How to use PowerPoint for E-Learning

E-Learning modules are firmly established in schools and universities and are being increasingly used in various occupational areas, such as advanced training. PowerPoint allows you to create these modules. Read up on the basics and see our tips for creating your e-learning presentation.

Definition of E-Learning

The term ‘e-learning’ refers to all forms of learning supported by electronic or digital media. Content can be presented, and materials can be distributed more conveniently. It also enables a scholarly exchange between teachers and students. Interactive user controls and various forms of encoded information (video, audio, text, hyperlinks) can be integrated into e-learning products. The tools that allow teachers to create and edit content for e-learning are called authoring systems.

There are two types of e-learning software: computer-based and internet-based. Computer-based e-learning is mainly used for independent study and happens outside of the lecture. Internet-based e-learning takes place online with all content and functions in real-time. This enables direct communication between teachers and students because the lectures are transmitted simultaneously over a live stream.

Young beautiful girl working on a computer in a classroom with her classmates in the background

Rapid E-Learning

With rapid e-learning, the goal is to produce learning materials quickly and easily without the need for a particular authoring system. PowerPoint allows you to use the same software used to present material in class lectures for e-learning. This method is becoming more and more popular, but can quickly become less effective if the presenter doesn’t display the content in a user-friendly manner. For optimum use of a presentation in e-learning, take a look at our suggestions below.

Using PowerPoint for E-Learning

PowerPoint has many features that can be used to create innovative e-learning products. Still, it’s important to remember that PowerPoint templates need to be modified. Something that works for a slide show does not necessarily work the same way for a web seminar. There are several options available for designing attractive and interactive material, with or without multimedia.

E-Learning using PowerPoint

It is better to start with a blank slide instead of adopting the original structure, text, and titles. This encourages creativity and allows you to design your own layout without any restrictions.

You can format the entire learning module in the same way as you do single slides: on your own. Instead of the strict, linear composition used in most PowerPoint presentations, complex structures can be illustrated by several levels. In that way structures, as well as logical and causal relations within the content, can be reproduced. Navigation bars and menus help prioritize learning modules which can encourage learners to participate more enthusiastically.  Since not everyone learns in the same way, optional elements like revisions, tests, checklists, quizzes or additional material are effective in e-learning modules.

How to use PowerPoint for E-Learning

Using PowerPoint for E-Learning
Tabs categorize learning content in a user-friendly way.

With the help of navigation menus via hyperlinks, animations started by triggers, and reiterative slides, you can create options for interactive learning and use of e-learning materials in PowerPoint.

The use of pictures, storytelling and scenarios are possible ways to give content an appealing visual representation. The use of integrated audio narration or video clips and strong design elements engage the learner, helping them absorb and retain content.

Complex subjects can be graphically edited and easily distributed.
Complex subjects can be graphically edited and easily distributed.
Navigation bars with hyperlinks allow the users make their own choices.
Navigation bars with hyperlinks allow the users to make their own choices.
Certain sections on maps can link to slides with additional information, becoming interactive control buttons.
Certain sections on maps can link to slides with additional information, becoming interactive control buttons.

Easy Implementation

As you can see, PowerPoint offers numerous options for e-learning projects and a lot of room for creative ideas. Do you have a good idea for an e-learning application, but are missing some elements for implementation? In our web shop, you’ll find various templates that will help you with creating your e-learning file in PowerPoint – these could be maps, diagrams, icons, graphics, animations, design templates, ready-made checklists, navigation bars or tabs.

We wish you much success with creating your e-learning application with PowerPoint and are looking forward to your questions and thoughts. Let us know how it works out for you!