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.
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.
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.
Best PowerPoint Tutorials for E-learning
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
When we started this blog in 2007, PowerPoint-based elearning was all the rage, and for good reason. Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn’t as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. It’s something I shared in this blog post on why PowerPoint isn’t the right tool for interactive elearning. Top PowerPoint Tips.
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.
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. Tell,
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.
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.
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.
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’?”
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.
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. 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. Updated agenda.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Two Cool PowerPoint Tips When Building Templates
JUNE 28, 2016
couple of weeks ago, Creative Markets, gave away this PowerPoint template. 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. learning Graphics PowerPoint Templates Tutorials Uncategorized
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.
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.
Another Free PowerPoint Template & Learning Interaction
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
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. Learning Jobs: Training, elearning, and instructional design jobs.
Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?
Dawn of Learning
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.
PowerPoint for Courseware Development
JULY 17, 2014
Despite the many naysayers, PowerPoint is a fine place to start with eLearning development – whether the ultimate goal is to just convert those presentations to actual courseware or to use the deck as an initial storyboard for further development with more substantial tools like Storyline or Captivate (or any of the other plethora of eLearning tools). PowerPoint has a place in eLearning development. I’ve worked with hundreds of PPT files over the years, from standard presentations to pre-production storyboards to ILT conversion. avoid mixing clip art and phto-quality images).
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.
Forget Photoshop, PowerPoint 2010 Rocks for AHA-G!
OCTOBER 18, 2010
However, I will admit that I have been using PowerPoint ever since I got into e-learning, and have interestingly never stopped loving it, especially in mashing up graphics (Although, PowerPoint can be frustrating at times). But, most educators are not graphic designers, and want to simply develop cool/relevant graphics to spice up, or enhance their websites (e.g. FORGET IT !
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. The 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.
I’m Glad Millennials Scare Learning and Development
JULY 13, 2016
The winners of ATD’s BEST awards and the eLearning Guild’s DemoFest are great examples. But I think it’s pretty safe to say that for every shining example there are several more that haven’t kept up. Organizations have been able to keep using dull manuals, droning narrated PowerPoints, and old videos because they’ve been sufficient. What I discovered surprised me.
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. 1. Without that presenter, you lose much of your material, especially the stories, examples, and interactions that help that information come alive. 2. PowerPoint is used for all sorts of things: visual aids to support presenters, handouts, reports, speaker’s notes, etc. Can they truly stand alone?
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. Thanks.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers
JANUARY 7, 2008
Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, January 07, 2008 The Value of Instructional Designers Ive been having on ongoing conversation with other instructional designers as to whether or not we need to have the technical skill sets to actually build the courses we design. Lots of steps?
Free eLearning resource screen template and tutorial
MARCH 17, 2016
thought we’d just jump right into how I built the design of the free resource template. There are four steps to designing the resource page: 1. Design a background. design my backgrounds in PowerPoint, then import them into whatever authoring tool I need. Here’s a quick lesson on how I designed the giveaway file using only PowerPoint and shapes. 2.
Front-End Analysis: Improving Performance
JULY 25, 2012
As I am straddling the line between performance improvement and instructional design, I have been mulling over the use of Front-End Analysis and thinking about whether it would apply to the performance problems that we so often see associated with implementing ERP systems. Intervention selection and design. The gap is closed by designing the appropriate intervention.
Free PowerPoint Template
JANUARY 16, 2012
We thought it would be nice to start the New Year by sharing with you a sample PowerPoint Template…for FREE. Free PowerPoint Template. eLearning Featured Freebies PowerPoint Twitter Feed freebies Instructional Design Tips powerpoint TemplatesThat’s right, click the link below to go to our eLearning Templates website and download this free template.
How To: Creating the Mindflash Example Course
APRIL 29, 2015
Many customers have reached out to Mindflash recently asking how we created our Mindflash Example Courses so we decided to put together a blog post to share the steps we followed. Click here to see some examples of sound diffusers and sound treatment options. used PowerPoint with animations to achieve this. Voice Overs and Screen Captures. Audio: Microphones. Zoom H4n.