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Using PowerPoint for Course Creation

Updated: Feb 26

By: Megan Huffman

Man presenting power point presentation

We hear it all the time from customers. They want to accelerate their training course creation and development time without sacrificing content AND they want highly interactive and stellar looking courses without having professional graphic or instructional design skills.

While this may seem like an impossible task, it’s truly right at your fingertips. May we present PowerPoint templates. Or better yet, customizable eLearning templates. Why use PowerPoint you ask? For starters, mostly everyone has it. Why pay for expensive course authoring software when you can leverage what’s already in your toolbox. It’s Cobblestone’s go-to-tool for creating effective and engaging corporate training and eLearning courses.


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eLearning PowerPoint templates are simply a set of standard slides that create a solid repeatable framework and ensure that you include all the content essentials you frequently use. By leveraging templates, you can save time, reduce costs and streamline the solicitation and collection of content from multiple subject matter experts (SMEs).

PowerPoint Essential Elements:

  1. Create a Template as a Storyboard A template is the starting point for your course storyboard that will make your design process amazing! Not only can you create clean content, but you can capture SME observations and suggestions right in one document, keep track of changes to the content, organize the course based on requirements and save valuable time on your process.

  2. Create a Consistent Look and Feel All the slides in one course will have consistent theme which includes layout, color schemes (company style guide – branding), fonts, icons, buttons, navigation and more. This results in course standardization and uniformity.

  3. Provide Guidance for Content Collection Choose from a complete library of simple “Ready-to-Go” eLearning templates that provide SMEs and developers a guide for content, as well as preconfigured interactions that complement each content slide. This ensures that you do not omit your required course elements such as the introduction, interactivity and review.

  4. Create Interactivity to Ensure Engagement PowerPoint allows you to create interactivity through assessments, scenario-based interactions, and reviews. Assessments in PowerPoint can range from true/false questions, to multiple choice questions, to even more comprehensive options that Cobblestone can assist with implementing. Scenarios use problem-solving models to provide instruction and allows learners to explore and discover. By using real scenario examples, learners will have a deeper understanding of the course and are able to better apply what they’ve learned. You can create an engaging slide for users to review key learning points. It’s important, however, to keep this slide consistent throughout your courses so learners will come to expect it.

  5. Rapid Course Development Templates allow you to create and develop courses in less time and are the perfect solution when you need to get a new or course revision out quickly.

  6. Foster eLearning Best Practices Templates provide a consistent framework to organize important information and avoid content chucking which avoids “content overload.” This design practice incorporates best practices in usability from the get go.

  7. Course Delivery Versatility You can use your finished course as either a live instructor-led presentation or an online eLearning course. Whichever you choose!


See these features in action as demonstrated by our eLearning team:

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