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7 Ways to Create Characters for Your Online Training Courses

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In this post we’ll review seven ways to create characters for your online training courses. A Simple Way to Create Custom Callouts for Your Courses. October 7 & 8 : Dallas (ASTD). October 21 & 22 : Boston, MA.

9 Time Saving Tips When Building Courses

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At a recent workshop I was chatting with someone about simple ways to speed up course design. Start by thinking through the various screens common to elearning courses and then build the core structure. And there are many ways to do it, some covered in this post on course navigation.

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Free Images for Your Safety Training Courses

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October 7 & 8 : Dallas (ASTD). October 21 & 22 : Boston, MA. Download your free 46-page ebook: The Insider''s Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro The post Free Images for Your Safety Training Courses appeared first on The Rapid eLearning Blog

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.


How to Deal with Those Pesky Compliance Courses

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I always joke about how many times I’ve had to take a course on how not to receive bribes, yet I’ve never been in a job where I was important enough to be bribed. Most likely you’ve also had to take similar types of compliance courses. Don’t create a course.

Here’s the First Step When Building Interactive E-Learning Courses

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On past projects, many of my customers would ask for interactive elearning courses. When I asked them how they defined interactive elearning courses they’d usually list things like fancy mouseovers, drag-and-drop interactions, and a host of other ways to interact with the screen.

FAQ: How Do You Manage the Graphics in Your E-Learning Course?

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Today, we’ll look at how to manage the images used in elearning courses. Here are a few ideas: Be Consistent in How You Manage Course Files & Assets. To help alleviate that, I start each elearning course with a generic folder. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ).

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The Guiding Principle for all Rapid E-Learners

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Typically elearning courses start from existing content. And often that content dictates how the course is structured and how it looks. Everything you do while developing your course should be planned and exist for a reason. What will the course look like?

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How to Find Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates

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Often this forces us to use templates that don’t fit the context of the course content. 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.

More Answers to Your E-Learning Questions

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I don’t have a large budget or a lot of time, but I’d like to use more video in my courses. Once you have a video, it’s easy enough to add the video to your elearning courses and include interactive elements to create engaging and interactive video 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. And often they’re given little latitude in how the courses are designed. Build Engaging & Interactive Elearning Courses.

How to Create Interactive E-Learning

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Typically they begin with a lot of subject matter content and they’re not quite sure how to make the course interactive. The worst thing is having to take an elearning course that is completely meaningless. The easiest way to do this is to craft decision points in the course.

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.


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. April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). The first half we’ll look at some basic course design and in the second half we’ll learn to build interactive content.

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The Next Generation of E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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. The challenge for many people is having the assets to build elearning courses.


How to Build an E-Learning Template in 30 Seconds

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When building courses, many of you are in the role of instructional designer AND graphic designer. 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.


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. So building linear, info-centric courses tends to be an easier way to get the projects out the door. August 30 : Honolulu, HI ( ASTD Hawaii ). September 27: Boston, MA ( ADAPT ).

Avoid the Curse of the Frankencourse

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In fact, her product was less elearning course more Rapid E-Learning Blog museum. I mention this because something she did in her course was common to many of the courses I see. And in a similar sense instead of looking like a single course, many elearning courses look like a bunch of courses cobbled together. On the other hand it introduces some design challenges that you’ll need to consider when building your courses. July 31: Austin, TX (ASTD).

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. Start with a blank screen and then based on the context of the course, build the look and feel that’s appropriate for the content. August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ).

A Simple Approach to Interactive E-Learning

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In an earlier post we looked at how to build branched scenarios for interactive elearning courses. Most elearning courses have a critical path. With a linear elearning course it’s easy to stay on the critical path because all the learner does is move from one screen to the next.


Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007 Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit I want to incorporate a reading list for the next level of the 30-minute masters (taking a crash course in Instructional Design). Blooms Taxonmy, of course. And of course a nice link to that: [link] 7:32 AM Chris @ eQuixotic said. "Im ASTD Keynote: “People Lie&# Richard Hilleman Electr. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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How to Create an Interactive PowerPoint Elearning Module

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In a recent post we looked at ways to build interactive elearning even if using PowerPoint to build the courses. Use as many layouts as you need to build your course. That’s a big time saver, especially if you hand the course off to someone else to maintain.

An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning

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These decision-making activities are used to reinforce what you want her to practice and learn so that your courses have real-world impact. We don’t usually get immediate feedback, unless of course you stick a finger in a wall socket. July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD).


One Learning Designer's Look Back at 2012

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While I still work out of my home office in the Boston area, our office in downtown Chicago now boasts a full host of project managers, instructional designers, ace graphic artists, top notch developers, our Totara LMS support team, as well as marketing and support personnel.

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. They’ve taken enough bad courses to recognize the difference. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ).


eLearning Conferences 2013

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link] December 1-5, 2012 Learning Forward Conference, (Learning Forward is the new name for the National Staff Development Council, NSDC), Boston, Massachusetts, USA. link] January 3-6, 2013 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 128 th , Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

3 Reasons Why Linear E-Learning May Be the Best Solution

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It would be cool if every course we build was highly interactive with decision-making branches. But the reality is that not all elearning courses need to be that way. Whether the course is linear or interactive it’s merely a solution. September 27: Boston, MA ( ADAPT ).

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: InVision Learning: Seeking an Instructional Designer

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Our company specializes in Custom Courses, Flash Templates, and Learning Portals. If you, or someone you know, is an experienced instructional designer looking for work in the greater Boston area, please let me know! ASTD Keynote: “People Lie&# Richard Hilleman Electr.

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. An E-Learning Heroes Roadshow workshop where we’ll look at ways to build elearning courses and learn some great PowerPoint tips. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). The first half we’ll look at some basic course design and in the second half we’ll learn to build interactive content.

Learner Engagement – Are Games the Answer?

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If you read industry journals like “T&D” from ASTD or Associations Now, you’ll see that engagement is hot. Often, we will be approached by organizations whose learners are falling asleep during their courses, or they are not registering for the course at all. If you can’t answer “yes” to most of the content within a course, then you will not have engagement, no matter how many mini-games you include. Diet-breaker: Boston Kreme donuts.

5 Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates

Rapid eLearning

If you build rapid elearning courses, they can save time. And if you’re challenged for ideas or graphic design skills they also help bring a consistent and clean look to your rapid elearning courses so that you avoid the Frankencourse. July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD).


5 PowerPoint E-Learning Tips & A Free Template

Rapid eLearning

One of the topics we cover in the elearning workshops is how to quickly create templates to help move the elearning courses out of that PowerPoint look. They’ll help you save time the next time you build a rapid elearning course. Build Engaging & Interactive Elearning Courses.


Need Screenshots for Your E-Learning? Here Are 3 Tools That You Already Own.

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I also use screenshots when I run across a template or idea that I may want to use in a future elearning course. How are you using screenshots in your elearning courses? August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ). September 27: Boston, MA ( ADAPT ).

Want E-Learning Success? Make Sure Your Learners Are Dressed For It!

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We hypothesized that most people wear clothes when participating in an elearning course. Based on our findings, 87% of elearners wear clothes while taking their courses. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ).


Do You Have the Skills to Succeed?

Rapid eLearning

Someone did the instructional design, someone else worked on graphics, and then we had a programmer who built the courses in Authorware or some other application. Most of the people I talk with usually work by themselves and mostly responsible for all parts of the course development from content design to the graphics and then the conversion to elearning. The tools are getting easier, but unless you learn to really use them you probably won’t go past basic course design.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

Learning Visions

So when designing e-Learning courses, think about the skill level of your audience and present to their "current abilities and the demands of the task they have to master next." ASTD Keynote: “People Lie&# Richard Hilleman Electr.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design Inspiration

Learning Visions

Monday, November 05, 2007 Instructional Design Inspiration As I mentioned last week , Im in the midst of designing my first custom eLearning course in quite awhile. Here are some of specific ideas Ive taken from a few sources that (Im hoping) will help me design a kick-ass course: Chapter 2 of Gadgets, Games & Gizmos for Learning by Karl Kapp. Were trying to include more game-like interactivity in this course , and this chapter is chock full of ideas.

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