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E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

 Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - essential guide to visual thinking for e-learning Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching. What is Visual Thinking? The essence of visual thinking is to convert your text-based information to images and text that ...

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wacky fonts in e-learning One of my pet peeves is when courses use too many font types. Most of the time it comes from a lack of forethought about how and when to use certain fonts. Some people like to change up the fonts to make the course more visually interesting. This is a noble goal but perhaps not the best reason. An interesting font will not make the course more interesting. And it's possible that the font distracts from the content. Be Intentional Understand why you're using the font you're using. The font not only ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - become e-learning pro "I want to become an e-learning pro. What do I have to do to get better?" This is one of the most common questions I'm asked. I've addressed it a few times in the blog by sharing some tips, free e-book recommendations, and a ton of tutorials. But it's still a common question and worth reviewing from a slightly different perspective. We'll look at three key steps in the process of becoming an e-learning pro. Become an E-learning Pro by Learning More There are many ...

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Rapid E-Learning Blog - how long should e-learning course be I’m often asked how long an e-learning course should be. My quick response is that it should last long enough to meet your objectives. On the surface that’s not a bad answer, but it’s usually one that doesn’t satisfy either. There are a few variables when it comes to determining how long an e-learning course should be. However here are some tips that may help answer the question. Chunk Your Content The trend in online learning is small, digestible chunks. Some people call it ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free stock images for e-learning courses If you're using Articulate 360, you already get access to more than enough stock images. However, if you're looking for a place to find more, one of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - training mistakes One of the activities we do at my workshops is prototype an interactive e-learning module. I provide some generic content and their task is to do two things:

They spend about twenty minutes discussing ideas and then they share their ideas. It never ceases to amaze me how creative they are and what they’re able to produce within the limited time. I find that there’s no ...

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e-learning project management I get a lot of project management questions, specifically how to keep the projects moving forward successfully. The two most essential elements are expectations and communication. Understand the Purpose of the Course When meeting with clients it’s important to understand and identify the learning objectives. And then from there, to craft a good learning plan. What do they need to know? How do we know they know it? How will the learn it? OK, let's build it! Create a Service Level Agreement What is the final product going to look like? What are ...

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best e-learning My hunch is the most e-learning courses are explainer-type content, heavy on content, but light on applied learning. This is fine, especially since most of the learning happens outside the course; however, good e-learning courses should be more than content. Start with Clear Objectives Most courses are content-heavy because of compliance requirements. And the main objective is certified exposure to content by December 31. If you're building courses based on performance expectations, you need to start with clear objectives.

  • What are they to do?
  • How do you know they can do
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getting started with e-learning I was reviewing some older presentations I found a slide regarding the topic of getting started with e-learning. On the slide I offered three helpful tips when getting started that still hold true today. An E-Learning Course is Different from a Classroom Session A challenge a lot of new e-learning developers have is that they start with existing content from classroom training. This is usually in PowerPoint; and it's easy enough to import a PowerPoint slide into an e-learning application, add a quiz, and call it good. This is fine ...

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e-learning portfolio You want to build an e-learning portfolio, but not sure where to start? At its core, the work portfolio represents your skills and expertise. For some people, the portfolio is their resume, and they build it to share what they know. And for others, the portfolio shows their projects as part of the journey that needs to be documented. During the initial planning, decide if you want the portfolio to be static where you only do occasional maintenance and updates. Or if you want a site that's more dynamic and continually ...

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effective e-learning One mistake many e-learning experts make is that they talk about "e-learning" as if it's a single thing and always focused on performance improvement. They talk about engagement and interactivity and measurable objectives. Those are all good things and super important for many courses. However, anything not linked to performance is then considered ineffective. But are those things always the measure of effective e-learning? A common challenge is your organization focuses more on getting content out and less about learning engagement, and probably not about measurable improvement. This may appear to be ...

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360° Image e-learning Storyline 360 includes a 360° image feature where one can insert interactive markers and labels. On top of that, one can also leverage all the other capabilities of Storyline and layer content on top of the image. Last week, the e-learning challenge was to create some 360° image interactions. Some of the submissions intrigued me with how they used other layers and variables to track movement through the 360° image. Here are four examples from the weekly challenge that demonstrate this: 360° Image Example: Once in a ...

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