The Ultimate eLearning Resources Guide Emma O'Neill Published on September 7, 2017 Want to know how to increase your course completion rates? Or are you confused by SCORM? There's a wealth of free eLearning knowledge online waiting for you right now. Today, we're sharing the top resources we could find. It's a long list - almost 50 resources - but these websites will teach you practically everything you’d like to learn. Let's get started! eLearning Podcasts The eLearning Coach Hosted by Connie Malamed, an eLearning information, and visual designer, this podcast is all about ‘helping you design smarter learning experiences’. Covering topics such as implementations of authoring tools to blended learning, the guests are top notch too. Recommended: How To Plan, Design and Write Tests All About eLearning Authoring Tools Trends & Issues Although aimed at higher education, there is still lots of valuable information for businesses on this podcast. The hosts discuss the latest news in the world of eLearning so you can keep up to date. Recommended: Online Learning, AR & VR, and 3 Emerging Trends Online Teaching & Learning, AR, Digital Citizenship, and Ed Tech Reports Dear Instructional Designer From authoring tools to using PowerPoint for video, this podcast is perfect for course creators and designers who want to get an insider's perspective as well as practical eLearning tips. Recommended: Episode 32: PowerPoint for Video Episode 34: Livestreaming CIPD Not strictly eLearning, as CIPD’s podcast covers a range of topical workplace, HR, and L&D issues. However, they do have a number of informative episodes on eLearning and online training. Recommended Training Line Managers Learning to learn: a look at today's learning organizations eLearning Professionals’ Blogs Cathy Moore With the tagline ‘Let’s save the world from boring training!’, Cathy Moore’s blog aims to do just that. Topics include ‘How to really involve learners’ and ‘How to get everyone to write like Ernest Hemingway’ featuring examples of these tips in action so they’re super easy for you to implement. Recommended How to really involve learners How to respond to “Make one course for everyone” David Kelly From overviews of industry events to the future of eLearning, David Kelly’s blog has lots to delve into. This blog is aimed at helping organizations embrace and improve their eLearning and it does just that! Recommended Play to Learn: Where Games and Learning Meet How Influencer Marketing Can Be Used by L&D: Slides and Additional Resources The Rapid E-learning Blog Written by Tom Kuhlmann, a training industry expert for over 20 years. His blog focuses on people working in the eLearning industry and how you can become an eLearning pro. Recommended Here’s an Easy Way to Manage E-Learning Projects Here’s How Subject Matter Experts Help Build Great Courses eLearning Architect This blog by Ant Pugh is a great hybrid - part for course creators, part for LMS shoppers. It provides lots of information about starting eLearning projects, creating content and working with eLearning platforms. Recommended The Best Example of Gamification I Have Ever Seen 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Finding Someone to Build your eLearning Course E-Learning Provocateur Part thought leadership, part helpful advice, Ryan Tracey’s blog E-Learning Provocateur is an interesting read. If you’re interested in knowing more about the world of eLearning, it’s one to check out. Recommended 5 games every e-learning professional should play How to make the most out of a conference Qaspire With the tagline “Insights and Sketchnotes on Leadership, Learning and Change!”, that pretty much sums up Tanmay Vora’s blog. This is a perfect read if you’re in a leadership role in your organization. Recommended Sketchnote: What Rebels Want From Their Boss Social Mindset: A Key to Engaging People The Craig Weiss Blog Craig Weiss has a strong reputation for being incredibly knowledgeable about all things LMS. Featuring reviews, trend insights and more, you can get a lot from this blog. Recommended Best Practices for e-learning and m-learning course building Latest Positive Trends In E-Learning Rob’s Learning and Technology Blog This is a prized resource for all in eLearning. If you are a seasoned professional or just looking for quick tips to make your eLearning simpler, you’ll find it here. Recommended 10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning How to make best use of your training budget in 3 steps Company Blogs Elucidat Elucidat is a great authoring tool with an equally awesome blog. From eLearning inspiration to actionable advice to better your course building, it’s a must-read. Recommended Solving the compliance training conundrum: 3 things you can do today 7 questions to ask before you touch your authoring tool, or your content Learnnovators Covering a wide range of topics like learning design, e-learning, m-learning, gamified learning, informal learning, and 70:20:10, the Learnnovators Blog is sure to have something of interest for you! Recommended 9 Ways to support learners through their mobile devices 9 Steps to defining a workplace eLearning strategy that works LearnUpon Blog We couldn’t make a list of blogs without including our own because we think it’s pretty darn good! With tons of advice all about the world of learning management systems, it’s worth a read - if we do say so ourselves. Recommended How to Implement an LMS Successfully 35 Tips for Significantly Better eLearning Industry Blogs eLearning Industry Trends, best practices, authoring tools, design, development - eLearning Industry is a one stop shop for all things eLearning. If you are just dipping your toe in the online training water or are a seasoned professional, they’ll have something for you. Recommended Best 32 LMS Implementation Tips From The Top LMS Experts The 2017 Corporate eLearning Movers And Shakers List Learning Solutions Magazine Around since 2002, Learning Solutions Magazine is one of the most trusted eLearning resources out there today. Delivering posts about an array of topics in online training, it’s an invaluable resource. Recommended It IS Possible to Create Engaging Compliance Training—Here's How Flip It Forward: Focus on Task Criticality in Learning Modern Workplace Learning Magazine Focused on L&D departments, this site has plenty of material for people interested in bettering their business’s training and supporting your learners along the way. Recommended The Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit 5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited in 2017) Chief Learning Officer Described as “a multimedia publication focused on the importance, benefits and advancements of a properly trained workforce”, Chief Learning Officer has a lot of industry know-how. Covering topics such as leadership, learning delivery and strategy, it’s an invaluable source. Recommended The Cognitive Science Behind Learning Virtual Reality in Training Slowly Becoming a Reality The eLearning Guild’s TWIST Self-described as a place to get “insights, ideas, perspectives, and discussion on the current trends in the learning industry, the technologies”, TWIST has varied, but invaluable content on offer. Recommended What is Corporate Digital Learning? 5 Reasons Mobile is Critical in Learning and Training eLearning Learning Featuring content from a number industry thought leaders, eLearning Learning collects all the best resources in one handy place for you to digest. Recommended How to Select An LMS How to select an LMS vendor that’s here to stay Outside eLearning Canva Design School One to share with the eLearning course builders in your organization or even read yourself if you’re interested in improving your course designs, Canva has some great tips on simple design principles. Recommended 20 Creative Presentation Designs 10 Ways to Combine Artistic and Scientific Thinking Trello A blog about organization and productivity is a perfect read for eLearning professionals trying to juggle everything. From tracking tasks to delegating online training jobs, this blog can really help! Recommended 7 Ways To Track Important Tasks In Trello Storm To Perform: The 4 Stages Of Team Productivity Harvard Business Review The Harvard Business review covers a wide range of topics including eLearning. Keep an eye out as you’re sure to find a golden nugget on there that could really help you. Recommended Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet, and Your Social Life The Pros and Cons of Competition Among Employees Copyblogger A good read for all - eLearning professional or not - Copyblogger has amazing tips on how to optimize how you communicate. Recommended Why Just-in-Time Learning Is Critical for Your Show’s Future The Foundational Elements of Profitable Online Courses Camtasia by Techsmith With video being such a huge element of online training, it’s important your team knows how to get it right. Camtasia’s blog has straightforward tips that really help. Recommended How to Hack Learning with Animated GIFs 5 Ways to Use Screencasting at Work Wistia Another blog focused on video and we love it! Not only does it contain advice on how to film things better, it also talks about how to use video to help your company. Recommended Using Video for Remote Team Building Inspire New Teammates with These Onboarding Videos Visual Learning Center Get inspired by beautiful presentations with this helpful resource. From infographics to data visualizations to presentations, there is great info here to optimize your online training. Recommended 10 Ways to Keep Your Audience Engaged During an Online Presentation How to Engage Your Audience and Keep Their Attention eLearning Communities eLearning Guild Filled with insightful content, eLearning Guild is a must join community for eLearning professionals. They offer different packages for members that allow you access valuable assets to improve your eLearning. LearnGeek Slack Community There are a variety of impressive topics up for discussion in the LearnGeek Slack Community. Join and you’ll be contributing to interesting chats about gamification, microlearning, webinars and more! Articulate E-Learning Heroes Community The number one community for course creators, Articulates E-Learning Heroes is a great place to ask, answer or read about your burning eLearning questions. ATD ATD, or the Association for Talent Development, is a membership organization that is all about furthering your employees’ skills. They have lots on offer in their membership center that is informative for anyone working in an association. Resources E-Learning Uncovered There are lots of things to absorb on E-Learning Uncovered’s website. They’ve got eBooks, webinars and more all about how to make the most of popular authoring tools. Elucidat Resources Free guides, templates, and resources - that sums up Elucidat’s Resources in a nutshell! Easy to download and full of great advice, it’s worth a look. Tagoras Tagoras has plenty of in-depth knowledge about eLearning for you to avail of. From reports on the industry to insightful research, it gives you a deeper look at the world of learning. eLearning Guild Research Library eLearning Guild’s Research Library is a bountiful place full of material. They work with industry analysts and leading practitioners to bring you case studies, presentations, white papers and research reports all about eLearning. LearnUpon Resources Again, we have to mention ourselves! LearnUpon has a number of insightful eBooks, webinars and case studies all about eLearning, learning management systems and more. It’s also constantly being updated and added to so you have the latest and best advice. Aurion Learning Resources Aurion Learning has a number of high-quality guides for you to read. They are on practical subjects like ‘Hosting a Webinar’ and ‘What is mobile learning’ so you will gain lots of actionable knowledge. Articulate’s E-Learning Heroes E-books E-Learning Heroes have a great selection of eBooks for you to download. With titles including ‘E-learning for Beginners’ and ‘9 Steps to Better E-Learning Project Management’, there is lots to sink your teeth into. And that concludes our round-up of the ultimate eLearning resources. Did you love learning about all these invaluable resources? Or did we miss your favorite one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.