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The Art of Instructional Designing – PowerPoint Courses and Beyond

Raptivity

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.

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.

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Community eLearning Software Free webinar Gaming interactive learning PowerPoint raptivity free webinar Live Online Training spice up your online curriculum typical web platform interaction options Unique interactive exercisesEvery content creator’s goal is to engage their audience with the most compelling and edutaining content.

Learning Interactions in PowerPoint: Add Engagement to Instructor-Led Training

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Interactions include games, exercises, simulations, drill-downs and so forth. Since PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used presentation tools, I will limit my comments to a typical PowerPoint presentation here. If you incorporate a quiz game, a quick exercise, a brainteaser or even a few trivia questions, the classroom comes alive. To make this process simple, Raptivity, the leading interactivity builder, recently released a PowerPoint add-in. This free tool installs a menu for interactions inside PowerPoint.

6 Tips to Make Mandatory Compliance Training a Better Learning Experience

CourseArc

For instance, if you’re developing an online course for a group of banking professionals, all of your examples, exercises, and case studies should be directly applicable to the financial nature of their job. Using a PowerPoint deck with lots of bullet points is the fastest way to kill enthusiasm. But there is an upside. Make Learning Enjoyable – Again! Understand Your Audience.

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

Mindflash

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

Docebo

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 know.fun 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

Is E-learning Content Repurposing The Answer To Effective Use Of Available Resources?

G-Cube

This includes converting printed learning content or digital content such as presentations created in PowerPoint, into online courses. Integration and conversion tools, which enable repurposing from one format to another, such as PowerPoint to e-learning content, also support faster migration and development. These learning objects are then reused to create further learning content.

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.

Why Microlearning Works

Grovo

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.

10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design

LearnDash

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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PowerPoint Crop to Circle Overlapping Image

eLearningArt

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.

5 ELearning Trends You Should Know

LearnDash

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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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.

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.

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.

PowerPoint Versus Books

aLearning

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

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!

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

Mindflash

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?

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 !

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).

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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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.

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

eFront

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.

Learning through a “dressed up” YouTube channel?

Dont Waste Your Time

Learning at these levels requires more than watching videos (or lectures) and doing exercises. Related posts: PowerPoint: embedding YouTube video. No, I don’t buy it either. Was it something I was missing? Tom (thankfully) has helped me realise that I don’t have to jump on this particular bandwagon, I can have my own opinion. ” (Barratt, 2011). References. ERE.net.

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.