5 Tips to Make Rapid E-Learning Interactive

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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.

5 Free Online Image Editors for Rapid E-Learning

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My guess is the Polaroid frame would work well with some elearning screens. If you’re interested in learning more, you can add your name to this link and we’ll update you when more information is available. Louis (ASTD). Rapid E-Learning Workshop.

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Want to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro? Then Check Out All of These PowerPoint Tips

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They include tips on creating custom graphics, assembly of interactive elearning, and getting more out PowerPoint’s features. Tips on Creating Rapid E-Learning Courses in PowerPoint. Building an elearning course with PowerPoint is not the same as building a presentation.

How to Create a Rapid E-Learning Tab in PowerPoint

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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. 2012 Calendar.

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

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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. If you’re building rapid elearning courses, then most likely you’re using PowerPoint.

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

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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. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar.

The Most Practical Rapid E-Learning Tips from 2012

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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.

A Year’s Worth of Free E-Learning Assets

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The good thing is that it looks like 2012 will be a good year. Although sometime in June, you may want to break out the DVD player and watch 2012. To ease your burden, I put together a list of all of the posts from 2011 where I shared free elearning assets. Louis (ASTD).

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Are You Qualified to Build E-Learning Courses?

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In a recent post I made this comment about rapid elearning tools: Rapid elearning played a role in the evolution of elearning mostly because it took course creation out of the hands of a few programmers and placed it into the hands of anyone who wanted to create a course.

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More Answers to Your Rapid E-Learning Questions

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Where can I get free elearning assets? You don’t need print-quality images for elearning courses. Download the free assets from the elearning community. At a recent conference you said we should learn to scrounge for assets. 7 Simple Rapid E-Learning Tips.

How to Find Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates

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And then many organizations force draconian template rules on all elearning courses, regardless of their purpose. Of course this was disastrous when it came to some of our elearning courses. A good template can fill in the gaps for the novice elearning developer.

The Guiding Principle for all Rapid E-Learners

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Typically elearning courses start from existing content. The guiding principle for rapid elearning design is to be intentional. Many elearning courses start as classroom content that needs to be converted and put online. This has opened the doors to do more with elearning.

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5 Free Desktop Image Editors for E-Learning

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I’m always asked what skills a rapid elearning designer should have. It’s relatively inexpensive and should be able to do what most people need for elearning. It does most of what you expect from a graphics editor and is more than capable to handle all of your elearning needs.

How Can Infographics Produce Better E-Learning Courses?

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There are many parallels between infographics and elearning. That’s very similar to what we do when our subject matter expert hands us a 300-slide PowerPoint file to be converted to an elearning course. What Does it Mean for Elearning? April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ).

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The Next Generation of E-Learning

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Rapid elearning played a role in the evolution of elearning mostly because it took course creation out of the hands of a few programmers and placed it into the hands of anyone who wanted to create a course. I see this as the democratization of elearning.

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How to Create a Learning Journal to Go with Your E-Learning Courses

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In an earlier post we looked at how to combine elearning with an on-the-job mentoring program. I received a lot of questions about the learning journal. The Value of a Learning Journal. Captures key learning points. Using a Learning Journal. Elearning Modules.

3 Ways to Make Your E-Learning Course Look Like a Comic Book

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And they work well for elearning courses. It’s that type of contrast that can hook your learners who might be bored with the standard-looking corporate elearning. A while back I shared how to be inspired by others and included links to two comic-style elearning courses.

Here’s a Bucketful of Free Office Themed E-Learning Templates & Media Assets

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I get a lot of questions about how to move past the PowerPoint look when building rapid elearning courses. They work because they’re generic and can fit the look required for a lot of corporate elearning. August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ).

Here’s a Simple Screencasting Tip That Will Save Time & Frustration

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Another challenge is that most screencasts are recorded at a higher resolution than used in the elearning courses. For example here’s a recent tweet about a free video converter and elearning & training jobs. April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). Rapid elearning workshop.

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How to Build an E-Learning Template in 30 Seconds

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This post on how to build an elearning template offers some good tips on where to look. I noted those areas that I could incorporate into an elearning course template. In the following image, you can see my mocked up screen and one way I could use it for an elearning course.

How to Create Interactive E-Learning

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There’s a lot to consider when it comes to building interactive elearning. The worst thing is having to take an elearning course that is completely meaningless. And many of us experience this type of irrelevant elearning. Build Engaging & Interactive Elearning Courses.

An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning

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Part of the discussion revolved around designing some simple scenario strategies to move the projects away from linear elearning and towards meaningful interactivity. As I’ve shared before, I like to use what I call the “3C model” to construct my scenarios or interactive elearning.

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How Google’s Designers Can Help You Build Better E-Learning

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It reminded me a lot of what we have to do when building elearning courses and it’s in line with many questions I get about elearning design during my workshops. Here are some things that relate to what we do in the world of elearning. E-learning in Healthcare.

A Simple PowerPoint Technique to Make Your E-Learning Courses Look Good

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I was helping someone the other day clean up a PowerPoint-based elearning course. However you design your elearning courses, it’s important that your intentional about what goes on the screen and how those objects are used. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ).

Quit Wasting Time Trying to Find the Right Look for Your E-Learning Courses

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It’s a great way to get past the bullet list of learning objectives that we often see in courses. I then did a follow up post on how to quickly find images for your elearning courses. Many aren’t intentional when it comes to the visual design of their elearning courses.

How Your Skills Can Change the World & Help Build a Professional Portfolio

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One of the most common complaints I hear from elearning developers is that they have to build the same types of courses over and over again. This can be stifling and in many ways retard your growth as an elearning developer. Volunteer to offer your expertise to Last Mile Learning.

How to Build an E-Learning Template with No Money Down

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A common frustration for many rapid elearning developers is wanting to build elearning courses that look good but not having the graphic design expertise or resources to make it happen. In a previous post we reviewed how to design an elearning course on a budget.

Let Others Inspire Your Interactive E-Learning. Here’s How.

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One of the best ways to learn to build better courses is to find some good examples, break them apart, and then try to build something similar. This way you get some hands-on practice, which is a lot more valuable than reading about interactive elearning. Louis (ASTD).

7 Free Handwritten Fonts for Your E-Learning Courses

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Surely that’s affordable for an elearning project. Permanent Marker This works great with the display templates that you can download in the elearning community. I guess I could start making more posters at home or elearning courses to teach my kids how to clean their rooms.

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You Need to Know These Seven Tips If You Build Graphics for E-Learning

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If you’re building elearning courses, then you should expect to have a graphics editing program as part of your tool chest. There’s even a good discussion about graphics applications in the elearning community. Learn to create shapes and then embellish them with colors, shadows, and dimension. Once you learn to use the drawing tools in your image editor you can create all sorts of custom graphics, even if all you have is PowerPoint. April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ).

Need to Combine E-Learning with Mentoring? Here’s a Simple Solution.

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Recently someone asked how to combine their mentoring program with elearning courses. However, there are a few challenges with this type of training and many are overcome by blending elearning content with the peer coaching. Much of the new person’s learning is dictated by the peer coach’s own work flow. Learning can be intimidating. The Value of E-Learning. That’s where elearning proves valuable. The Learning Journal. Louis (ASTD).

Avoid the Curse of the Frankencourse

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A while back I got an email from a blog reader who was excited about her first elearning project. In fact, her product was less elearning course more Rapid E-Learning Blog museum. And in a similar sense instead of looking like a single course, many elearning courses look like a bunch of courses cobbled together. Most rapid elearning tools are like Articulate Presenter and convert PowerPoint slides to Flash (and soon HTML5).

Here’s Some Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course

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During the year I conduct dozens of elearning workshops. I dedicate a large part of the workshop to graphic design because based on what I see, it’s an area that challenges many elearning developers. They’d make great backgrounds for all sorts of elearning courses.