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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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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - build your elearning skills Many elearning developers are challenged because they work with a lack of resources, formal education, and experience. In a recent post I asked whether or not one needed an instructional design degree. That prompted some really good discussion. While pursuing a formal education is great, it does take time and money. So what can you do to build skills today? Here are a few tips to nudge you forward. Let Others Inspire Your E-Learning Skills ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - 100 free callouts If you build online training courses then odds are you’ll need some text callouts. In a previous post, I shared 45 free hand-drawn callouts. They’re great to use in your elearning courses, especially for interactive scenarios as in the simple example below. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of interactive callouts Click here to view demo. Someone emailed me the other day looking for some of the ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to build effective online training Many organizations are starting to really ramp up their online training programs. And that creates a lot of conversation about online training and what makes it effective. In a previous post we looked at whether or not you’re building the right type of elearning. Today, I’d like to expand on it. Where’s the Learning in Online Training? We have a definition problem. Not everything we call “elearning” is about learning. We buy an “elearning” ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to motivate adult learners I was going to help my son build a computer game using Kodu. I like the app because it’s a simple way to introduce visual programming. I was prepared to sit down with him, watch some tutorials, and then practice. But he was already messing around with the application. Impressed with what he had done I asked if he had already watched the tutorials. He told me he didn’t know what he was doing. He just started ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - do you need an instructional design degree September is the start of a new school year. So it’s a good time to revisit the ongoing debate about whether or not you need an instructional design degree to build good elearning courses. Here’s my take. You can add your opinion in the comments section below. There’s a difference between teaching and informing. Because we’re using elearning applications like Articulate Studio and Storyline the assumption is that what ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - free PowerPoint templates and e-learning examples & samples The past few weeks I’ve gotten a number of questions regarding some of the blog posts, free templates, and elearning in general. So here are some quick answers to your frequently asked questions with a few free graphics and free templates for you to use in your own elearning courses. How to Get Free Images Question: In one of the posts where you offer a few elearning tips you had some images with ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - download free PowerPoint templates for online training Tab-style interactions are probably the most common type of elearning interactions and for good reason. They’re easy to build and add a bit of interactivity to what would normally be linear content. They’re also a great way to deal with an issue that plagues many elearning courses—locked navigation. People should have as much freedom as possible when navigating their online training because it’s part of their learning experience. But we know that’s not always going to ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - how to manage emails for online training programs Email is a reality for many of us. Often it’s a pain to manage and odds are that managing your emails plays a large part in managing your online training programs. During a recent elearning workshop, someone brought up emails and asked how I managed mine. As can be expected I get quite a few between the blog and elearning community and sometimes it’s difficult to stay on top of them. In ...

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