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PowerPoint for eLearning

PowerPoint for eLearning

Prerequisites: Success in this course depends on students having this knowledge before beginning this class.

A basic knowledge of a recent version of Microsoft PowerPoint is essential. Students must be able to create at least basic slides in PowerPoint prior to attending this class.
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In Tracks:

This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: eLearning & mLearning, eLearning / mLearning / Courseware, PowerPoint

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PowerPoint isn’t just for cre­at­ing lecture-style pre­sen­ta­tions. Turn this this fa­mil­iar ap­pli­ca­tion in­to a dy­nam­ic, en­gag­ing, and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing experience!

In this course you will learn how to en­able SME’s (sub­ject mat­ter ex­perts) and oth­ers to cre­ate eLearn­ing con­tent with­out the need for ad­di­tion­al eLearn­ing soft­ware. Once you’ve mas­tered that, we’ll re­view how to add PowerPoint to au­thor­ing tools such as Articulate, Adobe Presenter, or Adobe Captivate.

What You Will Learn

  • Design tips
  • Basic for­mat­ting
  • Adding dy­nam­ic con­tent and interactivity
  • Using me­dia effectively
  • Create eLearn­ing con­tent with on­ly Powerpoint
  • Using Powerpoint as a base for de­vel­op­ment with oth­er Applications

Lesson Outline

The fol­low­ing is a list of pos­si­ble top­ics for you to use as a guide. Your course will be ful­ly cus­tomized to your unique goals, work­flow, and learn­ing pace. Because every course we teach is ful­ly cus­tomized to each group, the fol­low­ing list of top­ics to be learned should be con­sid­ered a guide­line, one that will be ex­pand­ed or al­tered as re­quired to fit your needs.

Design Tips

  • Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to take your cours­es be­yond tex­tu­al “lec­tur­ing” and learn­er memorization
  • “Begin at the end” – de­fine course ob­jec­tives and de­sign your course to cov­er those objectives.
  • Customize PowerPoint to work more ef­fec­tive­ly (Quick Access Toolbar, The Ribbon, and Preferences)


  • Using text effectively
  • Changing fonts, colors
  • Spacing
  • Effects and animation
  • Slide Layouts, Backgrounds, and the Slide Master
  • Setting cus­tom Styles to de­vel­op your own style guide template
  • Using foot­ers

Adding Dynamics and Interactivity

  • Self-running ver­sus in­ter­ac­tive presentations
  • Setting up the Slide Show and re­hears­ing timings
  • Using an­i­ma­tion, mo­tion paths, and transitions
  • Navigation and branching
  • Creating hotspots and hyperlinks
  • Creating in­ter­ac­tiv­i­ty and games
  • Quizzes and oth­er knowl­edge checks


  • Choosing graph­ics
  • Photographs and clipart
  • 3-D graph­ics and beveling
  • Fill trans­paren­cy
  • Uses of trans­par­ent overlays

Tables and Objects

  • Using ta­bles, charts, and SmartArt
  • Embedding ob­jects
  • Incorporating mul­ti­me­dia files


  • Audio “” Assigning au­dio to ob­jects, edit­ing au­dio, un­der­stand­ing sound file formats
  • Video – Built-in edit­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, un­der­stand­ing video types, chang­ing video formatting
  • Output to video and DVD
  • Compressing me­dia clips
  • Specifying play­back options