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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - Build Better Online Training There’s often a big disconnect between the training that is delivered and the training that has impact. It’s because training is commissioned by someone who doesn’t take the training like a manager or subject matter expert. What happens is that while the training has all of the right information it doesn’t frame it in a perspective that is true or relevant to the learner; and that’s because the end-user usually doesn’t have a seat at the table when the training ...

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I was chatting with someone recently who was complaining that the organization’s elearning courses weren't successful. After some conversation, it turns out that the courses were mostly information-based courses. The organization did a great job pulling content together, but outside of the content (and some nice looking slides) there wasn’t much to the courses. We talked a bit more about what it takes for a training course to be successful. Successful Training Defines Success There are different reasons why organizations create elearning courses. And with that, the ...

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Rapid E-Learning Blog - how long should e-learning course be I’m often asked how long an elearning course should be. My quick response is that it should last long enough to meet your objectives. On the surface that’s not a bad answer, but it’s usually one that doesn’t satisfy either. There are a few variables when it comes to determining how long an elearning course should be. However here are some tips that may help answer the question. Chunk Your Content The trend in online learning ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - practice visual thinking skills for e-learning In a previous post, we discussed visual thinking concepts and where they fit with elearning design. Now, let’s look at ways to practice sketching your ideas so that you’re able to move past understanding the concepts and actually applying them to your course. How to Practice Your Visual Thinking Skills The first step is to get a handle on the basics:

  • Learn to capture
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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - share elearning courses To share elearning courses via a learning management system or Articulate Online is common. However, sometimes getting access to an LMS isn’t easy, especially if you want to share elearning courses that are quick prototypes or demos to solicit opinions. You definitely don’t want to fill out requisitions and wait for your LMS administrator to send you a link. There are also many of you who participate in the weekly elearning challenges and need an ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog -  free stock images for e-learning courses One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on a tight budget. ...

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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. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - elearning example Click here to view the elearning example. Working with Templates One of the challenges when using a pre-defined template is that it tends to look good with real ...

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 Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - essential guide to visual thinking for e-learning Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching. What is Visual Thinking? The essence of visual thinking is to convert your text-based ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - build better elearning courses Are you tired of building the same courses over and over again? Sure you may get to build a hundred courses, but they’re essentially the same course built a hundred times. The result is that many of the courses look the same and they don’t provide the opportunity to expand your course design skills. Today I’d like to offer a few tips on how you can get out of the hundred course rut. Build Better E-Learning by Making ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - training mistakes One of the activities we do at my workshops is prototype an interactive elearning module. I provide some generic content and their task is to do two things:

They spend about twenty minutes discussing ideas and then they share their ideas. It never ceases to amaze me how creative they are ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog -  7 free audio editors Even though many elearning applications have their own audio tools, I usually don’t use them. I may for quick projects, but generally, I like to keep my audio production separate from my elearning course production. It provides more control over the audio files and dedicated audio editing software tends to have more features. Here’s a list of some free audio editors that are more than sufficient for what you may need for most of your elearning course production. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - e-learning job titles Last year I facilitated a number of elearning workshops with about 1800 participants who are either considering elearning as a career or are active in the elearning industry. Here’s a common question that I’m asked: What job title best describes the person who builds elearning courses? Most Common E-Learning Job Titles The people I meet have all sorts of titles. Some are clear and some are a bit ambiguous. Looking over the job listings in the elearning ...

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