (That’s OK, keep it up!)


Since January 8th, 2008 I have been subscribed to this blog. Although there are long periods when I don’t check my emails frequently, I always make sure I go back and at least read (if not implement) the instructions in your posts. However, after seeing this post, with all the links and structure I just felt compelled to leave this comment to say…A big thank you for the effort and commitment that you (and your company) have made into educating the readers of this blog.

I hope the ROI has been worth it. I’m inspired and will commit either to implementing what I’m learning here myself, or making sure that one of my associates does. No more wasting this particular blessing.

I’ll definitely be spreading the word about your blog also.

Thanks again.

And thanks to all who take the time to create the helpful Screenr’s. I’m impressed with how combining a little creativity with PowerPoint seems to unleash endless options.

Great tutorials! Here’s another excellent tutorial on how to create transparent graphics in PowerPoint

Tom, excellent blog. Here’s a PowerPoint tutorial on motion path animation, whose speed is controlled through hyperlinks:

Great work! I love this blog.

Wow! This is pure gold this site!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
I am just getting started with making Powerpoint/Camtasia presentations and this site is fantastic!!


Great post as always! Keep up the good work! I’d like to include a link to your blog on my resources site.

Just wanted to tell you that your Blog is the best. It always has great information and tips that I can readily apply. I look forward to receiving it everytime.

April 21st, 2010

Thank you Tom. Love and appreciate your contribution to the industry.

Several readers have emailed us asking about scenario ideas. I wanted to include a link to a growing list of branching scenario resources in our community.

As always, feel free to post questions or share your current projects with the community for feedback and ideas.

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April 22nd, 2010

Congratulations Tom! Just writting to thank you for this post. I´m from Brazil and many professionals here love your job!

April 22nd, 2010

Another jewel to our eLearning arsenal! Thank you sir!

I love screenr but would like to retrieve the video to add to a ppt. I can’t seem to be able to figure out how to without sending it to Twitter. Can anyone help??

@Fernando: Thanks for the comment and cheers from Brazil. 🙂

@Janet: the tutorial creator can download an .MP4 and upload to Youtube. I add my tutorials to Youtube. You can also embed the Screenr videos using the embed code. Here are some other tutorials that might help:
Add Screenr video to PowerPoint:

April 26th, 2010

This information is great. I have a question – my IBM is ancient & probably going to die soon, so I bought a new iMac. It’s wonderful, but I bought iWorks (meaning I have Keynote, not Powerpoint).

Since I’m afraid to try to use the old relic (even tho’ it has Office 2007), can I practice all these cool tricks on Keynote?

One thing I’ve noticed is that when I created other cool things in Keynote, they do not transfer when I export my mac creation into IBM format.

Should I just keep using my old PC to practice these things, and buy a new laptop when money allows? Or should I bite the bullet and partition my Mac (risking viral stuff) and get Office for Mac?

Linda Engel

@Linda: I don’t know enough about Keynote to say whether or not all of the ideas would work, but my guess is that they do in a different way since the steps would be different.

Office for the Mac is a little different than Office for Windows. Plus, PPT 2010 is going to have a lot of really nice features. You can run Windows software on your Mac via Parallels or other virtual software. Perhaps a Mac user can offer some more detailed advice.

April 29th, 2010

Hi, Tom,

Are the tools and tricks demonstrated available in PowerPoint 2003? I’m afraid my organization is behind the power(point) curve a bit.


Sylvia Tetzlaff

@Sylvia: many of the tips and tutorials will work with PowerPoint 2003. The steps might be a little different, though. What I’d do is contact the tutorial creator and ask how that would be done in PPT 2003 if you can’t figure it out.

Hey Tom,
Thanks for all these tutorials. Have you or anyone reading this found a way to stop the spinning circles on the Labeled Graphic Engage interaction? I don’t want to induce dizziness in my users.

@Connie: Here’s a tutorial.

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May 11th, 2010

Hi Tom, I love your blog:-) I’m currently working on my PhD in instructional technology for online learning from Capella and the information that you provide here you can’t receive from a textbook. I’m in the process of trying out some of these tips but there are so many I don’t know where to get stared! Thanks for you blog.

May 12th, 2010

I tried Linda’s demo and could not get the hyperlink to work after I made the shape clear. As long as the shape had color or even white, it worked fine. Any ideas?

@Bernice: which demo did you try? Can you provide more detail?

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Hi Tom,

Was very eager to view the branched scenario you have linked to as I was really looking forward to see how we could use branched scenarios using PPT and Articulate. However, there are few glitches in the course:
1. there are two levels of branching – one on the criteria and the next level on the views of each candidate. The first level worked pretty well however, once i have clicked one candidate, to read the views of the others, i had to go back to the Main menu, click the criteria again and then click the next candidate. This frustrated me as a learner.
2. I couldnt move forward from the criteria page and complete the course.

Maybe this can be looked into or was I doing something wrong?

Hey Tom,

Thanks for your great tips! I have been reading your articles since the past few months and I have become a great fan of yours! Your articles can make any man in this world who is new to e-learning master the art in just few days. Your articles are too good!
Hope to see more interesting articles in the future.
Keep on writing:)
Warm Regards,

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