When designing learning solutions, we all need inspiration at times. Here are ten websites where you can seek, browse and find inspiration for eLearning creativity. You’ll find sources to kickstart visual, writing and storytelling techniques. A little inspiration might be just the catalyst you need for your next great idea.
Cool Infographics is a site that collects infographics. It’s good for exploring, sharing and creating visualizations. There are all styles and types here, so you need to sift through to find what you like. Scroll down on the home page to see the latest or explore in many ways through their filters.
If you crave a wide variety of ideas for conceiving information graphics, check out the sundry visuals at this site. You’ll find data and concepts visualized in unique ways.
A gallery of well-designed Keynote and PowerPoint presentations reside on this site. Whether you implement or conceive visuals, you can get ideas for eLearning course design here.
We adults are too serious. Glean ideas from the wonderful games buried at the U.S. National Park Service site—Webrangers. Find inspiration in the creative treatments, then use it as a springboard for approaches to adult learning. (FYI: Many of these games were designed by my friends at d’Vinci Interactive.)
XPLANE excels at visualizing processes, procedures and information. Check out their work for ideas on how to transform abstract concepts into concrete forms.
Bring storytelling and other journalistic skills to your courses. Poynter Online teaches this and more through their articles, eLearning courses, webinars and seminars. There are both free and paid courses.
If you get stuck on scriptwriting for video, try browsing through the dozens of scripts housed on this minimalist site.
This site has loads of advice and inspiration related to photography, which often serves as the main media element in online courses. The school has everything from technical articles about cameras to photo galleries from readers.
Everyone knows about the TED presentations, but they aren’t all as inspiring as this one. Check out Jill Nolte’s Stroke of Insight to appreciate the amazing human spirit and brain.
Need inspiration for a color palette? COLOURlovers lets you create palettes and patterns, provides palette ideas, color trends, a variety of tools and is basically overflowing with the wonder of color.
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