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Instructional Design is Not Dead!

Learning Rebels

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

Experiencing eLearning

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.

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8 Questions to Answer for Impressive PowerPoint Presentations

eLearning Brothers

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

eLearning Brothers

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.

PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

Association eLearning

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: Conversation Interaction

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a free PowerPoint template I built for a recent workshop. I used it to show how to create interactive conversations in PowerPoint using hyperlinks. In this example it’s a simple back and forth conversation. Below is an example of the template in action.

How to Customize Illustrations in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

In this post we’ll look at an easy way to customize illustration in PowerPoint, since it’s a tool most of us have and it’s easy to do. Finding the Right Illustrations in PowerPoint & E-Learning. How to Edit Vector Illustrations in PowerPoint.

Over 30 Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates

Rapid eLearning

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.

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. But that doesn’t mean PowerPoint’s obsolete.

No, I Won’t “Tweak” Your PowerPoint Slides

Experiencing eLearning

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.

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Top Instructional Design Tips

Rapid eLearning

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.

Free PowerPoint Template to Manage Free Fonts

Rapid eLearning

Free PowerPoint Template. You can download the PowerPoint template here. Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs. Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

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Free PowerPoint Template: Tabs Interaction

Rapid eLearning

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.

Why PowerPoint Isn’t the Right Choice for Interactive E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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.

SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers

Association eLearning

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.

Create Free Icons and Images in PowerPoint Using Dingbat Fonts

Rapid eLearning

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.

Free PowerPoint Template: Circle Lift

Rapid eLearning

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.

Instructional Design Tip: How to Simplify Instruction

Rapid eLearning

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.

How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

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.

“The Medium is the Message”: An Instructional Design Perspective

Web Courseworks

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.

Free E-Learning & PowerPoint Template

Rapid eLearning

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.

Here’s a Simple PowerPoint Hack to Help with Course Design

Rapid eLearning

Like many of you, I’m no graphic designer. So you have plenty of quality templates and stock images to help guide your design. And I did it all in PowerPoint. Here’s a PowerPoint tutorial with more detail. PowerPoint Hack: Start with Matching Graphics.

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5 Instructional Design Books That Every Instructional Designer Should Read

Adobe Captivate

Are you an Instructional Designer looking for inspiration? Here are 5 Instructional Design books you should add to your must-read list. Top 5 Instructional Design Books For Instructional Design Professionals.

Effective Instructional Graphics in eLearning

eLearning Brothers

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?

Cool Interactive Video Example for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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.

Five Tips To Make an Instructional Designer’s LinkedIn Profile Shine

Raptivity

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.

Check Out This Gamified E-Learning Example

Rapid eLearning

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.

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?

Xyleme

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.

3 Articulate Storyline E-learning Samples

CommLab India

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.

Here Are Two Cool PowerPoint Tips When Building Templates

Rapid eLearning

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.

Here Are Some Cool E-Learning Examples

Rapid eLearning

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?

A Step by Step Guide to Convert PowerPoint Presentations to E-learning

CommLab India

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.

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Another Free PowerPoint Template & Learning Interaction

Rapid eLearning

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.

More Than 30 Drag and Drop Examples

Rapid eLearning

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.

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ADDIE: 5 Steps To Build Effective Training Programs

LearnUpon

The Addie model is an instructional design methodology used to help organize and streamline the production of your course content. Developed in the 1970’s, ADDIE is still the most commonly used model for instructional design. Addie Explained. Design.

Straight PowerPoint Conversion?

E-learning Uncovered

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

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.