A useful Participant Guide will...
Logically follow the instructional flow of the the class, with pertinent information and capture space for note-taking appropriately placed.
But, building a solid participant guide requires time and skill with Word.
Or using a publishing tool that makes editing a major headache. This is why it is common for participants to be given either a simple print-out of the instructor's PowerPoint file or nothing at all.
Automation is your key to success.
Elements provides automation to import your PowerPoint slides and notes and uses smart templates to format your content into a Participant Guide for you.
Unlike other templates you may have used, the Elements smart templates work with you instead of creating work for you. Elements maintains your formatting and document structure as you add content.
Shift from the common practice to a
best practice with Elements.
Use your slides and notes to produce branded, professionally formatted participant guides quickly and easily.
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Build Facilitator Guides too
Elements documents can be used as either participant guides or facilitator guides.
Every new Elements document includes:
- Cover page
- Acknowledgements page
- Table of Contents
- Module and Lesson page.
Add your brand. Customize the cover page, headers and footers, and styles.
Elements is the tool of choice for...
Short instructor-led sessions less than 1 day in length.
The simple document structure Elements sets up aligns with the straightforward flow of a short course.
Classes that require only a participant guide.
Whether you are working from PowerPoint, existing Word documents or writing from scratch Elements makes it easy to create consistent, formatted branded participants guides fast. Simple facilitator guides can also be created.
Non-training industry professionals charged with sharing expertise with others.
Elements handles the document set up and formatting. You are free to concentrate on adding content. The visual nature of Elements will help you cognitively by revealing gaps and inconsistencies in your training flow.
Intuitive & Easy to Use
Elements automates common work tasks
Start new participant guides and facilitator guides with your branded document shell
Import PowerPoint slides and notes into formatted Module and Lesson pages
Import PowerPoint slides and notes into formatted Module and Lesson pages. And automatically update the Table of Contents to list your Modules and Lessons (your course outline).
Update imported slide images
Update imported slide images when changes are made in PowerPoint
Update slide notes in PowerPoint
After improving them in your Elements documents, update slide notes in your PowerPoint files
Add new Modules & Lessons
Add new Modules and Lessons that are formatted and ready to accept content
Add icons to visually cue trainers and participants
Add capture space
Add capture space for note-taking
Quickly reformat existing content with Elements smart templates
Add time designations
Add time designations to activities and automatically generate total lesson times
Automatically add alt text
Automatically add alt text to images and tables for screen reader accessibility and 508 compliance.
Work faster. Work smarter.
Change for the better with Elements
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Elements organizes your content visually
After you start a new Elements document you have:
- A placeholder page for your first Module and Lesson
- An option to start by importing PowerPoint slides and notes, or images
- No slides? Simply add content using the Content Blocks.
If you select the option to import PowerPoint...
- Your slides and notes are placed into icon-driven table rows, which we call "content blocks"
- These are distributed for you across lesson pages.
Take a look at the example above, of a 2-page spread from a participant guide, to get an idea of the the page layout. The example above shows a 2-column page layout. Elements also provides a 3-column page layout.
Slides and notes and images are easy to import
Use the Elements image controls to work with multiple slides and images at once to
- And even send text into PowerPoint from your Elements document to create slides - which you can then import to replace your text with your slide images.
Formats are applied automatically
This happens as content is added, based on the built-in style guides.
Add Icons as Visual Cues
Chunk Lesson content into icon-driven content blocks by using the Content Block buttons on the Elements ribbon.
1. Modules - these are your design outline topic names
2. Lessons - these are your subtopic names
3. Content Blocks - these visually chunk your lesson content to make it easy to follow
How Elements Helps
Consistent Branded Documents
Elements sets up a consistently structured and professionally formatted document shell for use as either a facilitator guide or a participant guide.
Choose from two included Collections
The Collections contain your smart templates, icons and style guides to set and control the look and feel of your documents.
You can create custom Collections from the included Collections to create your own unique:
- Cover page
- Acknowledgements page
- Header and footer
- Style guide.
Screen reader friendly
Elements automatically adds Alt Text for tables, slides and images so that your files are screen reader friendly and 508 compliant.
And as you make changes, Elements updates the accessibility tags.
Smart Developer Tip
For a fast way to locate and enhance alt text to meet the true spirit of 508 compliance
- Use our Zapps Pro The Collection software
- The Generate Alt Text function quickly moves you through all of the Alt Text in your documents to make it easy to review and edit.
Import from PowerPoint and export to PowerPoint.
This is a fast way to begin building your guidebook when the PowerPoint file already exists. Use your PowerPoint file as the basis for building a participant or facilitator guide by importing:
- And even the text on the slides
This is a great way to speed up development if you don't have slides yet, but need them.
- Start a new participant guide and script your slides as you build your guide.
Then use Elements to export your slide text to PowerPoint.
- Then use Elements to import your finished slides into your guidebook to replace the slide script with your slide images.
You can also export slide notes to PowerPoint to update existing notes in the PowerPoint file.
Jump start your build-out
As you import slides, Elements makes it easy to mark the slides that signal the start of a new module or a new lesson.
Then Elements distributes your slides accordingly into your new guidebook, and builds your Table of Contents for you.
Elements provides icons that are easy to insert
- just click a button.
- The icons will stay with the content you associate them with, even as you edit and add more content to the pages.
Icon chunking helps convey your message and intent, enhancing comprehension.
- Icon chunking also helps you notice gaps and inconsistencies as you build your lessons.
Two sets of Icons are included
Elements provides you with two Collections.
- Each Collection includes 29 unique icons
Choose the Collection you want to use as you start a new Elements document
- Change the Collection in use in an existing Elements document with the Elements Attach function
Formatting Applies Automatically
Elements formats content as you add it. Styles apply as you type or paste in content.
- Intuitive Elements formatting buttons make it easy to adjust formatting as needed.
Styles are based on the Elements Collection you select as you start your new document.
- Collection Styles can be customized. Customize once and Elements applies your styles as you use your custom Collections.
Easily Change Icons & Styles
Elements includes an easy to use function called "Attach"
Attach allows you to change the Collection in use to update the icons, styles and headers and footers in an existing facilitator guide or participant guide.
Attach also makes it easy to convert existing content into Elements format.
Elements gives you multiple ways to navigate quickly and easily through your files.
- From the Table of Contents navigate to any page listed.
In the document, go from one module or lesson to the next, or to the next instance of any content block.
Shortcut your commonly used phrases
Type in a shortcut and keep going. The shortcut automatically expands to populate your page with the full text associated with the shortcut and speeds up your writing.
- shortcuts commonly used instructional terms
- the ability to easily add your own unique shortcuts
Compatible with LeaderGuide Pro
Elements files can worked in with LeaderGuide Pro.
If you are using Elements and find that you need more functionality, it will be easy to make the switch to LeaderGuide Pro.
However, once you convert an Elements document to LeaderGuide Pro you will not be able to work in the document with Elements anymore.
Try both Elements & LeaderGuide Pro
When you download and install Elements the software you will see first when you open Word is LeaderGuide Pro. Switch to Elements with the Help button.
- Both products install so that you can try them both.
They each offer a 3-day free evaluation period.
- Learn about the free trial.
Elements will run with Microsoft Office on a PC in English, French and Spanish.
Learn more by setting up a product demo.
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