One of my favorite things about the E-Learning Heroes community is that it’s much more than just a place to get Articulate product support and free assets; it’s an open community (welcome to anyone!) built on the idea of fostering connection and friendly sharing among peers. And it’s that openness and sense of connection that makes it a great resource for e-learning pros and newbies alike.

E-Learning Heroes is undeniably rich with content—so, how do you start mixing it up with your peers? Where do you go to unlock your creative inspiration? Here’s a quick rundown of a few places in E-Learning Heroes that can help you connect and get inspired . . .

Discussion Hubs

I’ve often likened E-Learning Heroes to a bustling metropolis of different neighborhoods. Our discussion hubs are examples of these “neighborhoods” and are focused 100% on connecting you with your peers.

Have a question about an Articulate product? Check out the product-specific forums for peer-to-peer support.

Looking for someone to bounce creative ideas off of? Want feedback on your latest Storyline 360 project? The Building Better Courses forum is chock-full of helpful folks willing to lend a hand.

It’s easy to think of the discussion forums as a place for problems, but they’re also places for you to share your aha moments, design ideas, and favorite resources. For more discussion pointers, read up on our 3 Tips for Getting Quick Answers to Your Forum Discussions.

E-Learning Examples Hub

You might be curious about what others are creating, or maybe you’re just looking for ideas to freshen up your next e-learning project. Either way, the E-Learning Examples hub is the spot for you. It’s brimming with beautiful, fun, and inspiring e-learning examples from our community shared via social media, weekly e-learning challenges, and the discussion hubs—and curated by the Articulate Community Team.

You can find the E-Learning Examples hub by hovering over the Learn drop-down menu on the E-Learning Heroes home page.

Once you’re there, you’ll find an ever-growing catalog of e-learning inspiration. 

You’ll see pages and pages of examples to choose from. Use the arrow links at the bottom to navigate from one page to the next.

When you see something you like, click on the thumbnail to find out more and view the published output. Sometimes people even share the project’s source file so you can download and adapt it for your needs. Projects that are available for download have a download button in the lower right corner of the header image:

E-Learning Challenges

One of our members’ favorite ways to learn, share, and build their e-learning portfolios is through the weekly challenge. Challenges can be e-learning specific, but are more often about general creativity and skill-building in areas of, say, design thinking and visual design. To get a better idea of the range of topics, check out the full list of challenges.

Regardless of the challenge area, our community agrees that weekly challenges are a fun way to stretch your creative muscles and let your imagination run wild in a safe, supportive space.

You can find the E-Learning Challenges hub by hovering over the Learn drop-down menu on the E-Learning Heroes home page.

E-Learning Challenges are overseen by our own David Anderson, who posts a new challenge to the E-Learning Challenges hub every week, along with inspirational material, including source content, images, links, or other helpful resources and tips. The most recent challenge always appears at the top of the page:

To participate, open the challenge post and link to your project in the comments. If you have Articulate 360, the easiest way to do that is to publish your project to Review 360 and share that link.

After a week or so, David selects some of the project demos that have been shared and recaps them in a separate post. 

Too busy to participate this week? No worries. Previous challenges are open to you anytime. 

If you’re looking through old challenges, you’ll notice two links at the top of the article: one to the challenge itself and one to the recap.

If you want to participate, simply click on the Challenge link and add your submission to the comments.

Articulate User Groups

Virtual connections are great, but it’s amazing how relationships can flourish as a result of the occasional face-to-face meetup. That’s where local user groups come in handy. While user groups themselves are not a feature of E-Learning Heroes, I thought I’d mention them here because they are such a great extension of the E-Learning Heroes community.

In the current global climate, meeting face-to-face isn’t always possible, but you can always join existing groups now so you get notified about in-person events when they start back up.

Interested in connecting with user groups in your area? Check out the full list here: Upcoming E-Learning Heroes Events.

Getting Active in ELH

Participating in a community of peers is one of the best ways to kick-start your professional growth and development. E-Learning Heroes offers you the perfect place to connect with fellow professionals from all walks of life and to learn from each other as you grow your skills.

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How do you connect with peers and find inspiration? Share your tips and feedback in the comments below. And remember to follow us on Twitter and come back to E-Learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning.

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