Powerpoint as an e-learning authoring tool
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.