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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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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to create illustrated characters in PowerPoint PowerPoint is a versatile application. You can use it for all sorts of things from presentations to online training programs. In previous posts I’ve shown you how to customize clip art and create your own graphics. Today’s tip comes courtesy of blog reader, Daniel Albarrán. He sent me an email stating that once he understood the versatility of PowerPoint it opened his eyes to all sorts of possibilities—one of them being the ability to create illustrated ...

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In a previous post I showed an easy way to convert your linear course to an interactive story. The essence of it is to reframe your content so that the information is aligned to a relevant scenario and then find the images to represent key points in the scenario. The images are the visual cues; and the learner clicks on an image as a means to get the information. From there you can make it as simple or complex as you like from basic information to elaborate scenario. Here’s the demo ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - flip the course design You’re the site safety manager and arrive at company headquarters to find the workplace in disarray. Tables are knocked over, the place is littered with documents, and your cubicle is covered in slime. And you can’t find anyone in the building. Footage from the security cameras reveal that the site’s been overrun by aliens and all of the staff has been abducted. What do you do? How does the company’s disaster recovery plan handle alien abductions? Create a ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - summer reading for online training book It’s almost summer time and what’s better than laying in a hammock reading a book on how to build online training? Not much, I’m sure. I’m always asked about books to read to get better at building online training courses. Here are a few books I’ve mentioned at recent workshops and below that a list of books I’ve mentioned in previous posts. New Online Training Book Recommendations Here are a few books I haven’t mentioned ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - secret to becoming an elearning pro I get a lot of questions asking how to become an elearning pro. The obvious answer is to acquire some knowledge and then practice applying what you learned. Doing that gives you experience and with each experience you get feedback and learn to improve your craft. The other question is how to actually do all of that. I’m glad you asked. Today I’d like to feature some of the people I’ve gotten to know through the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog -  3 things every new instructional designer needs to know Many of you are transitioning from traditional classroom training to developing online training. That means you need to learn new software and production techniques, as well as new ways to design your courses. This transition can be a bit confusing and a source of stress. So today I’ll share a few of the tips I share at my workshops for new elearning developers. It Takes Time to Be a Pro If You’re ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to engage people with learning objectives that matter Years ago I was taught that all courses had to have a bullet point objectives screen. In fact it was mandatory in most of my early projects. And I know from talking to many of you, that’s still the case in your own organizations. In fact, in a recent workshop when I addressed this as an issue, someone quoted Robert Gagné’s second step of his nine steps of instruction: “Tell the learners the learning objective.” Her organization ...

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