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The Art of Instructional Designing – PowerPoint Courses and Beyond


As an Instructional Designer, you may be asked to create a new educational course from scratch based on the curriculum or create an eLearning course based on PowerPoint being used for Instructor Led Trainings. However instructional designers need not limit themselves to just dumping the PowerPoint content into an eLearning or online format as part of their course creation.

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Product Review: Microsoft Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint 2013

eLearning 24-7

Open up any authoring tool (okay, most of them) and one item that you will see is the ability to add PowerPoint.  Some products including Articulate Studio and Storyline use the Microsoft SDK PowerPoint ribbon as their main ribbon. Use products such as Adobe Presenter or iSpring Presenter and in just a few short seconds you will be in PowerPoint and you can start building courses.

What Makes a PowerPoint Slide Good?


PowerPoint … the tool we all love to hate. Maybe not in all cases, but I know that my own personal issue with most of the PowerPoint presentations I have had the displeasure of viewing is they are boring. Unfortunately not the program.  It’s not PowerPoint’s fault how you use it.  The post What Makes a PowerPoint Slide Good? Whose fault is this? 

How PowerPoint’s New Shape Tools Can Upgrade Your Training Design


The more I experiment with PowerPoint 2010′s new features, the more I’m impressed. The New Features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Before you can use these new features you’ll need to do some quick customization of your PowerPoint ribbon ( a shout-out to Microsoft for making the ribbon fully customizable in 2010 ). Cool, eh?

#mlearncon PowerPoint to mLearning

In the Middle of the Curve

How do we move PowerPoint to become effective eLearning, then mLearning. This will equal some tough conversations) - Write in complete sentences Most powerpoints are pretty nebulous. - Can’t get away with that in eLearning. Just text-heavy PowerPoint – creates a pretty nice smartphone experience. Sigh) - Active and passive are different for classroom training vs. online training o Classroom – § Teacher Talking (active) / Group Exercises / Tests / Reading (passive) § (Why is Group Exercise considered less active? On a computer – ok. Mobile – not happening.

11 Invaluable Tips To Design Blended Learning Courses for Corporate Training


When you create your blended learning courses, every exercise and learning activity should cater to these objectives. Think carefully before integrating online exercises. So, before you integrate an online exercise into your blended learning strategy you need to make sure it is not only interactive and entertaining, but that it meets the learning goals and objectives.

More thoughts on PowerPoint

In the Middle of the Curve

In the comments, Emma asked "What do you want to SEE in the PowerPoint." Anything other than PowerPoint. You exercises, discussion, games, other modes of imparting information in a way that might stick. take my own notes anyway (I learn more this way and it keeps me from falling asleep), so I don't particularly care if I'm given the PowerPoint as a handout. And PowerPoint remains the tool of choice to support these presentations. Heck, a part of my job is designing presentations and PowerPoint for the boss. slides, I will be a happy camper

Games, Gamification in a Virtual Classroom Environment

Kapp Notes

We run an exercise in the virtual classroom that allows students to write an answer in a grid on the whiteboard. The gamification elements in this type of exercise are points, ranking, social relatedness, immediate feedback and sense of community. Gamification in the virtual classroom is still in its infancy. Check it out at EduGame Cloud. Examples. What ideas have you incorporated.

10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design


Too often today you will find organizations hastily slap-together a bunch of PowerPoint slides, upload them into a program like Articulate, click “publish” and call it “elearning” The reality is that this type of elearning development is just flat-out ineffective. Include Exercises: Engage your learners by including exercises to split-up the content. 9.

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Why Microlearning Works


And they never want to see another PowerPoint lecture. personal trainer doesn’t give you a book on exercise. They guide you through a series of small moments while you’re exercising, helping you reach big fitness goals. Microlearning is the process of building successful behaviors in short, focused segments. Sound complicated? It’s not. Weapons of mass instruction.

5 ELearning Trends You Should Know


More Emphasis on Active Learning - In its raw early form, elearning looked a lot like Microsoft PowerPoint wrapped in a pretty package. Today, there is more weight placed on interactive exercises that help drive home key points and objectives. Elearning has evolved quite a bit in the past 10 years. Everything from the way the courses are presented to the images used within them (remember ClipArt?). What constitutes quality elearning design and delivery is as cyclical as the fashion industry. Trends go beyond the visuals and can also determine how the content is delivered.

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PowerPoint Crop to Circle Overlapping Image


Crop to any shape in PowerPoint, including a circle. And this is going to be in PowerPoint. Maybe you want her to – we’ll have her overlap that much for this one, for the exercise. Synopsis. This lessons includes an additional technique that allows part of the image to overlap the circle crop, so that it appears as if the image is coming out of the circle. Video Transcript.

Creating Custom eTraining CoursesFive Tips(by the wise words of Yoda, inspired)

Global eTraining

Set deadlines for tasks like writing text, gathering images, recording videos, and creating exercises and hold people accountable to those dates. This might be old PowerPoint presentations, manuals, handouts, videos, or exercises. “Do or do not do. There is no try.”. Before I went to see the latest  Star Wars movie (which is still in theatres as I write this), I was binge-watching all of the old films. One evening, a few nights ago, I was lounging on the couch watching The Empire Strikes Back. This is the movie where Yoda utters his most infamous line : “Do or do not do.

Compelling content hooks you in and won't let go

Clive on Learning

Here are two of my own examples: The Emperor's New Slide Show : which demonstrates how dangerous Powerpoint can be in the wrong hands. In the context of learning content, these challenges might take the form of practice exercises, case studies, quizzes, scenarios, simulations and games. And there's no doubt that, when it comes to consuming information, we'd prefer it concise.

Rapid Instructional Design with Powerpoint

The Learning Generalist

Usually the only recourse in such a situation is to quickly slam together something in Powerpoint. From the perspective of Instructional Design think of how you will Introduce (eg: Individual & Group Brainstorm) the topic, Explore the topic (eg: Facilitated Discussion) and Culminate the session (eg: Hands on exercise practicing the concepts taught, followed by a debrief).

Rapid Instructional Design with Powerpoint

The Learning Generalist

Usually the only recourse in such a situation is to quickly slam together something in Powerpoint. From the perspective of Instructional Design think of how you will Introduce (eg: Individual & Group Brainstorm) the topic, Explore the topic (eg: Facilitated Discussion) and Culminate the session (eg: Hands on exercise practicing the concepts taught, followed by a debrief).

Why Your Employees Get Frustrated With eLearning (and How to Fix It!)

eLearning Brothers

Sitting through lectures, videos, and PowerPoint presentations that do nothing but unload an endless stream of dry facts on a passive listener is not likely to encourage any kind of long-term learning. However, this is precisely where you should exercise caution. Creating courses for your employees is now easier than ever thanks to technology. Boring content that puts people to sleep.

Ten ways to use computers in the corporate classroom

Clive on Learning

Here are ten suggestions for ways to spice up the corporate classroom: Display slides : OK, I know, typical bullet point PowerPoint slides are not going to spice up anything, but remember that PowerPoint was originally developed to present visual aids (not verbal ones). Play music : I haven’t heard much recently from the accelerated learning folk who advocate playing music in the classroom as part of an all-round, multi-sensory approach to learning, but nevertheless, I’m pretty sure that music can be useful, even if just during the breaks or when groups are doing exercises.

How to Grab and Keep Interest in Any Presentation

Visual Lounge

We’ve all been in the situation, whether as students or teachers: Navigating through a text-heavy, bland PowerPoint presentation and struggling to either pay or capture attention. David A. Casavant is the Executive Director at the Sustainable Workplace Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting your organization’s most valuable assets – workers!

PowerPoint Versus Books


But some are workbooks that provide exercises for you to practice what you’re learning.  But you can with PowerPoint, and Paul uses that to his advantage in this deck. Yes, PowerPoint has its drawbacks. Kudos to Tom Kuhlmann at the Rapid E-Learning Blog for posting “Want to Build Better E-Learning Courses? Think Beer.&# Not so much for the beer analogy but for defending (as I have here, in at least one past post ) the rightful place that informative courses have in the world of elearning: “You’re either viewing or doing.  “It’s kind of like a text book. 

The teacher as storyteller

Clive on Learning

Back in 2003, I devoted a great deal of energy to the design of a new CD-ROM course entitled Ten Ways to Avoid Death by PowerPoint. They will structure this information and support it with visual aids and practical exercises. In case you’re interested, here is the story that accompanied the Ten Ways to Avoid Death by PowerPoint course: The Emperor’s New Slide Show

Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?

360 Training

While generally beneficial, voice-over audio is particularly important for auditory learners (those who remember best when they hear the information), those learners who may struggle with reading, those for whom English (or the course’s target language) is not their native language, and those who may enjoy listening to your course while multitasking (commuting, exercising, etc.). Ask us !

How PowerPoint’s New Shape Tools Can Upgrade Your Training Design


The more I experiment with PowerPoint 2010′s new features, the more I’m impressed. The New Features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Before you can use these new features you’ll need to do some quick customization of your PowerPoint ribbon ( a shout-out to Microsoft for making the ribbon fully customizable in 2010 ). Cool, eh?

Custom eLearning Development Costs – Results From Chapman Alliance Study

Upside Learning

NOTE: PowerPoint-to-eLearning often falls into this category. Level 1 plus 25% (or more) interactive exercises (allowing learners to perform virtual “try it&# exercises), liberal use of multimedia (audio, video, animations). The report is available for download here. I had participated in the study and find the results align well with our own data. Definition. 2010).

6 Instructional Design Tips For Noobs


Storyboard The Content – Before building a single PowerPoint slide or learning module in rapid elearning development software your course should have a storyboard. Incorporate Activities – At some point in your course you should engage the learner in an exercise or activity. For most people the best way to learn is by doing. If you are a “noob” (i.e.

How to Improve Learning Outcomes With Performance Support

Social Learning

You can certainly use Powerpoint or any other supporting tool for training delivery, but be sure that your learners spend plenty of time learning material straight out of the performance support tool. Build practice exercises that require learners to consult the performace support tool for completion. As part of that practice, be sure your exercises refer learners to the support tool.

mLearning – the trend that’s NOT? mSupport the trend that might be?

Bottom-Line Performance

When virtual worlds came out, we held virtual events and did virtual PowerPoint presentations – something we used to do live. Audio books and podcasts are wonderful to listen to while exercising, walking, or doing other mundane tasks that don’t pull our brain’s attention away. He has written and spoken numerous times on this topic. But phones are EVERYWHERE!

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Improve Training using the PAF Model


Presentation  - In this phase of the approach, learners are presented the content – be it in PowerPoint, programs like Articulate Storyline, through job aids, lectures, or videos. The key takeaway is that it is important to build-in some kind of exercise or “try-me” component into your training initiative as it helps learners internalize the content. Instructional designers are always looking for tips and tricks to improve the elearning, or training, that they are developing. Learning is dynamic, and therefore so should your approach to content creation.

Why Training has a Bad Name (and how we can change it)

Learning Rebels

Not lecture, not PowerPoint decks, not petty/silly exercises but real HARD CORE resources and tools people can use NOW! You’ve just been informed that you’ve been signed up for “training” What is your immediate thought? Oh, crap. There goes my day. Maybe this time I’ll learn something. Maybe the training experience won’t be so bad. ” Sigh.

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?

Dawn of Learning

How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint [link] via @slate — Dawn Poulos (@dawnpoulos) March 7, 2014. I''ve read a lot of articles about the disadvantages of PowerPoint—how it stifles discussion, critical thinking, and thoughtful decision making—but no article conveys the agony of sitting through a slide presentation better or more humorously than this one.

10 Common mistakes when developing and delivering an eLearning course: Part 1


You have a laptop full of tired old PowerPoint presentations that are churned out every time there’s a need for another induction course, fire safety training or anything else that’s boring, but mandatory. You’ve acquired a Learning Management System. You’ve been sold a “Just In Time” eLearning tool that, apparently, anyone can use. Right? Well, not quite.

Developing Quality eLearning at the Speed of Sound

Everything E-Learning

Basic is described as “including content pages, text, graphics, perhaps simple audio, perhaps simple video, test questions” and typically refers to PowerPoint to eLearning conversion. Intermediate training (or interactive training) includes the same content as basic with an increase of 25% in terms of exercises and interaction. But how can you prevent a “course factory?” link].

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Drunk at work? No, just resting.

Learning Rocks

She parked PowerPoint in favour of responding to questions from the keen, and unusually alert audience. Exercise does have a useful effect on improving sleep, but it should be done at least an hour and half before bed time. I know I don't get enough sleep. really struggle with it. Quite simply, it was one of the best talks I've attended in a long time. The noise should wake you up.

See How Easily You Can Create Graphics in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

Looking over the tutorial, I wondered if I could follow the steps to recreate the icon in PowerPoint. Obviously the steps are a bit different and since PowerPoint is not as robust as Illustrator, you have some limitations. However, with all that said, it proves that PowerPoint can be an effective graphics tool when building your rapid elearning courses. Create the envelope.

Why Your Training Strategy Probably Needs an Attitude Adjustment


and think it’s a great way to transition training from a static exercise to an ever-evolving process. The problem is that making the leap from traditional PowerPoint-based training to eLearning is that most transitions are handled badly. When a training program is just another task to check off the list, it has less of a chance to really make a difference. Good Learning, Bad Learning.

Get those Avatars Moving!

Kapp Notes

A 3D virtual environment is not very exciting if the avatars are sitting in virtual chairs, in a virtual classroom looking at virtual PowerPoint, instead, get the avatars up and moving around. Redesign lecture materials into interactive exercises. Moving through Data in the virtual world of ProtoSphere. Here are some guidelines for encouraging interactivity in a 3D virtual space.