Category : presentation-design

Research: 7 Factors That Make eLearning Successful

February
3,
2014
Bill Cushard e-learning 0 Comments

It is the nerd in me, but I like it when I can base decisions on evidence from research. So when I found this study, "What drives a successful eLearning? An Empirical investigation of the critical factors influencing learning satisfaction,” I thought it would be worth reading. Although this study was conducted in an academic environment, there are important lessons for any eLearning designer about what makes eLearning effective.

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Death by Bullet-Point, and Other PowerPoint Design Tips

October
19,
2011
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How to Enhance Training Courses with a Quiz

October
4,
2011
Mindflash mindflash 0 Comments

Pop quiz: How do you ensure that your employees are really absorbing the materials in the training courses you’ve created with Mindflash? Answer: Make a pop quiz.

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How to Get Your Training Presentation From Good to Great With Images, Audio, and Video

September
23,
2011
Mindflash Online Training 0 Comments

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:

  1. Photos. A retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale -- photos of the inventory aid in product recognition.
  2. Video. A health care worker needs to perform a multi-step procedure exactly the same way every time -- a video shows how it's done.
  3. Audio. Trainees at a call center must provide consistent answers to common questions -- sound clips demonstrate the proper language.
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First, a Few Ground Rules

Before adding big media files, think about whether you really need them. Most embedded media increase the computing power required to view the presentation -- often without adding value to the presentation. If your audience is running on older, slower hardware, try keeping media files to a minimum -- pictures might be worth 1000 words, but can just as easily suck up hundreds of megabytes. PowerPoint varies more than most software programs across versions and platforms, so the instructions below are deliberately generalized so as to be applicable to everyone.

1. Adding Images

To create a new slide containing a picture, select the New Slide command from the Insert menu. Some prefer a blank slide pre-formatted for ‘Picture with caption’ (right click to reveal the various slide layout themes), but photos can be added easily to any slide type.

Once you have the correct slide, go to the Insert menu and select Picture (this is a perfect time to use the thumbnail display option for menus). Browse for the image you want, and then select it. The photo may not be the size you want at first; adjust it by grabbing any of the corners and dragging until you’re satisfied. Don’t adjust from the side -- that is, unless squishing the image along one axis is the look you are going for.

Keep resolution consistent by selecting the Compress Pictures command from the Picture Tools format menu. A resolution of 150 dpi (dots per inch) is ideal. Make sure the box labeled “apply to selected pictures only” is unchecked.

 

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Screen capture of Flickr thumbnail images

Photo tip (above): Even when lacking photos of your own, amateur repositories like Snapfish and Flickr can be great sources of free images. Always contact the owner for permission.

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How to Streamline a Training Workshop

July
28,
2011
Mindflash job training 0 Comments

Erik J. Froelich speaks from 12 years experience in developing and implementing training, teaching and learning solutions, administering and supporting corporate research and educational technologies in a variety of sectors. His most recent work includes teaching Information Literacy and Technology at Philadelphia University. Following is an interview with Erik & Bloomfire, a software site geared for easily sharing knowledge and the discussions that surround it.

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Are You Using a Training Design Zoom Lens?

April
19,
2011
Trina Rimmer e-learning 0 Comments

In a recent issue of the Harvard Business Review, Rosabeth Moss Kanter discussed the importance of leaders knowing when to focus in on details and when to pull back to see the big picture. While good leaders are able to zoom in and out to help them make decisions, training designers should know how to do the same.

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Training Lessons from Seinfeld: Lesson #3 - Do the Opposite

April
12,
2011
Trina Rimmer Online Training 0 Comments

It's easy to get stuck in a design rut whenever there's too much to do and not enough time to do it. Re-using and re-purposing design elements that have served you well in the past is one great way to enhance your efficiency, but over time, it can lead to a course library that lacks visual identity or personality.

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Design Tutorial, Part 2: How to Create Your Own iPad-Themed e-Learning Course (+ Free Template!)

March
14,
2011
Trina Rimmer e-learning 0 Comments

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.  This post is all about applying the icons and an iPad theme to your online training course.

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Design Tutorial, Part 1: How to Make Your Own iPad-Inspired Icons (and a Free Template!)

March
7,
2011
Trina Rimmer e-learning 0 Comments

Following Apple's unveiling of the iPad 2 , I found myself inundated with tons of great articles and thought-provoking blog posts about the impact of the iPad on the tablet market, the growing appetite for mobile learning, and how the iPad is being used by companies to increase productivity.

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How to Choose the Ideal Training-Design Tool

February
2,
2011
Trina Rimmer e-learning 0 Comments

I'm a big proponent of "paying it forward" so a while back I gave away 3 free PowerPoint templates for use in your training projects. Recently, I got a phone call from a friend and former colleague who was excited about putting these freebies to good use...

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