This is an example eLearning course developed to demonstrate our eLearning Templates in action. Obviously this is a fake course with placeholder content, but hopefully it inspires you as to what you can create with awesome templates. This example is created using Articulate Presenter.
eLearning Products used:
PowerPoint Layout Template
Cutout People Videos
Articulate Presenter Player Skin
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Have you built a lot of courses in Articulate Presenter? Have you been wondering how easy it is to import those into Articulate’s new Storyline software?
Well…I was assuming that it would work well since they are both developed by the same company but I wanted to give it a “real” test.
Here is what I did:
Open Storyline and chose Import PowerPoint from the main splash page.
I then selected the .pptx file for an Articulate Presenter course that I had previously built.
Then I chose to import all of the...
Are you trying to build a course that works on both desktops and an iPad? Are you curious what course dimensions work best for both?
This is a conversation that I’ve seen popup in various areas lately. Here are some resources I’ve come across.
Project size for Articulate Storyline
Discussion thread about this topic (interesting conversation)
Sample of course dimensions in Storyline (978 grid inside a 988×643 player size)
Files for 978 grid system
Project size for Captivate
Tristan over at InfoSemantics has put together a...
This is an example eLearning course developed to demonstrate our eLearning Templates in action. Obviously this is a fake course with placeholder content, but hopefully it inspires you as to what you can create with awesome templates.
eLearning Products used:
Articulate Presenter Skin
PowerPoint Layout Template
Cutout People Pictures Set
Flash Interaction Templates
Flash Quiz Templates
Flash Game Template
Click on the image below to view the example Articulate Presenter...
There are many things to think about when creating an eLearning team and creating online training. This posts list 10 DOs and DON’Ts to consider when building your next team and course. It isn’t a complete list but it does cover the main bases. You can also checkout the animated presentation.
Feel free to leave comments on sections that we should add.
1. Old PowerPoint decks kind-of stink
Now-a-days, almost every training course has a PowerPoint (PPT). This PPT is used during class to help the trainer stay on course and to provide...
It’s always a challenge to send a course out for review and determine the best way to capture and consolidate all of the comments. There are many online browser-based authoring tools that make the review process easy and seamless. However for desktop installed tools it can still be a challenge. Here are 2 tools that can help.
Upload your course to your REVIEW™ account, then anyone on your team can login from any location and leave feedback on any Articulate, Captivate, Lectora, or ProForm course. Easily collect feedback from...
“In the beginning there was a blank slide.
All eLearning designers dreamed of the endless possibilities.
Wondrous content could spring into life.
However, something went wrong…
Bullet points sprang up like weeds.
Clip art infiltrated the blank space.
Bad color schemes and ugly fonts polluted the slide.
The dream of engaging, awesome content suffered a great blow.
Would the dim flicker of hope survive?
Would awesome content rise from the bullet points, clip art, and clutter?
Pre-developed Templates! That’s the secret sauce! We have been making and using eLearning templates for years. If you need to quickly develop eLearning courses, using templates is the way to go.
I developed this entire course in about an hour!
In my example below I used Articulate, a rapid eLearning software that leaverages PowerPoint. I started off with a PowerPoint Course style template that I then customized to match my branding. I used a People Cutout series to give the course a friendly presenter that walks the learner through the...
Are you ready to become an Articulate Ninja?
We just launched Articulate Training videos!
We are excited to announce our new Articulate Training Videos! Now you can sit at your desk and follow along as we show you how to use this software. Use the videos when you need them and use them for a quick refresher anytime.
10 “how-to” videos
Access for the entire team
Videos take you from building content to publishing
Examples of how to use PowerPoint
Ways to make more exciting content
Get future videos for...
Are your courses stinky? Do you have boring PowerPoints? Try some “eLearning Deodorant” to stop the stink!
It doesn’t need to take a lot of time and money to create better courses. It just takes a bit of inspiration…not perspiration.
Here are some quick and easy tips to make your content pages more interesting. You can also see them in action at the end of this post.
Visually “tie” your main concept to separate components. Each one can appear individually or all at once.
Take your main topics and/or key...
Recently I came across Dave Moxon’s post “10 Things To Know If You Don’t Speak English“. He has some great tips that I thought you might enjoy.
Here are links to Articulate articles that help you develop using non-western fonts:
Want to create awesome games and interactions that work in Articulate? Try out our new eLearning Interaction...
Make your eLearning Awesome!
Quickly create eLearning Interactions.
We’re excited to announce that you can now build amazing flash activities, quizzes, and games without using Flash or any programming. eLearning Interactions is an online tool that allows you to quickly build interactions that can be downloaded and embedded in whatever eLearning authoring software you use.
How it works:
1. Choose an interaction from our online library
2. Input your text, images, and audio
3. Select a theme to give your interaction an awesome look
Are you an Articulate user? Are you looking for a way to easily create games and interactions to make your courses more engaging?
You’re in luck…I’d like to introduce Interaction Builder. This tool is browser-based and has tons of different template interactions and games to choose from. You don’t need to know flash or programming!
Now you can quickly create eLearning interactions and games for Articulate.
Steps to create interactions:
1. Choose an interaction from the library
2. Input your text, images, and audio
Awhile back I had some videos that were loading slowly in Articulate. So after a bit of research I found a post on how to preload media files in Articulate.
Basically you create a .swf flash file with a list of files that you want to preload. You then insert the .swf in the logo panel. Pretty slick! Check it out.
Great looking Articulate Player...
As I’ve been creating custom Articulate skins I’ve come across some tips and insights that I thought I’d share. (This isn’t a tutorial on how to create a skin from scratch. Just a few pieces of knowledge.)
——–Warning: This post is for Articulate Development Geeks————-
Package xml file:
- The <content title> tag seems to be what drives the name of the skin on the installation window.
- Don’t forget to use the version number. It saves a bunch of confusion later...
We are excited to offer this free Articulate Player Skin! (IMPORTANT: When you download the .zip file you need to change the extension to .artpkg. That will make Articulate recognize it as an Articulate skin file.)
We hope you enjoy it! All we ask in return is that you spread the word. Share the link to this free Articulate skin blog post with others. Shoot out a tweet, update your status on Facebook, or if you’re feeling adventurous… publish a blog post.
Here is a close-up of the free Articulate skin. Note: This free Articulate...
James over at eLearningEnhanced.com built a cool Articulate Presenter widget that I thought readers might like.
Printable User Slide Notes
This widget allows your course user to type notes on any slide within the Articulate course. They can then save the notes, view them, and print if desired. The “notes” tab appears on the left by the course menu. (You can rename the tab to anything you’d like.)
Do you have a Flash file that you’ve inserted into Articulate Presenter and it is doing “weird” things? Does it skip the first frame? Does it just keep playing and seem to ignore the stop actions?
We have many Articulate users that use our Flash Games and Interactions to build courses. I often get questions about how to make the Flash files work properly in Articulate. So I thought that I’d write a quick post that explains the proper settings.
If you have a Flash file that has buttons and navigation built into it (you...
(Updated 3/2011: We have launched our next generation of PowerPoint templates and eLearning Flash interactions. Our PowerPoint template set now includes 40+ themes, 80+ backgrounds, and tons of layouts.)
Just a quick announcement that we just launched a new eLearning Style: Carbon Fiber.
View the Flash eLearning Interactions
View the PowerPoint Course Template
Now you have an instant look and feel for your next course. (Many PowerPoint layouts and matching quizzes and...
Just want to send out an update that the Articulate Skins now have new capabilities.
We’ve updated the skins to support Articulate’s branching and slide locking capabilities. Both of these functions are tied into the Slide Properties panel under the Articulate tab.
Bonus update: The skins have also been tweaked to work with the latest 6.3 update release from...
Every once in awhile I get asked, “How do I use Articulate with Moodle?”. Well…now there’s a great answer online.
MoodleTuts.com - A bunch of short video tutorials to help you with various Articulate and Moodle questions. Thanks to Dave Mozealous for starting this and also to Joe Deegan for contributing.
Here are some additional design tools/resources for Articulate:
PowerPoint Styles for Articulate
8 Flash games, 1 PowerPoint eLearning course style theme , 1 Flash Interactions Pack included in this bundle AND 1 Articulate Presenter Course Skin!
These are PowerPoint and Flash based templates that are super easy to update. Each template is fully customizable in Flash and PowerPoint (we give you the source files). Easily integrate into your Articulate Presenter course.
BONUS: Reuse the templates over and over again in multiple courses or even other websites and presentations.
Purchase these templates at...