Recently, I took on an e-learning design project that had me wanting to refresh my perspective. For this particular project, I did not want to fall into the trap of producing the same old style of e-learning with which I am comfortable. I wanted to enter this project with some fresh ideas. We all get
It’s indispensable, it’s maddening. It’s revolutionary, it’s boring. It’s every training designer’s best friend and worst enemy — PowerPoint. Love it or hate it, PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used tools for corporate trainers. But, as is the case with any such tool, its value lies in how its used. With that in
This post first appeared on Brent Dykes’ blog, PowerPoint Ninja. If you work at a company with more than 100 people, you probably have an official corporate PowerPoint template. If you work in a company with more than 1,000 people, you probably don’t know the designer who created your presentation template. There’s a good chance
One of the biggest challenges online training developers have is that they often have no background in online training. Online training is very different than face-to-face training, yet many classroom trainers inherit the online learning developer role simply because their organization has decided to begin offering online training. This is further complicated by the various
I recently covered an MBA class for a Ph.D colleague of mine. Though the class lesson was to cover global HR, the instructor required that at the beginning of each class, one or two teams of students present an overview of critical concepts from that week’s reading. The first team presented slide after slide of
Getting up in front of a conference room full of yawning coworkers to deliver a PowerPoint presentation is already hard enough. Subjecting your colleagues to half an hour of mind-numbing .gifs and tedious minutiae isn’t going to help, either. Remember that PowerPoint is a tool that’s experienced almost exclusively by a trapped — and probably
So you’ve toiled and fine-tuned and delivered your PowerPoint presentation dozens of times, until it really sings. The good news is that Mindflash allows you to upload it in a snap, and easily share it with your colleagues or trainees instantly. But be warned: The more you’ve optimized your slideshow to wow a live audience,
Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations. For people creating training content, there’s an added bonus: adding media also helps boost retention. A few quick examples: Photos. A retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale — photos of the inventory aid
Recently, I stumbled upon Bill Gammell’s ebook on marketing lessons learned from Seinfeld. Because of Seinfeld’s pop-culture resonance, I’ve been mulling over the idea of a Seinfeld-themed post for a while now – but I’d never taken the time to conceptualize it. Thankfully Bill’s ebook demonstrated not only how to make some meaningful connections between Seinfeld and the world of marketing, but how to do so in a way that was surprising and fun. It got me thinking: Are there any meaningful training lessons to be learned from Seinfeld?
I recently shared some insights I’ve had on the usability of the iPad and walked you through the steps for creating your own iPad/iPhone-inspired app icons in PowerPoint. In this post, I’ll show you how I created an iPad-themed backdrop in PowerPoint. I’ll also show you how I’ve applied this design to one of my courses and in the process, elevated the presentation from a cool visual gimmick to user-friendly, intuitive interface.