The Art & Science of E-learning

This was a fun 7-minute “lightning talk” I gave today at the Lectora User Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  If you’d like me to send you the links and resources contained in this talk, just drop your email here.

Links & Resources:

Performance Consulting: A Strategic Process to Improve, Measure, and Sustain Organizational Results

51heyxwnswl-_ac_ul320_sr200320_In America, organizations spend $175 billion in training initiatives and more than $500 billion in human resource solutions every year yet often have little to show for it. One reason is that people “jump to solutions” before they identify the causes of the problem. Performance consultants are effective because they partner with clients to clarify business goals and determine root causes for gaps between desired and current results. Only then are specific solutions agreed upon and implemented.

e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning

1119158664e-Learning and the Science of Instruction is the ultimate handbook for evidence-based e-learning design. Since the first edition of this book, e-learning has grown to account for at least 40% of all training delivery media. However, digital courses often fail to reach their potential for learning effectiveness and efficiency. This guide provides research-based guidelines on how best to present content with text, graphics, and audio as well as the conditions under which those guidelines are most effective.

Design for How People Learn (Voices That Matter)

51fmdqsdstl-_sx384_bo1204203200_Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it’s not in our job descriptions. Whether it’s giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you’ve ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems.

Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals

9781118863565_front.pdfNo matter what medium you use to deliver content, if the visual design fails, the experience falls flat. Meaningful graphics and a compelling visual design supercharge instruction, training, and presentations, but this isn’t easy to accomplish. Now you can conquer your design fears and knowledge gaps with Visual Design Solutions: a resource for learning professionals seeking to raise the bar on their graphics and visual design skills.

Are you looking to stand out from the crowd? A visual resume might be something you should consider. To that end, here is a template created with PowerPoint that will give you a nice head start and help you avoid starting from scratch and recreating the wheel.

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https://app.box.com/s/jwq8qiesl8r65ybyfis3l56yqp7anakw

Don’t forget that you can easily change the look by changing the color scheme and font set under the Design tab.

Download a copy and try it out for yourself!

If you’re looking for even more ways to snag the best opportunities, you might also be interested in this collection of tools for creating a standout portfolio and online presence. 

Some of the best options from that list are highlighted here along with additional information on creating a professional portfolio:

12 Super Useful Cheatsheets & Job Aids

Learning & Instructional Design

Multimedia Learning Design Principles

Based on Richard Mayer’s

Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction

Anyone who designs any kind of learning materials should bookmark this interactive guide to Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction created by Montse Anderson (@mlearning)

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Multimedia Learning Design Resources

This collection of resources will give you a nice headstart on finding the things you need when you’re ready to start building.

Articulate Storyline Shortcuts

Give your work in Articulate Storyline a boost of speed with these handy keyboard shortcuts.

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https://community.articulate.com/download/storyline-keyboard-shortcuts

Presentations & Design

Here are some useful presentation & design-related guides. For even more, check out this big collection of curated resources for PowerPoint and multimedia design.

10 PowerPoint Shortcuts You Should Know

 

Character Map for Wingding Icon Fonts

If you ever use any of the winding fonts in your designs, you’ll love having a copy of this complete map created by Bruce Gabrielle. This has been on my office wall for years!

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http://speakingppt.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/wingdings-webdings-character-map-speakingppt.pdf

Canva Shortcuts

I’ve mentioned Canva as a great tool for designing just about any type of graphics you need and you’ll have them done in no time with these useful shortcuts.

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https://designschool.canva.com/blog/canva-shortcuts-infographic/

General Office & Others

Top 10 Document Time-Saving Tips

No matter what job you’re in, you probably deal with documents. These time-saving tips will help you polish them off in record time.

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https://1drv.ms/b/s!AmgsY2o4oVrwkV7uGyj34ii2lrQO

Google Docs Cheatsheet

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https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/docs/cheat-sheet/

Google Sheets

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https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/sheets/cheat-sheet/

Google Drive

drive

https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/drive/cheat-sheet/

Dropbox

Loads of folks regularly share files with Dropbox. This is a useful guide for those who are new to Dropbox of others you’re sharing Dropbox files with who aren’t regular users.

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http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/resources/0150/TCoDropbox-CheatSheet.pdf

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any cheatsheets posted on your wall? What are they? I’d love to know!

This is the 9th post of a 12 part series.

Top Presentation Slide Decks

Like it or not, the ability to create effective slide designs is a skill that will benefit you and any audience you are trying to reach. This collection is of slide decks will help anyone improve their presentation and slide making skills.

If you want to dive even deeper, you might be interested in this big curated collection of PowerPoint and presentation-related resources that I maintain over on Zeef.

The Science of Memorable Presentations | Ethos 3

Many people who build presentations and other slide-based content like e-learningg can benefit from learning the science behind what works best and what doesn’t. This deck from Ethos 3 is a great start. While you’re at it, check out this must read post on “The Scientific Reason Why Bullets Are Bad for Presentations”

Why Presentations Matter |
The Presentation Designer

In this SlideShare presentation, you’ll see some helpful tips to improve your presentation designs and how to make your presentations more engaging.

Slides that Rock

Five design principles for creating slides that rock!

8 Tips for an Awesome PowerPoint Presentation | Damon Nofar

Try out these eight tips on how to make your PowerPoint slides more visually engaging, creative and fun.

74 Safe Font Combos for PowerPoint |  Johanna Rehnvall

This interactive guide is divided into four groups:  sans serif+sans serifs, sans serifs + serifs, serifs + serifs, serifs + sans serifs. It also has a super helpful matrix view.

23 Quick Color Schemes for Your Presentation | Johanna Rehnvall

This is a quick guideto the built-in PowerPoint color themes which can be easily applied to your presentation and graphics, regardless of what presentation template you are using.

5 Ways to Surprise Your Audience and Catch Their Attention | Damon Nofar

Gaining and keeping the attention of your audience is critical. Check out these five ways of using the element of surprise in your presentations.

One Point Per Slide | Stinson Design

This deck will show you why having only one point per slide is important!

How to be a PowerPoint Animation Ninja | Bright Carbon

BrightCarbon’s presentation experts guide you from animation novice to ninja in 7 easy steps! If you like this one, be sure the check out  How To Be A PowerPoint Animation Ninja (Level 2)!

You Suck at PowerPoint | Jesse Dejardins

Learn about the 5 design mistakes you need to avoid.

Slide Docs | Nancy Duarte

Slidedocs are visual documents developed in presentation software intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. Take a spin through this deck and start reimagining your documents. Visit Nancy Duarte’s slidedocs.com to learn more and download templates that will get you started.

You Already Know How to Build mLearning (You Just Don’t Know It) | Mike Taylor

Mobile content is rapidly becoming a must-have for organizations big and small. This deck will show you how quick and easy it can be to build mobile-friendly content with PowerPoint (yes, PowerPoint) that is visually appealing, interactive, and dynamic.

I’d love to hear if you like any of these or what others are on your list of favorites!

This is post #7 in a series of 12. See them all here. 

12 Incredibly Useful Blogs for Learning Cool Stuff

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It is no secret that I’m a huge proponent of learning. I make time every day to learn something new and am always on the lookout for useful takeaways from my experiences. One of the coolest things about learning is when you find something super useful and learn something you didn’t even know you needed to learn. These are some of my favorite sites that have given me those types of “Aha! Learning Moments”

Plug these into your favorite RSS/Feed reader and never miss a trick!

If you don’t have one or even know what the heck that means, jump over here to learn more and try Feedly. You’ll be glad you did!

PowerPoint, Slide Design & Elearning

Bright Carbon

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http://brightcarbon.com

Nuts & Bolts – Taylor Croonquist

nutsbolts

https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/

Articulate E-Learning Heroes

elh

http://elearningheroes.com

Canva Design School

canva

https://designschool.canva.com/

Save time and subscribe to all of these* by plugging this into your favorite feed reader:
http://mix.chimpfeedr.com/e8166-Presentation-Design

* Articulate doesn’t have any feeds available, which is a bummer. 8-(

Excel

Chandoo – Purna Duggirala

chandoo

http://chandoo.org/

General Awesomeness

Digital Inspiration – Amit Agarwal

labnol

http://www.labnol.org/

Steve Dotto

dotto

http://dottotech.com

Better Cloud

bettercloud

https://www.bettercloud.com/monitor/the-academy/

Lynda.com

Check with your library for FREE access to Lynda.com courses.

lynda

http://lynda.com

Zapier

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https://zapier.com/blog/

Microsoft’s Office Blogs

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https://blogs.office.com/feed/?filter-product=excel%2Cword%2Cpowerpoint

Mike Tips

Yes, these are mine. 😎

miketips

https://miketips.wordpress.com/

This is post #6 in a series of 12. See them all here. 

 

Where to Find the Best Presentation Templates & Design Inspiration

At some point, nearly everyone needs to design slides. Whether for an online elearning course, a training workshop, a conference presentation, a sales pitch or a whole host of other reasons you always want to look your best. Instead of staring at a blank screen trying to come up with ideas, why not tap into some of the great templates and resources that are available to you.

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Here is a collection of my favorite sites for presentation templates and slide design inspiration.

  1. Slide Model
    https://slidemodel.com/
  2. Slide Shop
    https://slideshop.com/

    Don’t miss out on the free slides available from Slide Model and Slideshop. Subscribe to their email list and you’ll get free slides in your inbox every week!

  3. Slides Carnival
    http://www.slidescarnival.com/
  4. Elearning Heroes
    https://community.articulate.com/downloads/templates/powerpoint
  5. Site2Max
    http://site2max.pro/
  6. Canva
    https://www.canva.com/templates/presentations/
  7. SlideGeeks
    http://www.slidegeeks.com/
  8. Graphic River
    https://graphicriver.net/category/presentation-templates
  9. Envato
    https://lp.envato.com/elements/powerpoint/
  10. Creative Market
    https://creativemarket.com/templates/presentations
  11. Duarte Diagrammer
    http://www.duarte.com/diagrammer/
  12. Duarte SlideDocs
    http://www.duarte.com/slidedocs

Want even more? You can find some templates and tons of inspiration on design sites like Dribbble and Behance. I’ve even got a few of my own to offer here.

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Thanks for reading! Do you use any of these or maybe there are some others that I missed?  Let me know with a comment below or via social media using the hashtag #12×12

Day 4 of 12 | Check out the entire series here

Pimp My PowerPoint

When you’re working on building a presentation in PowerPoint you’re going to want some really great looking images that are right at your fingertips right? Instead of bouncing back and forth between multiple browser tabs and your slides, wouldn’t it be nice if everything you need was right there in PowerPoint?

Well, you’re in luck! Here are three super useful add-ins that will let you find and add images to your slides without ever leaving the comfort of PowerPoint.

Three PowerPoint Add-ins for Finding Great Images

1. PickIt:

PickIt is a free option to get the “right images in the right place at the right time” and it also works with other Office apps like Word and Sway. You can grab PickIt from the Microsoft Store.

I really like how they curate images. For example, check out the “Space for Text” collection. These images give you suitable space to overlay your own custom text.

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2. Pexels:

Pexels is a great place to find free for any personal and commercial project. And having them available right inside PowerPoint is even better! You can also grab this plug-in on the Microsoft store.

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3. Shutterstock:

If you can’t find what you’re looking for with either of the first two options and you’re a Shutterstock user like me, you’ll definitely want to grab the Shutterstock PowerPoint plug-in. (available for Mac & PC)  While the plug-in is free, you’ll need to purchase the images. You can use the “Try Image” option to add free watermarked images if you’re working on a mockup or aren’t sure if you’ve got the perfect image yet.

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Bonus: Office Insiders Get an Icon Library

As if that isn’t enough, Microsoft recently added a really nice library of 500 editable icons. (And as part of that same update, you can now use .SVG images in PowerPoint too!) If you’d like to get access to early release features like this in Office, just join the Office Insiders program.

Are you already using any of these or other PowerPoint plug-ins? What are your favorite image and icon resources?

Looking for even more add-ins and resources for your slides? Be sure to bookmark my big and ever growing collection of PowerPoint resources curated on Zeef.

Free Download: Storyline Menu Template

Recently, while reading some web development articles I came across this cool animated menu and thought it would make a cool elearning course menu. I took a few minutes to recreate it and this is how it turned out. Add a cool, appealing intro slide in front and this could make a nice opening sequence for your next project.

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View the demo | Download the source file

 

Converting Keynote to PowerPoint

Every once in awhile I find a great looking Keynote slide deck, like these over at Site2Max, and I think how great it would be to bring it over into PowerPoint to customize it. Fortunately, there is a super simple and free way to do just that – even if you don’t have access to the Keynote software. Here is how it works.

Converting a Keynote file to PowerPoint

The first step is uploading the Keynote file to the free, online version of Keynote via iCloud.com. Create a free account if you don’t already have one.

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Next, open the Keynote app and upload the .key file by dragging it into your browser tab displaying the Keynote online app.

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Click to view video: http://screencast.com/t/eZRvZj7HiW

After uploading, open the slide deck and look for the “Download a Copy…” option under the Keynote tools button at the top right. (wrench icon)

 

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Choose PowerPoint as the download format and off you go!!

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