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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

free templates Here's a list of all of the free resources shared in this blog and a few bonuses. I hope you enjoy them and can use them in the upcoming year. Free Bonus Here are a few bonus items not included in previous posts:

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free e-learning PowerPoint template I created a couple of simple quiz templates to use in a workshop and thought I'd share them here as well. One is created in Storyline and the other in PowerPoint. I also added a tutorial video for those who want to learn more about using the template for a simple quiz in Storyline. Free Quiz Template: Storyline You can download the free template here. It contains two slides. The first slide is a graphic slide that you can customize to meet your needs. And then once you're done, ...

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accessories audio narration In a previous post, we explored some inexpensive microphones for recording audio narration. However, sometimes having a microphone is not enough. There are other accessories that help put the microphone in the correct position and offer other assistance for recording the best quality audio. In this post we'll look at a few accessories to help get better audio quality when recording narration. Use a Microphone Stand when Recording Audio Narration It's a good idea to invest in a microphone stand. It helps control placement of the audio. There are a ...

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locked navigation e-learning "How do I lock navigation?" is one of the first questions we get when showing people how to use our software. In fact it's one of the questions we had to revisit in a recent Articulate Live webinar where people wanted to see the features used to lock navigation. I understand the question and why it's asked, but from an instructional perspective it's one of the most frustrating questions to answer because locking navigation may inhibit learning and it's a miserable experience for the person stuck in a boring ...

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3-ways-guide-learners Inevitably you have to provide instructions on how to do something in the course. The question is when to provide them and at what level of detail. In this post we'll explore three ways to guide the instruction process. Provide Instructions Upfront The most common way to provide instructions is to do it all up front. This is what I see in most of the courses I review. Generally you share what needs to happen and when. Depending on the complexity, you may provide some details and screen shots. The ...

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best mics for audio narration While I've covered audio recording tips and tricks in the past, one of the most frequent questions I'm still asked is about microphones. So today, I'll show you the different mics I use and demo how they sound. I'll have to admit, I'm no audio pro and I'm also a bit less dogmatic about audio quality than some elearning developers. My main goal is to get decent sounding audio without a lot of post-production. The reality is that most end users are hearing the audio through cheap headsets or small ...

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instructional design for new century I have an older Sega Master System. I recall spending hours and hours playing on that thing. It was cool 25 years ago. Then it was lame. But now it's cool again. I took it out of storage to show my kids. What struck me were the instruction booklets that came with the games. They seem so archaic especially when I look at how my son learns the games. He downloads them and just starts playing. What's changed? Back Then

  • The expectation was to have instructions. How else
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e-learning example Reviewing elearning examples is a great way to learn. You find inspiration to prompt your own ideas and by deconstructing the courses, you learn to use your elearning software to create something similar. Here are some really nice elearning examples that I've seen in the community recently. Check them out and then try to figure out how they were built. E-Learning Example: Hero Land e-learning example heroland Click to view the elearning example. Here's a great module built by Richard Lee Hill. This is ...

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free multimedia apps We all love free tools to help us save time and resources so that we are more efficient building our elearning courses. Here are two free multimedia applications that I use quite a bit. Color Picking with Color Cop If you're using Storyline that's already easy to do because there's a built in color picker. However, if you need to pick colors outside of your authoring tool, Color Cop is a good one to use. free color picker I use color pickers all the ...

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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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