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
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
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. Mindflash offers several ways to drop easy-to-make, customizable quizzes into new, or existing, PowerPoint courses. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the ways you can conceive, create, and
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
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
The lens through which we examine information can either help or hinder our ability to make good design decisions. Zoom in too close, and you may get overwhelmed or lose sight of the business strategies that training is supposed to support. Zoom out too far, and you may miss the warning signs of a changing environment that requires trainees to learn new skills or knowledge.
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. When your 20th course starts to look and feel like a carbon copy of your first course, it may be time to stop what you’re doing and apply George Costanza’s “do the opposite” theory.
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.
In this post, I’ve assembled a quick tutorial on how to create your own custom iPad/iPhone app icons in PowerPoint using nothing more than drawing tools and free Microsoft clip art icons. Once you’ve watched the tutorial, download my PowerPoint file and use it as a jumping-off point for creating your own designs.
We’ve all seen it and heard it before – bosses or clients who insist on implementing a new tool or using a fancy template simply for its “cool factor,” or colleagues who use a highly stylized graphic or font for no other reason than “it looks pretty.” It’s human nature to be distracted by the bright and shiny new thing and to allow our attraction to the “cool factor” to unduly influence our decisions. This approach of committing to a design first and asking questions later is what I call “impulse training design.”