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. 4.
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.
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. 1. Turn them into a diagram.
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. 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. Not all!
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
Five Reasons to Use Gamification in E-Learning
DECEMBER 21, 2015
A few years ago, my husband and I went to a swanky Christmas party. My friend’s party had been a long-standing tradition in our circle. Each year, as we all became a little more successful, it got more formal. One year, my husband and I volunteered to bring the champagne… and the extra Wii controllers. Our host had included Mario Kart with the evening’s festivities. Making a game is complicated.
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. 1. Story. Does it matter if they’re male or female?
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?
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.
E-Learning Gamification Made Simple
JULY 30, 2015
We all love our buzzwords in the field of e-learning. Responsive design, localization, social learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, flat design…the list goes on and on. Although some buzzwords come and go with the times, there are other buzzwords that seem to stick around. learning gamification is one of these terms. The idea of introducing games into learning is nothing new.
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.
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. See Complaints as Opportunities. never want a client to be unhappy for any reason.
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.
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.
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.
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. needed to create an outline.
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.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
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.
How to Create Icons in PowerPoint + Free Download
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
PowerPoint has always been my go-to graphic design tool (as I’ve explained in several of my other posts: here , here , and here ). Even as I’ve learned how to use advanced graphic design programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, I’ve always believed that PowerPoint can be just as…well, powerful! Not everyone has these programs. So, that’s what I did!
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. 1. Indicate the preferred file type.
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.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
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.
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-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.
Confessions of a Project Management System Convert
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
“It’s so time-consuming to enter everything in!”. “It’s so clunky!”. “It’s so much easier to manage everything in email.”. “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! Fact: Is it really?
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.
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. 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!”.
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.
Updated E-Learning Authoring Tools Comparison
JANUARY 8, 2015
The last 14 months saw an upgrade of every single tool in our comparison! These tools had improvements in graphics, animations, mobile compatibility, and 508-compliance, among others. With these new changes, I thought it was time to update our popular—and often controversial—authoring tools comparison. As before, this is based solely on my opinion and experience. Notable Changes.
How to Create E-Learning Quizzes That Engage
APRIL 20, 2016
E-learning quizzes are usually boring. Your learners dread taking them, and you dread writing them. Good e-learning strips away ‘need-to-know’ information and focuses on the behaviors your learners need to change. Unfortunately, most quizzes rarely do the same thing. How to Create E-Learning Quizzes That Engage. Resources. Learning Gamification Made Simple. Upcoming Webinars.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
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. So what do you do with that!? You say, “I’m just looking.”
Six Proofreading Tips Straight From the Pros
MARCH 5, 2015
It’s happened to all of us…we notice a grammar error just as we hit send on an email. Or we see that our bullets are not aligned as we are stapling our 50th document. It’s not that we don’t know the rules; it’s that we didn’t do an effective job of proofreading our (or someone else’s) work. When your reputation is on the line, proofreading is essential. Tip 1: Enlist help. Good luck!
My Favorite E-Learning Resources
FEBRUARY 1, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I was at ATD TechKnowledge in Las Vegas teaching their Articulate Storyline Certificate program. As with most classes we teach, we have some really good discussions, and I usually follow up with links to some of my favorite e-learning resources we talked about. find myself referring to some of the same resources over and over again because of how helpful and relevant they are. So I thought I would share them with all of you. The Articulate Community. There’s almost too much great stuff here to absorb. Here are my favorite resources on their site. Learning Uncovered.
Track Course Completions for Free Using Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Are you creating courses using Adobe Captivate and don’t yet have a learning management system (LMS) for tracking results? Did you know there is an alternative, FREE solution? Using the Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer, you can capture student scores and question-and-answer specifics, which can provide insight into your learners’ performance in the course. Total number of questions skipped.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
Top 3 Areas to Check When Reviewing an E-Learning Course
DECEMBER 8, 2014
College English majors will admit—some more boastfully or shamefully than others—that we have some OCD tendencies. We’re the ones who cringe at misspellings on restaurant and gas station marquees. We force ourselves to be hip and modern by using shortcuts while texting. This freakish attention to detail is also a blessing. When reviewing an e-learning project, be sure to check three key areas.
Create Hand-Drawn Graphics in PowerPoint + Free Download
OCTOBER 24, 2014
I’ve always loved the natural look and feel of hand-drawn graphics. typically use them in my e-learning courses when I want to add a bit of visual contrast or to keep things fun for the learner. This all changed a few months ago when I purchased an Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet. Although I’ve come a long way, using a graphics tablet takes a lot of time and practice. Enjoy!
Reviewing E-Learning: Lessons Learned From My Dog
APRIL 24, 2015
Not too long ago, I spent a day on the couch. I was sick as, well, a dog. As I lay there, I watched my puppy play with one of her chew toys. And the more I watched her, the more intrigued I was. As I observed her patterns, it occurred to me that what Sophie was doing related really well to one of the tasks I do almost daily: reviewing e-learning. One end gets chewed on more than the other.
Tips for Transitioning From Copywriting to E-Learning
MAY 26, 2015
I still remember my first time writing for e-learning. It involved a lot of squinting, deleting, and scribbling in my notebook. At first, I wasn’t really sure why I was struggling. I had done plenty of copywriting in my career. I’d dutifully made an action map , but it was a challenge to translate it into a storyboard: a document outlining text, graphics, narration, and interactions. Sketch. A lot.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
E-Learning Authoring Tool Comparison
JANUARY 24, 2013
We get lots of questions about our opinion on the major e-learning authoring tools. A while back, I did a comparison grid to help outline the key differences. There have been a lot of changes to the authoring tool landscape in the last 12 months, so I thought I’d update it. . Studio and Storyline are usually on sale for about $1400 each. The rest is primarily form- and template- based.
It’s Not You. It’s Me.
JULY 10, 2015
I have found that by working virtually, it’s sometimes difficult to really gauge what someone else is feeling. And we all know that the emotions and meanings one person reads into an email might be the complete opposite of what the author really intended. Well, it’s easy to blame the other person for any misunderstandings, but maybe it isn’t the other person. Maybe it’s me! Confront appropriately.