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Top 25 Rapid eLearning Blog Posts

Upside Learning

I have been involved with Rapid eLearning Projects at Upside and also creation of our own Rapid Authoring Framework that sits in our LMS (UpsideLMS). Naturally I do a lot of sifting around Rapid eLearning. These posts cover varied topics around rapid eLearning including authoring tools, effective techniques, and decision considerations. And there are also some posts which may influence your decision to use rapid development approach.

Rapid E-Learning’s Best of 2014

Rapid eLearning

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.

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Over 75 Free Rapid E-Learning Resources

Rapid eLearning

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. Audacity : free open source audio recording and editing software. dafont.com : free and inexpensive fonts.

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. 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.

KEVIN THORN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

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. IDs are no longer just designers.

Save Time with These 3 Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

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. But a real elearning course with a lot more slides would see a significant improvement in the time to publish.

Here’s a Free Avatar Template & Tutorial

Rapid eLearning

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. Header bar : again, another common design treatment. PowerPoint Tutorials. I’ve included a couple of tutorials to show how to create the circle avatar effect and how to work with connectors. Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates.

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

Rapid eLearning

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. How to Customize the Keyboard Shortcut Display for Screencast Tutorials. It’s a fairly easy to use and it’s free. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.

Best PowerPoint Tutorials for E-learning

Rapid eLearning

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.

Free Background Music for Your E-learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

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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Edit.EPS and.SVG Files for Free

Rapid eLearning

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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Create Free Emoji for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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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Free PowerPoint Template to Manage Free Fonts

Rapid eLearning

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. Here’s an easy way to manage all of those free fonts and preview the ones you want to use to create graphic and icon files for your courses and presentation.

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

Rapid eLearning

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

Rapid eLearning

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.

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

Rapid eLearning

That’s what I ran into with this recent demo I built for the blog post on simplifying variables for elearning. E-Learning Tutorial Step-By-Step. Learn more by following the steps of the elearning tutorial below and then watch the video for more detail. E-Learning Tutorial Video. Click here to view the elearning tutorial. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Learn more & register.

Eric Schuermann – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Its product suite includes Lectora – the world’s leading e-Learning software used by over 60% of the Global 2000 companies. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘Crystal Balling with Learnnovators’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Eric: The future of e-Learning is wide open!

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

Rapid eLearning

Free Illustrations for E-Learning. I used one of the free illustrations from Blush which is a great site for illustrations. PowerPoint Tutorial. Here’s a video tutorial that walks through these steps in more detail. Free E-Learning Resources.

8 Ingenious Ways To Reuse eLearning Content With A Rapid eLearning Authoring Tool

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Do you need to refresh your eLearning course without going over budget? In this article, I’ll share 8 creative tips to reuse eLearning content with a rapid eLearning authoring tool. How To Reuse eLearning Content With A Rapid eLearning Authoring Tool. What do you get when you combine a database full of eLearning content with a robust rapid eLearning authoring tool? Turn Online Training Tutorials Into Interactive Demos.

Here’s a Quick Way to Instantly Have Closed Captions

Rapid eLearning

I tested the Live Captions on a few different e-learning products that had audio including courses in Storyline 360, Rise 360, and Review 360. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.

Here’s Another Free Way to Share Courses Online

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of questions about free ways to share courses and portfolios. In previous posts, I shared t ips on managing an e-learning portfolio and I also shared a few ways to share courses online for free. Another way to get free storage to share your courses and files is via Google’s Storage Platform. Tutorials on How to Share Courses Online. I created a tutorial on YouTube so you can see the steps, which may be easier. Want to learn more?

Here’s a Free App to Compress Your Images

Rapid eLearning

Squoosh.app is a free service from Google that compresses large images. You can learn more about the app here. Here’s a quick tutorial to see how it works. Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Free E-Learning Resources. Want to learn more?

How I Built that Free Microlearning Template

Rapid eLearning

Earlier I shared this free microlearning template. Here’s a series of video tutorials that show how to create the simple, yet powerful microlearning template. Check out the last tutorial on how to quickly edit the text. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Free E-Learning Resources.

Create Free Icons and Images in PowerPoint Using Dingbat Fonts

Rapid eLearning

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). View tutorial video (detailed version).

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. 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. This is common on elearning projects. Rapid E-Learning 101.

Free PowerPoint Template: Conversation Interaction

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a free PowerPoint template I built for a recent workshop. This free template could be used as a way to share manager/employee information or perhaps as an FAQ interaction. In either case it’s free for you to use as you wish. Click here to see the free template demo. How to Edit the Free PowerPoint Template. Here are a few production tips: These tutorials give you a very good overview of how to work with this free PowerPoint template.

Free E-Learning & PowerPoint Template

Rapid eLearning

A few weeks ago I shared an elearning example I created for an elearning workshop. Click here to view the elearning example. Free PowerPoint E-Learning Template. Here’s an example of the free PowerPoint template. Click here to view the elearning example. Free Articulate Storyline E-Learning Template. Here’s an example of the free elearning template created in Articulate Storyline. Free Storyline 2 template.

Free Images for Your Safety Training Courses

Rapid eLearning

Check out their service agreement to learn more. Click here to view the elearning example. E-Learning Jobs: Training, elearning, and instructional design jobs. Community Blog Posts & Tutorials. Interactive Sliders in E-Learning (Recap #52). Two rapid elearning workshops. Day 1: PowerPoint for E-Learning. Day 2: Building Interactive E-Learning with Articulate Storyline.

How to Customize Free Stock Photos For Your Presentations

Rapid eLearning

Most of us are scrambling to find free assets to use in our presentations and elearning courses. The good news is that there are more than enough free stock images available, such as these three earlier posts where I shared 80 free stock photos , 45 free stock photos , and 60 more free stock photos. The challenge with all of these free stock photos is that it’s not always easy using them for your presentations or elearning courses as they are.

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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. Example of the Learning Interaction. Here’s an example of the learning interaction combined with the previous template. Click here to view the learning interaction.

How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

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.

Two Apps to Help Manage Your PowerPoint & E-Learning Media Assets

Rapid eLearning

When I’ve completed PowerPoint presentations or e-learning courses, I like to save all of the media assets I used in the presentations and courses and put them in a single location. It does require a couple of free tools which you can download here: 7-Zip.

ERIC SCHUERMANN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Its product suite includes Lectora – the world’s leading e-Learning software used by over 60% of the Global 2000 companies. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘Crystal Balling with Learnnovators’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Eric: The future of e-Learning is wide open!

Here’s a Free Quiz Template for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I also added a tutorial video for those who want to learn more about using the template for a simple quiz in Storyline. Free Quiz Template: Storyline. You can download the free template here. Free quiz template download: Storyline. I share some tips in this tutorial video. Free Quiz Template: PowerPoint. The free quiz template in PowerPoint is pretty simple. Free quiz template download: PowerPoint. Feel free to use them as you wish.

45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

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. I also used one of the free images for this free template that I shared a while back.

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A Year’s Worth of Free Resources for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a list of all of the free resources shared in this blog and a few bonuses. Free Bonus. Here are a few bonus items not included in previous posts: Free e-book: The Definitive Guide to Multi-Device E-Learning. Free image editor: Pixlr. Free Style Guide template: this offers double bonus content. Not only does Trina share a free template , but within the template she links to great resources on elearning style guides.

How to Use Free Templates for Software Training

Rapid eLearning

As you know, we have all sorts of free templates to download for your elearning courses and PowerPoint presentations. Her training was mostly a series of quick video tutorials. She wanted a nice way to present the tutorials. I recommended that she start with one of the free templates and use it as a way to package the tutorials. You’ll notice that the free template is a little different than the final product. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

Here’s a Free Text-to-Speech Application for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Occasionally, I get questions on free text-to-speech applications. While there are a number of free text-to-speech applications out there, many have character limits or don’t allow for commercial use. Today we’ll look at a really good solution if you need a free text-to-speech application. It’s bad enough to sit through most of the e-learning people experience today, let alone having it narrated by a robot. Balabolka Text-to-Speech Tutorials.

Microsoft Brings Back Free Clip Art…Sort Of

Rapid eLearning

Having free clip art is a big deal for those of us on fixed budgets and with limited access to stock images and clip art to use in our elearning courses, presentations, and training programs. So last week’s news that Microsoft is bringing back free clip art was a breath of fresh, kind of. Because of this many of you have been using the free stock images sites , the free images in the community , and downloading the free vector images which you can edit in PowerPoint.

How to Create Free Closed Captioning Text

Rapid eLearning

In this post we’ll explore a few simple ways to create free closed captioning text for your online training courses. What is Free Closed Captioning Text? Alternatives to Free Closed Captioning? Many of the elearning applications like Articulate Storyline have a transcript or notes feature that allows for this. The transcript can be part of the player or the course designer could add a transcript feature to the actual slide. Free E-learning Resources.

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