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Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging e-Learning with PowerPoint / Edition 1

Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging e-Learning with PowerPoint / Edition 1

by Jane Bozarth


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Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging e-Learning with PowerPoint / Edition 1

This book focuses exclusively on the application of PowerPoint to the creation of online training programs. Better than Bullet Points, Creating Engaging e-Learning with PowerPoint fills that gap. By providing in-depth guidance, specific instructions, and helpful exercises, the book will enable training practitioners to create impactful learning interactions in PowerPoint. The author steps readers through the powerful features of this popular desktop application, covering everything from text to art, animation to interactivity. Provided that the reader owns a copy of PowerPoint, this book will immediately put free real-world tools into the hands of those who need it. The information is practical rather than theoretical and immediately applicable. Most importantly, this book will help make e-learning accessible to those who have previously been excluded from taking advantage of the opportunities e-learning can provide.

Jane Bozarth is the e-learning coordinator for the North Carolina Office of State Personnel's Human Resource Development Group and has been a training practitioner since 1989. She is a columnist for Training Magazine and has written for numerous publications including Creative Training Techniques Newsletter and the Journal of Educational Technology and Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787992453
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/09/2008
Series: Pfeiffer Essential Resources for Training and HR Professionals Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 8.08(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Jane Bozarth is the e-learning coordinator with the NorthCarolina Office of State Personnel's Human Resources DevelopmentGroup. She is the author of e-Learning Solutions on aShoestring, From Analysis to Evaluation, and Social Mediafor Trainers. She can be contacted through her

Table of Contents

Website Contents vii

List of Figures and Tables xi

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction xxv



Chapter 1

Creating e-Learning with PowerPoint 3

Examples 4

Let’s Get Started 10

Versions 11

One More Thing 15

Next Step: It’s About Design, Not Software 15

Chapter 2

It’s About Design, Not Software 17

Who Are Your Learners? 17

Objectives and Strategies 18

Cognitive Load 23

About mLearning 27

Choosing a Treatment 30

Writer’s Block? 33

Can You Find a Story? 34

From Classroom to Online: Think “Transform,” Not“Transfer” 37

Cut-n-Chunk 37

What’s Working? What’s Not? 38

Inventory Your Assets 38

Why Storyboard? 41

Types of Storyboards 42

Next Stop: The program Interface and Architecture 46



Chapter 3

Graphic User Interface and Course Architecture 51

Graphic User Interface 52

GUI Basics 53

Learner Control: Some Decisions 57

Navigation Tools and Action Buttons 57

Eye Movement and Placement of Items 62

Building the GUI 66

Architecture 76

Next Stop: Designing for Impact 79

Chapter 4

Designing for Impact 81

Use Graphics with Soul 81

Blunders 92

Text 98

Next Stop: Creating and Editing Art 100

Chapter 5

Creating and Editing Art 101

Bitmap or Vector? 101

Working with Shapes and ClipArt 103

Editing Photos in PowerPoint 115

MS Paint 119

File Size: Compressing Images 124

New Horizons 125

Next Stop: Animation 126

Chapter 6

Animation 127

Animation Basics 129

Animations That Teach 133

Next Stop: Interactivity 153

Chapter 7

Interactivity 155

It’s All About Hyperlinking 156

Quizzes—Some Shaped Like Games 162

Linking to External Games and Quizzes 181

Simulations 187

Case Studies and Stories 195

The Skinny on Hyperlinking 200

What About “Gamification”? 201

Mazes 202

Treasure Hunts 205

About Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) 206

Next Stop: Add-Ons, Blending, Performance

Support, and Job Aids 207

Chapter 8

Add-Ons, Blending, Performance Support, and Job Aids 209

Other Documents 209

Site Samplers 210

Add-On Software 211

“Blending” 214

Performance Support, Job Aids, and the Nice to Know 215

Next Stop: Adding Narration and Multimedia 224

Chapter 9

Adding Narration and Multimedia 225

Adding Narration 225

Adding Sound Effects and Music 229

Adding Video 234

Next Stop: Saving, Uploading, and Distributing

Your Program 240



Chapter 10

Distributing Your e-Learning Program 243

Saving and Uploading Your Files 245

Tracking 251

Test, Test, Test—and Launch! 255

Summary 258

Appendix: PowerPoint Basics 261

References and Other Sources 273

Other Resources 277

Index 279

About the Author 287

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2011 NOOK Book adaptation of the 2008 paper text. I found the book useful, but was very disappointed that the electronic examples and resources available with the paper book were not included with the NOOK Book version. This was even more disappointing given that the NOOK Book was more expensive than the paper version.