Instructional Design is Not Dead!
MARCH 23, 2017
Despite rumors to the contrary, Instructional Design is not dead. . You may have noticed the many articles and blog posts stating that instructional design is dead, and by extension, so is the role of Instructional Designer. The role of the instructional designer has never been more alive and exciting. ” First – rude. . Be Steve!
30+ Ideas for eLearning Portfolio Samples
JULY 14, 2016
What if you can’t use any samples of your existing work due to confidentiality or security requirements? For example, the Instructional Designer or eLearning Developer demo in my portfolio is based on an activity I originally created for a health care client. For portfolio samples, you don’t generally need to create a full-blown, 60 minute course.
8 Questions to Answer for Impressive PowerPoint Presentations
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Before I developed a huge passion for presentations and visual communications, I worked as an instructional designer for telecommunications courseware. When I started my business as a presentation professional, I realized that designing and developing effective, impactful, and impressive PowerPoint presentations was easier when I applied basics I had used in instructional design.
5 Essential PowerPoint Add-Ins
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Microsoft PowerPoint can do so many things very well on its own, but don’t underestimate the power of PowerPoint add-Ins and the productivity it can bring to your development, teaching, and designing. You are not using PowerPoint to its fullest potential without using Add-Ins. The post 5 Essential PowerPoint Add-Ins appeared first on eLearning Brothers.
How to Customize Illustrations in PowerPoint
APRIL 26, 2016
In this post we’ll look at an easy way to customize illustration in PowerPoint, since it’s a tool most of us have and it’s easy to do. Finding the Right Illustrations in PowerPoint & E-Learning. For example, in the images above, the backgrounds would be perfect for elearning scenarios. How to Edit Vector Illustrations in PowerPoint. EPS or.AI
How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint
APRIL 24, 2014
Having a solid foundation in PowerPoint is a must when using rapid content authoring tools to create online learning. Many rapid content authoring tools are either based on or an add-on to PowerPoint (PPT), including: Adobe Captivate, Articulate Presenter, iSpring Presenter, Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, as well as Digitec’s own Direct-to-WEB. Example. Don’t.
Over 30 Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
There are 16 free PowerPoint templates and 15 free Storyline templates. Free PowerPoint Templates. Here are a bunch of free PowerPoint templates. They run the range of click and reveal activities to interactive quiz examples. Just like the PowerPoint templates, feel free to download them and customize them to meet your needs. Punchy Tab Template. Download. Demo.
“The Medium is the Message”: An Instructional Design Perspective
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
This may sound like the musings of a recovering academic, but McLuhan’s insights into modern media have important implications for instructional design. The heart of this argument is distilled and applied to an instructional design context in Brenda Enders ’ Manager’s Guide to Mobile Learning. PowerPoint is simply not built to address either of these concerns.
MARCH 18, 2014
Job Title: Instructional Designer. Job Category: eLearning, software, instructional design, training, education. Digitec Interactive is looking for an Instructional Designer to work with our production team in Orlando, Florida. The candidate will report to a project manager and perform instructional design tasks, following the ISD process to design and write e-learning modules, courses, and game-based learning experiences. Write design strategy documents and script/storyboards. Status: Fulltime. Job Description.
Top Instructional Design Tips
OCTOBER 20, 2015
At a recent workshop I was asked to put together a post with some of my top instructional design tips. Of course, over the past 8 years most of the posts are littered with various tips related to instructional design. Instructional Design Tips. Here’s a list of blog posts related to instructional design. Instructional Techniques.
PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?” But whereas PowerPoint tends to progress linearly from one slide to the next in a fixed sequence, Prezi uses “paths” to move between content by zooming out to reveal a big-picture overview, or zooming in to show details. What do we want to use the program for?”. Read on to see why.
Free PowerPoint Template: Tabs Interaction
DECEMBER 22, 2015
At a recent workshop I showed the difference between creating interactive elearning in PowerPoint and Storyline. Following is the free PowerPoint template and the corresponding Storyline version. Free PowerPoint Template. Click here to download the free PowerPoint templates. Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs.
No, I Won’t “Tweak” Your PowerPoint Slides
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
She and I spoke briefly once when she was looking for a pool of instructional designers to call on for specific projects, but we haven’t worked together yet. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s never worked with any instructional designers before. ” “What do you mean by ‘actual analysis and instructional design’?”
Why PowerPoint Isn’t the Right Choice for Interactive E-Learning
DECEMBER 8, 2015
If you follow this blog then you know that I’m a big fan of PowerPoint. But is PowerPoint the best option if you want to create interactive elearning? Here’s What Makes PowerPoint Special. Just so you know that this isn’t just another trendy PowerPoint bashing post, I’m starting with some of the cool things you can do with PowerPoint.
Instructional Design Tip: How to Simplify Instruction
OCTOBER 4, 2016
This instructional design tip focuses on how to simplify and chunk content in complex training courses. Essentially, instructional design is about crafting a viable learning experience. Instructional Design Tip: Break Your Content into Chunks. Below is an example from a previous project that may inspire some ideas for your own courses. SOLD OUT.
Free PowerPoint Template: Circle Lift
JULY 28, 2015
Here’s another free PowerPoint template that you’re free to use in your online training courses. I designed the files for a workshop on building some interactive timelines, however it can be used for anything. See the Free PowerPoint Template in Action. Below is an example of the free PowerPoint template without any content in it. Enjoy!
How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint
JUNE 16, 2015
In this post we’ll explore how to edit free vector images in PowerPoint. However, if you get the image in.EPS format you may be able to edit the free vector images in PowerPoint. If the free vector image is in.EPS format you may be able to edit it in PowerPoint. How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint. Freebies Graphics PowerPoint TutorialsSOLD OUT.
Free E-Learning & PowerPoint Template
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
A few weeks ago I shared an elearning example I created for an elearning workshop. Many of you requested a template based on the example so here it is. There’s a PowerPoint version and one for Articulate Storyline 2 that offers a lot more interactivity. Click here to view the elearning example. PowerPoint is generally a linear presentation product. That’s OK.
Cool Interactive Video Example for E-Learning
AUGUST 16, 2016
Earlier I shared a nice example of a gamified elearning course. Today I’d like to share a really neat example of an interactive video scenario. This example comes via the fine folks at SpongeUk who do some really cool work and said I can share it. View the Interactive Video Example. It’s a clean design and novel. Kudos to the folks at SpongeUK.
SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers
MARCH 18, 2013
PowerPoints, documents, graphs, charts…do you really have to review all this? In many cases, it may be easier for the SME to respond to something you’ve written rather than to start from scratch, so draft up potential scenarios and activities as examples for the SME and let them revise and refine. Pam Kelly Instructional Design Director at Digitec Interactive.
Check Out This Gamified E-Learning Example
AUGUST 2, 2016
Gamified E-Learning Example. Key Points of Gamified E-Learning Example. Use of gate screen to provide starting instructions. One of the best ways to build better elearning is by looking at different examples , deconstruct them, and then apply what you learn to your own courses. What do you like about this elearning example? Check out the course below. SOLD OUT.
Here Are Some Cool E-Learning Examples
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Reviewing elearning examples is a great way to learn. Here are some really nice elearning examples that I’ve seen in the community recently. E-Learning Example: Hero Land. Click to view the elearning example. This is one of the slickest demos I’ve seen in a while and an excellent example of what you can create with the authoring tools. Characters?
Effective Instructional Graphics in eLearning
MAY 22, 2015
Instructional graphics are great training aids and can make the difference between a so-so course and a great course. The true test of an instructional graphic: Can we look it and understand the concept without reading the supporting text? The challenge is, to create effective instructional graphics can be time consuming and costly. Lets take a quick look.
Here Are Two Cool PowerPoint Tips When Building Templates
JUNE 28, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, Creative Markets, gave away this PowerPoint template. I created a PowerPoint tutorial that goes through both tips in more detail. PowerPoint Tip: Use Pattern Fills for Image Placeholders. In PowerPoint, we can create all sorts of master slide layouts and add a whole host of placeholders. It allows me to find new ways to do things. Very clever.
Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?
MARCH 28, 2014
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.
More Than 30 Drag and Drop Examples
JULY 5, 2016
Drag and Drop Examples. Design a Workspace. Drag and Drop Examples from Weekly Challenges. You can view the examples submitted in the comments section of the challenge. If you have an example of a drag and drop that you’ve created using Storyline feel free to share it via the comments link. Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.
3 Articulate Storyline E-learning Samples
OCTOBER 28, 2016
Its PowerPoint-like interface and many built-in features make it easy to use. This eliminates the need to have prior experience in using the software, especially for instructional designers. In this blog, we will explore the features that have made this tool a favorite of developers and discuss some sample e-learning courses developed using the articulate storyline tool.
Another Free PowerPoint Template & Learning Interaction
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
I used a flat UI design for the learning interaction. Example of the Learning Interaction. Here’s an example of the learning interaction combined with the previous template. Free template: PowerPoint learning interaction. PowerPoint with the assets: so you can modify them if you want. E-Learning Jobs: Training, elearning, and instructional design jobs.
A Step by Step Guide to Convert PowerPoint Presentations to E-learning
JANUARY 12, 2017
Start converting your existing PowerPoint presentations used in classroom training sessions to e-learning courses pepping them with animations, audio, interactivities, and assessments. Identify all the PowerPoint presentations you want to convert to e-learning and place them in a folder. Formulate Instructional, Visual, and Audio Strategies and Decide the Interaction Level.
8 eLearning Quiz Design Tips
APRIL 1, 2016
You probably didn’t picture something like this: Well, that’s the quiz eLearning great, Jackie Van Nice , designed for an Articulate Heroes Weekly Challenge on Spelling Bees and Interactive Vocabulary Quizzes. Let’s dissect this quiz and see if there’s anything we can learn from it to apply to our own designs. Here are the 10 things I like best about Jackie’s design: 1.
Learning Interactions in PowerPoint: Add Engagement to Instructor-Led Training
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
JANUARY 27, 2014
e-Learning course designers have traditionally turned to traditional classroom instruction for insights in instructional design. Now with a couple of decades experience of e-learning, classroom instruction can incorporate some of the best practices in e-learning. The use of learning interactions is one such example. Since PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used presentation tools, I will limit my comments to a typical PowerPoint presentation here. This free tool installs a menu for interactions inside PowerPoint.
How to Create an Interactive Image Template
AUGUST 18, 2015
This is a great solution for those who don’t have graphic design skills or access to a graphic designer. Interactive Image Example. As a bonus, I used the same image to create a free PowerPoint template. New Zoom Office PowerPoint template. IDD@UGA: Conference for Instructional Designers & Learning Professionals. Original source file.
Straight PowerPoint Conversion?
APRIL 5, 2012
The promise of PowerPoint conversion tools is that you can take existing content and turn it into e-learning in just a few clicks. Here are three reasons why a straight conversion of existing PowerPoint slides might be a bad idea—and what you can do about it. Without that presenter, you lose much of your material, especially the stories, examples, and interactions that help that information come alive. PowerPoint is used for all sorts of things: visual aids to support presenters, handouts, reports, speaker’s notes, etc. None of these are the same as e-learning.
Create an Interactive Course Using a Single Image
AUGUST 4, 2015
Below is an example of the template in action. The example above was created in Storyline 2 and uses the zoom region feature and triggers to pause the timeline. Here are additional published examples: Storyline 1 (less specific control of the zoom feature). PowerPoint (no zoom). If you had access to a graphics designer you could create anything you want. Enjoy!