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Many designers use PowerPoint to create eLearning courses. Here are some simple tips to think about when building an online course:

Don’t Cram So Much Text onto a Slide
It is widely known that people don’t read online, they scan. If a user sees a bunch of text on the slide they will almost always ignore it. They need to be “enticed” to read it. They need to “want” to read it. This can be accomplished by breaking the text into smaller chucks and building the slides one part at a time. You can also use headings and bolding to format the text.

Easy on the Animation
Don’t use crazy transitions and animations. They get annoying after awhile and are pointless. If you want to use animation, use it to build content. It can be used to gradually build an image or process as the narrator talks. It can also be used to limit the amount on information on the slide at one time. Animation can give the user time to digest one concept before the next one appears.

Use a “Good” Picture
Don’t use gratuitous images. Use an image that relates to the presented content. With a little thought images can be very powerful.

The Next Button is Not the Only Way
The next button is a great way to have users navigate through the course. However it is not the only way to do so. Try using hotspots and clickable areas. Why not present a series of images that a user clicks? You could also have them click around the screen to explore a concept. Scenarios and case studies are a great way to get away from overusing the next button.

Additional Resources:
Top Ten Do’s and Don’t
eLearning Design Standards
eLearning Best Practices

PowerPoint Layouts for eLearning


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