I like syncing services like Dropbox because I can keep my files synced across multiple computers. And, if you’re an elearning developer or freelancers, Dropbox makes sharing files with your customers super easy. In fact, the community team here at Articulate uses it for all of our collaboration and file sharing.
One of the challenges with Dropbox is that it requires the other person to download and install the Dropbox application. Quite a few organizations don’t allow the installation of outside applications. Plus, many people are blocked from accessing the Dropbox site because it’s a file sharing site.
Airdropper: A Simple Way to Request Files
This is where Airdropper comes in. It’s a service that lets you create a way for people to upload and send files to your Dropbox without requiring that they actually sign up or download any Dropbox applications. Essentially, you share a folder with Airdropper and they send the files to you via that folder.
Here’s a quick screencast tour of how it works. If you’re a Dropbox user, you’ll find the service valuable. Personally, I find it to be a great service that complements what I do with Dropbox.
Free PowerPoint Template
Not only do I like the Airdopper service, I really like their website. It’s got a clean interface that could easily be adapted to an elearning course. So I used the site to inspire a new free PowerPoint template.
Here’s a demo of the Airdropper-inspired template in action. And you can read some tips below on doing something similar.
- Use PowerPoint to build your graphics. When I create templates like this, I like to separate the graphics development from the PowerPoint file. In this case, I built all of the objects in PowerPoint and then saved them as images. Then I imported the images into the slides. This makes it easier to work with the files and speeds up the publishing time.
- Store PowerPoint graphics on the master slide. In a previous post, I shared how you can use the master slide as a repository. In this template, I placed all of the envelope shapes I created in PowerPoint on a few master slides. They don’t interfere with the course, but if you want to make edits to the originals, they’re always available to you.
- Improve your PowerPoint skills. As always, I encourage you to do these types of templates. They’ll help you come up with some elearning course templates. In addition, you’ll become more proficient using PowerPoint and your rapid elearning tools. You’ll also become more comfortable in your graphic design skills.
Here’s a screencast that gives a quick tour of the template and some ideas on how to create animated pages that move in and out of the envelope.
I hope you enjoy the template. Feel free to use it as you wish for your elearning projects. You can download the free PowerPoint template here.
Upcoming Events (2015)
- Vancouver & Toronto Workshops: We’re planning a couple of workshops in Toronto & Vancouver. If you’re interested, let us know. Click here for more details.
- January 28-29 (London, UK). I’ll be at Learning Technologies, swing by the Articulate booth #42 to say “Hi.”
- January 30 (London, UK). Doing a couple of seminars on building interactive elearning. Click here to register.
- February 10 & 11 (Omaha, NE). Sign up for one day or both:
Day 1: How to Build Interactive E-Learning
Day 2: Use Articulate Storyline to Build Interactive E-Learning
- March 10 & 11 (Phoenix, AZ). Registration page coming soon.
Day 1: How to Build Interactive E-Learning with Articulate Storyline
Day 2: Articulate Storyline Brainteasers
- March 25-27 (Orlando, FL). Learning Solutions. Swing by the Articulate booth to say “Hello.”
- April 15 & 16 (Chicago, IL). Details coming soon.
- May 17-20 (Orlando, FL). ATD International Conference & Expo. Swing by the Articulate booth to say “Hello.”
- June 3 & 4 (San Francisco, CA). Registration page coming soon.
Day 1: Learn to Create Your Own E-Learning Assets
Day 2: Use Storyline to Build Interactive E-Learning
- Other locations include: Philadelphia, Portland, Atlanta, Vancouver, and Toronto.
E-learning Community News
- Learn: Want to learn more about elearning? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.
- Get hired: Job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs (updated weekly)
- Participate: Weekly challenges to sharpen your skills and show off what you’ve done. Great way to learn and get feedback.
- Resources: Free PowerPoint templates, free elearning templates, and free e-books. Updated all the time.
- Inspiration: Cool elearning examples.