The Rapid Elearning Blog

E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success

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 ...

Read the full article




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 ...

Read the full article




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 ...

Read the full article




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 ...

Read the full article




extract image e-learning When I create presentations for our webinars or workshops, I like to use the imagery from our e-learning community or the Articulate website. They're on-brand and with the illustrations, we have a lot from which to choose. When I created training at previous organizations, I did something similar. If you need to collect images from your company site to use in your training this tip should help. Usually when I find an image, I right-click to save. However, this is a bit ...

Read the full article




e-learning portfolio At one point, I was hiring an e-learning course developer. I received hundreds of qualified applications; however I couldn't screen them all, so I created a first filter based on their work portfolios. Most of the applicants tended to fall into one of two camps: they didn’t have an e-learning portfolio or the projects they worked on were proprietary so they couldn’t share them. I know that many of you are in the same boat. And based on the tons of emails I get about finding work in this industry, ...

Read the full article




e-learning interactions In a recent workshop on creating interactions, we looked at ways to take a single image and create interactive content. It's a good practice activity because many of us aren't graphic designers so it helps us see different ways to use stock imagery that doesn't require a lot of editing. And it gets us to think about interactive content in ways we may not initially consider. The general idea is to find a single image that you can use for an interaction. A few things I look for:

  • Visually interesting.
...

Read the full article




audio narration tips In e-learning software like Storyline 360 and Rise 360 you can record (or import) audio narration into your courses. Since many e-learning developers tend to produce all media that belongs in the course, recording audio narration usually is one of those responsibilities. That means there are a lot of people that record audio narration who aren't trained voice over talent. If you have money and the time, using professional voice over talent makes sense. But most of us don't have that luxury. So here are some ...

Read the full article




free portfolio A guest post by Elizabeth Pawlicki, Training Program Manager, Articulate. You need a portfolio! Even if you’re not currently looking for a new job, maintaining a portfolio is important as an archive to highlight your work and experience. In previous posts, we covered what should be in your portfolio and how to build one (with links to some potential sites). However, I continue to get questions on how to host and manage a portfolio.  That's what I'll cover today. Free Portfolio Site Recently I came across a free tool called ...

Read the full article




free icons I love free icons and illustrations that can be used in e-learning. Here are some good ones for the health and medical industries courtesy of Health Icons. What's cool is that the icons are open source and free to use in commercial projects without any attribution requirement. Why are the icons free? "Health Icons is a volunteer effort to create a ‘global good’ for health projects all over the world. These icons are available in the public domain for use in any type of project. The project is hosted by ...

Read the full article




motivation e-learning We can put together great courses, but we can't guarantee a person learns from them. Learning requires some level of interest and motivation from the person taking the course. The good news is there are things we can do to engage people and tap into their motivation. Here are a few ideas. Add Value to Motivate Learners Courses need to be relevant to the person. They need to know where the course fits in the scheme of things and how it impacts what they do. And people make that assessment right ...

Read the full article




e-learning save money Online training is hot right now. And between video chat services like Zoom and course authoring tools like Articulate 360, there's a lot of content creation. Since creating the e-learning content is easy, there's often an increased demand to create yet more online training. And with that demand is the need to manage resources, which for most training organizations is limited. Any opportunity to save time (and money) is a good thing. Here are three ideas to help manage your e-learning resources. They help improve development time and decrease the ...

Read the full article