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  • Gwyneth Thomas

I have already mentioned that a great way to spice up your course is to use short animated videos for sections of your content. These videos provide excellent visual communication in both your eLearning and presentations. Many platforms allow you to create animated videos without being a technical design guru.

These are my three (3) favourites:

  • Precise control of most elements

  • Character speech sync

  • Custom characters

  • Add custom assets (images, including SVG and videos)

  • Large selection of templates and training

For me, a downside of this platform is that even under the professional plan as a single user, videos created for clients and used on public platforms incur an additional license fee to transfer commercial rights.

  • Control is not precise on all elements

  • Limited character speech sync

  • Limited custom characters

  • Add custom assets (images, including SVG and videos)

  • Large selection of templates and training

  • Great for whiteboard videos

  • Has a nice colour-fill option

  • Characters have a brilliant look and feel

Most platforms like these offer a free trial so you can jump in and try them out for yourself!

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  • Gwyneth Thomas

According to eLearning guru Cathy Moore, “The most important principle for designing lively eLearning is to see eLearning not as information design but as designing an experience.”

Many rapid authoring tools have a fixed feature-set which allows DIY designers to easily create meaningful, interactive learning content. However, as more and more courses are created using using these same formats, there is a risk of creating repetitive, monotonous courses. Learners can become fatigued resulting in a less effective learner experience.

Here are 3 tips to enhance the use of these tools to achieve maximum learner engagement:

1. Branching Scenarios

2. Storytelling

3. Insert section designed in other tools


Present the learner with scenarios representing problems encountered in their everyday work. Challenge learners and force them to make decisions. Learners see the consequences of their decisions. The course unfolds differently, depending on the choices made by the learners.This makes learners feel more like active participants and not just passive viewers which increases the their engagement levels.


The reality of daily work-life can be recreated as a carefully constructed story: plot, conflict, and resolution. A complete story-based eLearning experience will result in learners remembering and reflecting on the lessons they learned from the characters, eventually leading to a change in their performance at work.

Storytelling can also be effectively used for selected sections of a course.

This style is often best suited to use of animated video as a tool for telling sections of the story.


The fixed feature-set of the rapid authoring tool can be extended by developing sections in a more sophisticated authoring tool. These can then be inserted into the course.

This allows variety of all interactive aspects, but may be particularly useful for quiz sections.

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Updated: Feb 4, 2020

When working with your course design, not all authoring tools have a colour picker function. Sometimes, ensuring your colours are all aligned, can be a challenge.

This multi-purpose colour picker identifies and represents colours in various hex colour code formats.

Simply drag the eyedropper control to any location on the screen and release. The hex colour code for the selected colour will be automatically copied to the clipboard.

Great little tool and the best part is that it is free to download and use!

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