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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In e-learning, the job of an instructional designer is to develop storyboards may be by using Microsoft Office Word or PowerPoint. The point to consider here is that we need to develop storyboards within a limited time and in such cases, knowing some tricks or shortcuts to work with your tool will save your time and effort and help to complete the task on time.
Articulate Storyline is the e-learning industry’s most preferred authoring tool. We can develop engaging courses using this tool. It enables e-learning developers to develop engaging interactivities and the ability to customize default assessments. However, many of the developers lose their work due to some incorrect practices, sometimes like working or publishing in network drives, editing published files, and so on. Severe problems such as file crashing or file corruption can be avoided by following some best practices.
At times for our e-learning courses we receive requirement that the learner should be able to attempt the final quiz only thrice that is the learner can retry the quiz only twice. In this scenario the third time the learner fails he/she should not be allowed to take the quiz again.
Articulate Storyline comes with a rich media player that can be utilized to run sound in a very potential manner. The player controls, for example, the sound volume, play/pause, advancement bar and replay “related” to the whole slide. A case in point is that when you snap replay, the entire slide is replayed one more time.
How can you create a highly effective e-learning course? What does it take to deliver good online learning experiences to your people? Well, you need to focus on one of the most important aspects of e-learning development – selection of the right authoring tool. The choice of the right authoring tool goes a long way in translating your instructional strategies into reality.
It is common knowledge that mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives. Many organizations are taking advantage of the widespread use of mobiles and using m-learning to train their employees. According to Ambient Insight, the global mobile learning market is likely to touch $12.2 billion by 2017, registering a staggering compound annual growth rate of 18.2% for the period 2012 to 2017.
Recently, one of our clients came to us with a requirement to control audio files in a slide.
Articulate Storylinedoes not have any default option to add audio controls(to play, pause, adjust volume, etc.)to aspecific slide. The only way in which this can be done is by using HTML code. Through this, we can add play, pause, control volume as well as Progress bar controls for audio files.
Articulate Storyline is widely used to develop e-learning courses. A survey conducted by the E-learning Guild, in 2013, revealed that most online course developers prefer to use this powerful rapid authoring tool.
What makes Articulate Storyline the preferred choice of the e-learning development community? Well, this tool is very simple to use, and anyone familiar with PowerPoint can work with it in a hassle-free manner. Furthermore, Storyline comes with a wide array of capabilities that go a long way in creating excellent online courses.
Many organizations are now realizing the need to make their eLearning content available through Smartphones and tablets. They wish to implement mobile learning by making their e-learning courses accessible through mobile devices. But the e-learning courses that run on desktops do not run on iPads or the latest version of android tablets, if they were developed using Flash. The reason being Flash based courses are not supported by iOS versions.
We are experiencing digital renaissance in all aspects of our lives including the way we obtain knowledge. Today, information is at our finger tips, thanks to the groundbreaking developments in the ICT sector. We have access to information whenever and wherever we want. These developments in technology have provided organizations with new tools to enhance employee performance at workplace. The way training is delivered has changed significantly over the years but the tools available today are simply incredible.