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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - compliance training jail Every two years I take my car in and have the emissions tested.  The goal of the test is to certify that my car meets specific emissions standards.  If the car passes, I am certified and I can move on.  However, if it doesn't pass, then my car has to go under a different series of tests (and perhaps repairs) to get up to the appropriate standard and certified.  Of course, this takes more time. As I was waiting in my car, I was reminded that ...

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gamified e-learning template Many of us are challenged to convert our linear content into something more interactive and engaging. I was digging through some old workshop files and stumbled upon one I built a while back but never ended up sharing it outside of the workshop. In the workshop activity, the objective was to not build completely from scratch. We started with an existing template that was shared in the community, and then we explored a few ways we could add some gamified elements to create something that is a bit ...

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e-learning tip I'm asked to review courses all the time and one of the most frustrating things is to go through the course and find the developer has locked every slide. This requires that I have to click through every screen, interaction, and quiz before I can get to specific places for review. For those asking for feedback in the community, it's extra frustrating trying to troubleshoot a course and having to click through everything to get to a specific place in it. An easy solution is to create a secret menu that ...

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create custom maps for e-learning Here's an issue I run into quite a bit: I need a map for my e-learning courses; but I don't need a detailed map. Stock image sites are fine for generic illustrated maps but they're usually too generic. The other option is to do a screen grab of an online map, but then that's often too detailed. Recently, I was working on a map demo where I needed a specific map, but I didn't want a real map screen shot because it was too busy and I knew ...

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4 things to think about before building e-learning courses It costs money to build e-learning courses and it costs money to take e-learning courses. Considering the cost, it's important to ensure that you get the most value out of the courses you create. One way to get value is to not create a course. Seriously. We don't want to admit it, but many courses are pointless and a waste of time. However, if you do need to create e-learning courses, then consider the following points below: Create a Resource Hierarchy You have limited resources and ...

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move past click and read e-learning It’s easy to make a list of things one needs to know and create courses focused on that information. That's why we have a lot of click and read content. However, knowing information and understanding the information are two different things. Most e-learning is designed to present information through a series of screens. Then the course ends with a simple quiz to confirm a rote understanding of the content. However, a good course develops understanding rather than merely present information. Here are 4 ways to move past information ...

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Here’s a simple tip that I use all the time. In fact, I use it multiple times a day. It's fast and efficient. Create a blank text file on your desktop for quick access. That’s it? Simple. Right? Here are three reasons why this is a good tip. Create a Temporary Holding Area The text doc isn’t bloated or media rich, so it opens really fast. I have a blank text file on my desktop. I click on it all the time. I jot down some quick ideas, take a note, or use it to temporarily hold ...

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meaningful e-learning courses We spend hours building courses that look great and have rich interactive elements, but often we’re missing the key component to an effective course: tapping into the learner’s motivation. When you frame the e-learning content into a meaningful context, you’ll not only tap into the motivation of the learner, but there’s also a good chance you won’t be tempted to stuff the course with meaningless interactivity (that has the appearance of value). When building courses, can you answer the following three learner questions? Meaningful E-Learning: Why Am I Taking This ...

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We all like to see good e-learning examples. That's one reason I really enjoy the e-learning challenges. They're little nuggets of creativity. They're usually not full-fledged courses, but they often have some interesting elements. In a recent challenge on course starter templates for leadership training, community member, Andrzej Jabłoński, shared a really nice example. Check it out below. e-learning example leadership template Click here to view the demo. Here's what stood out:

  • The visual design is fun and clean. I think often our e-learning
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interactive scenarios for e-learning Here's some content that spans the past decade or so of rapid e-learning. Originally, the interactive scenario started as a PowerPoint file that was published with Articulate Studio to demonstrate how to create simple branched scenarios in PowerPoint. Interactive Scenario: PowerPoint interactive scenario in PowerPoint Click to view the interactive scenario create with PowerPoint Since PowerPoint is linear and doesn't offer tracking logic, it requires a lot of slides to create the illusion of movement and branching complexity. The slide number ...

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create animated gif Animated .gifs are great for e-learning. Often, I like to use them instead of videos for e-learning interactions, especially process interactions that go through a sequence of steps. Here are a few previous posts on animated .gifs with some free resources:

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free subject matter expert handout Recently, we explored how to manage the working relationship with subject matter experts. One of the key components is curating all of the existing resources. Here's a free handout to help guide the conversation with subject matter experts and clients so that you get all of the resources you need to build the best courses possible.

What you need to curate is part of three core groups: existing training content, additional resources, and media assets.   Subject Matter Expert ...

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