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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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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - drag and drop feedback for learning interactions Drag and drop interactions are great to get the user interacting with the screen and the course content. In a previous post we explored the basic building blocks of drag and drop interactions.  In today’s post we’ll review some general tips to help build your next drag and drop interaction. Provide Clear Instructions for the Learning Interaction Many courses already come with some sort of navigation controls. For example, it’s common to ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - offer bribe to avoid course because of bad course objectives The key to success is having clear goals and then mapping out a way to meet those goals. Without the map, you’ll never know if you got where you intended to go. In a previous post we looked at how to build learning objectives. Today we’ll take it a step farther and look at a simple process that will help structure the objectives around measurable actions. What’s the Purpose of the Course? There are many ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Engaging e-learning courses can start with a case study A few years back I worked for an organization that suffered through a number of workplace deaths. The company was fully committed to a safe work environment and already had sufficient training. However, they were concerned that people weren’t serious about the safety procedures which was the cause of the deaths. So they put together some case studies where they told the story of how each death happened and how they could have been ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Seinfeld's George Castanza needs the missing Penske file An essential ingredient for interactive and engaging elearning is to let the learner explore and collect information that assists in making decisions. A common design concept to facilitate exploration of content is the interactive desktop where the learner can select desktop objects to collect information. Today I am offering a free elearning template designed that can be used to craft an interactive experience. Design Ideas for the Free E-Learning Template Here’s a flat ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - what is instructional design At the iDesignX conference in Australia I shared some tips on instructional design challenges. During my session, Blair Rorani from Ever Learning sketched his notes and then tweeted them during the session. They’re so cool I couldn’t just let them fade away. So here are Blair’s sketches coupled with some quick notes from my presentation on instructional design challenges. What is Instructional Design? Instructional design is a loaded term and can mean many things depending ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to build effective elearning and not boring courses Linear, click-and-read courses are pretty common and usually held up as the worst of online training and cause of boring courses because they’re mostly information dumps with little focus on how the learner can actually use the course content. They may be the worst of elearning. Or perhaps not. Let’s review some common reasons why these types of online courses exist and what we can do to fix them so that you’re not producing ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - instructional designers united with the serious elearning manifesto Had a great trip last week to Sydney and got to meet many of the blog readers I’ve corresponded with over the years. If you haven’t attended an iDesignX conference, I recommend doing so. You get to meet many of your peers and sit in on some good presentations. As I was returning home I ran into Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer at the Los Angeles airport. We had a few moments to chat about the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - build better courses with these tips I facilitate a lot of elearning workshops and from my experience most of the people who attend are just getting started. Generally the transition to elearning happens like this. They’re good at explaining things and go from explainer to trainer. Then somewhere in the process the organization says that they’re switching to online learning. Now the trainer has to make another transition as she goes from creating and facilitating workshops to building elearning courses. And as ...

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