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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create interactive stories with simple pictures and comic-book like panels The other day I was doing a search for business meeting images and ran into this collage image. It kind of looks like a comic book layout. I played around with some ways to use this image in an elearning course. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - create an interactive story with this collage image Here’s a quick demo of the image converted into an interactive slide. I ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - accept the mission to create learning objectives One of the biggest challenges in course design is creating a course consistent with the organization’s learning objectives. Often courses are built around fuzzy objectives where the expected outcome isn’t quite clear. Another issue is that the course doesn’t end up meeting the objectives. Learning Objectives Require Clear Goals Why is the course being built? What is expected after the person takes the course? Understanding this helps you create learning objectives to meet the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - How to fail at elearning In today’s world, elearning is an important part of learning and training employees. Some organizations use it exclusively and some blend it with other learning activities. There are a lot of things you can do to create successful elearning, but here are some guaranteed ways to make sure that you don’t succeed and waste a lot of time and money in the process. Build Courses Irrelevant to the Learner’s Needs One the biggest complaints I ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - 9 examples of online software training The other day someone asked for different ways to present simple screencast videos. They didn’t want an elaborate production process. Instead just a few ideas to help them change up the way they’re currently doing their screencasts for their online software training. I regularly put together simple screencast videos. Sometimes I’ll play with different ways to present the information. Below are a few examples from the blog over the past couple of years. I highlight some ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - visual design for e-learning In a recent post, I discussed some issues that organizational branding introduces to course design. In today’s post we’ll review a few of the visual design issues I often see in some of the elearning courses I review. Below is a demo course slide that represents a few common design issues. Look over the interactive slide and we’ll review it below. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how can your learners help you build better elearning One of the best ways to build good elearning is to get close to those who are going to take the courses. This is because they often understand the content in a different way than the organization does. A few years ago I worked for a large financial institution and was hired to build training for loan officers. One of my first requests was to meet with some loan officers. I wanted to get ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Are you making these mistakes with your online training program I was in London last week attending the Learning Technologies conference. It was great to meet so many blog readers and Articulate customers. During an interview at the conference I was asked about the three most common issues I see with elearning. Here are a few of my thoughts concerning those issues. Will You Get 100% With a 50% Commitment? There’s a big push to move content online. Usually the organizations start by converting existing classroom ...

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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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