How to Find Royalty-Free Stock Photos, Images, Graphics, and Illustrations

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Short answer: Use Pixabay.com

OK, yes, well…this post is specifically about Pixabay. As you know, we have many choices when searching for royalty-free images: iStockPhoto.com, Shutterfly.com, just to name the top two.

Recently, an instructional design colleague introduced me to Pixabay, and I really enjoyed using this site to search for images. What I enjoyed most about it was discovering so many talented photographers and designers I’d probably not hear about on the other royalty-free sites.

And, that got me to thinking.

I decided to upload photos for others to use for free as a way to pay it forward for the many images I downloaded and used in e-learning modules. I plan to add more images over time.

Take a look at my first effort!

View my first four uploaded images:

My first four photo images on Pixabay.com

 

 

 

Select each link below to see my first uploads. If you have time, please leave a (positive, encouraging) comment under the photo. For “constructive criticism”, please contact me privately here: info AT RidgeViewMedia DOT com

Image #1 http://pixabay.com/en/aspen-trees-forest-trees-autumn-423894/

Image #2 http://pixabay.com/en/aspen-trees-forest-trees-autumn-423893/

Image #3 http://pixabay.com/en/oak-tree-leaves-autumn-foliage-423855/

Image #4 http://pixabay.com/en/oak-tree-forest-leaves-autumn-423854/

Locations:

  1. Images 1 and 2, Flagstaff, Arizona, State Route 180 (W Fort Valley Ranch Rd.), on the way to Snowbowl. Coconino National Forest.
  2. Images 3 and 4, Groom Creek, Arizona, Prescott National Forest. Groom Creek Schoolhouse Loop Trail.

You may use these images for non-commercial use (that is, not for selling individual items like smartphone covers or coffee mugs), and YES! you may use them in an e-learning course for which you will be paid an hourly or a project rate.

If possible, please reference my name, my blog’s URL, and the link/URL to the image file on Pixabay. If not possible, please leave a kind note in the photo’s or image’s comments section on Pixabay.

Enjoy!

 

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How to Quickly Create a Scenario Using Articulate Storyline and in Three Steps

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I’m an instructional writer and an e-learning developer. I’m also a storyteller. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been drawn to stories. I love to read stories and write my own private “novels” that I keep to myself.

When I design a new course for a client, I ask them to put on their storyteller hat and tell me some of their business’s common stories. Every organization has a story to tell (especially sales organizations) such as:

  • The prospect they lost.
  • The Help/Support customer call that ended in angry letters to the president.
  • The performance evaluation session that almost caused a lawsuit, etc..

And, the positive stories! Think of the three scenarios I just briefly described and image positive outcomes to replace the negatives.

Scenarios Add Humanity to a Cold, Unfeeling Device

e-Learning needs to incorporate human, real-world business stories to add real life and measurable work performance “a ha!” moments while the learner stares at a cold, unfeeling computer monitor or mobile device’s screen. When you design scenarios and tell your organization’s stories, you:

  • bring the human, real-life component to your course design;
  • draw your learners into that cold, unfeeling device and the business stories they contain; and
  • encourage your learners to make work performance-based decisions or choices.

The goal is to get your learners to put themselves inside the scenario, the business story, and (we always hope) learn to improve their decisions at work. Performance improvement through stories!

And if you use Articulate’s tools, there is an easy, three-step process you can use to build your scenarios.

Building Three-Step Scenarios Using Storyline

Nicole Legault, staff member at Articulate posted the below tutorial to her blog, “Nicole’s blog” at the URL below, and it’s worth a read because the steps are so easy to do in Storyline:

http://community.articulate.com/blogs/nicole/archive/2014/04/03/building-three-step-scenarios-using-storyline.aspx

Articulate Storyline Steps

  1. Add your question and choices to the slide.
  2. Select Convert to Freeform.
  3. Select the Pick One interaction.
  4. Edit or revise the 2 layers for the feedback you want for the Correct and Incorrect choices.

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This define bullying so easy to do. You can even build your the questions and options/choices for your scenarios inside PowerPoint and then use Storyline’s Import feature to bring those PPT slides into your *.story file.

Time to Tell Stories!

You know you want to tell stories to make your e-learning courses more engaging. I know you do! So, let me help you! Contact me and I’ll fire up my Storyline tool and together we’ll design some engaging scenarios to improve your learners’ performance!

 

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How to Calculate a Voice Over Narration Script

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How do you estimate training time and costs? If you’re working on an e-learning instructional design and development project, how do you estimate (“guesstimate”) how long it will take to design and develop e-learning? How much will it cost the client?

These are all excellent questions. Of all my blog posts on this site, people visit How to Estimate Training Time and Costs the most. I do have one tip to share that may help you if you already have an approved narration script.

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How to Create Engaging e-Learning

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I was inspired by others in the Articulate user community to create the above infographic. The link below will take you to the conversation after you select it.

E-Learning Challenge: Instructional Design Tips that Really Pop

This is what I wrote over there:

Michael Allen (of Allen Interactions – www.alleninteractions.com ) is one of a few online learning researchers I refer to often.

He encourages the design of scenario-based simulations (whether a paramedic’s tasks or how to coach a new manager) based on real world “stories”. Add the element of surprise in your instructional design to engage and motivate the learners.

Chunk the content to provide scenario-based it was an authentic rolex with performance improving Practice and Test activities.

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How to Find Your Happy Place with Free Stock Files

iStockPhoto.com free stock filesIf you work with media, you are probably already familiar with iStockPhoto.com – if you aren’t familiar with them, I’m happy to introduce you!

e-Learning instructional designers and developers, graphic artists, Web developers, technical writers, video production specialists, voice-over actors, eBook authors and publishers, copywriters, advertising gurus…the list could go on for several more lines. I know that there are several terrific sites on the WWW for finding and downloading stock photos, illustrations, audio, and video files.

For years, I’ve stuck with iStockPhoto.com because, well…they just make it easy for me to find, save to Lightbox, purchase, and download stock files. Awhile ago, they began sending emails to members highlighting free, high-quality stock files.

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How to Make a Glossary More Memorable and Less Boring

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Most glossaries are just the name of the term plus some text for the definition. And, that’s fine if your learners go to a glossary to take a quick peek at the term to refresh their memory. But, what if the terms are brand new to them? How can we replace “boring” with “engaging” when designing an online glossary?

Simple. Add contextual media that support the words used in each term’s definition. Choose illustrations, photos, and garage door service boca raton that will visually help your learners to remember the terms.

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How to Find Microsoft Clip Art that’s Hard to Find

soccer player catching file folder icon to saveRecently, Microsoft made changes to the user interface of search results when you do a search for clip art, photographs, audio, and video in Microsoft’s Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, for example). These changes make it harder to find media for users who design and develop e-learning modules in PowerPoint add-on tools.

Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate wrote a helpful blog post that you may want to bookmark to your Favorites. He found a way and shared garage door broken boca raton on this blog post.

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How to Have Successful Conference Calls in Real Life

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Select image to view the video by Tripp and Tyler.

Free Conference Call Advice

Conference calls. Love them or dislike them, telephone or online conference calls are key to communicating when you work on a telecommute (virtual, remote, distributed) team.

By now, you probably have already seen “A Conference Call in Real Life” by Tripp and Tyler, on YouTube.com Their video has gone viral and as of today it has 4,126,945 views. Their video is quite funny and accurately portrays what happens on conference calls.

As I watched their video and laughed, I also thought about the many successful conference calls I’ve been on, and what I did I to ensure I got my part of the project done.

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How to Use Job Aids in e-Learning

screenshot of elearning with job aidsJob aids give your learners tools they can use either before, during, or after a learning activity. Job aids support workplace performance improvement and can include:

  • Quick Start Guides (for technology),
  • Quick Reference Guides,
  • Checklists,
  • Worksheets,
  • Organization charts,
  • Maps, and
  • Other resources that function as repositories of key information.

I like job aids very much, and I use them when they appropriately support learning. After a learning activity, learners can use job aids to reinforce what they learned and continue to improve their performance on the job. So, imagine my delight when one of the Articulate blogs presented us community members with a challenge: bullying books to use job aids in e-learning.

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Good-bye 2013

In some ways, it’s hard to say good-bye to 2013. Ridge View Media had good projects with great, amazing clients. When each project came to a close, it was hard to say “adios”, and nice to hear those clients say “We’ll hire you again whenever we can!” We all got along well and new, non-work relationships are blooming.

This year, we upgraded these tools in our tool box, and we’re ready for your projects:

  • Articulate Storyline
  • Articulate Studio ’13
  • Adobe Captivate 8 (CP8)

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