How to Share eLearning Projects Online Without an LMS

So you’ve decided that you need to create a portfolio of your work and even created a website to host it. Congratulations - that’s a huge accomplishment! Now there’s just one more tech issue to handle. At this point, you’ve got to figure out a way to make your elearning course(s) visible online. Normally, this is easily handled by publishing your course and hosting it within an LMS. But in this situation, you’re hosting your personal learning deliverables for public consumption, so you’ll need another method of course hosting. Before going into exactly how to do that, let’s start with an understanding of why that’s necessary. If you already know this information, feel free to drop down to the part of the post where we’ll explore how to host your Storyline and Captivate files online. What is online hosting? Information hosted online lives on a server, a computer hard drive that contains the files and makes them publicly available whenever a specific URL is entered into the address bar o

5 Ways to Improve the Design of Your PowerPoint Training Decks

Whether you’re an accidental instructional designer or the person tasked with creating learning materials for your department, you're likely using PowerPoint to create your learning. Even if your content is solid, you may feel that you could stand to improve your design skills a little. The good news is that you’ve got PowerPoint right at your fingertips! It's a robust design tool that can help you create some amazing graphics. This article will give you five easy-to-use tips that you can start using right away.    Let’s get started. Tip 1: Find a color palette The first thing you can do today to improve your PowerPoint training decks is to choose a simple color palette and try your best to stick to it. You may have free reign to choose your colors, or your company may have brand standards that tie your hands. Either way, it’s best to decide on your color palette in advance, and stick to it throughout your training deck. Why this works : A color palette ties your entire design

Top Podcasts for New Instructional Designers

  As a new, aspiring, or accidental instructional designer, you probably recognize the need to continue growing your skill set related to all things learning. The good news is that there’s no shortage of advice on this topic. Such advice typically centers are studying learning theories, instructional design models, and software. These are important things to learn about, and they’re essential parts of your growth as a newer instructional designer.  At the same time, as a newbie or maybe the only person creating learning in your department, you might at times wonder what else you might be missing related to ID. Maybe you want to learn more about certain technologies, learn interesting ways to apply instructional design models, or just hear how colleagues are approaching their work. If so, that’s natural and makes complete sense. Even designers who have been at their craft for years express some of the same concerns. If this sounds relatable, there’s one more facet of your personal learn