Share Your E-Learning Hacks

It’s summertime and I think that means we all deserve a little vacation. But, sometimes it’s hard to feel like you have the time. When I’m feeling that way I try to find whatever stress reducing and time saving hacks I can find to make my course creation go just a little faster.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite timesavers to get you started:

But what I really want to do is learn from you! What are some of the ways you’ve found to shave minutes off your workflow and get more done? What are the tips and tricks that have made your creative light bulb light up?

Share them in the discussion below and/or on Twitter with #elearninghacks! We’ll be highlighting our faves in an upcoming article to help the whole community take a nice day off.

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Trina Rimmer

My e-learning hack is more of a Storyline/Studio hack. I like to recycle unused buttons on Storyline's default course player by just changing the text labels using the Text Labels option in Player Properties and then adjusting the default triggers.

Here's a quick video to walk you through the steps.


Cecilia  Bernal

What an interesting Topic, and thanks everyone for the tips!

Not sure if this is a hack, but in my projects I use a lot of media files with Creative Commons licences, so I have a .doc file with all the URLs to the sources of the images and audio used for the project, This is a time saving when I create the "credits" slide, simply copy the hyperlinks.

Jerson  Campos

This isn't a SL hack but I use this when adding audio to my courses.  Sometimes I need to cut up some long audio and split them up for different interactive elements/slides/layers. In adobe audition you can add markers that span a certain duration. I use these to mark parts of the audio then I need cut up and then add to different slides or layers.  

In Adobe Audition.

1.Highlight the section you want as an single audio file.
2. Press M (shortcut to create a marker)
3. Highlight the Markers you want to export in the Markers interface
4. Select Export markers.
5. Select the options you want and then click Export.

I've done a little research with Audiacity and you can do something similar using tracks. 

Melanie Sobie

In Storyline 2, some of the built in design themes have a texture or pattern in the background (for example Curves or Grain) that you can manipulate to create additional custom backgrounds. Go to the master slide for one of these themes and hide the first image,  usually a transparent rectangle, and below it is a rectangle with a texture in it. You can rotate that rectangle to change the look, or even duplicate that texture two or three times and layer them over one another in different directions. Then unhide the first image. 

Joseph Ferraro

I find it critical within my organization to build the outline to my SL2 projects in PowerPoint first. It allows us to not only have a finalized PPT version made up for ILT and other more medium-limited stuff, but also to storyboard and then refine visual aspects very well before committing to the time it takes to implement more complex SL2 projects.

Problem: While it works fine for many basic things, importing PowerPoint slides with shapes and images into SL2 is often a mixed bag of formatting issues between the way vector shapes are imported between the applications. Also, rastered images are brought in at a fairly low PPI so non-shape stuff will  suffer a bit as well.

Solution/Hack: Copy/paste shapes from PPT into Adobe Illustrator! AI doesn't raster these on paste and is able to interpret the shapes as vectors, which means you can resize them to giant proportions, and in turn, import those jumbo hi-res images into your SL2 projects and resize.

Great image quality, more control over how they look, and all whilst having that stuff available in PowerPoint to edit as needed. It's been a game-changer. SL2 does have an image import size limit, but it's fairly generous.

Example of Image Hack