8 tips to make eLearning interesting<br />Separate Your Content from Presentation-  <br />This is a popular technique amon...
Use a Central Metaphor or Theme-  <br />Related your learning material to something the learner already knows about makes ...
Hire a Graphic Designer- <br />I attended an eLearning conference earlier this year and the first session I went to was on...
Don’t Be Boring-  <br />I have my Twitter client search for tweets about eLearning.  <br />The most common thing I see fro...
Don’t Use Powerpoint-  <br />For the love of God!  No Powerpoint– <br />or at least no abusive Powerpoint.  <br />Your aud...
Look at the Work of Others- <br />When I was first learning web design in the mid 90’s the best thing I did was to look at...
Learn The Flash Platform-  <br />The Flash platform consists of Adobe Flash and Flex.  <br />It is a platform neutral meth...
Become a Photoshop Master-  <br />It’s all about the visuals.  <br />No learner wants to read, <br />but if they can learn...
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  1. 1. 8 tips to make eLearning interesting<br />Separate Your Content from Presentation-  <br />This is a popular technique among programmers and web developers, but, from what I have seen, has not completely caught on yet with eLearning developers.  <br />Separating your content — <br />in essence the material you want the learner to absorb– <br />from the presentation platform makes your learning more portable and maintainable.<br />For example, <br />if you have your content in an XML formatted document, <br />you can easily use the exact same learning content again in another format– <br />iPhone learning, CD-ROM or some other distribution format.  <br />Embedding your learning material in graphics or Flash files simply makes your material harder to maintain and reuse.<br />
  2. 2. Use a Central Metaphor or Theme-  <br />Related your learning material to something the learner already knows about makes the learning more interesting.  <br />I have seen excellent examples of eLearning material presented as a news broadcast, a comedian on stage, or even as navigating an international airport.  <br />Using a central theme or metaphor simply makes your eLearning production more entertaining and more easily absorbed by learners.<br />
  3. 3. Hire a Graphic Designer- <br />I attended an eLearning conference earlier this year and the first session I went to was on Graphic Design in eLearning.  <br />The opening Powerpoint slide for the session was so poorly designed that it undermined anything the speaker said during the hour-long session!  <br />There are many, many graphic designers out there and, often, due to the amount of competition, they work at inexpensive hourly rates.  <br />If you are visually illiterate– hire a designer!  <br />Graphic design can be the difference between eLearning that’s successful and eLearning that’s BLAH!<br />
  4. 4. Don’t Be Boring-  <br />I have my Twitter client search for tweets about eLearning.  <br />The most common thing I see from participants in eLearning is comments that the eLearning is BORING.  <br />Now I understand that boredom is relative, and we all have different tolerances for technical material, however, there is no excuse to be boring.  <br />In the classroom I make every effort to bring complex technical material to life.  <br />You should be doing the same thing for your learning audiences.<br />I think one of the main reasons that eLearning audiences get bored so quickly and easily is that the applicable context for what they are learning is not demonstrated.  <br />Knowing how the material will apply to the learners’ life or job is an important factor in keep their attention.<br />
  5. 5. Don’t Use Powerpoint-  <br />For the love of God!  No Powerpoint– <br />or at least no abusive Powerpoint.  <br />Your audience can read.  <br />Showing a Powerpoint and reading it to them is not effective eLearning.  <br />It’s a crutch for people who don’t know what they’re doing.<br />”They saw the Powerpoint– They’re trained,” is an all too common thought process in eLearning.  <br />Powerpoint is no different from any other written medium.  <br />You might as well hand them photocopies of your presentation written in Word.  <br />Powerpoint is easier for the eLearning Developer because <br />(a) They don’t have to have much skill to use it and <br />(b) It’s quick.  <br />Don’t be lazy.  <br />Don’t use Powerpoint.  <br />It’s simply not effective.<br />
  6. 6. Look at the Work of Others- <br />When I was first learning web design in the mid 90’s the best thing I did was to look at the work of others.  <br />There were people out there doing high quality, engaging web sites.  <br />I was creating long streams of text based crap.  <br />By examining the work of other web designers and developers, I was able to develop the skills to create a high quality, well-designed web site.  <br />When I say look at the work of others, I should really say EXAMINE the work of others.  <br />Go through it carefully.  <br />Spending time with their navigation… <br />Look at their learning metaphors… <br />Understand their mix of audio, video and animation… <br />Then go apply the techniques you like to your own work.<br />
  7. 7. Learn The Flash Platform-  <br />The Flash platform consists of Adobe Flash and Flex.  <br />It is a platform neutral method of creating eLearning assets that will work on Mac, PC, Linux, some Mobile and soon, the Apple iPhone.  <br />Learning Flash and it’s scripting language Actionscript, can make you a powerful force in the world of eLearning as you’ll be able to develop learning interactions that include animation, video, audio and just about everything else you can think of.  <br />The best eLearning I have seen has made extensive use of Flash and yours should too!<br />
  8. 8. Become a Photoshop Master-  <br />It’s all about the visuals.  <br />No learner wants to read, <br />but if they can learn from quality visuals, <br />and you can learn to create them, you’ll be well on your way to creating quality eLearning.  <br />Photoshop is the primary image development and processing tool use by eLearning developers.  <br />Becoming well versed in the Photoshop will help you create engaging visuals thatwill hold your learners interest throughout the course<br />

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