6 Free eLearning Career eBooks: The Ultimate List

This article gathers 6 free eLearning Career eBooks, containing insight from the industry’s top experts. They contain fundamental knowledge to get you started, backing you up with much sought experience that you were lacking at the beginning. In this free eBook, you’ll find tips on designing eLearning projects, courses, managing the eLearning project and your team, and much more info that will place you many steps ahead in the market. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

6 Things To Consider Before Integrating Training Catalogues In Your Business Skills Training

With constant demands on business through new legislation (think GDPR) and the need to upskill and encourage employee development (think CPD), there’s an increased need for training. But how do you cover all the bases and stay abreast of new developments? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Stop Taking Orders; Start Being An Operational Partner!

Many learning practitioners wait for operational departments to come to them dictating what type of training they need. Stop that! You're hired as the learning expert so take back control by being proactive and change this perception. Get out of your office and learn what your internal clients need. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Room To Grow: Building Career Advancement Paths For Your Employees

The presence of a solid employee career development plan can make all the difference between a dead-end job and a long-term professional opportunity. In this article, you'll find 6 easy steps to build the perfect career development plan for your employees. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

7 Features Of Effective Business Skills Training That Will Improve Team Performance

If only training were that simple. You find the right programme and make sure all your employees take it. Job done. But we know that even with the best training courses, people forget what they’ve learned. And very quickly too. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Do You Need to be a Programmer to Build E-Learning Courses?

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Do you need to be an e-learning programmer to build e-learning courses?

A lot has changed with e-learning over the past decade or so. As noted before, it used to require a team of people that usually included someone with some programming skills. However, as the rapid e-learning market emerged, the need for programming skills virtually disappeared. That’s great because it opened the industry to a lot of people and organizations.

The challenge though is that while you don’t need to be a programmer, it is still good to know a little about some basic programming. For example, one question we see quite a bit is how to use web objects in Storyline or embed content using the embed block in Rise. Often this involves using an iframe or some other simple web page. And sometimes it means tweaking the embed codes provided by some services like YouTube.

For example, here’s a tutorial I created to show someone in the community how to embed JotForm into Rise using the embed code JotForm generates. What is apparent is that I am like many of you and need to fumble around a bit to get things to work.

Because many people come to the industry without experience or a background programming, it’s a good idea to have access to some resources and tools. Today, we’ll look at a few places to go for quick help.

E-Learning Programmer: HTML Basics

W3 Schools: I recommend this site quite a bit. There’s a lot of good info, tutorials, and ways to test code on your own.

  • Learn to create a basic web page to use for local web objects in Storyline. Often, I create simple pages with resource links and then link to them locally. This allows the html page to become part of the published course.
  • Learn to work with iframes and embed codes in Rise. Embed codes can be tricky sometimes based on what the source site provides. Often there’s a lot of gibberish that needs to be removed. The more you know about the iframe basics, the better off you’ll be.

Like many of you, I’m no programmer, so I lean on this site to learn to do basic tweaks to some of the code I need to modify for my courses.

E-Learning Programmer: JavaScript Basics

Some of you may think that JavaScript is some sort of note you write to pass to your local barista. That’s OK. Because this post is for you.

Again, you don’t need to be a programmer to build great e-learning. The authoring software does all of the heavy lifting. However, using JavaScript does extend what you can do with the software and adds a lot more customization and functionality. Thus, knowing a little can go a long way. This is especially true with Storyline because on the Storyline side it’s just a matter of adding a trigger to execute some code pasted in the trigger. But it does mean, you have some code and you know at least what to do with it to get the results you want.

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Here are some examples from the community to get ideas on how to leverage JavaScript in your e-learning courses.

Here are some good resources to learn JavaScript for free:

You don’t need to be a programmer but having some basic understanding of the code that can extend what you do in your e-learning courses is a good idea. Are there other free resources for learning code that you’ve used? If you do use JavaScript in your Storyline course, what are ways you’ve used it?

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Developing An Effective Leadership Style To Improve Performance And Engagement In The Workplace

Styles of leadership feature a lot in management textbooks. It can make for a fun exercise or teaser to discover what kind of leader you are. But is it just a question of styles over substance? How can leadership truly improve performance and engagement in the workplace? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.