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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

dangerous e-learning When people talk about effective e-learning it's usually around meeting performance objectives. Many take the position that any e-learning course that isn’t performance-based is wrong; and inevitably, you run into a lot of lamenting about the dangers of click-and-read e-learning. First off, is a click-and-read course really "dangerous?" I think swimming in shark-infested waters is dangerous. Clicking a series of next buttons is not the same level of danger (unless that next button was connected to the 108-minute countdown timer in Lost). Granted there are some bad e-learning courses, but that's not ...

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effective e-learning One frustration I've had when building e-learning courses is getting the client to understand what makes an effective course. People tend to ask for what they're used to seeing. And since many experience e-learning as click-and-read content they tend to ask for that type of course, which for an e-learning developer isn't exciting. There are many times when a click-and-read approach is appropriate.  So, this isn’t a rant against click-and-read courses. However, there are also plenty of times, where a click-and-read course isn’t the best solution.  In those cases, ...

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free background music I like to add background audio to my screencast tutorials. Like many of you, I don't record in a profession sound studio. Often, I am recording in a home office and there's always some ambient noise which I find distracting. Background music can mask some of the ambient noise. Another benefit is that it helps set a pace and tone for the recording. Free Background Music There are a lot of "free" sites, but to tell you the truth most of them are useless. Here are a couple of options that ...

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audio Background audio is not as common as it once was in e-learning. It is a little old school. And often it is distracting. Also, with mobile technology (and some limitations playing multiple audio tracks) it may create some problems playing the way you intend it. However, there are times where background audio makes sense. For instance, I like to use background audio to establish some context. It makes sense to have some ambient audio in decision-making scenarios, for example. You can set a tone or create a more immersive experience for the ...

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click and read A lot of people ask about building interactive e-learning and usually are dismissive of "click and read" e-learning. It's easy to do that because most e-learning is boring and not very engaging. Often those courses are screen after screen of content with endless next buttons. And because of this, "click and read" gets a bad name. Let's unpack this a bit. Content is content. We read books, articles, and blog posts. We listen to podcasts and radio. We watch television and videos. Most of this is linear content with little ...

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test e-learning templates Articulate 360's Content Library comes with thousands of e-learning templates. Each template is made up of theme fonts and theme colors. Theme fonts and colors are an easy way to manage and update course files. Here's a common issue and easy solution when troubleshooting e-learning courses. Instead of using theme colors many developers do quick color picks or custom colors. This is fine until you need to make a change to the slide and the colors aren't updating when you change the theme color. Our template developers have a ...

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navigation.jpg How do I create e-learning courses that are engaging and not boring? This is the number one question I get from rapid e-learning developers. As I ask clarifying questions, I usually get something to this effect, "I don't want click-and-read courses. Instead, I want to use more branching." To me this reveals some confusion about designing e-learning courses. In this post, we'll explore if branches are really the magic solution to keep your learners ...

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how to theme colors When someone first starts to build an e-learning course, one of the first things I recommend is determining the colors they'll use. And from there, create a template and assign the theme colors. The benefits to theme colors is that they allow consistent use of colors throughout the course; and if one needs to change, it can be changed once, and that change is applied wherever the color is used. The next recommendation is to determine how to use theme colors. This is often confusing because, you get ...

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boring e-learning In a recent post we looked at boring course content. I am not convinced that there is any boring content. I do think there are bored people. Today we’ll look at how to deal with the bored people when building e-learning courses. E-Learning Courses Should Be Relevant and Meaningful There’s a lot to learn about instructional design with all the theories and models. But when it comes down to it, the key ingredient is that the course has meaning to the person ...

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boring e-learning One of the top questions about e-learning is how to make boring course content more engaging and interactive. Considering the state of many e-learning courses, it’s a good question. But I’m not sure it’s the right question. Is Course Content Boring? I’m not sure the issue is that the content itself is boring as much as the content is meaningless and irrelevant to what the person needs.  I do a lot of small home projects. Not being the most skilled, I spend a lot ...

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instructional design for a new generation Ok...I'm not sure that's the right title. I'm working on a presentation that covers instructional design challenges and wanted to share a few points to consider about course design and how we need to move past the way many of today's courses are constructed. Technology has changed the landscape for today's course designers instructional design content owners Years ago, someone other than the learner controlled access to content. We were all beholden to the subject matter experts and their walled ...

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accessible e-learning retrofit A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Training Program Manager, Articulate. Many e-learning designers are challenged because they don’t often build accessible e-learning courses. So, they’re not sure what accessibility means and how it impacts course design. In a recent webinar, we discussed general ideas around accessible e-learning, common design challenges, and some ways to overcome them. One of the tips was to plan for accessibility from the start because it’s not a good idea to retrofit 508 or WCAG compliance into existing e-learning courses. An attendee asked, “What’s wrong ...

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