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Creating custom Ed courses from powerpoint presentations

Key Takeaway: Converting your existing employee training material into Ed lessons is easy when following these simple steps.

Creating your own custom Ed course based on a powerpoint presentation

Often when improving from traditional learning strategies to using Ed’s microlessons, learning and training managers get in touch for advice on how to they can transition their existing content (typically a powerpoint presentation or a handout) into an Ed course. Making this change can seem daunting, but is a breeze once you have a structure planned out.

In this article we will look at how a powerpoint presentation on health and safety was used as source material to create an Ed course. You can view the end result now by logging in to the demo account login in the Ed app.

Structuring the course

Most powerpoint presentations will start with an overview of the content to give presentation attendees a summary what will be covered. You can use this information to structure your Ed course – each topic in the presentation can be the subject of a microlesson. You can then source information for each of these lessons from the presentation itself.

Our recommended length for your custom lessons is at least 5 slides, and a maximum of 15 slides (depending on the content density). This is not a firm rule and can be bent on a case-by-case basis. For example, we have found that learners spend a longer engaging with educational game templates compared to other templates, so you may consider using less slides in lessons containing games.

If it turns out that you have a lot of content on one topic in your presentation, it can be split up into several different microlessons. Conversely, topics with only a small amount of information can be combined into other lessons.

Health and Safety first slide

The first slide of the Health and Safety powerpoint presentation.

Taken from the presentation’s introductory slide (shown above), the core topics of the Health and Safety presentation were Housekeeping, Slips, Trips and Falls, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Safe Lifting. From this, we created a Health and Safety course which contained four lessons that covered each of these core topics.

If you are working from a presentation which does not have an introductory slide included, take a moment to read through the content as a whole while noting down the key topics it covers. These can be your course’s lessons.

Health and Safety Ed course

Each of the lessons within the Health and Safety course. Housekeeping was covered in the introductory lesson.

Now that the Health and Safety topic has been broken up into manageable chunks, we need to create some content for the lessons.

While an Ed lesson can take many shapes (from a whole lesson devoted to an educational microgame to lessons made up entirely of interactive templates), a typical Ed lesson contains a mixture of knowledge transfer (through content templates) and reinforcement (via interactive templates).

Let’s first look at converting some content into knowledge transfer.

Knowledge Transfer

Commonly, presenter notes will accompany each presentation slide. These are usually a script for the presenter to read out while on that slide, or a general overview of the information which needs to be covered.

A helpful set of presenter notes

A helpful set of presenter notes.

The information which would have been dictated to learners by the presenter is perfect to include within the Ed lesson. You can put this directly into one of Ed’s content templates to conduct some knowledge transfer.

In this example, the Introduction to the Health and Safety slide of the presentation shown above was broken up over two templates within the microlesson, as seen below (with some minor re-wording).

Introduction in lesson

The most popular content template for conducting knowledge transfer is Text and Images. Using this, you can upload any imagery used within the powerpoint as an addition to the slide, to break up long stints of reading (and keep your learner’s attention).

Let’s look at another example from the same presentation:

Housekeeping powerpoint slide

A slide devoted to introducing Housekeeping within the powerpoint presentation