PowerPoint for E-Learning To successfully use PowerPoint for rapid elearning, you need to do two things: Rethink how you use PowerPoint. Most people approach it from a linear presentation mindset, building slides the same way they would for face-to-face presentations. That just doesn’t work for elearning.Learn to use PowerPoint’s features. Once you scratch the surface of the tools available in PowerPoint, you’ll see it’s more than adequate for building great elearning. In many ways it’s the ideal choice because it offers a blend of speed, ease-of-use, and cost savings. The following posts explore lots of practical, hands-on tips and tricks for using PowerPoint to create elearning. What You Need to Know About PowerPoint & E-Learning This series discusses key concepts and provides excellent examples of how to use PowerPoint for your elearning courses. Tips & Tricks to Improve Your PowerPoint Skills Here’s a series of posts that will give you all of the basic production techniques that you need to be successful.
Building Scenario–Based e-Learning Courses Are you looking for a new way to present content to your learners instead of just pushing out an information-based e-Learning course? Using scenarios is a great way to get your learners to pull course content while presenting them with real-life workplace situations. Even though building scenarios can take a bit more time, there are a few ways you can easily get started! But some of you may be wondering: what is a scenario? Consider these 4 tips when building scenario-based e-Learning courses: Map out your scenario. These are just a few tips and ideas to help get you get started creating scenarios.
How Students Can Use Social Media To Actually Learn Real World Skills Owing to the present difficult economic situation, financial literacy has turned out to be one of the hottest topics of discussion in the media. Being economically savvy is extremely important for making the type of smart money decisions, that’s essential for having a good standard of living. Your college years must be the years of gaining knowledge, but nobody is truly conscious of the significance of financial literacy. A majority of the college students feel that their institution didn’t really train them for the “real world”. With no real work experience and no savings, a number of students are finding it difficult to make ends meet. When it comes to financial education, social media plays an important role. According to a study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute, a majority of the first year undergraduates spend time on social networking websites. Social networking sites are also an affordable means to communicate news to both students and alumni.
200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials A few weeks ago I offered some advice on how to become an elearning pro without spending a dime. The essence of that post is: You have access to a lot of free tips and tricks. So there are plenty of opportunities to learn and it doesn’t cost you anything more than your time. Practice doing what you learn. I also offered up a small challenge and your peers responded by creating a number of tutorials. Click here to view the tutorial. Here’s a quick mock up using the ideas from Linda’s tutorial. Click here to view the prototype. Below is a list of great tips and tricks that you can apply to your elearning courses right away. Creating PowerPoint Graphics Some of these tips are really practical and probably work right away. Create transparent background for your images in PowerPoint. PowerPoint Animation Tips & Techniques You might not need to use all of these animation tips, but it’s a good thing to practice them because the techniques can be applied in all sorts of circumstances.
Rapid E-Learning 101 Rapid elearning can mean many things. For some it means easy tools that let you build elearning courses without special programming skills. For others, it means being empowered to quickly share your expertise with others. Ultimately, it’s usually about getting the right information to people at the right time while operating at the speed of business. Rapid E-Learning 101 If you’re just getting started with elearning, this series brings you up-to-speed. How to Get Started with E-Learning I get a lot of emails asking how to get started with elearning. But the real tip is to practice what you’re learning, even if it’s simple in the beginning.
eLearning 101 Part 2: Planning In eLearning Part 1: Introduction to eLearning you were introduced to the concepts of eLearning and approaches to learning. In eLearning Part 2: Planning eLearning, we will discuss planning and how to create a storyboard, the audio or script writing process and various methods of interactivity Before anything is put on paper, the audience for the training has to be determined. Once you know who you're talking to and what their skill levels are, you can then begin the task of actually putting the training program together. Next, you have to know what that audience should be able to do once the course is over that they couldn't do before. In other words, what are the objectives of the course? One method for organizing your materials, particularly if you plan to include interactivity and games, is to create a storyboard of the complete program. Storyboard – Clean it up What is the flow of your material? Example Storyboard template using Power Point: (jpg)* Example Storyboard using Word: (pdf)*
How To Use Twitter For Teaching And Learning Are you still unsure about taking the plunge into Twitter? Worried it’s not actually useful for learning or teaching? Think it’s still just about people talking about what they’re eating? Whether you’re a newbie wondering the above questions or a talented tweeter, there are always new and exciting ways to use Twitter. - Why should a teacher or education administrator use Twitter? - How do I set up an account? - What questions should I always ask myself when I follow someone? - How do I tweet? - How do I find good people to follow? Scénario multi-branches dans articulate Creating Branching E-learning Scenarios Here's a basic introduction to using branching, hyperlinking, slide masters and customizing player templates to create multi-path learning paths within a Presenter course. The idea behind the project was to simulate loading unique content based on learner selection. Navigation icons are included for learners to return to start screen or jump over to another learning path at any time. This is a start-to-finish series. Also included is a small, visual map in top right corner. Preview: final project Download source files: PPT2007 | PPT2003 Screencast: Anyway, hope you find this useful. As always, we'd love to see what you come up with so please share questions as well as samples!
Overdrive Develops Social Learning Infographic for SkillSoft | Overdrive eMarketing Blog: Social Media Marketing | Search Engine Marketing Here at Overdrive, we love to highlight our clients’ successes and the collaborative effort of our team members. We worked with our client, SkillSoft, to develop and launch their Social Learning infographic, now available. This recently completed infographic offers valuable insight into this industry, and expresses the opportunity and benefits of incorporating social learning into organizations. The infographic is complete with live-links, allowing users to gain deeper knowledge on the social learning industry and further engage with SkillSoft and their community. For more information on this infographic or to download a copy, click here. Related Posts:
Build A Simple E-Learning Project Plan A successful elearning project requires good planning. A while back, I designed a nice generic project plan in Microsoft Project. It had all of the basic steps required to manage e-learning projects. I would start with this generic plan and then plug in the data specific to the current project. Sounds good, huh? I do have a generic project plan. Then it struck me that I don’t really follow those steps, at least, not in a formal way. Instead of giving you a structure for a project plan, I’m going to give you some things you need to consider while you’re working on a project. Don’t view these topics as a linear progression of one step to the next. Project Initiation Meet with the client to discuss project goals. You also need to know who is signing off on your work and the decisions that need to be made. Leave your meetings with some action items or next step activities. Build a Network of Project Contributors & Resources Develop Course Content Develop a Learning Strategy Develop a Look & Feel
Tip 40: Three Ways to Use Scenarios | Elearning Tips We’ve all heard the story by now that storytelling enhances learning; that sharing relevant examples helps both the expert and the novice forge connections with the content to ensure knowledge transfer. We’ve heard that flight simulators save lives and that practice makes perfect. And yet, scenarios and simulations can feel intimidating. They take time. We’re here to say that it can be all that, but it can also be something simpler. So let’s look at three approaches to creating scenarios in your e-learning – a bit of a scenario spectrum as we go from simple to more complex. Tell the story and then ask some questions This is a simple approach and one we use a lot, especially in more rapid e-learning programs when time is of the essence. Tell your story – as always, keep it short and sharp. For example in a program on behavior in the workplace, tell the story of a manager that might have crossed the line. The next question then goes even deeper. Ask questions throughout the scenario
A Global Guide to Tricky Pronunciation English pronunciation is a troublesome thing to master for ESL and EFL students. Those who try to learn without regular auditive stimulation have a particularly difficult time with accurate pronunciation. Plus, some sounds in English just don’t exist in some foreign languages, like the “th” sound. Pronunciation snags happen between many languages. For example, Portuguese-speakers do not understand the sound of “j” that many Spanish-speakers use for the consonant “y.” Most Japanese and Chinese speakers have a hard time with the sound of “ell” coming from any other language, and often confuse it with “ar.” English sometimes can seem dedicated to making it even harder for learners with some phonetic oddities, like the words: ‘tough’ [túf]; ‘women’ [wû-mun]; ‘aisle’ (And going back to the “h” issue, the letter has no sound in English in the words ‘heir’ [ehr], ‘hour’ [our] and ‘herb’ [urb], just like in Portuguese). (Visited 985 times, 1 visits today)