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Rapid E-Learning’s Best of 2014

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I got to meet so many blog readers from all over the world, Articulate successfully released Storyline 2 , and we made significant improvements to the elearning heroes community with a focus on even more free tips , tutorials , and giveaways. As with most end of year articles, here’s a roundup of popular posts and many of the free downloads from 2014. What Are You Going to Do?

5 Tips to Make Rapid E-Learning Interactive

Rapid eLearning

When building rapid elearning with PowerPoint it can be a challenge to get away from linear courses. The good thing is that PowerPoint isn’t limited to linear elearning. Building interactive elearning is just a matter of learning a few techniques. Download: free PowerPoint template and practice file. Tutorial: learn to build the overhead office interaction.

5 Free Online Image Editors for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, we looked at five free desktop image editors. Here are a couple of additional free desktop applications shared by some blog readers. A challenge with free software is that sometimes your organization isn’t comfortable with you downloading and installing applications that aren’t approved. As you can see, there are plenty of options for free graphics editing.

Top 25 Rapid eLearning Blog Posts

Upside Learning

I have been involved with Rapid eLearning Projects at Upside and also creation of our own Rapid Authoring Framework that sits in our LMS (UpsideLMS). Naturally I do a lot of sifting around Rapid eLearning. These posts cover varied topics around rapid eLearning including authoring tools, effective techniques, and decision considerations.

How to Create a Rapid E-Learning Tab in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

And that’s a pretty powerful feature, especially for rapid elearning developers. There are a number of features I use quite a bit when it comes to building elearning courses. My Favorite Rapid E-Learning Features. This is especially true if you build rapid elearning courses. Create Engaging and Interactive eLearning with a Simple Design Model.

Over 75 Free Rapid E-Learning Resources

Rapid eLearning

The other day this guy asked me how to develop color schemes for his rapid elearning courses. I shared some of the tools that I use for color schemes in previous posts like this one on creating your own rapid elearning PowerPoint template. Also, here’s a link to the 200 free rapid elearning tutorials I posted a while back. It’s free and works great.

How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning. The more courses they create, the more they realize they need to craft better learning experiences. I call this the rapid elearning story because it’s a story many people relate to. It’s also a great framework for learning to build courses. Couple this with learning how to use the software.

7 Secrets to Getting the Graphics You Need for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

It’s always so much fun getting to meet the blog readers and learning more about what people do in the real world. Two things always stand out during these trips: There is no one way to do elearning. Some people build courses, some create marketing material, and some use the rapid elearning software to create multimedia information. Microsoft Provides Free Resources.

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Starting with PowerPoint 2007, there are many features that make the rapid elearning process much more efficient. I detailed some of those features in this post on why PowerPoint 2007 helps you build better elearning. I can’t cover everything in a single post, so I am going to share five of the features I use most when creating elearning content with PowerPoint 2010.

Four Essential Tips for the Rapid E-Learning Pro

Rapid eLearning

PowerPoint’s a great authoring environment for elearning. If you can step away from the “bullet point” mindset and all of the complaints, you’ll see that PowerPoint’s got a lot to offer those who build elearning courses. With a rapid elearning tool, you’re using PowerPoint’s easy authoring environment to create Flash movies. Click here to learn more. Blank screen.

Do You Know the Answers to These Rapid E-Learning Questions?

Rapid eLearning

Recently I participated in an interview-style webinar for the E-Learning Guild. Today we’ll look at the rapid elearning questions. What is Rapid E-Learning? In fact, I became a fan of the rapid authoring tools because they let me do much of the work myself. So for them elearning was an all or nothing proposition. This is good. Tidbits.

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3 Popular Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools – When to Use What

CommLab India

The use of e-learning authoring tools depends on the training need, complexity of the course, delivery platform – online or on mobiles – timelines, budget, and other factors. With a host of e-learning authoring tools available, choosing the apt authoring tool for your business requirement is not an easy task. Learning Technology rapid authoring tools

Three Time-Saving Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

Last week I shared a free PowerPoint template that was inspired by the iPad’s notebook app. If not, check out some of the other free templates that are available in the Elearning Heroes community. To learn more check out the tutorial below. David and I are presenting I’ll Take My Rapid E-Learning to Go and Going from “Immobile” to “I’m Mobile” Learning.

Are You Getting the Most Value Out of Your Rapid E-Learning Tools?

Rapid eLearning

While the application is versatile and great for elearning, many people still struggle to get past the PowerPoint look because the features are designed to encourage the use of the templates. The key is to learn to see the features from a different perspective. But when you want to build “regular” elearning, then you use something else. They’re Just Tools That Build Multimedia.

4 Factors to Consider When Outsourcing the Creation of Rapid E-Learning

CommLab India

Do you have tight timelines for e-learning development? Dot you lack expertise in e-learning authoring tools? Then it’s time for you to think about outsourcing the development of rapid e-learning. What is rapid e-learning? Rapid e-learning is the production of e-learning swiftly without using complicated software.

Free Microlearning Template

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a free microlearning template I created for a workshop on interactive e-learning. Example of Free Microlearning Template. How to Edit the Free Microlearning Template. Download the free microlearning template here. Look at the free file to see what is triggered by the cue point. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Want more cards?

5 Essential Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

A manager I know works for a multibillion dollar company that has its own elearning group. However, when she needs to train her staff of about 200, she has no access to the elearning group’s resources. Without rapid elearning tools, she’d be hard pressed to offer her team the benefits of online learning. Change Your Presentation Template to an E-Learning Template.

The Most Practical Rapid E-Learning Tips from 2012

Rapid eLearning

I’m always sensitive to the elearning developers who have to work with limited resources and usually by themselves. This year’s 2012 wrap up post features the tips & tricks shared during the past year that can be applied to your elearning courses right away. Rapid E-Learning Tips & Tricks. FAQ: How Do You Manage the Graphics in Your E-Learning Course?

Create Free Icons and Images in PowerPoint Using Dingbat Fonts

Rapid eLearning

In the e-learning community, a number of people shared free icons and shapes. And they’re great for your courses, so make sure to take advantage of all of those free resources. Looking at the free icons reminded me of simple trick we show in our PowerPoint workshops. Convert Dingbat Fonts to Free Vector Images. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

4 Reasons Articulate Storyline is the Preferred Choice for Rapid E-Learning Outsourcing

CommLab India

Do you need extensive customization, quick results, courses that reflect your branding, and shorter turnaround times in e-learning course development? Here are four concrete reasons to ask your e-learning outsourcing partner to develop courses using Articulate Storyline. Building multiple interactive elements is the key to learner engagement in online learning.

Raptivity Presenting on M-Learning at eLearning Africa 2012 in Benin

Raptivity

Raptivity, the award-winning software for creating rapid e-Learning interactivities is speaking at eLearning Africa conference in Benin. Manager – Business Development of Harbinger Knowledge Products will be presenting on the topic “Interactivity Paradigm shifts to Mobile Learning” [.]. Vinod Ganjoo, Sr.

Here’s a Free Application to Help with Tutorials & Screencast Videos

Rapid eLearning

It’s a fairly easy to use and it’s free. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Want to learn to build courses with the right look & feel? Come by the booth at Learning Solutions and say hello. Free E-Learning Resources.

Free Flip Card Interaction

Rapid eLearning

A great way to learn to use the elearning software you have is to create small interactions. That’s one of the reasons I like and promote the weekly elearning challenges. They provide a mechanism to quickly build prototypes to play around with ideas and learn new production techniques. Download file for the free flip card interaction. Free download.

7 Simple Rapid E-Learning Tips & Free PowerPoint Template

Rapid eLearning

To keep things organized, create a consistent process by which you manage your folders and elearning assets. It’s free and makes resizing and converting your images super easy. You don’t really need the highest resolution for your elearning courses. It’s always easy to remember what you’re doing when the elearning project is current. So if you’re interested, let me know.

6 Trends in Rapid eLearning Tools to watch in 2012

mLearning Revolution

Since it’s still January and people are blogging about trends or predictions for the new year, I thought I’d share some areas I believe Rapid eLearning Vendors should focus on in 2012 in order to stay ahead of the curve or worse, have a small startup eat their lunch. If I were starting a company today building a Rapid eLearning tool, I would only focus on publishing to HTML5.

Free e-Learning books

eFront

> If you have read any of the following books I will highly appreciate if you share your opinion with the e-Learning community. => Here at CU Online, we believe in the power of online learning. Dunlap Learning 2.0 for Associations by Jeff Cobb (Update 11/30/2010: suggested by Christopher Pappas ) “In Learning 2.0 e-Learning Practices - Editor: Prof.

The Truth About Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Rapid elearning tools generally fall into one of two groups: freeform and form-based authoring. Most rapid elearning courses use a combination of form-based modules and PowerPoint. In recent posts, I’ve shown how to use it to build graphics as well as interactive elearning. Here’s what’s true about PowerPoint and rapid elearning. Don’t believe me?

A Simple Roadmap to Better Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of questions about how to get started with building e-learning courses. I’m also a big advocate of participating in your learning community to build relationships and improve your skills. However, in today’s post I want to introduce a simple framework to help develop your elearning skills. Let’s start with what I like to call the “Rapid E-Learning Story.”.

Rapid E-Learning Workshop: How to Create a Tabbed Notebook

Rapid eLearning

In this case, it’s a tutorial that I created over two years ago after a rapid elearning workshop I had given. But the focus is really on learning some core rapid elearning tips when working with PowerPoint. Click here to view the rapid elearning workshop. Learn to use PowerPoint hyperlinks. For some reason, I never ended up posting it.

80 Free Stock Images Perfect for E-learning

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post I shared some free stock images via Unsplash. They’re free for commercial use. Just like Unsplash, they’re free to use and distribute via a public domain license. I resized the images to make the download smaller, but they’re still around 2700×1800—more than enough for your elearning courses. Use Storyline to Build Interactive E-Learning.

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How to Create Animated.GIFs for Free

Rapid eLearning

And here’s an easy way to create them for free. Create Animated.GIFs for Free with Screen2Gif. Screen2Gif is a free open source application available here for download. You can play around with the DPI settings as well; but you should probably learn more about DPI and how it relates to images. Animated GIF Example for E-Learning. Want to learn more?

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Free E-Learning Scenario Images

Rapid eLearning

Here are some scenario background images that are great for your next interactive branched e-learning scenario course. These backgrounds go really well with the illustrated characters that come with the Articulate applications or those you may find at some of the free vector image sites. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Learning Solutions. Want to learn more?

Over 60 Free Stock Images

Rapid eLearning

Now that Microsoft’s quit providing free clip art and free stock images many of you are scrambling to get hold of free resources to use for your elearning and training development. Download Free Stock Images. In a previous post I shared 45 free stock images via the Unsplash site. Since the images are free to distribute based on the CC 4.0

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Dozens of Free Dingbat Fonts for Commercial Use

Rapid eLearning

In an earlier post, we looked at how to convert dingbat and wingding fonts into vector images that you can use in your e-learning courses and presentations. I reviewed a bunch of the free fonts and tried to sort to the those that are free for commercial use. Also, most of the free font sites have an assortment of these fonts. Free Faces & Character Fonts.