The Rapid Elearning Blog

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Seinfeld's George Castanza needs the missing Penske file An essential ingredient for interactive and engaging elearning is to let the learner explore and collect information that assists in making decisions. A common design concept to facilitate exploration of content is the interactive desktop where the learner can select desktop objects to collect information. Today I am offering a free elearning template designed that can be used to craft an interactive experience. Design Ideas for the Free E-Learning Template Here’s a flat ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - what is instructional design At the iDesignX conference in Australia I shared some tips on instructional design challenges. During my session, Blair Rorani from Ever Learning sketched his notes and then tweeted them during the session. They’re so cool I couldn’t just let them fade away. So here are Blair’s sketches coupled with some quick notes from my presentation on instructional design challenges. What is Instructional Design? Instructional design is a loaded term and can mean many things depending ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to build effective elearning and not boring courses Linear, click-and-read courses are pretty common and usually held up as the worst of online training and cause of boring courses because they’re mostly information dumps with little focus on how the learner can actually use the course content. They may be the worst of elearning. Or perhaps not. Let’s review some common reasons why these types of online courses exist and what we can do to fix them so that you’re not producing ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - instructional designers united with the serious elearning manifesto Had a great trip last week to Sydney and got to meet many of the blog readers I’ve corresponded with over the years. If you haven’t attended an iDesignX conference, I recommend doing so. You get to meet many of your peers and sit in on some good presentations. As I was returning home I ran into Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer at the Los Angeles airport. We had a few moments to chat about the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - build better courses with these tips I facilitate a lot of elearning workshops and from my experience most of the people who attend are just getting started. Generally the transition to elearning happens like this. They’re good at explaining things and go from explainer to trainer. Then somewhere in the process the organization says that they’re switching to online learning. Now the trainer has to make another transition as she goes from creating and facilitating workshops to building elearning courses. And as ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create interactive stories with simple pictures and comic-book like panels The other day I was doing a search for business meeting images and ran into this collage image. It kind of looks like a comic book layout. I played around with some ways to use this image in an elearning course. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create an interactive story with this collage image Here’s a quick demo of the image converted into an interactive slide. I ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - accept the mission to create learning objectives One of the biggest challenges in course design is creating a course consistent with the organization’s learning objectives. Often courses are built around fuzzy objectives where the expected outcome isn’t quite clear. Another issue is that the course doesn’t end up meeting the objectives. Learning Objectives Require Clear Goals Why is the course being built? What is expected after the person takes the course? Understanding this helps you create learning objectives to meet the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - How to fail at elearning In today’s world, elearning is an important part of learning and training employees. Some organizations use it exclusively and some blend it with other learning activities. There are a lot of things you can do to create successful elearning, but here are some guaranteed ways to make sure that you don’t succeed and waste a lot of time and money in the process. Build Courses Irrelevant to the Learner’s Needs One the biggest complaints I ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - 9 examples of online software training The other day someone asked for different ways to present simple screencast videos. They didn’t want an elaborate production process. Instead just a few ideas to help them change up the way they’re currently doing their screencasts for their online software training. I regularly put together simple screencast videos. Sometimes I’ll play with different ways to present the information. Below are a few examples from the blog over the past couple of years. I highlight some ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - visual design for e-learning In a recent post, I discussed some issues that organizational branding introduces to course design. In today’s post we’ll review a few of the visual design issues I often see in some of the elearning courses I review. Below is a demo course slide that represents a few common design issues. Look over the interactive slide and we’ll review it below. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how can your learners help you build better elearning One of the best ways to build good elearning is to get close to those who are going to take the courses. This is because they often understand the content in a different way than the organization does. A few years ago I worked for a large financial institution and was hired to build training for loan officers. One of my first requests was to meet with some loan officers. I wanted to get ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Are you making these mistakes with your online training program I was in London last week attending the Learning Technologies conference. It was great to meet so many blog readers and Articulate customers. During an interview at the conference I was asked about the three most common issues I see with elearning. Here are a few of my thoughts concerning those issues. Will You Get 100% With a 50% Commitment? There’s a big push to move content online. Usually the organizations start by converting existing classroom ...

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