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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Tables are used in eLearning courses to present data in an easy way. The main advantage of using tables is to compare the properties/values of data. Though Storyline is considered one of the best authoring tools, it doesn’t have an option to add/insert tables to eLearning courses by default.
Many training managers ask us to add a watermark to their elearning courses. It is quite easy to add a watermark to an online course. Recently, we were asked by a client to add his organization’s logo as shown in the image below.
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Create Flash-like Interactivities Using Storyline
Effective interactivities are the heart of a good e-learning course. They can be used not only to assess the learner efficiently, but also to reinforce the learning. They may be in the form of click-on-tab/images/numbers, slide shows, FAQs, etc. When these questions are gamified, they can be more effective in engaging the learner.
Do you know that you can reduce the time taken to develop online traning courses, considerably, using the Slide Master? Once you create a layout, you can use it as many times as you want for multiple eLearning courses.
Many a time, kickoff meetings of eLearning projects begin with great fanfare. People are excited about working on a new project and enter the room with great enthusiasm. The meeting ends, and everyone feels satisfied that a good plan has been created for the successful implementation of the project. But, after a few weeks, the participants of the kickoff meeting find that nothing is going as planned and are very disappointed.
Welcome to today’s blog post. There are several strategies and principles defined to help the development of successful learning programs. Shortening these, we prepare checklists or even mini checklists to avoid any obvious hazards during development.
Imagine you have a client who wants a highly interactive and a good looking course within a tight timeframe and an even tighter budget! You know you have minimal resources and a lot of work to be done in a short time. This is where templates can come to your rescue!
How can you develop a top-notch eLearning course that meets your learning needs very effectively and delights your learners? Well, you need to follow a set process to create wonderful online courses.
Do you wish to develop first-rate eLearning courses to deliver excellent training to your staff members, in quick time? Are you looking for powerful software to develop top-notch online training materials to equip your people with the needed knowledge and skills? Then, you need to use Adobe Presenter.