7 Ways to Create Characters for Your Online Training Courses
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
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
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
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.
Free Images for Your Safety Training Courses
OCTOBER 7, 2014
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?
MAY 15, 2012
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
MAY 22, 2012
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
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
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?
APRIL 24, 2012
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 ).
The Guiding Principle for all Rapid E-Learners
JUNE 12, 2012
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?
More Answers to Your E-Learning Questions
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
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 to Find Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates
MAY 29, 2012
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.
How Your Skills Can Change the World & Help Build a Professional Portfolio
JUNE 5, 2012
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
MAY 1, 2012
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
JULY 10, 2012
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
APRIL 10, 2012
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.
The Next Generation of E-Learning
MAY 8, 2012
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
AUGUST 28, 2012
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
AUGUST 21, 2012
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
JUNE 26, 2012
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
AUGUST 14, 2012
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
AUGUST 7, 2012
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
MAY 1, 2007
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.
How to Create an Interactive PowerPoint Elearning Module
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
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
JULY 24, 2012
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).
How Google’s Designers Can Help You Build Better E-Learning
MARCH 13, 2012
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 ).
One Learning Designer's Look Back at 2012
JANUARY 2, 2013
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.
3 Reasons Why Linear E-Learning May Be the Best Solution
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
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 ).
eLearning Conferences 2013
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
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.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: InVision Learning: Seeking an Instructional Designer
FEBRUARY 26, 2008
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
APRIL 3, 2012
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.
5 Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates
JULY 17, 2012
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
APRIL 17, 2012
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.
JULY 31, 2012
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!
APRIL 1, 2012
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 ).
Learner Engagement – Are Games the Answer?
JULY 1, 2013
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.