Wheel of Discovery PowerPoint Template with vba

It’s time for another Friday Freebie!!!  This one is a quiz show template which you can use to ask questions in a fun interactive way during a presentation, or use it for eLearning purposes to let the learner dictate which questions they respond to.


Based on the TV show wheel of fortune – which is hopefully obvious from the picture, the dial rotates.  Each of the segments is then hyperlinked to a questions slide – I’ll let you add in your own questions!  If you have problems hyperlinking the shapes and / or text drop me a comment below and I’ll help you out.

There is a macro on the button on page 2 which  spins the dial when the reader presses the button.  IMPORTANT: In order to upload the presentation to WordPress, I have had to change the extension of the file as wordpress does not support PowerPoint 2010 macro enabled files.  I’ve saved it as PPT (old version) instead of PPTM.  You can download it here.  You should be able to open the file with PowerPoint 2010 and then save it as a *.pptm file.  I’ve also uploaded a *.pptx version here as well, just in case you run into problems.  You will simply need to add the macro to the button in the usual way.  The vba is posted below:

Private Sub Spin_Click()
Dim oshp As Shape
Dim adjRot As Integer
Dim i As Integer
adjRot = Int((Rnd * 360) + 1)
Set oshp = ActivePresentation.Slides(2).Shapes("myWheel")
With oshp
For i = 1 To adjRot
.IncrementRotation 1
Next i
End With
End Sub


+Alesandra Blakeston



Having thought about it some more, I’ve decided to upload the *.pptm version to my microsoft live drive.  You can access it here: Wheel of Discovery.pptm

You can view the preview here, but again the macro will not work.  You’ll need to download it to see the macro in action.

How to persuade learners with stories, emotions and more

Found this great presentation on eLearning by SHIFT eLearning on Slideshare:

The secret recipe to a truly persuasive eLearning course is simple, at least in theory. Professionals in the fields of psychology, advertising, marketing and copywriting, have talked about some “rules” on how to persuade people. But all these rules lead us to two things: the human brain and human emotions.

Great stuff!

+Alesandra Blakeston

rule 6

Adding characters to PowerPoint

white background character

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’m currently getting ready for a move to the United States, so blogging has had to take a back seat for a while.  I’ve got a few posts lined up and ready though, so hopefully over the next few days, you’ll see me get back up to speed.

This first one is about creating and using characters in eLearning and presentations.  As a trainer who has created a lot of PowerPoint Training and eLearning, I am often creating new characters to put on my slides.  I use them to insert the human element into the training: to ask questions, to improve the look and feel of the slide and even sometimes just to make the slide look good.


The type of character you add though, depends upon the type of presentation / training.  Your character could be cute, life-like (photo realistic), stylistic, clip art etc.  The type you choose should reflect your training.  More business like presentations at a senior level often have photos of people with white / transparent backgrounds.  More informal training often uses clip art, or silhouettes.  the list goes on.

A colleague of mine asked me recently to create some for them, and so I created 15 new characters.  Eventually my colleague chose to go down the more realistic (skeumorphic) route, so I had some characters left over.  The colours are fully editable in PowerPoint, so feel free to use them as you wish!  I’ve uploaded a pdf version to slide share, which you can see below, but you can also download the *.pptx version here.


+Alesandra Blakeston