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5 Tips to Make Rapid E-Learning Interactive

Rapid eLearning

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Rapid e-Learning, Templates, & SMEs

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, May 04, 2007 Rapid e-Learning, Templates, & SMEs Theres been a lot of good talk lately about rapid e-learning tools and templates and the roles of SMEs vs. instructional designers.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Rise of Rapid e-Learning

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, June 27, 2007 The Rise of Rapid e-Learning Mike Alcock, MD of Atlantic Link Ltd has written an article over at Trainingzone.co.uk: The Rise of Rapid e-Learning. Are they producing high-quality e-Learning? E-Learning development houses need to be able to demonstrate a clear value in their services.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Reminder: Boston & Chicago Articulate/Moodle Seminars This Week

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Sunday, June 07, 2009 Reminder: Boston & Chicago Articulate/Moodle Seminars This Week Just a reminder that our Boston and Chicago free seminars on Articulate and Moodle are this week.

Are You Qualified to Build E-Learning Courses?

Rapid eLearning

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 Create an Interactive PowerPoint Elearning Module

Rapid eLearning

In a recent post we looked at ways to build interactive elearning even if using PowerPoint to build the courses. This lets us look at some essential production tips when using PowerPoint to build interactive elearning. September 27: Boston, MA ( ADAPT ).

The Guiding Principle for all Rapid E-Learners

Rapid eLearning

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

Rapid eLearning

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. Learn a bunch of PowerPoint tips and tricks.

How to Find Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates

Rapid eLearning

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.

7 Ways to Create Characters for Your Online Training Courses

Rapid eLearning

Create Custom Characters for Your E-Learning Scenarios. Sketching doesn’t need to be perfect and the organic nature of it provides a novel contrast to what we usually see in our elearning courses. Challenge Activity: Using Interactive Sliders in E-Learning (Challenge #52).

More Answers to Your E-Learning Questions

Rapid eLearning

It was a great time of meeting many of you and learning more about what you do. 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.

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How to Build an E-Learning Template in 30 Seconds

Rapid eLearning

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.

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Avoid the Curse of the Frankencourse

Rapid eLearning

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).

Another Free PowerPoint Template & Learning Interaction

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a template I created for a recent workshop on how to create an exploratory learning interaction. I used a flat UI design for the learning interaction. Since it uses a similar style to this previous template , the two learning interactions can be combined.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: New Rapid e-Learning Tool from Epic

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, May 04, 2007 New Rapid e-Learning Tool from Epic Another new rapid e-Learning tool, this from Epic (UK).

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 5 Myths About Rapid E-Learning

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5 Myths About Rapid E-Learning An excellent post on the Articulate blog by Tom Kuhlmann: 5 Myths About Rapid E-Learning. Clives 30-Minute Masters Wiki got a nice plug -- "Create a way to help your SME learn more about building effective e-learning courses. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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

Rapid eLearning

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.

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Rapid e-learning is swimming in too small a pond

Clive on Learning

I attended the panel discussion on 'the future of rapid e-learning tools' at the eLearning Guild's Annual Gathering in Boston today with a misunderstanding. I thought I knew what 'rapid e-learning' meant. After all, LTI Magazine defined raid e-learning as "courseware (live or self-paced) developed in less than three weeks, where SMEs act as the primary development resource". And instant is about as rapid as you can get

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineos August Rapid e-Learning Newsletter

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, August 23, 2007 Kineos August Rapid e-Learning Newsletter If youve been following my blog for awhile, then you already know how I feel about the folks at Kineo.

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

Rapid eLearning

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.

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. I see this as the democratization of elearning.

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9 Time Saving Tips When Building Courses

Rapid eLearning

Start by thinking through the various screens common to elearning courses and then build the core structure. Build an elearning starter course template. Here’s a post where I detailed the elearning starter kit. E-Learning Jobs: Training, elearning, and instructional design jobs.

Here Are 17 Places to Get Free Templates for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

We have elearning templates , free PowerPoint templates , graphics , and all other sorts of free assets that can be used for your elearning courses. On top of that, many of your peers in the industry and elearning community regularly share free downloads. Want to learn more?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Rapid e-Learning Podcast with Gabe Anderson

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Kineo Rapid e-Learning Podcast with Gabe Anderson Another good podcast from the folks at Kineo : an interview with Stephen Walsh (Kineo) and Gabe Anderson ( Articulate ). Part 1 is a nice definition and description of rapid e-Learning. I thought it had more useful nuggets: Who should be developing rapid e-Learning?

How Can Infographics Produce Better E-Learning Courses?

Rapid eLearning

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? Rapid E-Learning: From Blah to Hoorah!

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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. Got a favorite elearning tool?

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An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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

Rapid eLearning

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. Rapid elearning workshop. Learn to Use Articulate Storyline.

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Check Out This Gamified E-Learning Example

Rapid eLearning

They used a lot of the core building blocks for interactive elearning. Gamified E-Learning Example. Key Points of Gamified E-Learning Example. What do you like about this elearning example? Upcoming E-Learning Events. Free E-Learning Resources.

Why You Need a Professional Portfolio

Rapid eLearning

As an e-learning developer, it’s important to document your work experience and skills. And we even looked at one community member who does a great job demonstrating her skills by showcasing her e-learning modules in her portfolio. Share as you learn.

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

Rapid eLearning

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.

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Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Another great month for eLearning content. Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises - Performance Learning Productivity , June 18, 2010 I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. Post from: The eLearning Coach 20 Facts You Must Know About Working Memory. conference in Boston.

How to Avoid These Three Pain Points for Online Learning

Rapid eLearning

The other day someone asked what I thought the three top pain points were for online training or elearning. Here are some of the issues I find most challenging with elearning. E-Learning Pain Point #1: Courses are Boring. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

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

Rapid eLearning

I’ve been on the road a lot lately doing elearning workshops and Articulate jam sessions. Today, we’ll look at how to manage the images used in elearning courses. To help alleviate that, I start each elearning course with a generic folder. Learn to Use Articulate Storyline.

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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. I learn a lot about layouts and how the designer is using color. Build Engaging & Interactive Elearning Courses.

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

Rapid eLearning

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. Rapid elearning workshop.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo & The Future of Rapid e-Learning Tools

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Kineo & The Future of Rapid e-Learning Tools If you dont already subscribe to Kineos occasional newsletter , please do. Not only are they really smart guys, but theyre also funny -- AND they like to share what they know with the rest us -- for the greater good of the e-Learning community. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!