If you asked a group of e-learning designers what their biggest challenges were around building courses, chances are you’d hear a lot about the lack of assets and resources.
You see, there’s no shortage of e-learning examples, tutorials, or even support when it comes to using authoring tools. Finding the right resources, however, remains a constant challenge for new and seasoned course designers. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!
Creating Your Own Graphics
Last year we hosted a challenge on creating your own background graphics.
The concept was simple: Use your camera phone to snap some photos of work environments, apply a filter, add a blur, and your image is ready for prime time.
Challenge of the Week
This week your challenge is to create a small set of e-learning images to share with fellow course designers. You can share images of people, places, objects, or anything you think will be useful.
We all work in or around locations replete with objects and scenes that would be valuable to fellow designers. Course designers in corporate offices have access to meeting rooms, conference tables, cubicles, and other office equipment. Those working from home have similar objects they can use.
Curating Free Resources
Another option for this week’s challenge is to curate some e-learning icons, graphics, or photos licensed with a Creative Commons Zero license. That license gives you the right to do anything with the images. Check out Tom’s post for more information on curating free e-learning images.
Sharing Your E-Learning Graphics
You can share your e-learning graphics and photos any way you like. Sites like MorgueFile, Flickr, Dropbox, and Google Drive are great options because they let you create photo albums that can easily be shared.
Image Sharing Websites
- morgueFile: Great site for uploading and tagging image sets. Community members Jackie Van Nice and Dianne Hope use the site to share free photos. If you use morgueFile, add the hashtag #elhchallenge to the e-learning images you wish to share.
- Flickr: One of the best resources for sharing albums of photos. You can share an album of e-learning images or add the hashtag #elhchallenge so others can find your images. Community members have used Flickr for years to share their favorite Captain Smiley photos.
- Google Drive: Share one or more folders with photos using Google Drive.
- 45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses: Learn how Tom curated his own collection of free e-learning images.
- Giving & Getting Free (and Beautiful!) Images: Check out the creative ideas community member Jackie Van Nice shares for capturing and sharing images with morgueFile.
- Shoot Your Own E-Learning Background Graphics #10: E-Learning challenge on creating background images.
- Creating Your Own Background Image in Storyline: Cool tips from Nicola on customizing background graphics in Storyline.
- The Australian Outback Photos: Community member Dianne Hope recently shared a collection of nature and landscape photos on her blog. Using a blurred background approach, you could work some of these images into just about any course.
Share Your E-Learning work
- Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
- Forums: Start your own thread and share a link to your published example..
- Personal blog: If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
- Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.
- Facebook: Share your work on our Facebook page by replying to this Facebook post with a link to your example.
Last Week’s Challenge:
To help you see the big picture, check out the amazing math games and activities your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:
Wishing you a picture-perfect week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to the E-Learning Challenges?
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.