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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

branded-e-learning-quote One of the big challenges when building courses is having to deal with organization's brand and visual identity and figuring out how to work it into the course. And to do it in a way so the course doesn't look like a billboard or race car. Here are some quick tips on how to incorporate the company's brand into your courses without being overly intrusive on the learning objectives and actual course content. Get Rid of the Branding Before we get started, here's a question worthy of debate: do you really need to ...

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free flip card interaction A great way to learn to use the elearning software you have is to create small interactions. As I've noted before, at work you may end up building one hundred courses, but the reality is you just build the same course one hundred times. That's one of the reasons I like and promote the weekly elearning challenges. They provide a mechanism to quickly build prototypes to play around with ideas and learn new production techniques. A recent challenge was to create a note card interaction. There are some pretty cool ...

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build better courses At a recent conference I was on a panel that asked about how to get better at building elearning courses. I reflected on a few things that I did when I first started and some of those things carry forward to today. I discussed this a bit in this post on how to build your elearning skills. Learning is an Iterative Process Essentially, we learn something new, apply what we learn, look at the results, and then make adjustments. Your first project isn’t going to be your best. I look ...

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instructional design tip This instructional design tip focuses on how to simplify and chunk content in complex training courses. Essentially, instructional design is about crafting a viable learning experience. Based on our desired learning outcomes, we create a way for people to learn (and hopefully apply) the content in a relevant context. Often we have to teach content that's too complicated for new learners. The risk is that we dump too much on them and overwhelm them with a lot of new information. Or we over-simplify the course content (especially real-life decisions) and the ...

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free resources Free resources always come in handy when building courses or slide presentations. At most of my workshops we take a few minutes to share different free resources people use. It's a great way to be reminded of resources you may have already bookmarked but have forgotten. And of course, there's always something new to learn from others when the share what they use. At this point, I find that there's not a lot of new free resources being added. So I compiled the resources and put them in some sense of order ...

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powerpoint tips tutorials 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 ...

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lorem ipsum Adding placeholder text is one of those tasks that we do a lot when building our course screen layouts or templates. It helps us make sure things are looking right before we spent too much time building out the real content. In today's post I'll share three easy ways to add placeholder text to your elearning courses. Use the Built-in Lorem Ipsum Generator PowerPoint, Articulate Studio, and Storyline offer built-in lorem ipsum generators so that it's really easy to add some placeholder content. Here are the steps:

  • Add a text box
  • Type in
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dropbox You need to stop sharing your elearning courses and portfolios using Dropbox's public folder. Effective October 3, 2016, Dropbox is disabling the feature to render HTML pages. It's one that many have been using to share their courses and elearning portfolios. This is similar to the action Google took last month to disable webpage sharing via the Google Docs service. If you're a Dropbox user you probably already received an email from Dropbox alerting you to this change. If not, I'm here to alert you ...

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cons of social media negative Social media is what you make of it. For the most part it is valuable and offers a number of ways for you to succeed. We discussed this in the previous post on the pros of social media. Today we'll look at the cons of social media and the potential impact they have on you, your job, and our industry. Cons of Social Media: Too Much Noise I have this routine where I read my elearning news feeds on a tablet (usually at night). I have a ...

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pros of social media positive The training industry is changing rapidly and technology plays a big role in that change, especially social media. However, like any change, there are positives and negatives that come with it.  Today, I'd like to discuss a few pros of social media as it relates to our industry and then I'll follow it up with a post on some of the cons. What is Social Media? Wikipedia has a good detailed definition of social media. I see it as technology that allows people to connect and share information.  ...

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interactive video example Earlier I shared a nice example of a gamified elearning course. Today I'd like to share a really neat example of an interactive video scenario. This example comes via the fine folks at SpongeUk who do some really cool work and said I can share it. View the Interactive Video Example interactive video Click here to view the video interaction. What I Like About This Interactive Video

  • I like the real life decision-making that they use. The situation is relevant, the choices are legitimate,
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free animated .gif Most software training is done using screencasting tools like Storyline or Replay. However, you don't always need a full video to show procedural steps. Sometimes, it's easier to create animated .gifs. And here's an easy way to create them for free. Create Animated .GIFs for Free with Screen2Gif Screen2Gif is a free open source application available here for download. It's created by Nicke Manarin, so be sure to give him props or send him a few bucks for his efforts. You can find his contact info ...

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