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(Note: Creating and combining custom shapes is a tool introduced in PowerPoint 2010 that lots of presenters find useful. We first published this post in February 2010 and ever since then people have been looking it up so here it is again.) PowerPoint has a lot of great preset shapes, but sometimes what you really need is a custom shape tailored-made for your presentation.
If you’re like many of us, you don’t have a lot of money to buy stock images or hire a graphics designer. So that means you’re stuck using the free resources that come with PowerPoint. In previous posts, I’ve discussed ways to ungroup your clip art and create your own clip art . It only takes a few clicks to get from one image to the next. Even with those free resources available, it’s still time-consuming to find the right clip art to use. So what I’m doing today is helping you get started by listing fifteen of my favorite clip art styles.
I know it’s hard to believe, but apparently there are many people who don’t like PowerPoint.
Many people are stuck in the world of linear, click-and-read content. Sometimes it’s because that’s all the organization wants. And sometimes it’s because we’re not quite sure how to make something more interactive.
My kids love stickers. They plaster dozens of random ones on a page and proudly give me their new work of art. This approach to graphic design is fine for your family, but you don’t want your elearning courses to look like cluttered and random creations developed by sticker-happy children.
There are tons of free textures and background images online. Some good and some not so good. It can be a bit overwhelming looking for textures so I went through some of the free textures and included the ones I think work well for elearning courses. To save you some time, I looked around and only added textures that are free to use for commercial projects. Of course, it is a good habit to give props to ...
Back in the ‘80s there was a music magazine that published a list of desert island discs. People would write in and share the ten records they’d bring if they were stranded on an island. I used that list to find people who had similar tastes and then checked out the bands they’d recommend.
Showemimo Adebare said: Great Discussion about having a degree on Instructional design or not! Tom I have a question for you."
When we’re new and just getting started with elearning, we need templates and project plans to guide us. On the other hand, experienced developers rely less on those resources because they have more experience and a deeper understanding of what it takes to create an elearning course. Think of it like driving around town. When I first moved to town, I needed a map. But today, I don’t use a map.
My guess is that some of the most common screen elements in elearning courses are computer monitors. They’re nice to use because contextually they fit elearning. And they’re great for holding the images and multimedia we use.
If you follow Sweller’s cognitive load theory , then you understand that the graphics in your elearning course are very important and play a large role in its effectiveness. However, not having the right graphics is a challenge. If you’re like me, you’re on a limited budget and you just can’t go buy custom graphics whenever you like. That means you’re probably stuck using the standard clip art that comes with PowerPoint .
Has this happened to you? You’re building an elearning course on site safety and need a woman in a hard hat? Yet when you search your clip art, all you can find is the same people you’ve used in your previous courses. Now you’re left with the only clip art you haven’t used–a man in a Zoot suit and a Cardinal.