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Over 75 Free Rapid E-Learning Resources

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The other day this guy asked me how to develop color schemes for his rapid elearning courses. I shared some of the tools that I use for color schemes in previous posts like this one on creating your own rapid elearning PowerPoint template. Also, here’s a link to the 200 free rapid elearning tutorials I posted a while back. Voice123 and : find narrators for your elearning courses. Kuler : site to create custom color schemes.

How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning

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Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning. The more courses they create, the more they realize they need to craft better learning experiences. I call this the rapid elearning story because it’s a story many people relate to. It’s also a great framework for learning to build courses. I shared more detail in the post on building a roadmap to better rapid elearning. Couple this with learning how to use the software.


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eLearning Brothers and Infuse Medical Launch Medical Stock Image Library

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(American Fork, UT July 8, 2014) eLearning Brothers and Infuse Medical announce the first library subscription of its kind of Medical Stock Images. This library subscription is the first eLearning-specific library consisting of high resolution, 3D medical imagery. “It It was a natural fit for Infuse Medical and eLearning Brothers to create the world’s first library of stock eLearning medical images,” said Jordan Erickson, President of Infuse Media Group.

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7 Simple Rapid E-Learning Tips & Free PowerPoint Template

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I had a customer once delete all of her files because she was “cleaning up the folders.” To keep things organized, create a consistent process by which you manage your folders and elearning assets. This happens to me when I’m working with high resolution stock images. Instead of using the high resolution images during production, use low resolution versions to begin. Use the smaller resolution images for production.

eLearning Brothers Breaks into the Stock Photo, Video and Audio World

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah — November 17, 2014 — eLearning Brothers today announced that it will offer over 500,000 stock photos, graphics, vectors, videos and audio files to the training and development community. This is the first offering of its kind for eLearning professionals. “Everyone in the training and development world uses stock photography. We feel it’s important to meet all of our customer’s needs,” said Curtis J.

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The 5 Myths of Rapid E-Learning Revisited

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I came into rapid e-learning from the world of Authorware and Flash where building courses took a lot of time and cost a lot more money. As soon as I asked that question, I heard all of the bellyaching from our Flash developers and most of the custom e-learning vendors we hired. They felt threatened and raised all sorts of concerns about the future of the industry and the fate of e-learning. Myth 1: Rapid E-Learning Is Crapid E-Learning!

Help Your E-Learning Customers Understand HTML5

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And if you have a lot of older e-learning courses, it’s something that you should be dealing with now before it’s too late. How to Transcribe Text into PowerPoint & E-Learning Courses. And use that to test the user’s learning environment.

7 Proven Techniques for Keeping Your E-Learning Customers Happy - The Rapid eLearning Blog

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The Rapid Elearning Blog. 7 Proven Techniques for Keeping Your E-Learning Customers Happy. It’s a tricky balance working with customers. They commission the elearning courses, pay the bills, and are the ultimate authority for their elearning projects. On the other hand, a demanding customer can negatively impact the elearning course by making demands that don’t fit sound instructional design. Rapid E-Learning 101.

6 Tips To Cut Online Training Costs With A Rapid eLearning Authoring Tool


There are multiple rapid eLearning authoring tools on the market that allow you to develop online training courses in a fraction of the time. They are so easy to use that even eLearning developers with no prior design experience can create memorable and engaging online training materials. But while they do assure eLearning developers of a quick turnaround, can they really save you money in the long run? Start With An eLearning Storyboard.

eLearning Brothers Acquisition of Expands the Planet’s Largest eLearning Image Library

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah–eLearning Brothers today announced that it has acquired privately held , an online library of eLearning images that focuses on people-images in the eLearning space. With this acquisition, the eLearning Brothers library has more than doubled the number of eLearning assets over the last 12 months. About eLearning Brothers. eLearning Brothers.

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10 Sure-Fire Tips for Creating Your Own Stock Photos

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Going to a stock image site and looking for just the right pictures can be very time-consuming and a drain on your limited resources. Why not create your own stock images? If rapid elearning software makes everyone an instructional designer, then surely a digital camera makes us all photographers. People like to see co-workers and themselves in the elearning courses. Here’s a link to learn more about releases.

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How to Create Custom Layouts for Interactive Scenarios

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The free stock images I shared recently are perfect for building interactive scenarios and establishing visual context. Key Point : it’s easy to get lost in building complex scenarios which can consume a lot of production time. I always work from the perspective of keeping production simple and as reusable as possible. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

Use PowerPoint to Create Custom Videos

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In fact, I regularly use PowerPoint to create the graphics and custom assets for my e-learning courses. Custom graphics : Here’s an example where I used PowerPoint to create the graphics for my Rise flash card interaction. As you can see, PowerPoint is great for all sorts of multimedia production especially when combined with great e-learning software. Customize slide size. But inside the rectangle will be the custom-shaped video.

A Three-Step Process to Create Hand Drawn Custom Characters

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In today’s post we’ll look at how to create custom characters that you can use in your visual thinking activities and course design. The Case for Hand Drawn Custom Characters. You don’t have to be an artist to create custom characters. In fact, there’s a lot of value in hand drawn characters because they add personality and stand in contrast to the more typical (and often sterile) characters used in a lot of elearning courses. Free E-learning Resources.

8 E-Learning Production Tips for Your Next Gamified Course

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I reviewed their modules and want to highlight a few production tips that not only work for gamified e-learning courses, but are just as useful in other contexts. The first micro game focuses on three types of learning activities: Simple Game : challenge the learners understanding in a common game format. I always consider exploration to be one of the core building blocks for interactive learning. E-Learning Tip #1: Gate Screens.

How to Customize Illustrations in PowerPoint

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In this post we’ll look at an easy way to customize illustration in PowerPoint, since it’s a tool most of us have and it’s easy to do. This is an issue I run into quite a bit because I get some of my graphics from those low cost (or free) stock image sites and often they only provide a.PNG version of the file. In fact, I ran into this issue in a previous post on getting an elearning job. Finding the Right Illustrations in PowerPoint & E-Learning.

A Super Simple Tip When Testing E-Learning Templates

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Articulate 360’s Content Library comes with thousands of e-learning templates. Here’s a common issue and easy solution when troubleshooting e-learning courses. Instead of using theme colors many developers do quick color picks or custom colors.

Understanding E-Learning Templates

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Templates offer a lot of value and power in your e-learning course design. But templates come with constraints and when attempting to customize them you may be robbed of the time saved. This is something I see all the time when working with e-learning developers.

Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 10/31/2010 Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning I received several emails, message on Twitter, and InMails on LinkedIn concerning the Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning and the Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning posts.

Help For the One Person Instructional Design Team

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2012 is almost over and now is the perfect time to gear up for next year’s eLearning projects. You probably already have some great ideas for next year’s learning initiatives, but it can be pretty hard to execute on all those ideas alone. And if you are just getting started with eLearning, you’re in for even more of a challenge. If you see a cool tool or product that might work well at your organization, chances are it’s well beyond your budget.

7 Ways to Create Characters for Your Online Training Courses

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Create Characters by Customizing Clip Art. Start by selecting the clip art image, ungrouping it, and making the customizations you need. A Simple Way to Create Custom Callouts for Your Courses. Create Custom Characters for Your E-Learning Scenarios. Create Characters by Pulling Them Out of Stock Images. You can find a lot of stock images for free. Create Your Own Custom Characters for Online Training. Two rapid elearning workshops.

Is This as Good as It Gets? Two Reasons Why E-Learning Isn’t Better

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I see a lot of e-learning courses and to be honest many of them are not as good as they could be. They tend to be what we anticipate from corporate e-learning: screen after screen of content with lots of next buttons and then a final quiz. E-learning software is one thing.

How to Use Free Assets in Commercial Training Courses

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If you do a search online you’ll find all sorts of free assets like free stock images, icons, fonts and other media that work perfectly for your elearning courses. I guess there’s a big demand for free stock images and free fonts for family use. Why work to get eyes on your product and then create that sort of friction? Create a custom slide and insert it using the lightbox feature. How have you attributed free content in your elearning courses?

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Create a Chalkboard Template with These Simple Tips & More Than 40 Free Graphics

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Many of the rapid elearning courses I see use whiteboards or chalkboards. You can buy stock images of these, but it’s easy enough to create them in PowerPoint. Here are a few tutorials on how to create some display boards with a few extra production tips. How to customize the hand-drawn graphics. Tidbits: Here’s your last chance to vote for your favorite elearning blog in the 2010 Edublog Awards.

8 Tips To Develop Real World Online Training Simulations With Limited Resources

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They’re able to interact with virtual personas, perform every step, and identify gaps that hinder workplace productivity. However, you can reuse it time and again to develop immersive eLearning simulations for your online training course. Another option is investing in a custom-tailored template built from the ground up that includes your branding. Such as online training tutorials or real world examples that can be integrated into the eLearning course design.

3 Keys to Building Effective Online Training

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The key is figuring out how to convert a lot of this content into an effective e-learning course. If the course is only focused on content, they may learn a lot of about something, but they may not know what they’re supposed to do with what they learned. However, the reality is that a lot of training we’re asked to build isn’t actionable because the managers or customers tend to think that the issue is a lack of information. Want to learn more?

Do You Storyboard Your E-Learning Courses?

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Years ago when I first started working with e-learning, storyboards were really important. On top of that, working with customers and getting them to “see” what we were building was a challenge because it wasn’t as easy and quick to prototype the courses back then. It was also an easy way to show what other assets were required and the extra production required to deliver the course. Rapid E-Learning Changed Things.

Best PowerPoint Tutorials for E-learning

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When we started this blog in 2007, PowerPoint-based elearning was all the rage, and for good reason. It was a great entry point for people just getting started, especially when the alternative was custom Flash programming that required programming skills and resources. Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn’t as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. How to Create a Rapid E-Learning Tab in PowerPoint.

Save Time & Money with Hybrid E-Learning Design

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Back then, most e -learning was custom-built in Flash. But when we needed custom interactivity, we’d build just those pieces in Flash and insert them into our PowerPoint-based courses. That meant we got fast development and custom interactivity: a win-win. As a final option we custom built our courses in Flash. We always started with rapid e -learning and only moved to more expensive development when we could justify doing so.

How to be Successfull in the E-Learning Industry

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Successful e-learning is measured in many ways. Thus it’s important to manage how you work with customers and how they understand your contributions. If you’re just getting started, here are some things to keep in mind: Successful E-Learning Pleases the Customer. Your customer is why you have a job. Thus it’s important to ensure the customer’s needs are met. Who is your customer? How to Please the Customer.

Five Ways to Engage Learners in Online Training

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One of the big challenge in crafting a learning experience is figuring out how to engage the learners. Today, we’ll review 5 ways to engage your learners and build a better learning experiences. I discuss relevant content quite a bit throughout the blog and make it one of the key building blocks for interactive elearning. By the time the phones came online, a lot of what they learned was lost. But it doesn’t make for engaging learning experiences.

One Thing All Course Designers Should Do

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During production, I keep it visible so I remember it’s there or can easily direct reviewers to it. After production, I either delete it or hide it by making it transparent or use a hotspot. Insert a custom player tab and link to the secret menu slide. There you can assign custom values to the variables for testing and to see if everything is working as it should. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Articulate Roadshow: Learn more and register here.

How to Get the Most Value Out of E-Learning Templates

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E-learning templates are great. They speed up production and deliver a professional and polished look. And there are lots of e-learning templates from which to choose. With all that said, there are some challenges with templates and issues I run into when delivering the e-learning workshops. Customization (such as what’s noted above) breaks the concept of the template which is designed to provide something specific and not custom.

E-Learning Variables 101

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Building e-learning courses is usually a matter of pulling together the appropriate content, visuals, and some level of interactivity. However, there’s a way to make e-learning content and the learning experience more dynamic when using variables. Variables help create custom user experiences such as personalized visuals, conditional navigation, and adaptive learning paths. Also, be sure to check out our upcoming e-learning workshops below.

Build E-Learning Courses People Need

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From there, the person buys the ingredients required for each order, bakes cookies, and delivers them to satisfied customers. The first person committed valuable resources to a product that many didn’t need or want. The second was able to manage resources by committing them to a product that customers did want. Build E-learning Courses People Need. Craft a great learning experience that engages the person. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

Three E-Learning Tips to Help Build Better Courses

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Even before I started working at Articulate, I made it a goal to answer five questions each week in the e-learning community. It’s a great way to connect with others, especially beginners, and offer some help as they’re learning. It enables me to play around with different ideas and production techniques. The tutorials offer little bonus tips and focus on some production nuances that aren’t always apparent to new users. Want to learn more?

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Rethinking E-Learning Templates

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E-learning templates can be a bit challenging. On one hand, they speed up production. And then on the other they may introduce constraints in the learning experience design. An e-learning course screen has a specific structure. Of course, the possibilities for layouts can be endless, but there are probably just a few dozen layouts that make sense for e-learning courses. E-learning Template Value. E-Learning Template Hybrids.

Find Color Schemes for Your E-Learning Courses

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Kuler : upload an image or create custom themes using formulas; requires an account. You may have marketing or product material that you can use to pull a color palette. Once you have a color palette, use it to create custom color themes in PowerPoint and Storyline. As you can see, creating a custom color palette is pretty easy. And once you have one, you can customize your course to your heart’s content. Learning Technologies. Want to learn more?

Here Are Your E-learning Tips for 2017

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In 2007, when Flash was king, I stated that the e-learning tools would evolve and become easier to use. You’d no longer need to learn specialized skills like Flash and ActionScript. The key point was that it didn’t matter what underlying technology drove the content, the next generation course designer could build e-elearning with no programming skills required. Catching the Rapid E-Learning Bug. Do you have any e-learning goals?

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How to Create an E-Learning Portfolio

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Commit to a production process. They don’t seem to have any that cater to interactive content, especially e-learning courses. Custom Portfolio Sites. Personally, I think considering the freedom and custom options, it’s a better choice to own your site and control how to add media and content. Having a custom email always looks better than using one of those ones from a public email service. FocusOn Learning conference.