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Monday, May 25, 2015

New Free E-Book: Learn How to Build Effective E-Learning

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Tom Kuhlmann writes in the introduction to his new free 63-page e-book, "Building effective e-learning can be an exciting job, but it’s not always easy. Over the last 20 years, I’ve met with e-learning developers in diverse industries all over the world, and many tell me the same thing: They’re mostly working alone with limited resources and could use quick tips and resources to help them succeed. That’s what motivates this e-book. I’ll give you an insider’s perspective on how to get results, and become a rapid e-learning pro."

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What’s New in the Free E-Book? 
When I wrote the first e-book I wanted to help people who were just transitioning to the elearning industry. Many of them had limited experience and were mostly working by themselves (or on small teams) and with limited resources. Today, things are a bit different.

The industry continues to grow. That means there’s an ongoing influx of new elearning developers mixed with the first generation of rapid elearning pros, who’ve mostly moved past PowerPoint-based authoring. The free e-book reflects this transition. 

Here are some of the key topics I’ve updated:
  • Tips and tricks on managing your success. Building a course is one thing, being successful doing it is another. 
  • Learn to be a proactive partner to the organization. Don’t be an order-taker; learn to understand the organization’s needs and help them meet their objectives. 
  • Understand the types of tools on the market. Many organizations make the mistake of creating a checklist of features to compare tools. But they disregard the types of tools on the market. The e-book discusses the pros and cons of the different types of products without looking at any one specific vendor. 
  • Create interactive elearning courses. In 2007, if you were working with PowerPoint, your options were limited. Today, that’s not the case. 
  • Save time and money by creating reusable content. One of my favorite features in Storyline is being able to build an interaction and then saving it as a template. This speeds up my production time and after a few projects, I end up with a tool chest of reusable content. You’ll learn a bit more on creating reusable content.
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