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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - ebola training ideas Sometimes the world seems a bit scary as things spiral out of our control. This is definitely the case with the news regarding Ebola. However, just because we’re not doctors and nurses doesn’t mean we can’t use our skills to help in the fight against Ebola. Examples of Ebola Training The elearning community’s weekly challenges are designed to be quick ways to build prototypes and practice new skills. Some people put in a lot of work and some build ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Tips to create interactive elearning How do you define interactive elearning? It’s a question I ask clients when they tell me they want an interactive elearning course. Usually they define interactive elearning with what we normally consider the “bells and whistles.” Often they mention things like fancy buttons that change colors and rollover effects. Sometimes we laugh those off as superfluous or unnecessary interactions. But they do play an important role in interactive elearning. But they’re only part of the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - safety training images I was building a demo for a workshop and needed a few safety training images. Fortunately Microsoft has some decent images available on their site.

  • Click here to get an image search box. Ignore the “no results” message.
  • Search for “Style 401”
  • Microsoft’s Services Agreement: I get a lot of questions about whether or not you can use the images. Check out their service agreement to
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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to create characters In this post we’ll review seven ways to create characters for your online training courses. For the most part these characters can be created in PowerPoint so you don’t need other tools. Create Characters by Customizing Clip Art If all you have is clip art then that’s what you have to work with. But you still have some flexibility. Start by selecting the clip art image, ungrouping it, and making the customizations you need. Then regroup it. I ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - time saving tip - build courses slides templates At a recent workshop I was chatting with someone about simple ways to speed up course design. Here are a few of the time saving tips we discussed. 8 Time Saving Tips: Build Template Slides Start by thinking through the various screens common to elearning courses and then build the core structure. Don’t worry about the way they look because that will change based on the course topic. However the core features and functionality ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - first step when building interactive elearning courses On past projects, many of my customers would ask for interactive elearning courses. When I asked them how they defined interactive elearning courses they’d usually list things like fancy mouseovers, drag-and-drop interactions, and a host of other ways to interact with the screen. They rarely described making decisions or using the content. Many times we dismiss this type of interactivity as novel and superfluous. I’ve heard other presenters deride those things as a waste of time ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free flat UI learning interaction template Here’s a template I created for a recent workshop on how to create an exploratory learning interaction. I used a flat UI design for the learning interaction. Since it uses a similar style to this previous template, the two learning interactions can be combined. That’s what I did in the demo below. Example of the Learning Interaction Here’s an example of the learning interaction combined with the previous template. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Favorite apps & extensions for chrome This weekend I reinstalled my operating system. After I installed my Chrome browser I was glad to see that everything sync’d properly, especially some of my favorite browser apps and extensions. I’ve come to depend on them as I use many online services to help me build elearning courses. I love them because they’re always at my fingertips and save me time. Here are five of the extensions I use quite regularly. IE Tabs ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning  - pet peeves for elearning Recently there was a great discussion in the elearning community on pet peeves. As you review them, I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to quite a few. Here are a few that stood out to me: Articulate Rapid E-Learning  - examples of pet peeves for elearning My E-Learning Pet Peeve There are a lot of things I’d like to improve with elearning but one of ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - learn about fonts in these games When building an elearning course there are three main considerations:

  • What content will be in the course?
  • What will it look like?
  • What will the learner do?
Most of the content in the course is text. And the look and feel of the course is also dependent on text. That’s because the text in your course serves two functions: it is what ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - what do you love and hate about e-learning The infographic below shows the results of a recent survey we conducted on what people love and hate about elearning and online courses. I’ve included a few of my thoughts. The E-Learning Industry is Hot! The industry is growing like crazy. This is good because often the training people are the first to get cut when companies restructure. However, many of the emerging technologies and devices (like mobile apps) are centered on learning. Instead ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - record audio narration tips & tricks Many of you are course designers thrown into the role of elearning developer. And part of developing elearning is recording audio narration. Unfortunately most of us aren’t audio engineers. In fact, we tend to have limited audio capabilities. For example, most of us have relatively inexpensive microphones, no dedicated recording environment, and limited technical skills. On top of that, we’re pressed for time and need to get the audio recorded quickly. Audio Narration Setup In ...

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