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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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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Three R's of subject matter experts Subject matter experts often play a key role in the development of your e-learning courses. We've covered this quite a bit in previous posts and in a free e-book available to you through the e-learning community. You can find the links below. A couple of weeks ago I did a workshop where we discussed working with subject matter experts and my computer crashed. Since I had to do the presentation again, I wanted to simplify the key points just in case I didn't have the ...

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PowerPoint tip graphics Here's a PowerPoint tip: build your e-learning course graphics in PowerPoint. PowerPoint is great for simple graphic design projects. In fact, I use it quite a bit for this blog and some of the graphics I need in my e-learning demos. In a previous post, I shared visual design tips for graphics I built in Rise 360 for an e-learning scenario. All of those graphics were built in PowerPoint. PowerPoint for graphic design example 5 In this example, the images all need ...

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visual design for e-learning tips The other day I made some images for a course menu page in Rise 360. I spent some time playing around with different ideas. When I reviewed my final image, I realized that there were several iterations. Today I'll share some of the different ideas I considered and why I made changes. Visual Design: The Set Up I'll start by stating that most of this is subjective, so there's not a right or wrong. With this particular menu, I needed an image that had a 10:3 aspect ratio. In this ...

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e-learning tips Even before I started working at Articulate, I made it a goal to answer five questions each week in the e-learning community. It's a great way to connect with others, especially beginners, and offer some help as they're learning. However, for me, it's a great way to stay on top of the tools as it forces me to think through the software in different contexts. It enables me to play around with different ideas and production techniques. Here are three recent tutorials that I created to answer some questions in ...

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