The Rapid Elearning Blog

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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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create free callouts in PowerPoint In an earlier post I shared over 100 free callouts for you to use with your online training courses. Who doesn’t like free? There are plenty of free callouts from which to choose. However sometimes the free ones just don’t work and you’ll need to create your own. So today I am going to show you how to create your own callouts. How to Create Your Own Free Callouts in PowerPoint One of my favorite ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - how to find free stock photos and clip art I was leading a PowerPoint workshop last week and noticed that Microsoft recently changed the way images are searched on their site. That impacted part of my workshop and some of my blog posts where I show how to find free clip art images online. I’m sure you’ll run into similar issues if you haven’t already. For those who depend on the Microsoft site for free stock photos and illustrations, the recent change ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - challenge to build better elearning and online training A lot of teaching and elearning focuses on sharing information and pushing it out. Sure, that’s part of what’s required. But learning is more than acquisition of information. Learning involves processing the information and applying it. Then seeing what happens and making adjustments. So when building your online courses, consider how the learner can apply what’s being shared. But let’s shift the focus to our own development. What do we do to develop our ...

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