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Rapid E-Learning’s Best of 2014

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I got to meet so many blog readers from all over the world, Articulate successfully released Storyline 2 , and we made significant improvements to the elearning heroes community with a focus on even more free tips , tutorials , and giveaways. As with most end of year articles, here’s a roundup of popular posts and many of the free downloads from 2014. Best of the Rapid E-Learning Blog. Why Building Interactive E-Learning is a Two-step Process.

5 Free Online Image Editors for Rapid E-Learning

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In a previous post, we looked at five free desktop image editors. Here are a couple of additional free desktop applications shared by some blog readers. A challenge with free software is that sometimes your organization isn’t comfortable with you downloading and installing applications that aren’t approved. If you do a search, you’ll find that there are a lot of online image editing products. In today’s post we’ll look at five very capable online image editors.

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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. I start by picking a color from the he image using Pixie. Also, here’s a link to the 200 free rapid elearning tutorials I posted a while back. Picnik : web-based image editor.

Three Time-Saving Rapid E-Learning Tips

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Last week I shared a free PowerPoint template that was inspired by the iPad’s notebook app. If not, check out some of the other free templates that are available in the Elearning Heroes community. To get a richer look fill your shapes with images rather than color. Check out the tutorial below. Click here to view the PowerPoint tutorial. As you can see, it’s a simple trick that softens the image and lets you create all sorts of textures.

Three Time-Saving Rapid E-Learning Tips

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Last week I shared a free PowerPoint template that was inspired by the iPad’s notebook app. If not, check out some of the other free templates that are available in the Elearning Heroes community. To get a richer look fill your shapes with images rather than color. Check out the tutorial below. Click here to view the PowerPoint tutorial. As you can see, it’s a simple trick that softens the image and lets you create all sorts of textures.

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. The good thing is that PowerPoint isn’t limited to linear elearning. Building interactive elearning is just a matter of learning a few techniques. It’s easy enough to take any of these types of interactions and incorporate them into an interactive, decision-making elearning course that allows the learner to explore, pull in content, and make decisions.

5 Essential Rapid E-Learning Tips

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A manager I know works for a multibillion dollar company that has its own elearning group. However, when she needs to train her staff of about 200, she has no access to the elearning group’s resources. Without rapid elearning tools, she’d be hard pressed to offer her team the benefits of online learning. However, with rapid elearning tools she’s gone from no elearning to dozens of quick hit elearning courses.

Four Essential Tips for the Rapid E-Learning Pro

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PowerPoint’s a great authoring environment for elearning. If you can step away from the “bullet point” mindset and all of the complaints, you’ll see that PowerPoint’s got a lot to offer those who build elearning courses. With a rapid elearning tool, you’re using PowerPoint’s easy authoring environment to create Flash movies. Essentially, you’re creating Flash content without the requirement of learning to program Flash. Tutorials.

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

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Starting with PowerPoint 2007, there are many features that make the rapid elearning process much more efficient. I detailed some of those features in this post on why PowerPoint 2007 helps you build better elearning. I can’t cover everything in a single post, so I am going to share five of the features I use most when creating elearning content with PowerPoint 2010. Tutorial : Using PowerPoint’s image editing features. View PowerPoint 2010 tutorials.

Want to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro? Then Check Out All of These PowerPoint Tips

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They include tips on creating custom graphics, assembly of interactive elearning, and getting more out PowerPoint’s features. Tips on Creating Rapid E-Learning Courses in PowerPoint. Building an elearning course with PowerPoint is not the same as building a presentation. This list of posts offers some good tips on building your rapid elearning courses in PowerPoint. How I Built that E-Learning Scenario. The Power of Rapid E-Learning.

Save Time with These 3 Rapid E-Learning Tips

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The other day I was reviewing an old PowerPoint file that I used for the blog post on how to build simple interactive scenarios in PowerPoint-based elearning. If it was a real elearning course, it could have cost me quite a bit of time. Today, I want to revisit some of those tips and show how they can help you on your next elearning course. If you look at the image below, you can see that there’s nothing on the master slides because I didn’t use any master slides.

Here Are More Than 200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials

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A few weeks ago I offered some advice on how to become an elearning pro without spending a dime. The essence of that post is: You have access to a lot of free tips and tricks. So there are plenty of opportunities to learn and it doesn’t cost you anything more than your time. Practice doing what you learn. The learning is only going to happen if you do more than watch the tutorials and read information. Click here to view the tutorial.

7 Secrets to Getting the Graphics You Need for Rapid E-Learning

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It’s always so much fun getting to meet the blog readers and learning more about what people do in the real world. Two things always stand out during these trips: There is no one way to do elearning. Some people build courses, some create marketing material, and some use the rapid elearning software to create multimedia information. One of the sessions I did in Atlanta was on how to get the graphics you need for your rapid elearning courses.

Here’s a Free App to Compress Your Images

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Squoosh.app is a free service from Google that compresses large images. What I like is being able to compare the before and after versions of images. Some of the images I tested were compressed down over 90% and to the naked eye the degradation was negligible without zooming. As you can see above, the image size goes from 4.4 And the image below shows that the image quality is virtually the same for the naked eye. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

Here’s a Free Tool to Build an E-Learning Portfolio

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Free Portfolio Site. Recently I came across a free tool called SpreadSimple, which is really cool because it builds websites out of Google Sheets (something many of us already know how to use). So, you’ll need a place to host your courses and images. Want to learn more?

E-Learning Tutorial: Easy Way to Make an Image Interactive

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Here’s an easy way to turn a single image into an interactive image. This tip comes in handy if you use collage images for interactive stories or have a great illustration but no way to break it into separate pieces. That’s what I ran into with this recent demo I built for the blog post on simplifying variables for elearning. I had a great image of multiple characters, but all I had was a single.png file. E-Learning Tutorial Step-By-Step.

Free Images for Your Safety Training Courses

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I was building a demo for a workshop and needed a few safety training images. Fortunately Microsoft has some decent images available on their site. Click here to get an image search box. Microsoft’s Services Agreement: I get a lot of questions about whether or not you can use the images. Check out their service agreement to learn more. Click here to view the elearning example. Below are some of the images from Style 401. E-Learning Heroes Roadshow.

Here’s a Free Avatar Template & Tutorial

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When I review vector images, I like to review the other images from the same artist. The other day I ran across this series of vector images that would work in an elearning course. Here are some things that work for an elearning template: Avatar : the circled avatar is a common design treatment. The challenge is creating the circle avatar effect using your own images. PowerPoint Tutorials. And to make things easier, here’s a free template.

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. Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn’t as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. It’s something I shared in this blog post on why PowerPoint isn’t the right tool for interactive elearning. How to Create a Rapid E-Learning Tab in PowerPoint. How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint.

Here’s a Free Application to Help with Tutorials & Screencast Videos

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How to Display Keyboard Shortcuts during Screencast Tutorials. This is perfect for webinars and screencast tutorials. Here’s a quick tutorial where I show how it works and how it would look in your software training. Once it’s active in your system tray and you use a keyboard shortcut, you’ll see the shortcut displayed on the screen as in the image below. How to Customize the Keyboard Shortcut Display for Screencast Tutorials.

KEVIN THORN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

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ABOUT KEVIN THORN: Kevin Thorn is an award-winning e-learning designer & developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC. , a boutique custom design and development studio specializing in online learning experiences. This is why so much online learning fails."

How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint

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In this post we’ll explore how to edit free vector images in PowerPoint. There are hundreds of sites to download free vector images that can be used for your presentations and online training courses. The challenge is that to edit most of the free vector images require an illustration application like Illustrator or Inkscape (free). However, if you get the image in.EPS format you may be able to edit the free vector images in PowerPoint.

45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

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One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. As you can see above, I used one of the city images provided by Philipp Henzler for the Storyline 2 tutorials. It works well in an elearning context. You can download the free template it here.

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Create Free Icons and Images in PowerPoint Using Dingbat Fonts

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In the e-learning community, a number of people shared free icons and shapes. And they’re great for your courses, so make sure to take advantage of all of those free resources. Looking at the free icons reminded me of simple trick we show in our PowerPoint workshops. Convert Dingbat Fonts to Free Vector Images. There are two video tutorials below. View tutorial video (short version). Right click and Save as image.

Free Background Music for Your E-learning Courses

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I like to add background audio to my screencast tutorials. Free Background Music. There are a lot of “free” sites, but to tell you the truth most of them are useless. Here are a couple of options that should provide most of the free background music you need.

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12 Websites for Free Vector Images Good for E-Learning

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Do a search for “free vector images” and you’ll find hundreds of sites that boast tens of thousands of free images. Besides, how many free vector images do you really need? Websites that Offer Free Vector Images. As you may know, many of the sites that offer “free” resources only allow them to be used for personal use. Other Sources for Free Vector Images. Editing Free Vector Images.

The Most Practical Rapid E-Learning Tips from 2012

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I’m always sensitive to the elearning developers who have to work with limited resources and usually by themselves. This year’s 2012 wrap up post features the tips & tricks shared during the past year that can be applied to your elearning courses right away. Rapid E-Learning Tips & Tricks. How to Create a Learning Journal to Go with Your E-Learning Courses. Quit Wasting Time Trying to Find the Right Look for Your E-Learning Courses.

Edit.EPS and.SVG Files for Free

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There are a lot of free graphics files available online. Many of the free graphics are illustrations that are.EPS or.SVG files. Photopea is a free app where you can edit graphics files online. I’ve included two quick tutorials to feature a few of thing things I like about the free application. How to Edit EPS & SVG for Free. Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube. How to Convert Bitmap Illustrations to Vector for Free.

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How to Create an Interactive Image Template

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As noted in an earlier post, an easy way to build interactive elearning modules is by choosing a single image and adding interactive elements to it. The key is finding a single image that has a few potential content buckets. Finding images is relatively easy today. I look for images like the ones below. Interactive Image Example. To help you out, I recorded a few tutorials that go through the basics. Interactive Image Tutorials.

3 Tutorials to Help You Get More Out of PowerPoint’s Image Editing

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In Atlanta I was sharing how PowerPoint makes a good image editor. After the session, someone asked about this video where you learn to create a stickout effect that lets the image stick outside the box. It lets me demonstrate how PowerPoint can be used to edit images. Even if you don’t use PowerPoint to do this on a regular basis, practicing this technique is an excellent way to learn more about PowerPoint’s features. PowerPoint Tutorial 1.

More Than 100 PowerPoint Tutorials & a Free Template

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With as many PowerPoint questions that I get, it’s a good thing that over the past year or so the elearning community has created about 300 PowerPoint tutorials. I also included a free PowerPoint elearning template to celebrate the holidays and a great 2010! Click to download the free PowerPoint template. 100+ PowerPoint Tutorials. If you want to learn more about using PowerPoint or building rapid elearning courses, this list is a good place to start.

5 Ways to Use PowerPoint as an Image Editor

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Over the years, I’ve posted hundreds of tutorials using PowerPoint. Today I am going to cover five ways to use PowerPoint as an image editor. This is great for quick image editing or for those who don’t have other image editors on hand. Save PowerPoint Content as an Image. Since we’re talking about PowerPoint as an image editor, the first tip is that whatever you create in PowerPoint can be saved as an image. Want to learn more?

Create Free Emoji for E-Learning

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Most e-learning courses have some sort of positive and negative feedback. In a previous post, I explained when to use emojis for e-learning and three ways to insert them into your courses. Create Free Emojis. Here’s a site where you can create free custom emojis. Here’s quick tutorial that shows how to use the free emoji site. If you did create some free emojis, how would you use them in your courses? Want to learn more?

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5 Free Desktop Image Editors for E-Learning

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I’m always asked what skills a rapid elearning designer should have. One of the most important skills is basic image editing. Because of this, an image editing application should be in your tool chest. Today we’ll look at five free desktop applications that you can use for basic image editing. But before we explore the free tools, a good budget-friendly option is Photoshop Elements. Tutorials. Beginner tutorials. Tutorials.

Free PowerPoint Template to Manage Free Fonts

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There are tons of free dingbat fonts available for download. And they’re great to use for your training and e-learning courses. Here’s what you already know: How to find and downloaded a bunch of those free dingbat and icon fonts. How to convert free those fonts to editable vector shapes. But what about managing those fonts and quickly previewing the icons and images you can use? Free PowerPoint Template. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

How to Create Custom Safety Training Images

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In a recent blog post I featured a series of free images that work well for safety training. Quite a few blog readers asked how I customized the free images for the safety training demo I posted. In today’s post, I’ll show you how to create your own safety training images using that same clip art style. Download & Sort All of the Free Safety Training Images. I sorted them by type of image so it’s easier for me to see what I have.

E-learning Example & Tutorial: How to Fight a Bear and Live

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She incorporated the 3D models from PowerPoint to create videos that she added to her e-learning course. Click here to view the e-learning example. She also included a quick tutorial to show how she built it. There’s also a free download for practice. Here are a few key things that stood out to me: 3D models are easy to work with in PowerPoint and when output as video, can add some interesting elements to your e-learning courses.

Free Flip Card Interaction

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A great way to learn to use the elearning software you have is to create small interactions. That’s one of the reasons I like and promote the weekly elearning challenges. They provide a mechanism to quickly build prototypes to play around with ideas and learn new production techniques. I also created a quick tutorial that explains the file and how it’s constructed. View tutorial to learn how to create and customize the free flip card interaction.

Free Images for Interactive Scenarios

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Here are some free images for interactive scenarios. They go with the other free images I shared earlier. I use them for practice files in our e-learning workshops where we learn to build interactive, branched scenarios. They’re perfect for your scenario-based training and free to use. These images are focused on hallways and such and a bit more generic with the white walls. Free Downloads. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

PowerPoint Hack: How to Create Hand-Drawn Letters & Shapes

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Free Illustrations for E-Learning. I used one of the free illustrations from Blush which is a great site for illustrations. Whatever you create can be saved as an image. To do so, select the object and right-click to save as image. PowerPoint Tutorial.