Unusual Inspiration for eLearning - Updated


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When you need inspiration, check outside the field of eLearning to see what others create. Here are 10 sites that may provide a source of inspiration for you.

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Unusual Inspiration for eLearning - Updated

  1. 1. 10 UNUSUAL SOURCES OF INSPIRATION FOR ELEARNING by Connie Malamed @elearningcoach thelearningcoach.com
  2. 2. Feeling uncreative? It’s difficult to be creative on demand.
  3. 3. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get back into the flow.
  4. 4. On the next ten slides are links to websites where you can seek, browse and hopefully find inspiration to kickstart your creative flow. They are not part of the world of eLearning, because it’s important to stretch and see how others are communicating content.
  5. 5. 1. Interactive Visualizations See this collection of interactive visualizations for ideas on making eLearning more dynamic. Relevant interactivity helps involve and engage learners.
  6. 6. 2. Information Aesthetics If you crave a wide variety of ideas for conceiving information graphics, check out the sundry visuals at this site, where “form follows data.” You’ll find a wealth of possible ways to conceptualize information.
  7. 7. 3. Note and Point A gallery of well-designed Keynote and PowerPoint presentations reside on this site. Whether you implement or conceive visuals, you can get ideas for eLearning course design here.
  8. 8. 4. WebRangers We adults are too serious. Glean ideas from the wonderful games buried at the U.S. National Park Service site—Webrangers. Find inspiration in the creative treatments, then use it as a springboard for approaches to adult learning. (FYI: Many of these games were designed by my friends at d’Vinci Interactive.)
  9. 9. 5. Brain Pickings “The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources … that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.”
  10. 10. 6. AWWWARDS Look at the best of the web for inspiration. You’ll find unique ways of implementing visual design, gamification, interactivity and content presentation. The Awwards site selects what they consider award-worthy sites.
  11. 11. 7. Poynter Online Bring storytelling and other journalistic skills to your courses. Poynter Online teaches this and other strategies in their articles, eLearning courses, webinars and seminars.
  12. 12. 8. The Daily Script If you get stuck on scriptwriting for video, try browsing through the dozens of scripts housed on this minimalist site. See if you get inspired to write more compelling stories and scenarios for learning.
  13. 13. 9. Digital Photography School This site has loads of advice and inspiration related to photography, which often serves as the main media element in online courses. The school has everything from technical articles about cameras to photo galleries from readers.
  14. 14. 10. TED Everyone knows about the TED presentations, but not everyone uses them for ideas. See the strategies that the best speakers use, particularly how they engage the audience and tie in stories. Try to do it as well as they do.
  15. 15. Get More Inspiration • For advice, tips, reviews and resources about eLearning and mobile learning, go to theelearningcoach.com. • Join us on Facebook for elearning resources and discussions. • Connect on Twitter for 140 characters of nerd joy. • And check out my books below, for research-inspired visual design.