The excellent Articulate e-learning community run a weekly challenge to improve skills and share best practice. This week’s was to get a non-human character to ‘talk’. These come in handy especially when I.D. can’t find a character to suit or in my example below I wanted to reach to a younger audience .
There was always going to be bespoke artwork (I prefer it in my e-learning) so I drew a computer chip, leaving room for googly eyes and a smile. A bit of photo-editing with GIMP ( A Free alternative to photoshop) and I was ready to author.
Adobe’s authoring software made this bit a breeze, place the photos on the slide, get the timing and audio to match and Boom! it’s a breeze
Click image to launch the sample
If you’ve seen a movie or watched t.v. in the last twenty years you’ll be familiar with the production or channel video intro’s before the actual viewing.
The Creation/ Inspiration
I’ve been playing around with html5 animations recently to put in my e-learning courses. Then the idea came to me about creating my own intro video. The movie Trainspotting has a great intro sequence made to look like your stood in an underground tube station as a train whizzes by. THAT’s the look I was after
Once I was happy with the html5 animation I had to find some music to put to it the excellent http://www.freesfx site has a good selection of piano snippets to choose from but one stood out.
Check out my efforts below
Stock vs Bespoke images
I’m a believer in using bespoke images where possible when I create an elearning course. I also believe stock images are over used they can also distract and disengage the learner. Pictures can say a thousand words but they can also be interesting and engaging.
I know Christmas has some and gone but everyone likes a surprise and seeing as the elearning community both at Articulate and the Adobe forums have been so generous, it’s time I shared something.
I’ve created an 8 bit technology icon set I’d like to share with you all.
Look out on this blog for a future full colour version or send me a request
ELH Challenge #111
This last challenge of the year was to create a template using Pantone’s colour of the year 2016
View Powerpoint here:
I set myself a time challenge also to get it done on time. (to save the poor moderator’s fingers!)
View the Powerpoint here
I had a few ideas floating around before I had that light bulb Eureka moment.
Use the colours as filters / Bucket fill a flower
But the challenge was to create a template so I went for an angular design that could separate and highlight the text sections.
The placing of the rectangles leads the eye to the character and the space for the bio. Notice the header texts do the same.
8 bit art
I am a fan of 8 bit characters and have used some I created here from a medical module. I much prefer using original artwork than lame stock images.
Oh boy! I went to the cinema to see the first 3 Star Wars films (showing my age, there) so this was a challenge I simply had to accept. Almost everyone is familiar with the series and its characters /scenes etc so there’s a myriad of options to pick from. But I had to choose only one (shame!)
I wanted to more than just a trivial game I felt my entry needed to be educational in a real sense. The setting would be in the Star Wars universe but the learning would be on planet Earth.
Start Wars Bar and I.D.’s
I hope you’ve seen the original films and know about the famous bar scene. If not check the link here https://youtu.be/g6PDcBhODqo
Basically it’s a rough gin joint fun of unusual aliens and rough types. This was to be my setting for a bar security/ doorman/bouncer to check a stormtrooper’s I.D. and the learner has to spot the fake.
Click on the link to view the sample
E-learning Heroes Challenge #105
This week’s challenge was to find creative ways to show dialogue in e-learning. Which lit my creative side
I had plenty of ideas for this challenge but I had to whittle it down to one.
Ticker Tape – scrolling dialogue at the bottom of the screen
Translation – Two sentences in different languages
Subtext – Speech bubble for dialogue. Loose text for the thought.
But the winner was
Subtitles- The type you see on T.V. for the hard of hearing.
I set myself an extra challenge which was to shrink the working area by using a mobile phone template. With space at a premium the dialogue had to be snappy. A busy workplace setting sprang to mind. I used text and audio to set the scene.
I coloured the text for each character to help the reader identify who is saying what and used left and right placement to reinforce this.
Having the text pop-up also helped with identification and reading.
Click the image below to view the sample
Breakfast cereal don’t get my taste buds going, but this challenge certainly got my creative juices flowing. The wonderful community at Articulate had a great idea to create a cereal box with an e-learning theme. The learning industry is awash with buzzwords all promoting the latest fad, so I went with a new one, which, is also a good one.
‘Thin slices’ created by expert Stephen Myers, explains single-concept learning, where the learner is given information one concept at a time, to help information overload.
Once I had chosen ‘Thin slices’ and cognitive overload, I soon had the idea of the look I wanted. The longest bit was get the colour scheme and finding a font that suited the design.
I used Powerpoint for the background and shapes.
Dafont is an excellent font resource. I used ‘Cut the Crap’ !
I wasn’t overly happy with the image above it didn’t feel cereal enough.
Here’s my updated effort. With more of a story feel to it
Following on from previous posts I’m continuing the medical theme. The excellent Articulate community ran a challenge to create a medical elearning template so elearning creators are more industry specific in their portfolios.
I love a creative challenge, but I needed some medical info to create something. A quick-ish Google and I found what I was looking for.
A generous member of the Elearning Heroes community shared some medical images. This speeded up the creation of the template no end.
I used Gimp (open source photo editor) and Powerpoint to edit the images. I wanted the nurse and the patient to have a different look and a different space to help the learner take themselves a step back from the scenario.
Have a look at the module here( click on the image)
I’ve been using Powerpoint and Libre Impress more often recently to create elearning and that means creating and editing templates. So I set myself the task of creating a template for a specific industry. I did a little research on the excellent Articulate’s elearning community webpages and found my inspiration. (See below)
This template was nice and clean with a simple (but effective) slide transition.
I had been story boarding a few ideas around in Powerpoint with the different colours that hospital departments have in the NHS (Britain’s national health service)
but wasn’t happy with how the image/ text placeholders were fitting.
Then I had a light bulb moment. I saw how I could take inspiration from the Articulate example and make it my own with a medical twist (no pun intended) using the helix dna shape whilst incorporating the department colour scheme idea I had previously.
I’m making the template downloadable and free to use. Click on the image to access the .PPTX
Let me know what you think.
This post will show you how I created an interactive elearning module from a fairly dry and overlong Powerpoint Deck.
To view the finished sample: http://chilp.it/9b90c7f
The source deck
I found this Powerpoint on the web and thought it could do with some TLC. The presentation is 65 slides on health & safety in the workplace. The subject matter is important but the style and design of the presentation had me sliding down my chair at around slide 30.
I took the main information from the aim of the deck (awareness of hazards in the workplace) and started to design an interactive module. PowerPoint delivers information a linear fashion, but I wanted the learner to have choices on how to view the course information, but NOT to skip any. I used Adobe Captivate to create this decision branching effect.
The development tools
I wanted to keep the info and some images in PowerPoint then use the interactive power of Adobe Captivate to create an engaging learning experience. I customised a Powerpoint template from the excellent Elearning Heroes community. I added the following elements from within Adobe Captivate
Text to voice
Insert a You Tube
Drag and drop
This is a lot to add in to a six slide module, but I wanted to show how you can ‘lift’ a boring slideshow into an interactive and engaging elearning experience.
view it here : http://chilp.it/9b90c7f