Tim Slade

I’m Writing a Second Edition of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook!

Tim Slade

It was nearly five years ago when I started thinking about writing a book to share everything I knew about designing and developing eLearning. At the time, the mear thought of writing my own book seemed like an enormous task, and it was! In fact, it wasn’t my first time working on a book.

4 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning

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How to Design Performance-Based eLearning Interactions

Tim Slade

One of the most important lessons I learned when I first started designing and developing eLearning courses was the importance of building performance-based eLearning interactions. However, this wasn’t a lesson I learned quickly. When I first started as an eLearning designer, I remember being constantly reminded of the importance of making my eLearning content interactive. I was told that interactive eLearning equaled engaging eLearning.

The 5 Types of Subject Matter Experts & How to Deal With Them

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Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

Let’s Stop Asking These 3 Questions About eLearning

Tim Slade

As I’ve been working within the eLearning industry over the last 10 years or so, I’ve realized there are some questions about eLearning we should stop asking. And I’m serious! We should take them out back and bury them never to be found again! What are these “questions about eLearning” I’m talking about? Well, they’re questions that, when asked and answered, usually results in lousy learning experiences and undesirable performance outcomes.

What Are The Benefits of Drafting an eLearning Storyboard?

Tim Slade

When you’re in the early stages of designing and developing an eLearning course, you may wonder whether or not you should spend the time drafting an eLearning storyboard. After all, when you’re strapped for time, you may wonder whether the benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard outweighs the time required. While there are some instances when you may consider jumping straight into development, I’ve always found the process of drafting a storyboard to be beneficial.

3 Tips for Designing Blended Learning

Tim Slade

Any time I start work on a new learning project, someone always asks me how I think the learning content should be delivered. Should it be an eLearning course or instructor-led training? Should it be a how-to video or job aid? And while these questions are important to answer, my response is always the same: Why does it have to be one or the other? Why don’t we try designing blended learning?

Snagit 2020: It’s More Than Simple Screenshots

Tim Slade

If you’re an eLearning or instructional designer, there are some tools that you use almost every single day without even thinking about it. For me, Snagit happens to be one of these tools. Whether I need to capture a quick screenshot or record a quick video, Snagit is always there when I need it, and it does its job with no fuss. But, I have to be honest: it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the real power and versatility Snagit has to offer.

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When Should You Avoid eLearning?

Tim Slade

9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

How to Collect Your eLearning Content

Tim Slade

When you’re starting the design and development of an eLearning course, it’s usually a good idea to start with a storyboard. But first, before you can start writing a single word, you need to collect your eLearning content! If you’re new to eLearning, one misconception that you may have is that your subject matter experts will provide you all of the content you need to create your course.

How to Remove Nice-To-Know Information From Your eLearning

Tim Slade

When you’re starting work on an eLearning project, it’s not always clear what information should and should not be included in your eLearning course. How can you separate nice-to-know information from must-know information, especially when it’s a topic or process you aren’t familiar with? While you might assume your subject matter experts will help you with this, don’t hold your breath!

Here’s How I Became a Full-Time Freelance eLearning Designer

Tim Slade

Earlier this year, I shared with you that I made the transition into becoming a full-time freelance eLearning designer. And while I’ve been freelancing during my nights and weekends for the past several years, it has always been my long-term goal to make it my full-time gig—and trust me, it took a long time and a lot of work to make it happen!

When Training Is NOT The Answer

Tim Slade

Whether you’re an instructional designer, an eLearning designer, or just an everyday learning professional, a crucial part of your job is understanding when training is not the answer. It’s easy to get bogged down with the endless number of training requests that get thrown your way from your stakeholders and subject matter experts. The truth is, it doesn’t take a lot for a stakeholder to see the slightest drop in performance and conclude that “training will fix this issue!”

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Check Out My New ATD Advice Column: Ask a Trainer!

Tim Slade

What do you do if a learner falls asleep in your class or (even worse) storms out halfway through? How do you navigate working with unresponsive SMEs or with business leaders whose training needs keep changing? The truth is, the training industry is full of these challenging questions but is often short on answers. And that’s why I am so excited to be partnering with ATD on a new advice column, Ask a Trainer. What is Ask a Trainer?

5 Things You Should Always Include in an eLearning Storyboard

Tim Slade

Whenever I’m starting work on a new eLearning project, I always like to start my design process by drafting an eLearning storyboard. Not only are storyboards great for helping you organize your content, but they can also help you validate your learning content with your subject matter experts before you invest a large number of hours developing your course.

How to Conduct an eLearning Needs Analysis

Tim Slade

When starting a new eLearning project, it’s easy to jump right in and start designing the course. However, it’s important to take a step back and determine what exactly your eLearning course is attempting to accomplish; or better yet, whether or not an eLearning course is needed at all! This is where an eLearning needs analysis comes into play. While conducting an eLearning needs analysis might seem like some arduous process, it’s actually pretty straightforward.

What Skills Do You Need to Be an eLearning Designer?

Tim Slade

For those looking to get into the world of eLearning, it’s easy to assume that the number one skill you need to possess is instructional design. And while instructional design does play a critical role in being a successful eLearning designer, there many more skills required to design eLearning content that is effective and engaging.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Graphic Design Books for New eLearning Designers

Tim Slade

A few weeks ago, I posted an article, sharing my top four instructional design books for new eLearning designers. I was shocked by the number of responses I received from folks, sharing their favorite books. Well, for this week, I thought I would continue the trend and share my favorite graphic design books for new eLearning designers. Graphic design is one of those topics and skills that a lot of new (and experienced) eLearning designers struggle to master.

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3 Tips for Importing PowerPoint Slides Into Storyline

Tim Slade

One of the great features of Articulate Storyline is the ability to import slides from PowerPoint. However, Storyline doesn’t always import your slides properly. Depending on what features (animations, slide transitions, SmartArt, etc.) you use in PowerPoint, they may or may not import properly into Storyline. Check out this post and video for three tips for importing PowerPoint slides into Storyline. Tip #1: Check Your Slide Size.

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3 Simple Tips for Using Articulate Storyline for Newbies

Tim Slade

When you’re new to using Articulate Storyline, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to master all of the features needed to build your eLearning course. This is especially true, not only when you’re juggling your learning content, but also when you’re trying to figure out how to use triggers, slide layers, states, variables and the many other features in Storyline. However, sometimes it’s the simple tips that can help you save both time and headaches.

3 New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful eLearning Career

Tim Slade

While the New Year’s is a great time to set some personal resolutions, it’s also a good idea to add some professional resolutions to your list. Whether you’re looking for a new job, more clients, a promotion, or to simply become a better eLearning designer; in this post, I’ll share three resolutions you should consider adding to your list for a successful eLearning career in the new year. Build or Update Your Online eLearning Portfolio.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Check Out My New Online Courses New eLearning Designers!

Tim Slade

Last year, when I published The eLearning Designer’s Handbook , I decided at the last minute (about a week before the book went live ) to build a companion online course: Getting Started with The eLearning Development Process. While the decision to build this online course was totally spontaneous, I knew it was something that I eventually wanted to do longterm: to design and offer online courses for new eLearning designers.

5 Tips for Elevating Your eLearning Career

Tim Slade

If you’ve been working in the eLearning industry for any amount of time, you know that we work in an industry that is continually evolving and growing. For that sake of your eLearning career, it’s more important than ever to stay current and competitive! Here are five simple tips for elevating your eLearning career. Speak at an eLearning Conference. One of the best ways to elevate your eLearning career is to start speaking at various eLearning conferences.

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What Are Your eLearning Pet Peeves? Here Are Mine!

Tim Slade

I spend a lot of time here on my blog, on my free webinars , in my books , at work, and at conferences talking about what makes good eLearning. However, I rarely “flip the script” and talk about what makes lousy eLearning. Over the years, I’ve realized I have a few pet peeves when it comes to eLearning design, and when I encounter them, they make my skin crawl! So, I thought it would be interesting to share my top three eLearning pet peeves and ask you to share yours!

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Check Out My New eLearning Portfolio

Tim Slade

When I decided a few months ago to redesign TimSlade.com and become a full-time freelance eLearning designer , I knew that I would need to invest a significant amount of time updating and designing a new eLearning portfolio. This is not to say that I didn’t have an eLearning portfolio previously; it was just severely outdated and didn’t showcase my best work.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

3 Misconceptions About eLearning That Most People Get Wrong

Tim Slade

Whenever I’m at a conference, at work, or online, I often find myself interacting with folks that have a lot of misconceptions about eLearning. Usually, these misconceptions “show” themselves when someone is trying to explain why eLearning isn’t effective, or when someone has a very narrow idea of what eLearning should look like. The truth is these misconceptions about eLearning stem from an individual’s’ inexperience or fear of eLearning.

8 Visual Design Mistakes to Avoid When Developing eLearning

Tim Slade

When developing an eLearning course, it’s easy to put all of your focus towards the instructional design aspects of the course. And while instructional design is a vital component to the effectiveness of an eLearning course, other elements can either help elevate your course content or detract from it. One of these elements includes visual design. When you’re new to eLearning, it’s easy to make some fundamental visual design mistakes when creating a course.

2019 Year in Review

Tim Slade

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already coming to an end! And while I have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of this year, the truth is, I’ve never been good about reflecting on the past. Once I finish something, I’m already thinking about the next thing and the next thing after that. This is something I want to change this year. I want to take a moment and reflect on all that I accomplished and thank those who helped make it possible.

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My Favorite Instructional Design Books for New eLearning Designers

Tim Slade

When you’re new to eLearning, you might find yourself spending a lot of time learning how to use your very first eLearning authoring tool or how to design your slides. In fact, you can get so distracted trying to master these things, that it becomes all too easy to forget the importance of also mastering your instructional design skills! And one of the best ways to master this skill is to check out some of the great instructional design books available.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.