More Than 30 PowerPoint Tips from the PowerPoint Pros!

A lot of rapid elearning hinges on PowerPoint.  That means your success building courses is influenced by how well you know PowerPoint.  To help you learn more about PowerPoint I pulled together a solid list of PowerPoint resources.

From The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Here are a few posts that cover some of the essentials tips and tricks required for successful PowerPoint-based rapid elearning.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free PowerPoint tips and tricks

From the PowerPoint Team Blog

One of the best places to go for help with PowerPoint is from the makers of PowerPoint.  Many don’t know it, but Microsoft has a number of really good PowerPoint resources starting with their PowerPoint Blog.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - PowerPoint tips and tricks from the PowerPoint team

Of course, many of the tips on the blog are specific to the product and not necessarily relevant to rapid elearning.  So I went through the blog posts and pulled out the ones that I think provide the most relevant content for building elearning courses.

Tips on Presentations & Organizing Content

There are a lot of similarities between creating content for presentations and elearning courses.  The following tips provide ideas on organizing your content and connecting with those who look at the slides (or elearning screens).

Tips on Using PowerPoint

The more you know about PowerPoint, the better you’ll be at creating your courses.  Here are some tips to help you learn more about the PowerPoint features you’ll need for successful rapid elearning.  Even if you don’t use the specific tips in the posts, you will learn more about some of the PowerPoint features, so it’s worth a look.

More Resources and Free Templates

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free PowerPoint templates

Free PowerPoint Templates

Good PowerPoint Books

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - good PowerPoint books

  • Beyond Bullet Points: What Cliff Atkinson shares for presentations is just as relevant for elearning courses.  He addresses some of the same multimedia design principles as Ruth Clark does in her book, e-Learning & the Science of Instruction and provides a solid blueprint for applying them.
  • Better Than Bullet Points: Jane Bozarth shares a lot of practical tips and tricks to help you get the most out of PowerPoint.
  • Speaking PowerPoint: To be honest, I haven’t read the book yet.  However the author, Bruce Gabrielle, shares a lot of good practical tips in the PowerPoint blog.  So I am going to assume the book offers the same approach.

PowerPoint Resources

  • PowerPoint MVPs: A great resource for PowerPoint tips and help.  The PowerPoint MVPs usually have blogs with all sorts of tips and tutorials.
  • Microsoft’s PowerPoint Forum: Get specific answers to PowerPoint questions from the makers of PowerPoint.
  • PowerPoint Online Help: Microsoft updated the Office Online site and offers all sorts of tips and tricks.

PowerPoint’s been around for a long time, so there are all sorts of free resources and help available online.  The secret is to take advantage of them and soon you’ll be a PowerPoint pro, too.

Tidbits:

I’m in Atlanta this week.  You can learn more from the link below.  If you’re at the ASTD event check out one of the sessions or swing by the Articulate booth.

Also doing a free jam session in Atlanta on August 17.  Click here for details.  The jam session has a sign up list so that I know how many will attend.

Here’s a list of upcoming conferences and presentations:

2012 is just around the corner.  If you’re interested in having me present, now’s a good time to connect with me since my schedule fills quickly.

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Great tips here from the Articulate community.

About slgavin

With over 10 years technical IT project management experience with the likes of Pfizer, BP, KCC and numerous startups, Scott leads the technology side of ASA Interactive.
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