E-learning Heroes Challenge #106 Design an e-learning cereal box

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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.

Cognitive Overload

‘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.

Box creation

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.

Tools

I used Powerpoint for the background and shapes.

Dafont is an excellent font resource. I used  ‘Cut the Crap’ !

Cereal box ELH

Update:

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

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Elearning Heroes Challenge #100

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The excellent Articulate community’s weekly challenge had me reaching for my camera. I’ve long had the idea of using my own photos for a challenge, so I jumped at the chance.

The Challenge

This week’s challenge was to visualise ‘before and after’ comparisons. A quick Google for inspiration and I found my subject the American Prohibition. After finding the stats I needed I started to think of visualising this important part of history.

The props

The idea in my head popped like a champagne cork! A painting we have hanging in the kitchen and a wine glass full and empty would set the before and after off nicely. Two snaps later I was in Powerpoint

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Click the image here to view the presentation

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Reusing Powerpoint animations in elearning

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Re-using Powerpoint slides when creating elearning can be a valuable way of saving time and reducing costs, especially when you’re on a deadline. This is especially true if your course requires some animation or motion paths to liven up your content (and which Instructional Designer doesn’t want to do that!). I also think this is a particular handy way of setting common themes for modules within an elearning course. The learner gets used to seeing the animation but is not bored by it as it has changed.

I’ve done a short screen capture explaining how quickly animations and Motion Paths can be changed for reuse.

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