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eLearning in the Fire Service

  So, you have come to the right place.  Our new blog community will help you get started. Get new ideas from firefighters and training personnel who share the same love and passion for eLearning training as you!  In this blog, we can share examples, templates, slides, interactions, assessments and much more.

            In order for this community to grow within the fire department training community, we need to hear from you. If you have any questions, or just want to throw around some ideas, we’d love to hear them. 

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Choosing the right Learning Management System


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Started by Freddie Batista Apr 18, 2016.

Choosing the right Learning Management System


Tags: fdic, elearning, batista, freddie

Started by Freddie Batista Apr 18, 2016.

eLearning Templates from eLearning Brothers

I opened an account with them 4 years ago and its been the best tool I could of possibly invested in. It helped me start the development of my modules using Storyline. I just spoek Monday at FDIC…Continue

Started by Freddie Batista Apr 21, 2015.

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Comment by Freddie Batista on April 21, 2015 at 9:50am

Looking for the right LMS for your Dept? If you missed me at #FDIC2015 here is my Webcast from last month.

Comment by Freddie Batista on April 21, 2015 at 9:50am
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Comment by Freddie Batista on April 21, 2015 at 9:43am

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Comment by Freddie Batista on February 15, 2015 at 1:52am

Instructional Design Basics for E-Learning Development

What Is Instructional Design?

If you’re a newcomer to the field of e-learning or instructional design (ID), you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available online regarding the various ID models and all the different learning theories. Where to start?

First, it’s a good idea to understand exactly what instructional design is. In simple terms, it’s the practice of making learning experiences effective, interesting, and engaging for a learner. Anyone can create an e-learning project, but a skilled instructional designer will build e-learning that meets the learning objectives and needs of the audience.

You’ll be happy to know that there are some basic guiding principles of ID that can provide a good starting point for your first e-learning project, and can help you make your training more meaningful for your learners. In fact, even if you’re an experienced pro, you can apply these instructional design basics to tighten up your course.

Know Your Audience

Analysis is a big part of the instructional design discipline. You might analyze a variety of factors—but always make sure one of them is your audience. You need to know exactly who you’re designing your training for to develop a successful e-learning program.

Ask yourself, and your client: Who are your learners and what are their needs? Are they computer-savvy or completely non-technical? How much do they already know about the topic at hand? Are they experts or newbies? Knowing who your learners are and where they are coming from will help you decide how to develop content that best meets their needs.

For more specific tips on how to do an e-learning audience analysis, check out this article:

Separate “Need to Know” from “Nice to Know”

Another key ID task is to distinguish need-to-know information from nice-to-know information. You should omit superfluous information that doesn’t help learners do their jobs or tasks.

When you’re deciding what information to include in your course, ask yourself: Is this critical? Will the learners ever need to know this to do their job? And if they don’t know this, what would be the impact? If the information falls into the nice-to-know category, leave it out.

For example, if you’re designing an e-learning course on how to reply to a vendor e-mail, you don’t need to include a huge section on the background of your organization and its employees, or the history of e-mail. Just stick to teaching learners what they need to know to write effective vendor emails.

Comment by Freddie Batista on February 15, 2015 at 1:50am

Comment by Freddie Batista on February 15, 2015 at 1:49am

Free E-Learning Tools

If you create online content for a living, you probably know what a headache it can be to search for and secure rights to imagery. Freeimages takes the pain out of finding stock imagery by making the process easy and free.

With more than 350,000 images from 30,000 photographers, odds are good that you’ll find something that’s at least close to what you’re looking for. A search for “students” resulted in 127 images … not bad for a free site. And you won’t need a law degree to decipher the legalese—the site clearly spells out how you can and can’t use its images.


When you’re working in PowerPoint, it’s not easy to pull colors from images. You can waste a lot of time taking screenshots or trying to pull up a color wheel to match your color hues. But the good news is you don’t have to waste your time—or money.

Pixie is a simple (and free) color picker that lets you hover your mouse over any pixel on your screen, and it tells you the color info: HEX, HTML, RGB, CMYK, and HSV value, to be specific. You can then use this information to reproduce the color in your favorite programs.

Color Scheme

Color Schemer is just what it sounds like—a (free) tool that helps you create color schemes. Simply enter an RGB or HEX value or pick a color from the tool’s color palette and—voila—you get a color scheme that coordinates nicely with the color you picked.

You can use Color Schemer with Pixie, too. Just use Pixie to pick a color from an image (or logo) and then go to Color Schemer to create a complementary color scheme. Once you have a color scheme that makes you happy, you can use it throughout your whole course. Easy peasy!

Free Photos

Many e-learning professionals buy expensive graphics editors and then only use them for basic tasks. Before you buy a powerful application like Photoshop, why not see if you can get away with something simple, like all the features you’d expect to find in a modern image editor, like layers, filters, and a history pane, all wrapped up in a simple and user-friendly interface. And it’s free.

If you ever find you do need more power, for stuff like custom brushes or running automated scripts, you can move on to Gimp. Gimp’s more complex and harder to use, but it’s packed with features and, best of all, free.

Audio Effects

A little audio works wonders in engaging your learners. Audacity is a free download that helps you create, import, and edit digital audio for your courses. Audacity can record audio through a microphone or from cassette tapes, CD/DVD disks, and streaming audio. It’s easy enough for the basic stuff you’ll do when creating online courses (like recording sound files and inserting them into PowerPoint) and sophisticated enough if you need to do more (like creating fade in/out effects).

Convert Media

If you want to convert media from one format to another, Format Factory is a handy tool. It lets you create audio and video files without worrying about whether your learners can play them on their smartphones or tablets. And as an added bonus, it comes with built-in presets that will, with one click, create videos for just about any mobile device.

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