Using PowerPoint is a very easy way to start creating eLearning content. Just a few clicks and a few minutes, and you have a slide-based course ready. But isn’t that just for presentations and stuff? Can I really teach with it? You may be thinking things like this.
In this article, we’ll show you how to build PowerPoint-powered eLearning that will help you teach your employees more easily, frequently, and from the comfort of their desks or homes. Also, we’ve recorded a video on how to convert PowerPoint to eLearning:
How to convert PowerPoint to eLearning?
eLearning with PowerPoint: Hot or Not?
We’ve all been there — trying not to fall asleep during tedious presentations awash with bullet points and stock images. No wonder some people think PPT is always a bore. But before we go too far into the “death by PowerPoint” subject, think of a hammer (not a car, a good tool that perhaps everyone has in a garage). Does the fact that a hammer is a simple tool and everyone can use it make it worse? Ah, a hammer for hitting nails… what primitive functionality!
Like a hammer, PowerPoint is just a tool. Whether your course will be useful depends not only on the software you use but on the degree your content is thought out and relevant for learners. You might as well have been drawing pictures in the sand with a stick, as it doesn’t really matter what tool you’re going to use for authoring, at least, up to a certain point.
The important question is — why are you actually going to use PowerPoint? Some reasons could be:
- You want to develop content yourself, so you need a simple and familiar interface.
- You need to create content very quickly (again, with PPT, there’s no need for most people to spend a lot of time studying its functions).
- You need a free authoring tool (the cost of a Microsoft license is super affordable, and you likely already have it).
Depending on your reasons, there may be two approaches to authoring with PowerPoint. One is longer and a bit hardcore, but free. The other one involves using an eLearning toolkit for PowerPoint. It costs money but is easier and faster. Further, we’ll compare both, so you can decide which is better for you. Read more.