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I recently stumbled across something called the 1-6-6 rule for PowerPoint. It claims that any given PowerPoint slide should have one main idea, a maximum of six bullet points and a maximum of six words per bullet point. I like the idea of keeping it brief, but I think this rule forgets to include something about visuals. It’s too easy to slap together a slide—PowerPoint or eLearning—that looks like this, and think it’s great because it followed the 1-6-6 rule.
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Pretty boring, right? Those bullets also cover a huge range of topics, some of which could probably be their own slides. Bullet points do have many benefits when it comes to organizing information, but you need more than just text to make your online training shine.

“But my SME says I have to include all that information!” you say. Never fear! We’re about to show you a few templates from our Template Library that will help you squeeze all that info onto one slide, and keep it visually appealing.

Say you’re working on a sports nutrition course. You could have a text-heavy slide about counting macros, with bullets and lots of text talking about ratios and calculations for carbs versus protein versus fat. Or you could use a template like the one shown below, and let the learner click on each kettlebell to learn more about how carbs, protein, or fat play into his or her macro calculation.

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This template would work well for many fitness and athletic training topics. Plus, organizing your content into 3 small chunks of different information that all relate to each other is a tried and true instructional design technique. So now you have a slide that is visually appealing and instructionally sound. Rock on!

(For more information on content chunking, check out this article by Connie Malamed, the eLearning Coach. She explains the origins and techniques of content chunking.)

Maybe you just need a good old-fashioned list. It happens. You could lay it out a little something like this:

The 8 Parts of Speech Are:

  1. Noun
  2. Pronoun
  3. Verb
  4. Adjective
  5. Adverb
  6. Preposition
  7. Conjunction
  8. Interjection

That was a riveting read, wasn’t it? Try switching up the layout of your list to something more visual, like this spidergram style layout:

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You could keep this template as an interactive question by throwing in some incorrect parts of speech as options and testing your learner, or just the use the layout as inspiration for a more visual way to present your list of the parts of speech. That’s the beauty of our templates—it’s all up to you!

Speaking of turning lists into quizzes… A drag and drop interaction is a great way to handle something that might otherwise end up as a bulleted list.

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Full disclosure, we think our whole template library is better than bullet points, but that wouldn’t fit in a blog post, so we selected 3 templates to show you a better way to present information.  But don’t stop with just the 3 we showed above—there’s a whole library of templates waiting for you to use in creative and exciting ways. Check them out today.

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