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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - share elearning courses To share elearning courses via a learning management system or Articulate Online is common. However, sometimes getting access to an LMS isn’t easy, especially if you want to share elearning courses that are quick prototypes or demos to solicit opinions. You definitely don’t want to fill out requisitions and wait for your LMS administrator to send you a link. There are also many of you who participate in the weekly elearning challenges and need an ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog -  free stock images for e-learning courses One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on a tight budget. ...

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A few weeks ago I shared an elearning example I created for an elearning workshop. Many of you requested a template based on the example so here it is. There’s a PowerPoint version and one for Articulate Storyline 2 that offers a lot more interactivity. Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - elearning example Click here to view the elearning example. Working with Templates One of the challenges when using a pre-defined template is that it tends to look good with real ...

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 Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - essential guide to visual thinking for e-learning Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching. What is Visual Thinking? The essence of visual thinking is to convert your text-based ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - build better elearning courses Are you tired of building the same courses over and over again? Sure you may get to build a hundred courses, but they’re essentially the same course built a hundred times. The result is that many of the courses look the same and they don’t provide the opportunity to expand your course design skills. Today I’d like to offer a few tips on how you can get out of the hundred course rut. Build Better E-Learning by Making ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - training mistakes One of the activities we do at my workshops is prototype an interactive elearning module. I provide some generic content and their task is to do two things:

They spend about twenty minutes discussing ideas and then they share their ideas. It never ceases to amaze me how creative they are ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog -  7 free audio editors Even though many elearning applications have their own audio tools, I usually don’t use them. I may for quick projects, but generally, I like to keep my audio production separate from my elearning course production. It provides more control over the audio files and dedicated audio editing software tends to have more features. Here’s a list of some free audio editors that are more than sufficient for what you may need for most of your elearning course production. ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - e-learning job titles Last year I facilitated a number of elearning workshops with about 1800 participants who are either considering elearning as a career or are active in the elearning industry. Here’s a common question that I’m asked: What job title best describes the person who builds elearning courses? Most Common E-Learning Job Titles The people I meet have all sorts of titles. Some are clear and some are a bit ambiguous. Looking over the job listings in the elearning ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free e-learning templates It can be a challenge meeting New Year’s resolutions when you’re pressed for time. To help you gain some time, I’ve included this free elearning template. Included are templates for Storyline and PowerPoint. See the Free Template in Action Here’s a link to a published version of the template. I added placeholder content to flesh out some of the screens so that you can see some of the different layouts. ...

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It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of another year. For me it was a great year. I hope it was for you, as well. I got to meet so many blog readers from all over the world, Articulate successfully released Storyline 2, and we made significant improvements to the elearning heroes community with a focus on even more free tips, tutorials, and giveaways. As with most end of year articles, here’s a roundup of popular posts and ...

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Articulate Rapid E-learning Blog - 800 e-learning examples One of the best ways to learn is by looking at the work others have done. We can see different ideas in action which causes us to think about how they were built and explore what we might do different with the same content. How to Learn by Looking at E-Learning Examples Here’s an example from a recent community challenge. The challenge was to create an interactive slider for elearning. Melissa Milloway created a demo where you ...

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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - free clip art going away Not sure if you saw the news, but Microsoft is going to dump clip art. In its place, you’ll have access to a Bing image search, which will be filtered by Creative Commons licensing. Theoretically the images can be used in your courses and presentations. However that may not be the case. Here are a few quick thoughts. Clip Art is Often Crap Art While there’s a lot of clip art available, most of ...

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