12 Lectoras Inspiring – This was the year that the eLearning industry was taken by storm and witnessed a powerful partnership as Trivantis incorporated our template library and cutout people images into the Lectora Inspire 12 feature set. Every user who purchases Lectora Inspire gains instant access to our eLearning templates, interactions, games, and more through the Inspire product.
11 Parts a Look and Feel(ing) – When our other-worldly, talented custom team builds a custom eLearning masterpiece, they start with a basic framework, or project outline. This portion of the project is referred to as a “Look and Feel.” We don’t believe we are giving away any secrets here, but when we create a “Look and Feel” for clients, these 11 are the components they see:
- Welcome Screen
- Learning Objectives
- Static Content Layouts (A combination of text and Images)
- Video Layout Screen
- Click and Reveal Interaction
- Drag and Drop Interaction
- Slider Interaction
- Quiz Introduction Page
- Quiz Question Page
- Quiz Conclusion Page
- Final Summary
10 Seconds Engaging – In eLearning, you have roughly 10 seconds to capture the attention of your learners. When eLearning professionals present new concepts, using visually explosive creatives, memorable text, engaging activities, and easy-to-digest ideas laid out using bullet points, they have a much better chance of keeping audiences engaged.
9 Adobes Captivating – 2015 has been a stellar year for eLearning Brothers and its partners. Adobe released Captivate 9 in August of this year and as a core offering in Captivate 9, all users immediately gain access to every Captivate template in the eLearning Brothers Template Library as well as every asset in the Cutout People Library. For users looking to get free eLearning Brothers templates and cutout people, Captivate 9 is now a great option to bundle and save.
8 Custom Clients Launching – You might not know it from looking at our current custom eLearning development project portfolio, but we have built world class eLearning courses. We’ve built eLearning courses that have been recognized in the industry as truly amazing. We have the Brandon Hall Award from this year to prove it. Although we were recognized for our work on a single project by Brandon Hall, we’ve wrapped up dozens of high-end projects. Here are 8 of our most recent and recognizable clients:
- American Ambulance Association
- Boy Scouts of America
- Grant Thornton International
- Mercedes Benz
- Utah Department of Transportation
As you can see, our experience spans across many different verticals and no two projects are the same, so we can build anything under the sun.
7 Tips for Infographing – One of our most popular content pieces of the year in 2015 was the post where we outlined the top 7 tips for creating an eLearning infographic. In case you don’t fancy heading over to read through the entire post, here are the high points:
- Determine your subject
- Organize your data to make it useful
- Pick a chart or graph to display your data
- Brainstorm interesting ways to display your data
- Sketch out your design by hand or using a wireframe software
- Follow graphic design principles to execute your concept
- Add annotations to clearly explain your visual data
6 Ways of Storylining – Many eLearning professionals who use rapid authoring tools agree that Articulate Storyline is one of the most easy to use and versatile tools on the market. Here are all of the different types of Storyline templates we offer in the eLB Template Library:
- Storyline Games
- Storyline Interactions
- Storyline Layouts
- Storyline Navigation Players
- Storyline Scenarios
- Storyline Course Starters
5 Auth’ring tools – In the world of rapid authoring tools for eLearning, there are five different tools that stand out as the major players. Each of the tools caters on some level to the needs of every eLearning developer, designer, instructional designer, or any professional in between.
- Storyline by Articulate: great multi-purpose authoring tool that is flexible and easy to use.
- Captivate by Adobe: same as above, but also gives users access to eLearning Brothers products with purchase of the most recent version: Captivate 9. Has built in support for responsive eLearning projects.
- Lectora by Trivantis: offers amazing flexibility to create custom eLearning and perform tasks that other tools simply cannot do. Comes with our templates included, along with new support for Responsive Course Design.
- Microsoft PowerPoint: everyone knows, owns, and has on some level used PowerPoint to build a presentation. We have a ton of templates that work well for your needs.
- iSpring: you should give this awesome add-on for PowerPoint a closer look to bring eLearning to life.
4 tips for gaming – Not just for kiddos any more, games should be an integral part of any modern eLearning strategy. Inserting a game into your training should also serve a purpose and not be thrown in willy-nilly just for the sake of taking a moment to divert. Per Venture Beat, the average age of today’s gamer is 31 years old, so we can deduct that applying gamification in eLearning for adults will be appropriate. These are some of the top objectives for implementing gamification in eLearning:
- Aesthetics: Our games have high visual value and can be utilized in a plethora of ways. If our game templates aren’t quite right for your course, you have full access to source files so you can customize them and make them yours.
- Engagement: Putting a game in front of your learners is a great way to make sure that there is still a pulse on the other side of the screen. By nature, most people are competitive and want to get the top score – or at least have some sense of accomplishment while learning new material. Giving someone a medal, even if it’s non-tangible, or reward through gamification is an effective way to accomplish that.
- Application of skills: When learners can apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills, they are much more likely to retain large chunks of information as well as small details.
- Retention of concepts: What good is the information we present to our learners if they are unable to take the subject matter with them to the field or if they cannot recall the content later.
In summation, people from all walks of life love games and we don’t have any shortage of them in our Template Library.
3 Freebie Offerings – Since we are in the middle of the season of giving, we want you to use some of our wintry, holiday-themed eLearning assets including two games and an incredibly useful (and new!) EPS stock graphic: a snowman enjoying a wintery day.
2 Libraries Launching – This year we introduced two new subscriptions to the eLearning Brothers library offerings. Although we are already very well-appointed with the current collections (Templates, Stock, Cutouts, and Medical) we didn’t want to rest easy, as we still felt like we had gaps to fill in our library offerings. Click through the links below to learn more about the new libraries we offer:
- PowerPoint Graphic Templates
- Common Craft
1 Main Website – This year was a great year for the web presence of eLearning Brothers. When Andrew and Shawn Scivally launched the company, they wanted to help eLearning professionals develop great training courses. Our templates provide this need to others in the industry. The very first templates sold in 2009 were sold on our website eLearningTemplates.com, but the company news, blog, about us, and contact us details were housed on eLearningBrothers.com. Not long after the first templates were sold from the eLearningTemplates.com site, the company launched the custom development side of the house, but all of the nitty gritty details for our custom work were showcased and detailed on eLearningBrothers.com. Both sites started small and were created with separate objectives.
By the end of 2014, keeping both websites separate from one another no longer made sense. When our users wanted to learn about templates or see what we were doing as a company, they were finding us through eLearning Brothers blog posts, reading about the benefits of our templates and subscriptions on eLearningTemplates.com, signing up for their account in the member area of eLearningBrothers.com, and then they were pointed to eLearningTemplates.com to download their assets. We figured that this dizzying path couldn’t be the best way to help our customers.
In an attempt to provide our users the BEST possible experience and keep them from feeling as they’d been sent through a tumble dry cycle before they could contact us or start using our amazing templates, we combined our eLearningTemplates.com and eLearningBrothers.com websites. The benefits of making our two sites perform as one have been too numerous to list here. We hope you all have enjoyed the changes, as well!
Let us know in the comments what you would add to the list! We would LOVE to get your input.