How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning

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Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning. The more courses they create, the more they realize they need to craft better learning experiences. I call this the rapid elearning story because it’s a story many people relate to. It’s also a great framework for learning to build courses. I shared more detail in the post on building a roadmap to better rapid elearning. Couple this with learning how to use the software.

6 Tips To Cut Online Training Costs With A Rapid eLearning Authoring Tool


There are multiple rapid eLearning authoring tools on the market that allow you to develop online training courses in a fraction of the time. They are so easy to use that even eLearning developers with no prior design experience can create memorable and engaging online training materials. But while they do assure eLearning developers of a quick turnaround, can they really save you money in the long run? Start With An eLearning Storyboard.


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Help For the One Person Instructional Design Team

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If you are a one person instructional design team, this post is for you. 2012 is almost over and now is the perfect time to gear up for next year’s eLearning projects. You probably already have some great ideas for next year’s learning initiatives, but it can be pretty hard to execute on all those ideas alone. And if you are just getting started with eLearning, you’re in for even more of a challenge. Learn more about Design It.

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.

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 10/31/2010 Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning I received several emails, message on Twitter, and InMails on LinkedIn concerning the Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning and the Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning posts.

Why Do E-Learning Courses Need a Company Brand?

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This became an issue when we transitioned to one of the early rapid e-learning applications. However, what we lacked in a great learning experience was made up covered by the fact that all employees knew where they worked. How does it contribute to the learning experience?

Adobe Captivate (2017 Release) : Smart, Fast & Incredibly Flexible

Adobe Captivate

The latest update to Adobe Captivate , Adobe’s industry leading eLearning authoring tool is packed with solid enhancements that will make virtually any eLearning developer smile, and the team at Adobe brings home another marvel – incredible levels of intuition and automation when it comes to creating fully responsive content for mobile devices. You can also now use the device specific preview menu to rapidly sample the appearance across a wide range of devices.

The Power of Your Network | Social Learning Blog

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Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Power of Your Network by Michael on February 9, 2011 in customer service , marketing , sales , social learning Whether it is building our LinkedIn Contacts or Followers on Twitter, gathering Friends on Facebook or Yammering with our fellow work teams, the buzz of “networking” is always present.

Learn How to Build Effective E-Learning with this Free E-Book

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I’m not sure you noticed but we just updated the Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. The first edition of the free e-book was released in 2007, and as you can imagine a lot has changed in our industry. How Has E-Learning Changed? In 2007, most of the options for creating interactive elearning required Flash. If you wanted to build courses, you were required to either learn Flash or hire a Flash programmer.

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Why You Need to Know Who’s the Boss of the E-Learning Course

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You just spent months working on an e-learning project. The legal team gets involved. When building an e-learning course, one of the first things to do is find out who the final authority of the project is and get that person involved right away. Want to learn more?

Starting an E-Learning Project

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“Help, I am just getting started with e-learning and don’t know where to start!” ” There’s obviously a lot that goes into e-learning. People don’t sit around waiting to take e-learning courses. Free E-Learning Resources.

FAQ: How Do You Manage the Graphics in Your E-Learning Course?

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I’ve been on the road a lot lately doing elearning workshops and Articulate jam sessions. Today, we’ll look at how to manage the images used in elearning courses. Do what works best for you and your team. To help alleviate that, I start each elearning course with a generic folder. You can get more detail in this blog post on organizing your elearning project files. It’s pretty slick and could come in handy if shooting your own stock photos.

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3 Production Tips for E-learning Developers

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Many e-learning developers are usually on a small team. But most I know, are a team of one. Here are three production tips and shortcuts from previous posts to help save time (and sanity) when building e-learning courses and online training.

Here’s How Many Organizations Ruin Their Online Training Courses

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One of the activities we do at my workshops is prototype an interactive elearning module. Craft a relevant and engaging learning interaction. However, that doesn’t always translate to the production of good elearning courses. If I were to assemble an elearning team, I’d value a graphic designer as much as I would an instructional designer. I was new to the organization and tried to get $80 to buy some images from a stock image site. Learning Solutions.

10 Best eLearning Authoring Tools


Corporate eLearning has grown by an impressive 900% in the last 16 years. The global eLearning market is projected to reach $325 billion by 2025. These numbers indicate only one thing – the eLearning industry is only gaining ground with time. Responsive eLearning.

Hundreds of Free Resources to Build Your E-learning Courses

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And of course, there’s always something new to learn from others when the share what they use. E-learning 101. Marketing team: they usually have graphics and other collateral. Web team: collection of online resources. Get inspiration from stock photo sites and try to mimic them. 3 Ways to Get Placeholder Text for Your E-Learning Courses. Free Stock Photos. Search most free sites:

Why There Are So Many Bad E-Learning Courses

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Why do I shudder thinking of taking a 3-hour e-learning course? I hear all the time that e-learning courses are boring. We have an industry full of experts whose whole existence revolves around pointing out boring e-learning and selling their services to de-borify.

Help! My Subject Matter Expert Needs to Edit My E-Learning Course

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You’re building an e-learning course and your subject matter expert needs to review and make edits to the course. But they don’t have access to your e-learning software. Another common issue is when training that involves the legal team.

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 5/01/2010 E front v3.7 - architecture The eFront team is proud to publish a presentation on the eFront v3.7 Extensions Architecture: E front v3.7 - architecture View more presentations from Epignosis. Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch fo.

3 Easy Ways to Create Silhouette Characters

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Budgets are tight and stock photos cost money. Because of this you end up using the same stock photos over and over again. The stock characters are treated like a team of improv performers. One possible solution is to shoot your own photos, which I covered in a previous blog post on creating your own stock images. Stock photos also raise the issue of representing diversity. You can learn more about that in this post on working with grouped clip art.

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Who’s Working on That E-Learning Course with You?

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One challenge I see for those who are just getting started with e-learning is that while they have the authoring tools to build the courses, they tend to lack the other connections and resources to pull the courses together. I like to pull in new people who just learned the material.

How to Create Custom Layouts for Interactive Scenarios

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The free stock images I shared recently are perfect for building interactive scenarios and establishing visual context. And with Storyline 360, you can share with your co-workers using the team slides feature. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events. November 5 & 6 (London): E-Learning Roadshow. November 8 (Edinburgh): E-Learning Roadshow.

eFront Contests


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 6/09/2010 eFront Contests We are running 4 contests throughout this summer which brings a nice opportunity to get rewarded for using eFront. The eFront team is very happy to announce the following summer contests as a gesture of goodwill towards our supportive community, Facebook fans and eFront users at large.

How to Create Videos in PowerPoint

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The Duarte team created a great presentation that showed off what could be done with the new features back in PowerPoint 2010. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events. November 5 & 6 (London): E-Learning Roadshow. November 9 (Edinburgh): E-Learning Roadshow. November 12 (Dublin): E-Learning Roadshow.

A Three-Step Process for Becoming an E-Learning Pro

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“I want to become an elearning pro. We’ll look at three key steps in the process of becoming an elearning pro. Become an E-learning Pro by Learning More. There are many ways to learn what you need to know to become an elearning pro. A lot of schools offer elearning certification programs. Manage your informal learning. There are many ways to learn without getting a degree. And you’ll learn a lot.

Save Time By Pre-Building Parts of Your E-Learning Courses

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What’s in an E-Learning Course? E-learning courses are very similar to books. And as an added bonus, if you’re using Articulate 360 Teams you can add those slides to your Teams account and everyone on your organization’s team can access those slides. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

4 Ways to Quickly Do a Needs Analysis for Your E-Learning

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It was frustrating for the customers, as well as the training team. Create a Pilot Team to Help. If you can’t get out of your cubicle and go onsite, assemble a team from a pool of your learning audience. You don’t need a big team. If you can’t build a formal pilot team, at a minimum you can send out a survey to collect information and feedback. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.

Do You Storyboard Your E-Learning Courses?

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Years ago when I first started working with e-learning, storyboards were really important. Rapid E-Learning Changed Things. If you’re a team of one doing most of the production yourself, then a formal storyboard is less likely. However, when you start to build more complex learning experiences, you need to be more intentional about what you design. Upcoming E-Learning Events. Articulate Roadshow: Learn more and register here.

Create a Gamified E-learning Template

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We started with a nice clean template designed to meet the team. It’s interactive, in the sense that you click to learn about each team member. In our activity, we used the template as a mechanism to interview team members and collect information to make the right decisions. Gamified Learning Challenge. They do this by interviewing the team members. Each team member has something to say. That’s part of the learning experience.

Two Free Multimedia Applications to Help Build Courses

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We all love free tools to help us save time and resources so that we are more efficient building our elearning courses. ShareX is a pretty slick application and I use it all the time to create quick screenshots and share them with team members and customers. So there you have it, two free multimedia applications that will come in handy for your elearning development. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.

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Do You Need to be a Programmer to Build E-Learning Courses?

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Do you need to be an e-learning programmer to build e-learning courses? A lot has changed with e-learning over the past decade or so. As noted before, it used to require a team of people that usually included someone with some programming skills. However, as the rapid e-learning market emerged, the need for programming skills virtually disappeared. E-Learning Programmer: HTML Basics. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

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Here Are Your E-learning Tips for 2017

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In 2007, when Flash was king, I stated that the e-learning tools would evolve and become easier to use. You’d no longer need to learn specialized skills like Flash and ActionScript. The key point was that it didn’t matter what underlying technology drove the content, the next generation course designer could build e-elearning with no programming skills required. Catching the Rapid E-Learning Bug. Do you have any e-learning goals?

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Save Time & Money with Hybrid E-Learning Design

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I used it to help manage my team and allocate our limited resources. Back then, most e -learning was custom-built in Flash. We always started with rapid e -learning and only moved to more expensive development when we could justify doing so. Today, we have a similar challenge so let’s revisit the hierarchy of course design for a new generation of rapid e -learning designers. General E-Learning Content.

What Are Your Favorite Go-To Fonts?

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In fact, if I see a project from someone on our team, I can usually guess who build it by the fonts used in the module. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Events. How to Build a Professional E-Learning Portfolio. Free E-Learning Resources. Want to learn more? Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills.

6 Things You Can Do to Build Your E-Learning Skills

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I may not have built good courses to start, but I did do some things in the early years to build my elearning skills that helped me grow and learn to build better courses over time. Build Your E-Learning Skills by Debriefing Your E-Learning Projects. I worked on a team once where every Friday we reviewed what we built or what we were working on. Remember, if you try hard and don’t succeed, it’s a great learning experience.

Blur Your Course Into Focus

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A good elearning course always starts with good content. However, content alone isn’t your only consideration when building elearning courses. One of the beefs people have with rapid elearning courses is that they tend to look like PowerPoint slide shows. You’ll learn to craft a better message and make screens that are more visually interesting. But the reality is that a budget and rapid elearning usually don’t go hand-in-hand.

Check Out These Cool E-Learning Examples

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Many of you know I’m a big fan of the e-learning challenges posted each week in the community. The intent is to get you to think about different ways to see the tools, be inspired by other examples, and practice using the software to learn new production tips. He really comes up with some interesting ideas and he often shares the files so that you can learn how he created what he did. E-Learning Example: Leadership Template. Want to learn more?

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How to Simplify E-Learning Templates

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E-learning templates are a great way to save time. And it’s even more true for those of us who aren’t graphic designers since many of the e-learning templates provide nice looking visual design. E-Learning Templates Are the Second Step. I like the weekly e-learning challenges as a way to play around with ideas and see what others do. The challenges are also a great way to add content to your e-learning portfolio.

Top 10 Cost-Saving Tips from the Latest eLearning Guild Report


The eLearning Guild recently released a great eBook full of helpful cost-saving tips for e-Learning development called <em>The eLearning Guild’s 75 Tips to Reduce eLearning Costs. </em>The </li> <li><strong>Let learners create learning content</strong> One respondent of the report explained how his sales team creates simple videos for other sales people, which they enjoy and find very effective.</li>

Over 30 Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates

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Creative Team Tabs Template. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Upcoming E-Learning Workshops & Events (2015). Community-based elearning workshops focused on practical tips & tricks. To learn more & register, click here. Want to learn to get the right look and feel for your courses? To learn more and register, click here. Free E-learning Resources.