What is the fundamental objective of instructional design? Instructional design involves understanding the learning objectives of the course and chalking a strategy that helps learners meet those objectives. It involves analyzing learners, content & course objectives, designing and developing the course in a format that best suits the needs of learners and evaluating its effectiveness.
Rapid authoring tools make it easier to develop eLearning courses
Now, in the pre-rapid authoring tools days, you might have had to outsource the eLearning design and development to an external vendor. They would take into account the available content & resources and design a customized course to cater to your specific requirements. This obviously involved a huge amount of costs not to speak of the endless back and forth meetings to approve and finalize the content. However, with the advent of rapid authoring tools, suddenly it seems a lot easier to develop an eLearning course. It is just a matter of converting PowerPoint presentations into eLearning courses using one of the rapid authoring tools. Is it really the case?
No one tool meets all the designing needs
Rapid authoring tools provide you with new tools to design and develop your eLearning courses. However, you must remember that each of the available tools have certain capabilities. If you are an organization looking to develop your own eLearning courses, you need to really be careful before choosing an authoring tool that will meet your present and future training requirements. Each of the tools are ideal for certain tasks – for example articulate is best for converting PowerPoint slides into eLearning courses, Captivate is known to be useful for capturing screen simulations and Lectora allows a great deal of customizations. These are some of the popular tools today. Articulate has come up with another version called Storyline which, according to the initial reports, provides powerful yet simple options not to speak of its compatibility with mobile devices. There are innumerable other tools flooding the market and tomorrow, more powerful tools might occupy prominent position in the market shelf space.
The best option
Typically, if an organization has already invested in an authoring tool, they tend to use the same tool for all their eLearning courses. However, the best option is to choose the right tool based on the requirement of the course. If you outsource your design and development needs to an external eLearning service provider, you do not have to bother about choosing the right tool or making do with an existing tool. The eLearning service provider will analyze your content and choose the best tool that is suitable for the learning requirements. You will be free of licenses and renewals of the tools and can focus on your core L&D function. The tools should not dictate your content; the tools are only a means to achieve your learning goals and that is the way it should be.
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Working with Storyline becomes more easy when you have a good idea about the 3 views in its interface. They are different in their own way and have different features which make our work look good and neat.
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Since the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about the different methods to create navigation restrictions in Articulate Storyline. But, the task is not completed by just creating a restriction. We have to add an instruction for the learner that makes him aware of the importance of the topic or the functionality of the slide he is trying to skip. Some courses completely restrict the navigation but some ask the learner if he is sure of his decision to skip the topic. Usually, we display this instruction through alert pop-ups.
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In my previous blog, we have seen how to create a navigation restriction in an elearning course for an interactivity by using a variable. As I’ve already explained, a variable which changes its value once does not come to its original value unless we use a trigger. If a learner completes the interactivity, then he cannot be restricted the next time he visits the slide. So, we use a different method when we are asked to restrict the navigation of the interactivity each time the learner visits the slide.
In my post, Customize Fill in the Blank Type of Assessment in Articulate Storyline, I explained how to create a customized fill in the blank type of assessment by evaluating as many blanks as you have within a single slide.
Rapid authoring tools allow you to present the learning content, very effectively, using various presentation patterns. Let us now see some presentation patterns that you can create in Articulate Storyline, one of the most popular rapid authoring tools. These presentation patterns can be used in different contexts and help achieve learning objectives efficiently.
Many organizations conduct webinars to train their employees. The main benefit of using webinars is that training can be delivered to a large audience at low cost. But, how can you make sure that your webinars will be available to your staff whenever they need them? Well, you can record live webinars and make them available on-demand. Sometimes, during live presentations, you may have issues with extraneous noises. These noises need to be deleted from the recorded version. You may also want to add some topics which could not be covered during the live presentation.
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