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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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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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