Instructional Design is Not Dead!
MARCH 23, 2017
Despite rumors to the contrary, Instructional Design is not dead. . You may have noticed the many articles and blog posts stating that instructional design is dead, and by extension, so is the role of Instructional Designer.
30+ Ideas for eLearning Portfolio Samples
JULY 14, 2016
What if you can’t use any samples of your existing work due to confidentiality or security requirements? For example, the Instructional Designer or eLearning Developer demo in my portfolio is based on an activity I originally created for a health care client.
8 Questions to Answer for Impressive PowerPoint Presentations
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Before I developed a huge passion for presentations and visual communications, I worked as an instructional designer for telecommunications courseware. Example? The rule of thumb we used when designing courses was to have content for 75% of the allotted time. Examples?
5 Essential PowerPoint Add-Ins
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Microsoft PowerPoint can do so many things very well on its own, but don’t underestimate the power of PowerPoint add-Ins and the productivity it can bring to your development, teaching, and designing. You are not using PowerPoint to its fullest potential without using Add-Ins.
How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint
APRIL 24, 2014
Having a solid foundation in PowerPoint is a must when using rapid content authoring tools to create online learning. If you’re not an experienced Flash or HTML programmer or are short on resources, PowerPoint may be the only eLearning development tool you have available. Example.
Create Free Icons and Images in PowerPoint Using Dingbat Fonts
MARCH 7, 2017
Looking at the free icons reminded me of simple trick we show in our PowerPoint workshops. It’s one I’ve shared in the past when I showed how to create custom shapes in PowerPoint , but today I’m adding a bit more detail. You’ll need PowerPoint 2013 or newer.
Over 30 Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
There are 16 free PowerPoint templates and 15 free Storyline templates. Free PowerPoint Templates. Here are a bunch of free PowerPoint templates. They run the range of click and reveal activities to interactive quiz examples. Things tend to slow down in the summer.
MARCH 18, 2014
Job Title: Instructional Designer. Job Category: eLearning, software, instructional design, training, education. Digitec Interactive is looking for an Instructional Designer to work with our production team in Orlando, Florida. The candidate will report to a project manager and perform instructional design tasks, following the ISD process to design and write e-learning modules, courses, and game-based learning experiences.
Top Instructional Design Tips
OCTOBER 20, 2015
At a recent workshop I was asked to put together a post with some of my top instructional design tips. Of course, over the past 8 years most of the posts are littered with various tips related to instructional design. Instructional Design Tips.
PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?” Here are a few points to consider before making a choice for your association: “Is the eLearning well-designed?”. Regardless of whether you use PPT or Prezi, content and design are key.
Free PowerPoint Template: Tabs Interaction
DECEMBER 22, 2015
At a recent workshop I showed the difference between creating interactive elearning in PowerPoint and Storyline. Following is the free PowerPoint template and the corresponding Storyline version. Free PowerPoint Template. Click here to download the free PowerPoint templates.
No, I Won’t “Tweak” Your PowerPoint Slides
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
She and I spoke briefly once when she was looking for a pool of instructional designers to call on for specific projects, but we haven’t worked together yet. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s never worked with any instructional designers before.
Why PowerPoint Isn’t the Right Choice for Interactive E-Learning
DECEMBER 8, 2015
If you follow this blog then you know that I’m a big fan of PowerPoint. But is PowerPoint the best option if you want to create interactive elearning? Here’s What Makes PowerPoint Special. Top PowerPoint Tips & Tricks. 3 PowerPoint Shortcuts.
“The Medium is the Message”: An Instructional Design Perspective
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
This may sound like the musings of a recovering academic, but McLuhan’s insights into modern media have important implications for instructional design. People want to take the PowerPoint presentations that their trainers use, dump them into a SCORM, and call it an online class.
Instructional Design Tip: How to Simplify Instruction
OCTOBER 4, 2016
This instructional design tip focuses on how to simplify and chunk content in complex training courses. Essentially, instructional design is about crafting a viable learning experience. Instructional Design Tip: Break Your Content into Chunks.
Free PowerPoint Template: Circle Lift
JULY 28, 2015
Here’s another free PowerPoint template that you’re free to use in your online training courses. I designed the files for a workshop on building some interactive timelines, however it can be used for anything. See the Free PowerPoint Template in Action.
How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint
JUNE 16, 2015
In this post we’ll explore how to edit free vector images in PowerPoint. However, if you get the image in.EPS format you may be able to edit the free vector images in PowerPoint. If the free vector image is in.EPS format you may be able to edit it in PowerPoint.
Five Tips To Make an Instructional Designer’s LinkedIn Profile Shine
MARCH 26, 2017
In-line with this redesigned user experience that LinkedIn offers now; I am going to share some tips that could make your profile stand out as an eLearning professional, and specifically as an instructional designer. An interesting way that graphic designers could use this feature is by using some innovative infographic or tag-cloud as the background photo. You could also design your own examples to be uploaded as media.
Free E-Learning & PowerPoint Template
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
A few weeks ago I shared an elearning example I created for an elearning workshop. Many of you requested a template based on the example so here it is. There’s a PowerPoint version and one for Articulate Storyline 2 that offers a lot more interactivity.
SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers
MARCH 18, 2013
PowerPoints, documents, graphs, charts…do you really have to review all this? Pam Kelly Instructional Design Director at Digitec Interactive. SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers - March 18, 2013. eLearning design > Top Ten eLearning Design Tips - August 27, 2007.
Cool Interactive Video Example for E-Learning
AUGUST 16, 2016
Earlier I shared a nice example of a gamified elearning course. Today I’d like to share a really neat example of an interactive video scenario. This example comes via the fine folks at SpongeUk who do some really cool work and said I can share it.
Effective Instructional Graphics in eLearning
MAY 22, 2015
Instructional graphics are great training aids and can make the difference between a so-so course and a great course. The true test of an instructional graphic: Can we look it and understand the concept without reading the supporting text?
Check Out This Gamified E-Learning Example
AUGUST 2, 2016
Gamified E-Learning Example. Key Points of Gamified E-Learning Example. Use of gate screen to provide starting instructions. One of the best ways to build better elearning is by looking at different examples , deconstruct them, and then apply what you learn to your own courses.
Here Are Some Cool E-Learning Examples
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Reviewing elearning examples is a great way to learn. Here are some really nice elearning examples that I’ve seen in the community recently. E-Learning Example: Hero Land. Click to view the elearning example. How to create just-in-time instructions?
Here Are Two Cool PowerPoint Tips When Building Templates
JUNE 28, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, Creative Markets, gave away this PowerPoint template. I created a PowerPoint tutorial that goes through both tips in more detail. PowerPoint Tip: Use Pattern Fills for Image Placeholders. Starting with PowerPoint 2010, there are some merge shapes features.
Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?
MARCH 28, 2014
How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint [link] via @slate — Dawn Poulos (@dawnpoulos) March 7, 2014. This excellent anti-presentation got me thinking about how much training today is actually delivered via PowerPoint.
More Than 30 Drag and Drop Examples
JULY 5, 2016
Drag and Drop Examples. Design a Workspace. Drag and Drop Examples from Weekly Challenges. You can view the examples submitted in the comments section of the challenge. Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs.
Another Free PowerPoint Template & Learning Interaction
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
I used a flat UI design for the learning interaction. Example of the Learning Interaction. Here’s an example of the learning interaction combined with the previous template. Free template: PowerPoint learning interaction. Day 1: PowerPoint’s for E-Learning.
A Step by Step Guide to Convert PowerPoint Presentations to E-learning
JANUARY 12, 2017
Start converting your existing PowerPoint presentations used in classroom training sessions to e-learning courses pepping them with animations, audio, interactivities, and assessments. Identify all the PowerPoint presentations you want to convert to e-learning and place them in a folder.
3 Articulate Storyline E-learning Samples
OCTOBER 28, 2016
Its PowerPoint-like interface and many built-in features make it easy to use. This eliminates the need to have prior experience in using the software, especially for instructional designers. Design effective assessments.
Straight PowerPoint Conversion?
APRIL 5, 2012
The promise of PowerPoint conversion tools is that you can take existing content and turn it into e-learning in just a few clicks. Here are three reasons why a straight conversion of existing PowerPoint slides might be a bad idea—and what you can do about it. Without that presenter, you lose much of your material, especially the stories, examples, and interactions that help that information come alive. Does the visual design enhance the learning process?
Learning Interactions in PowerPoint: Add Engagement to Instructor-Led Training
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
JANUARY 27, 2014
e-Learning course designers have traditionally turned to traditional classroom instruction for insights in instructional design. Now with a couple of decades experience of e-learning, classroom instruction can incorporate some of the best practices in e-learning. The use of learning interactions is one such example. Since PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used presentation tools, I will limit my comments to a typical PowerPoint presentation here.
8 eLearning Quiz Design Tips
APRIL 1, 2016
You probably didn’t picture something like this: Well, that’s the quiz eLearning great, Jackie Van Nice , designed for an Articulate Heroes Weekly Challenge on Spelling Bees and Interactive Vocabulary Quizzes. Here are the 10 things I like best about Jackie’s design: 1.
How to Create an Interactive Image Template
AUGUST 18, 2015
This is a great solution for those who don’t have graphic design skills or access to a graphic designer. Interactive Image Example. As a bonus, I used the same image to create a free PowerPoint template. New Zoom Office PowerPoint template.