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Converting a PowerPoint presentation is not the end of the world

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Sometimes we have to hold our hands up and take an existing PowerPoint presentation and convert it into a piece of elearning ‘as is’. Sometimes this is because the SME(s) really doesn’t want to commit to anything other than a conversion, or the budget is unrealistically small or the time frame is “We need this like yesterday.” Whatever the reason(s), …

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Demo: Illustrative Timeline of Key Events along The Western Front

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This week I finally had the time to build a demo for the Articulate Weekly Challenge.  The topic was #44: Virtual Tours. Here is my entry … Click on the screenshot to launch in a new window. The aim was to build an interactive tour of some kind, so I opted for something topical seeing as we’re commemorating the First …

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Involve your audience

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When building a course it often involves SMEs, stakeholders, managers and L&D members sitting round a (sometimes virtual) table to discuss what needs to be achieved. Who’s missing from the list? That’s right – learners – those people for whom we’re here in the first place. Sure, the aforementioned collective probably have a lot of experience and ideas to share, …

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Grammar, spelling and punctuation play a role too

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Errors regarding grammar, spelling and punctuation can put learners off right away and leave a really bad impression. Whilst nobody is expecting the prose to read like something written by this year’s Man Booker Prize Winner, they would like to find themselves presented with something sharp, focused and legible. Fortunately, one doesn’t have to be naturally gifted in at least …

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Less is more when you begin piloting

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If you opt to run a pilot session at any point in your workflow, you should include the least amount of content sensibly possible. The feedback you’ll receive from learners will soon indicate whether anything is vague or confusing in any way. Should this happen, identify those gaps and fill them in. This is better than throwing in too much …

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Go analogue once in a while

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These days, it seems easier than before to become immersed in all things digital.  Sometimes it just feels like we cant help it.  PCs and Macs.  Tablets and smart phones.  Apps and tools.  While most of us might agree we couldn’t do our job without them, it might be handy to see what we can sometimes do better without them. …

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Establish your project team up front

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Failure to establish your project team and their responsibilities up front can be enormously costly.  Imagine a new SME or Department Head or third party reviewer suddenly making an appearance two weeks from ‘go live’ demanding a bunch of changes … “I don’t like the look and feel of that bit’ … ‘Why haven’t you included that scenario that Bob started …

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Here’s the plan!

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Ok, so this is my first post.  The first of many, I hope.  What I’d like to do is summarise the kind of stuff you’ll find here over the coming weeks, months and maybe even years. Tips.  On elearning, mainly.  Anything and everything from strategy and TNA, through storyboarding and authoring and onto delivery and evaluation.  And tools of course. There …

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