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 Free Online Image Editors for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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. They also have a very active user community which is a plus and lots of tutorials. Tutorials. Rapid E-Learning Workshop.

Three Time-Saving Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

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. Check out the tutorial below. Click here to view the PowerPoint tutorial. To learn more check out the tutorial below. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial.

Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets

Rapid eLearning

This makes sense because it’s the most popular elearning tool out there. It’s easy to learn. And once you understand how to use it to build rapid elearning courses , the sky’s the limit. Because it was so popular I decided to make another post that highlights all the ones that include free PowerPoint templates or other free assets. Be sure to take advantage of the free templates & assets in the elearning community , too.

Three Time-Saving Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

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. Check out the tutorial below. Click here to view the PowerPoint tutorial. To learn more check out the tutorial below. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial.

Rapid E-Learning Workshop: How to Create a Tabbed Notebook

Rapid eLearning

In this case, it’s a tutorial that I created over two years ago after a rapid elearning workshop I had given. But the focus is really on learning some core rapid elearning tips when working with PowerPoint. Click here to view the rapid elearning workshop. If you’re just getting started with rapid elearning, this is a good basic workshop that takes you through some of the essential techniques. Learn to use PowerPoint hyperlinks.

Four Essential Tips for the Rapid E-Learning Pro

Rapid eLearning

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.

7 Simple Rapid E-Learning Tips & Free PowerPoint Template

Rapid eLearning

To keep things organized, create a consistent process by which you manage your folders and elearning assets. It’s free and makes resizing and converting your images super easy. You don’t really need the highest resolution for your elearning courses. It’s always easy to remember what you’re doing when the elearning project is current. Below are a few tips and a quick tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial.

5 Essential Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

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.

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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

Rapid eLearning

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.

Here Are More Than 200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials

Rapid eLearning

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.

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.

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

Rapid eLearning

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.

Answers to Frequently Asked Rapid E-Learning Questions

Rapid eLearning

Many of the blog’s subscribers are new to elearning. And you really hurt your elearning course it if looks great but sounds bad. There are a few common issues when working with rapid elearning tools. That’s where I got the ideas for these free PowerPoint templates. After you do a few of these types of designs, you’ll start to get a better feel for how to move past bullet-point elearning and start to work on something more creative. It’s free and easy.

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. PowerPoint Tutorials. I’ve included a couple of tutorials to show how to create the circle avatar effect and how to work with connectors. Some quick tips and tutorial on how to create additional connection points in PowerPoint shapes.

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.

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.

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

Rapid eLearning

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). Click here to view the tutorial. Free E-Learning Resources.

Check Out This Free PowerPoint Template & Tutorial

Rapid eLearning

It’s that time of year to share gifts, so here’s an elearning template that you’re free to use as you wish. The template comes with a few layouts and they’re easy enough to modify, which you’ll see in the tutorials. As always, I use the default template colors, so you’re free to easily modify the colors using PowerPoint’s color themes. Click here to view the tutorials. Here’s a link to the free PowerPoint template. Feel free to use it as you wish.

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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The Most Practical Rapid E-Learning Tips from 2012

Rapid eLearning

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

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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More Than 100 PowerPoint Tutorials & a Free Template

Rapid eLearning

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.

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 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.

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.

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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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 December eTrainings Announced for Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Is it Possible to Predict & Enhance Learning with Big Data Date and time: Wednesday, 4th December, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Learner Intervention in Adobe Presenter 9 extends the social collaboration experience and integrates the traditional quiz outcomes to create a modern and powerful solution for analyzing the student learning […].

Your Favorite Rapid E-Learning Posts of 2010

Rapid eLearning

A Roadmap for Building an E-Learning Course. Here Are More Than 200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials. Do You Really Need Instructions on How to Use an E-Learning Course? Why E-Learning is So Effective. Here’s How to Be an E-Learning Superstar in 2010. Rapid E-Learning Workshop: How to Create a Tabbed Notebook. The Truth About Rapid E-Learning. Bunch of Free Stuff.

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?

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).

M-Learning 101: I’ll Take My Rapid E-Learning to Go

Rapid eLearning

The challenge for many people is figuring out what mobile learning is and what they can do to get started. The cool thing is that while you’re still figuring things out, it’s easy enough to stick your toes into the m-learning pool. In today’s post, I’ll share some simple tips to help you get started with mobile learning. You Already Have a Great Mobile Learning Tool. If you want to get started with mobile learning, all you need is PowerPoint.

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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.

Your Favorite Rapid E-Learning Posts of 2009

Rapid eLearning

I especially love to learn what people are doing and the challenges they face building elearning courses. Speaking of going to conferences, here are some things I learned this past year: Johnny Cash says “ don’t take your guns to town , leave them at home.” 9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning. Here’s What You Need to Know About Mobile Learning. Now You Can Design E-Learning Courses Like a Pro. Free Stuff!

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?

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.