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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Compliance training proves no match for the Sharknado One of the easiest things you can do to make your course look good is to find a great background. The background is the largest single graphic in your course and can set the tone for what you do. Here are a few posts that will help you understand the importance of how the background image impacts your course design:

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free PowerPoint templates Who doesn’t like free elearning templates? I had a bunch of people email asking for the templates from last week’s post on how to create simple learning objectives screens. Below you’ll find the two free PowerPoint templates from last week. And to sweeten the deal, I added an additional one based on a clip art image to show that even if that’s all you have, you can still use the images to create effective screens for your online training ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning  Blog - create learning objectives for online training courses with this simple tip To tell the truth, I’m not a big fan of bullet point learning objectives. I prefer something more engaging that reveals the course objectives in a way that’s relevant to the user. But for many, having a bullet list of objectives is the expectation. So if you’re required to list learning objectives then here’s a simple tip that helps you get away from the bullet point list and also ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - welcome screen layouts for elearning and online training courses Many elearning courses have some sort of welcome screen or a start screen where you can review module choices and select where to go. They let you set the stage for your elearning course by selecting a few key images that fit the context of the course’s content. And then use them to create a visually welcoming experience. Think of it like a welcome mat. The visual start screen is not going to replace ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - become a font pro when building online training courses None of us have time to get caught up in wonky font talk. But the reality is that when building your online training courses you’ll need to select a font to use. In a previous post we looked at simple ways to create font pairs when building elearning courses. But that still requires some time on your part. In today’s post we’ll look at a time-saving tip when pairing fonts for course design. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - How to create your own graphics and illustrations in PowerPoint Despite all of the whining about PowerPoint, I find it an effective application for much of my online training and graphic design work. There aren’t many applications more diverse. And it’s what I highlighted in this post on why PowerPoint doesn’t suck. In that post I shared how I use PowerPoint to create my own illustrations and used the deconstructed sandwich graphic below as an example. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free PowerPoint template for online training Below is a PowerPoint template that you can use for your elearning courses or other online training. Example of Free PowerPoint Template Here is a published example of the PowerPoint template with the download link. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of free PowerPoint template for online training Click here to view the demo.

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - select the right font pairs Are the fonts you select for your elearning courses equivalent to your older uncle’s leisure suit? Sure, it’s clothing. But is it what you want to be seen in? In a previous post, we explored how to create a style guide for your online course design. The style guide helps with consistency, but it doesn’t dictate which font styles to select. In today’s post we'll review some simple rules when selecting and pairing fonts. Rule ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - it's time to break out elearning's curly fonts I was reviewing an elearning course recently. About twenty screens into the course, I noticed that the developer changed the title font from a solid bold type to one that was curly and much more informal. There was so much contrast to the two titles that I asked why she changed fonts from bold to curly. She responded that the course seemed a little dull at that point, so she decided to add the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Government creates bad PowerPoint via Edward Tufte It may come as a surprise to you, but there are many people who think that PowerPoint sucks. I know; I know. I was surprised, as well. The other day Mashable featured some Edward Tufte tweets where he blasted the slides from a secret government surveillance program. Of course, his criticism of the slides is spot on. In fact, many of the issues he raises in the tweets and in his books are similar to the issues ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to work with subject matter experts when building online training A large part of your success hinges on the relationship you have with the course’s subject matter experts. They play a critical role by providing guidance, expertise, and context for much of your course’s content. However, the subject matter experts can also be a source of frustration. Many times they won’t budge when it comes to getting rid of extra information. Or they have their own ideas on how the course should be designed which conflicts with ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - elearning and online training is cool Here are some answers to questions I get from blog readers. Many of the ideas for my blog posts come from these questions. However, sometimes there are questions that don’t warrant a full post, but may be of interest. So today’s an FAQ post where we look at answers to a few common questions I’ve gotten recently. How to Create an Animated Puzzle in PowerPoint Apparently animated puzzles are the Justin Bieber of online ...

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