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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to build a drag and drop interaction A few years ago building a drag & drop interaction required some programming skills. Because of this, those who didn’t have programming skills often didn’t include drag & drop interactions as an option in their course design. That’s no longer the case because building a drag & drop interaction is relatively easy. In fact, building an interaction with today’s software can take less than a few minutes; so the focus now is on how to use them and not ...

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Articulate  Rapid E-Learning Blog - elearning design branding your course I probably review at least two hundred elearning courses each year. Most of them are designed by people just getting started so they then to look for feedback that can cover a broad range of topics. Many of the courses I review have common design issues. Often it’s those little issues that make the difference between a course that looks like it’s built by a beginner and one that’s a bit more polished. In a previous ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - comic book elearning examples At a recent workshop someone asked how to get better at designing elearning courses. My first response is to practice building courses. Which prompted the follow up question: “What should I practice?” One way to practice is by becoming fluent with the tools you use and learning new techniques. A few weeks ago, David put out the challenge to create a comic book inspired design. These challenges help you learn the tools and think through different design ideas. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free templates Here’s a recap of posts from 2013 where I shared free templates or assets to help you build your online training courses. Do You Need an Instructional Design Degree? This is probably one of the hottest questions of the past year. It comes up quite a bit and creates a lot of good conversation—both pro and con. If you haven’t weighed in with your opinion, it’s not too late.

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free templates I received quite a few emails last week about the iPad-inspired template in the post on how to get rid of bullet points. Here’s a link to one I did in for a previous post. I updated the template to give it a different look. Free E-Learning Template I opted for a flat design with larger boxes to replace the bullet points. They’ll work better on a touch device. For the demo I used the icons made available ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - protect yourself from bullet points I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but bullet points get a lot of bad press. Apparently they contribute to bad courses. Although, I’m not sure they do. I tend to think that poor instructional design leads to bad courses. There’s a place where bullet points make sense. They help break up information and make it easier to digest. However, we do have a tendency to over inform and thus the complaints about bullet points. Here ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free textures Do a search and you’ll find all sorts of free textures to use with your online training courses. In a recent post I also shared how to get hundreds of free textures. The trick is learning to use those free resources so they make sense. And that’s what we’ll look at today—how to use the free textures to build better courses. Use the Free Texture as a Background The slide background is the single largest graphic in your course. The background image ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - more than a dozen bonus tips & tricks to build better elearning Whenever I do a workshop some extra things come to mind which has me throw in a number of “bonus tips.” At a recent workshop someone told me that I have so many bonus tips that I should do a workshop on my bonus tips. So today I am sharing a few “bonus” tips based on recent questions and interactions with the blog readers. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create a new look for your training courses Graphic styles change. What was hot one day, starts to look old the next. One way to make your courses look fresh is by adapting to the changing styles. The past few years we’ve seen a shift from bevels to glossy gel to reflections. Now the hot design look is flat UI (user interface). Just the other day someone asked me for feedback on a course they wanted to makeover. I recommended that they try ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free templates for online course design At a recent workshop I was showing some tips on creating elearning templates. I decided to finish up the template I started in that session and make it available for you to use as you wish. There’s a version created in PowerPoint and published with Articulate Studio ‘13 and a version created for Articulate Storyline. General Structure of the Free E-Learning Template There are three main sections: objectives, modules, and resources. There are five modules so I created a unique ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - keep your free textures Recently I was looking for some free textures. While it’s easy to find “free” textures it’s not easy to find free textures that are really free. A lot of sites that give things away for free often have stipulations that they’re only free for personal use. Yeah, right! Like I need those free stock images for the elearning courses I’m building at home. Today I am sharing some sites where you can find free textures (and other ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - lessons learned from usability study I read a blog post recently on website usability. The author mentioned five usability issues from navigation to engaging the site’s visitors. While the post specifically deals with website design there is a lot in there that’s relevant to the design of elearning courses, too. After reading the post I reflected on a few issues I see quite a bit. Are you intentional in how the course is designed? One issue is what I call ...

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