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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