If you’re new to e-learning, you might be wondering what you can do to boost your course design skills. In this article, we’ll look at a few ideas of places to start.

1. Articulate 360 Training Videos & Webinars

If you have an Articulate 360 subscription, you have access to tons of helpful training videos as well as live and on-demand webinars. These training resources cover the apps in Articulate 360 as well as general e-learning topics. Delivered by industry experts like Tom Kuhlmann, they’re a great way to boost your skills. And when you attend the live webinars, you can even ask questions and get instant help. 

If you’re already a subscriber, you can access all the Articulate 360 Training content here. If you’re not yet a subscriber but want to find out more, you’ll find more information about Articulate 360 Training on our website.

2. E-Learning Challenges

One of the best ways to learn is by doing. And what better opportunity to test the limit of your skills than by participating in our e-learning challenges

Every week, Director of Customer Training David Anderson challenges community members to create a small project on a different topic. Then, community members share their creations and give each other feedback, allowing them to continuously improve and hone their skills.

Interested in joining in? Check out the previous challenges to get a better idea of what it’s all about.

3. Community Events or User Groups

If you’re looking for an opportunity to connect with other Articulate users in person, community events and user groups are a great option. 

Community events are workshops organized by the Articulate 360 Training team. They’re a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the Articulate apps and meet other users.

User groups are user-led meetups centered around Articulate apps that give you a chance to network and share tips and tricks.

Meeting face-to-face isn’t the safest choice in the current global climate, but you can still join existing groups that hold virtual meetings. 

Find out about community events and user groups near you on our event calendar: Upcoming E-Learning Heroes Events.

4. Teach and Help Others

To be able to explain something to someone else, you must first understand it yourself. That might seem obvious, but sometimes when you think you understand something and then you’re asked to explain, you might realize you’re actually not so sure you can. Teaching or helping others gives you an opportunity to reflect on things you’ve learned yourself and see how well you’re able to explain them to others. You might be surprised to find that, as the teacher, you’re learning as much as your “students.”

E-Learning Heroes is a great place to start. If you have a few extra minutes here and there, why not try jumping into the forums and helping out a fellow community member?

5. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

When you’re comfortable with your job, it’s easy to relax and slip into a routine. To keep your skills sharp, try stepping out of your comfort zone. For example, test out a different approach or take on a stretch project that requires you to learn new skills. If you’ve never created software training, give it a try! If you’ve never taken on a project requiring translation, why not give it a shot and see how it goes? Remember: you can always turn to the community for advice or support if you get stuck.

6. Collaborate with Others

Working on a team can be inspiring. You can see how others approach tasks or problems and learn from them in the process. To gain skills and experiences in a certain area, find a person who has those skills and ask if he or she would be interested in collaborating. If that’s not possible, you can ask them if they’d be willing to give you constructive feedback about your work.

More Resources

Hopefully the tips in this article will help you take your e-learning skills to the next level. Now we’d love to hear from you! What do you do to improve your skills? What’s been the best method or advice you’ve received? Please share your experience with the community below!

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Graeme Orchard
Ashley Keetle