How to Become a Better E-Learning Designer
JUNE 29, 2016
One of the unique aspects of the e-learning industry is how often it changes and how quickly you have to adapt to that change. Regardless of your background, education, or professional experience, becoming a better e-learning designer requires a willingness to learn new things. Instructional design was just one piece of a larger skillset that I needed to master. Instructional Design. Clark.
Three Tips for Using Bullet Points in E-Learning
MARCH 10, 2016
Bullet points in e-learning have a bad reputation. You might think they’re boring, ugly, or a sign of lazy design. No matter what your opinion is regarding the use of bullet points in e-learning, they aren’t going away anytime soon! In fact, bullet points are an easy way to organize and present content. Here are three tips for using bullet points in e-learning. Turn them into a diagram.
Five Things to Include in Your E-Learning Scenarios
JANUARY 6, 2016
E-Learning scenarios are a great way to challenge your learners with real-life situations and to make your courses more interactive. When designed properly, e-learning scenarios let your learners make their own decisions, and more importantly, learn from their mistakes. Here are five things you should always include in your e-learning scenarios. Story. Does it matter if they’re male or female?
How to Organize Your E-Learning Content with Sticky Notes
APRIL 21, 2016
Developing an e-learning course from beginning to end is a complicated, multi-phased process—there’s no denying it. Each phase has its own unique set of roadblocks that can challenge you and bring your project to screeching halt if you aren’t careful. This is especially true if you’re new to e-learning. I needed to create an outline.
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Graphic Design Tips for Beginners
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Whether you’re creating a presentation, a document, or an e-learning course, graphic design is what brings your content to life. The importance of graphic design can’t be understated—good graphics can take an otherwise boring piece of content and turn it into something that is both engaging and memorable. Of course, this is easier said than done. Tip 1: Use More Than One Font.
How to Design Attention-Grabbing E-Learning
JULY 20, 2016
Every time I sit down to watch a movie, I hear the same opening music that studios have been using for decades. Upon hearing these few measures, I let out a breath, put away my phone, and give the story my full attention. I’ve spent so many years enjoying movies, it’s almost Pavlovian at this point. I tune out everything else. But attention-grabbing e-learning is essential in today’s world.
Articulate Storyline Tips in Under 140 Characters: Part I
APRIL 6, 2016
My absolute favorite part of being an e-learning developer is the incredible sense of community that exists with Articulate users. It’s the skills and lessons that I’ve learned from the E-Learning Heroes (ELH) Community that led me to where I am today in my career. Our Idea. A few years ago, Tim conducted an experiment with crowdsourcing e-learning tips through a Twitter campaign. The Results.
Four Tips for Using Characters in E-Learning
MAY 23, 2016
I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of using characters in e-learning. I used to think of them as meaningless and cheesy. Whether you love them or hate them, characters have been used in e-learning for many years to tell stories, help create a sense of personality, and bring learning scenarios to life. This doesn’t make for positive e-learning experiences for your learners.
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Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning
JUNE 9, 2016
It’s not always easy to find high-quality images for your e-learning when you’re working on a budget. If you can’t afford the popular stock image sites, you might think you’re only option is to take your own photos. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case! In recent years, there has been a huge surge of free stock image sites that offer photos, vector graphics, and even videos! pexels.com.
Four Ways to Incorporate Storytelling in Your Next E-Learning Course
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
Several years ago, frustration with my job search was approaching critical mass. I had many skills, but I couldn’t see how they were connected. On a rainy Tuesday afternoon over Mayan Mochas, I vented to a friend, “I am a professional Frankenstein!” To my surprise, she disagreed. She said, “You think your interests are scattered, but there’s a pattern. You’re a storyteller.” Open strong.
PowerPoint for Graphic Design – Recorded on 5/17/16
MAY 17, 2016
PowerPoint is one of those tools that we don’t give enough credit. We all know PowerPoint can be used to create presentations and long lists of bullet points. But, did you know you can use PowerPoint for graphic design? It’s true. When you start thinking of a PowerPoint slide as a blank canvas, it opens a world of new possibilities. PowerPoint for Graphic Design. Resources.
Graphic Design vs. Visual Communications for E-Learning
JULY 27, 2016
This week, I have the pleasure to traveling to Philadelphia, PA to teach our two-day workshop on Visual Communications for E-Learning. Besides this being one of my favorite topics to discuss, it’s also a topic that is shrouded in a lot of misconceptions. Visual communications, graphic design, and visual design are all terms that get lumped together and used interchangeably. What’s the difference?
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Tim’s Top 3 PowerPoint Design Tips
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-use program that could accomplish many of the same graphic design tasks as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator? Better yet, wouldn’t it be great if this was a program you most likely have on your computer and have been using for the past several years? This program is PowerPoint. That’s right, I said PowerPoint! Upcoming Events & Webinars.
Updated E-Learning Authoring Tools Comparison
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
What’s the right e-learning authoring tool for you? It depends! All of the major tools have strengths and weaknesses in different areas, so picking the right tool is about knowing what’s important for you. Here’s my take on how four of the major authoring tools compare in 10 major categories. On this chart (based solely on my experience and opinion), 1 is the highest score.
User Interface Design Principles for E-Learning
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
The user interface design for your e-learning course can either support or disrupt the learning for your student. In this free webinar recording, Tanya Seidel from Artisan E-Learning shares some simple tips to help make sure your e-learning interface design is intuitive, functional, and visually appealing. User Interface Design Principles for E-Learning. Upcoming Webinars.
Work From Home? 5 Tips to Help Keep You Sane
MARCH 16, 2015
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “work from home?” Is working at home a dream of yours, a reality, or something you’d never want to do? If you’re one of the many people in the e-learning industry who works from home, I bet you can relate to some of the following truths. But it can take a little getting used to. Tip 1: Get dressed every day. Now, this may seem obvious, but I’m serious.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Four Lessons I Learned as a First-Time E-Learning Project Manager
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Last spring, I started taking classical guitar lessons. At first, it was a lot to take in: posture, intonation, technique, plus getting both hands in the right place at the same time. It’s taken time to put it all together. Even though I couldn’t do much musically, I learned many valuable lessons in those early days. I was struck by how similar it felt to my guitar lessons. Louis.
Tips for Working with E-Learning Voice-Over Talent
JUNE 12, 2015
Working with professional voice-over talent can help your courses be more polished and professional, but this comes at an expense. Over the years, I’ve discovered several tips for working with voice-over talent to help make the process easier and more efficient, which can help keep your costs down. Here are my top three tips for working with voice-over talent. Indicate the preferred file type.
Three Tips for Teaching Successful Software Training Classes
SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
As Artisan’s resident E-Learning Authoring Tools Trainer, the primary focus of my job has been to teach other e-learning professionals how to use programs like Articulate Storyline and Studio either in person or online. Each learner comes with a different level of experience with computers, and some learners require more attention than others. Practice with real-life examples.
How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning
JULY 13, 2016
We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. Whether it’s unwanted static, an echo, or ambient room noise, bad audio can distract your learners from the content in your e-learning course and prevent them from clearly receiving your message. Although I am a big fan of using professionally recorded narration, the cost alone can prevent this from being an option for many people.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
Updated E-Leaning Authoring Tools Comparison
JUNE 24, 2014
With the release of Adobe Captivate 8 a few weeks back, I thought I would update our popular—and often controversial—comparison grid on the major authoring tools. As always, the information contained within this comparison is based solely on my opinions. You may not agree with some of my assessments, and that’s okay! Notable Changes. Updated Authoring Tools Comparison Webinar.
One Way Storyline Saves You Time When Creating Accessible Courses
AUGUST 4, 2015
A few months ago, Articulate released an update for Storyline 2 that included a number of features that can help you make your courses accessible to those with disabilities. These tools are useful if you want to comply with WCAG or Section 508 rules. Many of the major e-learning authoring tools (Lectora, Captivate, Storyline) have features built in so you can create accessible courses.
How to Create Repeating Motion Paths in Articulate Storyline 2
JUNE 13, 2016
Whenever I teach one of our Articulate Storyline Training Workshops , I’m always enjoy the “what-if” questions asked by my students. More often than not, these what-if questions give the class an opportunity to experiment with the features of Articulate Storyline in creative ways. To answer this (brilliant) question, I asked the class to create a simple slide to show how the Moon orbits the Earth.
Three Things to Include in Your E-Learning Storyboard
MAY 11, 2016
One of the biggest challenges in designing an e-learning course is getting consensus on what should be in the course without having to build it first. Just like a script for a movie, an e-learning storyboard is a document that outlines everything from on-screen text and graphics to the narration text and how the interactions will work. . Color-Coded Slide Types. What sounds faster?
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Be Aware of Being Aware
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
You might have faced this situation before: you’re working on an e-learning course, and the subject-matter experts (SMEs) keep wanting to include every single bit of information they have about the subject into the course. Your job is to filter all this information based on the needs of the learners and the performance goals of the course. This isn’t always easy. So what do you do with that!?
Confessions of a Project Management System Convert
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
“It’s so time-consuming to enter everything in!”. “It’s It’s so clunky!”. “It’s It’s so much easier to manage everything in email.”. “It’ll It’ll take too long to catch up.”. Yes, I’ve said every single one of these. These were my excuses to not use Celoxis , our project management software. Even though we implemented the system a year ago, I’ll admit—I’m still adapting. Enter Celoxis!
Am I an E-Learning Drill Sergeant?
JUNE 9, 2015
As I mentioned in my last blog post , I seem to have some OCD tendencies when it comes to reviewing e-learning courses. I sometimes wonder if developers make faces when they receive my feedback, envisioning me as some kind of e-learning drill sergeant. Delete the extra space between paragraphs two and three!”. This image runs into the text…move it to the left!”. Change that dash to a colon!”. (
Articulate Storyline Tips in Under 140 Characters: Part II
MAY 5, 2016
In my last pos t, you saw our recent crowdsourcing experiment to showcase the generosity and sense of community that exists with Articulate users from the E-Learning Heroes (ELH) Community. For our experiment, we took to Twitter and asked our followers to share their best Articulate Storyline tips, in 140 characters or less, using the hashtag #Storyline140. Stylized Image Fills. Triggers. States.
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E-Learning Myths That Won’t Die
MAY 16, 2016
E-learning is an extremely flexible tool for employee development. There are dozens of ways you can tailor your e-learning to different circumstances and audiences. It’s virtually impossible to start an accurate sentence with, “All e-learning.” That’s why some of the myths about e-learning just make me cringe. People forget how easy it is to craft a solution perfect for your situation. This past week, we thought it would be fun to crowdsource and collect some e-learning myths that just won’t die. Myth: Employees don’t like e-learning. This one might be true… sometimes. elearningmyths.