PowerPoint for eLearning

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

Pariah Burke

Author, consultant, trainer, guru: Digital Publishing, ePub, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark. Empowering, Informing, Connecting Creative Professionals™