Had a great time last week in Indianapolis presenting to the Central Indiana ASTD chapter. David and I met some nice people and got to do some research to support a recent blog post. we also discovered that Indianapolis has two airport terminals. One is new and looks great. The other one is shuttered with grass overtaking the parking lot. Guess which one the PGS lead us to? We felt like the Griswolds when they got to Wally World.
It really didn’t matter that we were detoured because thunderstorms in Chicago grounded my flight for the evening. So I had time to kill and decided to pull together a free elearning template for the blog readers.
Here’s an example of the template with some placeholder content. You can find the tutorials and source files below.
Notes on Creating the Template
Some people have innate design skills. Most of us don’t. It takes some practice. If you want to succeed at rapid elearning, you have to develop your PowerPoint skills. And there’s no better way than to find an inspiring design, then practice recreating it.
The first step is to replicate the design. See what you can do with PowerPoint. You’ll be surprised to find that PowerPoint’s a pretty capable graphics tool. That’s how I created the envelope and television icons below.
Once you have the steps down, start to play with the layout. When it comes to elearning templates, I usually create a few core screens. The first is a title or section screen, the second is one where I might combine text and graphics, and then I like an open screen with maximum real estate for multimedia.
There really are no rules, though. You can create as many derivatives of the screen as you like.
- Create in PowerPoint and then save the images as graphic files. This way they’re easier to work with in your course.
- Play around with the backgrounds. I like to use the default color theme so I can easily apply a new theme. But adding an image, like a wood panel in this demo, looks really nice.
- Incorporate some animated elements. What would it look like to have the note slide out from the bottom? Or have the cards animate in?
- Try to get as many of the elements on the master slide as you can. This saves time in production and speeds up publishing.
Here are some tutorials that show how I created the template with some additional tips. You can view them via the Screenr links or in the course below.
- Inspiration for the PowerPoint template.
- Create the basic paper layout.
- Add holes and ring to the paper.
- Additional design ideas for the elearning template.
Click here to download the PowerPoint files in pptx and ppt versions.
How would you modify the template? Feel free to download it and make your own changes. Share what you create by clicking on the comments link.
Upcoming E-Learning Events
- We'll be adding events for 2017 soon. If you'd like to see one of our workshops in your area just let me know.
- Mar 20 (Orlando). Want to learn to build courses with the right look & feel? Join David Anderson at his all day workshop on Graphic Design Essentials for Non-Graphic eLearning Designers.
- Mar 22-23 (Orlando). Come by the booth at Learning Solutions and say hello.
- April 13 (Minneapolis). Variables Made Easy with Articulate Storyline. Limited seats, so sign up now.
- April 13 (Minneapolis). Articulate User Meet Up. Details coming soon.
- April 14 (Minneapolis). PACT Meeting: Facing Today's Instructional Design Challenges.
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 elearning, instructional design, and training jobs
Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills
Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.