Learning & Instructional Design
Multimedia Learning Design Principles
Based on Richard Mayer’s
Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction
Anyone who designs any kind of learning materials should bookmark this interactive guide to Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction created by Montse Anderson (@mlearning)
Multimedia Learning Design Resources
This collection of resources will give you a nice headstart on finding the things you need when you’re ready to start building.
Articulate Storyline Shortcuts
Give your work in Articulate Storyline a boost of speed with these handy keyboard shortcuts.
Presentations & Design
Here are some useful presentation & design-related guides. For even more, check out this big collection of curated resources for PowerPoint and multimedia design.
10 PowerPoint Shortcuts You Should Know
Character Map for Wingding Icon Fonts
If you ever use any of the winding fonts in your designs, you’ll love having a copy of this complete map created by Bruce Gabrielle. This has been on my office wall for years!
I’ve mentioned Canva as a great tool for designing just about any type of graphics you need and you’ll have them done in no time with these useful shortcuts.
General Office & Others
Top 10 Document Time-Saving Tips
No matter what job you’re in, you probably deal with documents. These time-saving tips will help you polish them off in record time.
Google Docs Cheatsheet
Loads of folks regularly share files with Dropbox. This is a useful guide for those who are new to Dropbox of others you’re sharing Dropbox files with who aren’t regular users.
Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any cheatsheets posted on your wall? What are they? I’d love to know!
This is the 9th post of a 12 part series.
When you’re working on building a presentation in PowerPoint you’re going to want some really great looking images that are right at your fingertips right? Instead of bouncing back and forth between multiple browser tabs and your slides, wouldn’t it be nice if everything you need was right there in PowerPoint?
Well, you’re in luck! Here are three super useful add-ins that will let you find and add images to your slides without ever leaving the comfort of PowerPoint.
Three PowerPoint Add-ins for Finding Great Images
PickIt is a free option to get the “right images in the right place at the right time” and it also works with other Office apps like Word and Sway. You can grab PickIt from the Microsoft Store.
I really like how they curate images. For example, check out the “Space for Text” collection. These images give you suitable space to overlay your own custom text.
Pexels is a great place to find free for any personal and commercial project. And having them available right inside PowerPoint is even better! You can also grab this plug-in on the Microsoft store.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for with either of the first two options and you’re a Shutterstock user like me, you’ll definitely want to grab the Shutterstock PowerPoint plug-in. (available for Mac & PC) While the plug-in is free, you’ll need to purchase the images. You can use the “Try Image” option to add free watermarked images if you’re working on a mockup or aren’t sure if you’ve got the perfect image yet.
Bonus: Office Insiders Get an Icon Library
As if that isn’t enough, Microsoft recently added a really nice library of 500 editable icons. (And as part of that same update, you can now use .SVG images in PowerPoint too!) If you’d like to get access to early release features like this in Office, just join the Office Insiders program.
Are you already using any of these or other PowerPoint plug-ins? What are your favorite image and icon resources?
Looking for even more add-ins and resources for your slides? Be sure to bookmark my big and ever growing collection of PowerPoint resources curated on Zeef.
Recently, while reading some web development articles I came across this cool animated menu and thought it would make a cool elearning course menu. I took a few minutes to recreate it and this is how it turned out. Add a cool, appealing intro slide in front and this could make a nice opening sequence for your next project.
View the demo | Download the source file
I do about 95% of my graphics creation and editing in PowerPoint. I also have some common design elements that I reuse in a variety of different contexts that I keep close at hand in a PowerPoint file. Here are a few that I think are useful for anyone – I use them all the time. You’ll find some super useful mobile devices, computers and web browsers created from basic shapes that you can recolor and customize any way you like.
Download these slides to use the elements in your own designs.
Check out what others are sharing as their “Go-To” PowerPoint design elements over in David Anderson’s Weekly Challenge in the Elearning Heros community.
Below you’ll find the slides, links and other resources to accompnay my BYOL session “You Already Know How to Build mLearning (You Just Don’t Know It)“on Friday morning, you can grab the download files ahead of time from here.
Curated Collection of PowerPoint Resources
Example Video created entirely in PowerPoint
How to Export Your PowerPoint Videos in HD
by Bright Carbon
Here’s the VB code you’ll need:
If ActivePresentation.CreateVideoStatus <> ppMediaTaskStatusInProgress Then
ActivePresentation.CreateVideo FileName:=Environ(“USERPROFILE”) & “\Desktop\test.wmv”, _
Else: MsgBox “There is another conversion to video in progress”
Advanced PowerPoint Typography Guide
Nancy Duarte SlideDocs
Considerations for Designing Mobile Learning
Download the PowerPoint add-in and learn more about Office Mix.
Introduction to what Mix can do
If you want to learn more about mobile content, check out Sarah Gilbert’s site at http://melearningsolutions.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @melsgilbert
Harold Jarche has said that using social bookmarking could be “…the simplest way to start sharing organisational knowledge.” and I totally agree. It’s also an easy way to get started with the concept of “Working Out Loud” and curation.
It is super easy to get started with social bookmarks and it’s only slightly different from what you’re already doing when you save bookmarks in your web browser. A few of the benefits of social bookmarking include:
- Moving your bookmarks online and accessible from anywhere instead of being locked in a single place/device. (If you’ve ever tried to remember a site you bookmarked at work while you were out of the office you can appreciate this one!)
- The tagging feature makes them much easier to manage and find what you’re looking for. Unlike browser bookmarks which can only be in one folder, you can apply multiple tags to each link you save.
- They can be private or public -it’s up to you.
- Your public links are shareable
To see it in action take 2 minutes and watch this Common Craft Video “Social Bookmarking in Plain English”
Back in the day I was a huge fan of Delicious, but after being sold and rebuilt I’ve never gone back. I use Diigo these days, which also has some nice additional features like highlighting, annotating, group sharing and others.
Pinterest is another option and Jane Bozarth has a good article on “Pinterest for L&D” that’s definitely worth checking out.
Here’s a downloadable, printable sheet on Social Bookmarking you can use for yourself or for sharing with others.
Where are your bookmarks? What do you like or dislike about where they are?
It happens every day—you’re in the middle of working, but something catches your attention. You definitely want to read or watch it, but just not right now. What should do you do?Try a ‘Read It Later’ app to save all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you discover.
Try a ‘Read It Later’ app to save all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you discover.A single click lets you save, read, and manage the things you find online. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Feedly, and many more. And because it syncs across your devices you can dive into them when and where you want. Some apps even make things available for offline access.
A single click lets you save, read, and manage the things you find online. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Feedly, and many more. And because it syncs across your devices you can dive into them when and where you want. Some apps even make things available for offline access.
If you’re using an app like Feedly to efficiently keep up with the topics you’re interested in you can use the “Save for Later” button right at the top of each item.
Download this printable guide or share it with others: