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Powerpoint as an e-learning authoring tool

August 5, 2009

Some of you may have heard of Articulate, an “authoring tool” – which means you use the software to produce e-learning.  I have to confess, I’ve not used the tool, but what I have used is the FANTASTIC blog that they produce on rapid e-learning.  Here’s a recent post, which is incredibly practical: http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/heres-a-free-powerpoint-template-how-i-made-it/.  I have never been a huge fan of powerpoint, as I think it is overused by many learning professionals. 

Here’s a link on bad powerpoint: Seth Godin http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/01/really_bad_powe.html and one on good: http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2005/09/whats_good_powe.html. Another great resource that you can look at is: http://blog.cathy-moore.com/2008/01/dump-the-drone-available-for-download/

The other thing that I love about the articulate blog, is that this is part of their business model: to create a following around their expertise on rapid e-learning and open it up to everyone.  You may or may not use their products, but you will definitely say good things about the company.

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  1. Tom Kuhlmann permalink
    August 5, 2009 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the mention. I’m with you, there’s a lot of bad PowerPoint. One of our goals is to help people see that you can do more than you think with the tools you have…and in many cases people are confined to PowerPoint.

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