eLearning has been around for decades, but has truly come into prominence through this pandemic as business and educational institutions shifted to at-home learning. UNESCO noted that over 1.2 billion children across 186 countries were affected by school closures, while Roy Morgan showed that over 4.3 million people (32% of working Australians) have been ‘working from home’ since the pandemic outbreak. With these massive shifts indoor, eLearning became part of everyone’s lives.
eLearning is generally cheaper, more efficient, and more effective compared to traditional forms of training and education. A Brandon-Hall study found e-Learning typically requires 40-60% less employee time than learning the same material in a traditional classroom setting. The time saving is due to being readily accessible rather than during set times – allowing employees to learn on their own schedule.
After implementing an eLearning program in their company, IBM found that participants learned nearly five times more material without increasing time spent in training and noted that for every dollar spent, IBM saw $30 in increased productivity. Britain’s Open University study found that producing and providing eLearning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses.
According to Elucidat, there are five essential ingredients to effective eLearning. Relevant, Engaging, Available on demand, Integrates with workflow, and Bite-sized. The primary purpose of any eLearning content is to educate in a way that offers user control and encourages exploration.
There are four main types of eLearning. First is scenario-based learning, this is often seen in video eLearning and audio eLearning platforms. These are explored further on in Instructional Video, but the basic idea is to immerse users in content that allows them to learn by choosing answers. This is commonly used in safety instruction platforms.
Next is personalised learning, such as diagnostics that are often used as pre-assessment prior to eLearning. Diagnostics are tailored towards discovery learning, tailoring the content to the user’s choices and experiences. The form of personalised learning are digital toolkits, which focused on exploratory learning. These more like resources tailored to specific tasks or programs.
Micro-learning are resources offer usually for on-the-job training or performance support. These are usually standalone programs or can be modules combined in a more cohesive and comprehensive learning campaign. This can include blended-learning campaigns, which incorporate different elements from eLearning types to create a concise eLearning resource.
Digital storytelling is vital like any form of communication – because storytelling create audience engagement and empathy. This encourages more productive learning and memory retention as it evokes emotional response within audiences.
eLearning will remain a fundamental part of our educational and professional landscapes, which makes PowerPoint a useful tool for developing eLearning modules as it can integrate multimedia capabilities with the traditional presentation format to create new and diverse ways of reaching students, employees, and wider audiences.
Setting PowerPoint Animation Workspace for eLearning Creation
To simplify your eLearning-creation process and ensure you have the right tools are accessible, you should customise your Quick Access Toolbar specifically for animation. This will add shortcuts for your favourite animation tools into your toolbar, speeding up and simplifying your workflow.
First, to customise your Quick Access Toolbar (QAT), go to the File tab, then Options at the very bottom of the left-hand menu. Select Quick Access Toolbar from the left menu. Here you’ll see two columns: the first is all the tools, actions, and buttons you can select from; and the second is all the commands currently on your QAT.
Before you set up this QAT for animation, you might want to save out your current QAT, so you can switch back to it later if you need. To do this, click on the Import/Export button at the bottom of the second column. Then click Export All Customisations from the dropdown menu that appears.
A new pop-up window will appear, asking you where you want to save the QAT. Rename the QAT if you wish, then choose the location and hit Save. When you want to go back to this QAT in the future, simply click the Import/Export button again, but choose Import customisation file.
Now you can choose your favourite animation tools from the first column. At the top of this column will be a dropdown menu that is labelled Choose commands from:, which will be default set to Popular Commands, which will have missing tools. Change this to Animation Tab to ensure more animation-specific resources are readily accessible.
The first tool you’ll want is Animation Pane, which is integral to creating any animation in PowerPoint and a useful resource to have at your fingertips. Simply find Animation Pane in the command list, click on it, then click the Add >> button to add the tool to the bottom of right-hand column, which is your QAT.
You can reorder the QAT easily using the up and down arrows to the right of the column or remove tools by clicking the item followed by <<Remove.
While you can customise your QAT as you wish, we recommend you put the following tools on your Animation QAT are: Animation Pane, Animation Painter, Add Animation, Effect Options, Preview Animations, and any of the Show More Effects commands.
When you’re done, make sure the Show Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon option is ticked below the first column. Then click OK, which will place your new QAT right above your workspace. If you forgot a tool, or want to edit your animation workspace, simply reopen the QAT options.
Here are some of the most useful design features to include in your tab for making eLearning modules with ease:
- Add a new slide/layout
- Slide master
- Insert pictures & clipart
- Paste as PNG
- Access clipart online
- Insert shapes
- Edit points
- Custom shapes: subtract, intersect, combine, and union
- Arrange objects
- Selection pane
- Animation pane
- Animation styles
eLearning is a great space for expanding your training and education modules – introducing gamification, instructional videos, and webinar content to your audiences. Learn more from our Ultimate Guide here.