Using a Canva infographic template to create a 1-pager for a training session

Recently i was designing a training session for a team I am working with. Normally on a certain part of the course I would go through explaining some aspects of an important piece of legislation. But I thought, why don’t I give them some information and get them to do some work on the legislation using the information I gave them. Though I have not run the training session yet, but below is the 1-pager that I created.

I used the awesome Canva to create this 1-pager. Canva offers a number of templates for different designs. The one I used is part of their free infographic templates. I did amend it a bit by taking of some of the images and changing the alignments of the text boxes, but it looks good for what I want to do. Creating this took me less than 30 minutes. Continue reading


Creating Device Mockup Templates and Placeholders for E-Learning

This week’s challenge from Articulate’s ELearning Heroes was about creating device mockup templates and placeholders for elearning. To complete this challenge I used PowerPoint to design four device shapes which can be used as part of an elearning course. If you have ever used the Noun Project, the devices I designed are similar to what you will see on there.

Here are images of what i created. Continue reading

What can you do with elearning completion time data?

analytics-imageIf you use an LMS to manage your ELearning one of the report options might be completion times which might show the date someone was enrolled, when they actually started and  finally completed a course. While some reports might report on the dates, others might be more detailed and go down to the time at the minute level. On first view this data might be useless, but not if correlated with other information. For example if you have a course that people keep calling you about either because it keeps freezing, or it’s difficult to access or the assessment is too complex, could you check if that course has longer completion times than other courses. You certainly can. Recently I was looking at some of our ELearning completion data just to see how it impacts two things: Continue reading

Creating a simple video with sound and animation

Theelearning challenge on ELearning Heroes about three weeks ago was, storytelling with animated text, images, sound and video in E_Learning. I decided to give this a try using PowerPoint to create the video and a text-to-speech software to create the audio. The content I used wasn’t really a story, but rather a brief introduction to what Schizophrenia is and it’s symptoms.

I created four slides in PowerPoint which consisted of an introduction and three content slides. I used PowerPoint’s Fly-In animation to bring in the words, I then created the audio on the text-to-speech software and imported it into PowerPoint. To convert PowerPoint into a video format, I recorded timing for each slide and allowed the whole presentation to run automatically. Continue reading

Summarising Course Attendance Data For A whole Month

While reporting on course attendance is not considred to be critical reporting it is still important to track the data to have an idea of how much perceived value people are getting from training (is this course worth attending?) and how much costs are being expended on non-attendance trainees. Recently I wanted to create a simple and quick way for us to understand how much people attend all our training courses on a monthly basis, how many people booked did not attend and what is the average costs (this was calculated taking into consideration, trainer costs, venue costs, stationary provision, any food or refreshments and administrative time) of non-attendance per month. Continue reading

Multiple Choice Quiz Makeovers in E-Learning

One of the ways to improve your instructional design skills is to take the Articulate ELearning heroes challenges. Each week a challenge to do something with Articulate storyline is posted on Articulate’s ELearning heroes website (which by the way is brilliant) and you have one week to complete the challenge. To be honest you can practice the challeneges with any authroing tool. But you will learn more with Storyline because people who complete the challenges and post there examples to the site use Storyline.

In terms of number of challenges ELearning heroes is currently on Number 159. That’s a lot of challenges to practice your instructional design skills. This week I decided to do the 159th challenge which is to create a Multiple Choice Quiz Makeovers in E-Learning. This is how the challenge is introduced: Continue reading