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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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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - provide effective feedback through decisions Good online courses provide feedback throughout the course. The trick is making sure that it is meaningful and effective feedback. Here’s an approach that’s typical of a lot of elearning courses. We provide a few screens of information then a quick knowledge check to see what they know. Then provide some more screens of information with another quick knowledge check. At the end of it all, we have them complete a multiple choice quiz. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create your own characters for online training In this blog we’ve learned how to create custom characters with clip art. We’ve also learned to create our own illustrated characters in PowerPoint. And today, we’ll learn another way to create custom characters. A few months ago, Mike Taylor, one of our community managers had a great post on how to create your own graphics for your online training courses. It was one of those posts so good that I ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - drag and drop feedback Interactive elearning is all the rage and building drag and drop interactions is getting easier than ever. Drag and drop interactions are great because they get the learners to interact with the screen objects and make decisions. The dragging of objects is also usually more engaging than the more common click interactions. Here are some previous blog posts on drag and drop interactions for those less experienced:

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - instructional techniques for effective online training Effective online training involves more than just sharing information. It also requires the learner practice and apply what you’ve taught them. Despite our best efforts many online courses are still mostly linear. As I've mentioned before, that's probably fine for those annual compliance courses that aren’t tied to specific performance objectives. But if you want to build courses that are effective and engaging you need to focus on sound instructional design and the activities required to ...

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