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Rapid eLearning Workshop with Tom Kuhlmann

Tom Kuhlmann shares some practical tips on building effective e- learning.


Tom Kuhlmann


Getting started with Rapid eLearning ebook

David Anderson




Community (E-Learning Heroes):



Session 1: Rapid E-Learning Workshop

How do you get your classroom training online?  Use a rapid e- learning application. That"s easy enough.  How do you build good courses with limited resources and no time?  Well, that"s a bit more challenging.  Join Tom as he shares some practical tips on getting the most out of the resources you have to build effective e-learning. You"ll learn how to: Simple way to get started and move your ILT content online Learn to coach your subject matter experts so that you get the information you need Explore some techniques that will help you create the right look and feel for your courses

eLearning Story

Convert this course, Consistent structure

Make it look better, Visual design

Make it interactive, Learning experience, See Session 2 of the workshop below


3 Facets to eLearning course, What does the course look like?, What information needs to be in the course?, What does the learner do with the information?

Understand types of tools, Form, Software builds everything, Examples, Engage, Raptivity, Quizmaker, FreeForm, Start with a blank screen, Examples, PowerPoint, Flash, Consider, Programming, Time, Resources, Flexibility, Get the most out of available tools, PowerPoint is powerful, Be intentional about how you use them, Consistent design elements


Discordant images; too many fonts; too much text; cobbled look; wild colors; animations; transitions; gone wild

What is a course?

What do you want them to do?, Objectives, Today

How do you know they got there?, Assessment, Tomorrow

Viewing or Doing?

Share information

Change performance

Course Structure (parts)

Welcome, Navigation tips






Pre-Build Common Layouts/Screens

Map out all the different layouts

Create a starter template on how to lay out content

Limit to 3 fonts (title, body, accent)

Limit to 2 colors (1 main color; 1 accent color; 6 tones for each main and accent color), Complementary (opposite) color to draw attention,

For color schemes, go to company's Website, Screen grabs, PPT 10, Windows 7 SnipIt, SnagIt

Look for free User Interfaces (UIs), Appsumo,

Graphic design

Look and feel

Design sends a message, About designer, About course

Fonts, They have a voice, Sends a message

Theme design, Elements, Typography, People, Pop culture, media, movies, Colors, Metaphors, analogies, antonyms, Magazines, publications, Related industries, Use a mind map to facilitate design of eCourse, See case study, See template on Biggerplate, See Articulate blog

Session 2: Create Interactive courses

Many e-learning courses are information dumps that rely too heavily on pushing information out to the learner.  But is that the best way to design courses and will you get the results you need?  In this session, we"ll explore the difference between information and interactivity and ways you can quickly convert information- dumps to interactive e-learning. Things covered in this session: What is interactivity? How to create interactive content. Quickly build re-usable, interactive models.

Make it relevant

Intersection between what you want to say & what they're interested in

Heart of developing elearning

Learner-centric model

Two parts

Cognitive, What are the learning activities?, Learning experience, Build knowledge

Affective, What's the experience?, Pull them in, Emotional experience, User experience, "Touch the screen"

Set clear expectations

Where am I?

Why am I here?

What am I learning?

Engage the senses





Let them choose how to learn

Let them explore, Don't lock screens, Don't force materials

Tell me, Push it out

Find it, Pull it in

3Cs of scenarios (branched interactions)

1. Challenge, Provides context, What should you do?

2. Choices, Here are your choices

3. Consequences, Every choice has a consequence

What can you do on the screen?

Click & reveal


Drag (and create)

Variables, Click to reveal, Other commands

Instructional Design Models

Use individually or together

Relevant Situation Interactive (RSI) model, Modified click & read course, 1. Ask questions to get the learners to think and reflect on content, Using 3Cs, Guide them along, Encourage educated guesses, 2. Then give information

Information & Interaction model, Combine info with interaction

Usual suspects, Get learners to search, sort, and solve

Explore for More, Multimedia, Text, Interactive image

SAD, Situation, Assess, Decide

Create your own models, Re-purpose content so it works better, Look at other models and see what works for your particular situation

Find "typical" users to test out your ecourse before launch

Define a "style guide" for the way you will design the course in particular organization, Help set org. standards, Helps you get info you need, Helps you avoid arguing over style

Additional resources on the Articulate blog

A simple roadmap to eLearning

How to be successful at eLearning

3 ways to define interactive rapid eLearning