Creating eLearning courses isn’t rocket science. You can build a professional-looking online course with quizzes, role-play simulations, and interactions right in PowerPoint — even with no tech or design skills. Hard to believe? Then read on and see for yourself.
iSpring Suite — A PowerPoint-Based Authoring Toolkit
All you need to create a course is iSpring Suite and a good vibe, of course. iSpring Suite is a comprehensive eLearning authoring toolkit that’s integrated with PowerPoint. Once you download and install it on your computer, it will appear as a new tab on the PPT ribbon.
On the iSpring toolbar, you can see the entire set of its tools that can be used as easily as any other PowerPoint functionality. Just click on Quiz if you’d like to create a quiz, or choose Screen Recording if you need to make a video of your screen. It’s as intuitive as can be.
Create Slide-Based Courses in Minutes
Do you have existing PPT slides? Then leverage iSpring Suite to turn them into an online course in a few clicks. You can also create a course from scratch the same way you build a presentation.
To make this even faster, select among preset course templates that come along with the tool. Each template has ready-made slides on different parts of a course: title, main menu, video, team, and much more. Just choose the one that’s most relevant to your course topic.
iSpring provides a broad set of customization features, so you can easily build courses tailored to your brand. Just set colors and gradients for the course player and change fonts. If you’re limited on time, you can choose pre-built player themes. Select a theme and your course is ready to go and looks like it was crafted by a professional designer.
Build Interactive Quizzes in a Snap
Learning without assessment is like talking with someone who might not listen to you. In the same way that you can’t gauge whether your interlocutor grasped an idea, you can’t be sure that your learners have absorbed new knowledge. This also works for online training, so adding quizzes to your course is a must.
iSpring Suite offers a complete set of question templates, so you can create interactive quizzes quickly and hassle-free. You can use the ubiquitous multiple-choice and true-false questions, as well as highly engaging drag-and-drops and hotspots — 14 question types in all.
To make sure your learners aren’t cheating, you can shuffle questions and answers, set scoring rules, and specify the number of attempts allowed. You can also set up branching and add feedback and info slides to improve learners’ performance.
Create Realistic Role-Plays
Do you want your employees to be masters of negotiation? Letting them hone their communication skills with real customers can cost you a fortune. If losing deals or damaging relations with a client is not exactly what you intend, incorporate role-play simulations in your training process and let your employees practice in a safe-to-fail environment.
Creating role-plays with iSpring Suite is a breeze. It allows you to build a dialogue tree or an outline of the conversation and engineer it with a single click.
To make a role-play resemble a real-life situation more faithfully, you can add locations and characters. Upload your own images or use the built-in collection of assets.
iSpring Suite offers an extensive collection of course backgrounds that will take your learners into a relevant training setting, be it an office, a hospital, a restaurant, or a school, and a wide variety of characters of different ages, nationalities, and professions. They can serve as mentors, customers, bank employees, managers, or any other role.
To add a game-like atmosphere to your course, you can choose hand-drawn characters and locations. They will definitely make it even more engaging.
Record Professional Training Videos
Whether you’d like to record yourself explaining a complex topic, train your employees on how to work with new software, or create a video presentation, iSpring Suite’s got you covered. It allows you to record screencasts and webcam videos, and fine-tune them with built-in video editing features.
You can remove unwanted fragments, slow down and speed up video, insert images and freeze frames, add annotations and captions, and so much more to make your videos more appealing and increase learner retention.
Create eLearning Interactions in a Flash
A great alternative to a typical way of presenting learning content via text and images is eLearning interactions. These can help you show the history of your company, a variety of products, transaction cycles, and much more, in an engaging manner. In the example below, you can see a click-to-reveal interaction that was created to provide employees with an overview of the vacuum cleaner’s features. When a user clicks on “+,” they can see a detailed feature description.
Instructional designers typically use these interactions when they want to provide more information on a slide but not overload it with text. The trouble is that they have to do this manually in some authoring tools. With iSpring Suite, it comes with ready-made templates. You just need to fill a template with relevant text and images.
Even More Reasons to Fall in Love with iSpring Suite
Slides, quizzes, videos, role-plays, and interactions — as you can see, iSpring Suite lets you create learning content for any goal or case. But, in fact, it has many more virtues that will make you love it with all your heart.
- Courses look great on any device. Content automatically adapts to any screen size, whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, or a desktop computer.
- iSpring courses work perfectly in any LMS. The vendor thoroughly tested 150+ LMSs to ensure they’re fully compatible with iSpring content. To upload a course to your LMS, publish it to SCORM, AICC, xAPI or, cmi5 — any format that your platform supports.
- You can create great voiceovers. The toolkit allows you to record voice narrations for your courses. Besides, you can create professional voiceovers without a narrator. You just need to add a text to iSpring Suite, select a language, the desired voice, and your voice-over is done. It’s that easy and without spending any extra.
- You can gain buy-in on courses fast. iSpring Suite comes with iSpring Space, a web service for a collaboration. You can store all your eLearning projects there and collect feedback on content from subject matter experts, stakeholders, and team members in real-time.
- Create micro courses right in a browser. iSpring Space also features a cloud-based tool for creating courses and quizzes online. All you need is an internet connection. Simply type in texts, add images and videos, create quizzes, and your microlearning course is ready.
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