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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Training managers come across different requirements from their teams. A particular team or department may have a vast knowledge bank which needs to be rolled as a curriculum. As a training manager, how will you approach this task? In this digital era, eLearning courses are the most viable option. But, their usage poses questions.
Lectora is a very powerful rapid authoring tool used to develop HTML- based eLearning courses. This tool is ideal for converting PowerPoint presentations into eLearning courses, quickly and effectively. Let see now the procedure to convert PowerPoint presentations into eLearning courses using Lectora, step-by-step.
It is well-known that the use of first-rate animations and graphics plays a key role in enhancing the efficacy of an online learning course. But, how can you develop top-notch animations and graphics for your eLearning course? Well, there are many tools in the market to create these multimedia elements. But, the most widely used of all these tools is Adobe Suite. A major component of Adobe Suite is Flash, which is very popular.
According to a survey conducted by the eLearning guild, in 2013, Adobe Captivate was the most widely used rapid authoring tool. The latest version of this incredible tool, Adobe Captivate 8 can be used to develop responsive eLearning courses. Apart from, this, we can convert existing PowerPoint presentations in to eLearning courses by importing them into Adobe Captivate. Let see the step-by-step procedure to convert PowerPoint presentations into eLearning courses.
One of our clients wanted to give product training to their sales representatives through short eLearning modules (less than an hour) to increase their efficiency. They want their sales reps to adapt new technologies that are emerging in the healthcare industry and excel in their usage.
We all know that Articulate Storyline 2 was launched recently and it is the new avatar of Articulate Storyline. We can create highly interactive eLearning courses, using Articulate Storyline 2, easily. This incredible software is power-packed with various new capabilities. The tool also has many features of its predecessor that have been enhanced. Let’s see what is new in Articulate Storyline 2.
In my previous blog, we saw the easiest and commonly used method to create navigation restrictions. In this blog, we will see another method to create navigation restrictions.
Do you know that you can reduce the time taken to develop online 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.
According to adult learning principles, a learner should not be restricted in his navigation through the course. But, this freedom is misused by many. They skipthe learning units and access the final quiz. This can be avoided by framing the final quiz questions in such a way that they cannot be answered easily unless you go through the course.
I often come across people who believe myths about rapid eLearning. They think that rapid eLearning lacks quality and it skips most of the instructional design steps in the process of creating eLearning courses faster. Some even believe that to take an online course, they need to have technical know-how. Most people even think that rapid eLearning is baseless, inaccurate, and imprecise.
It is common knowledge that effective translations of eLearning courses play a key role in imparting first-rate training to international, multilingual workforces. So, how can you translate your course effectively in quick time? Well, you can use Articulate Storyline to translate your courses easily.
Developing descriptive assessments with Articulate Storyline is easy. All we have to do is just take a default essay type assessment and set the character limit, using the options given. Refer to the post Creating Descriptive Assessments in eLearning with Articulate Storyline for more information.
Small and mid-sized organizations cannot afford an LMS to deliver eLearning courses to their learners. They may want to launch their courses on a web portal and prevent unauthorized access of their courses. So, they wish to want to protect the course by giving user name and password to the course.
As the demand towards learning through mobile is increasing, many organizations are looking for mobile compatible courses. Some want to convert their legacy course into the mobile-friendly format and the new courses to be compatible with all devices. To make the courses compatible with all mobile devices, they must be developed in HTML5 and based on responsive design.
Many organizations need to develop a large number of eLearning modules, very quickly, in quick time, at low cost. We cannot meet this requirement using Flash and other tools, which require programming skills to work with. But, we can easily develop courses with rapid authoring tools and meet the stakeholder’s requirement.
Recently, we have developed an eLearning course using Articulate Storyline for one of our clients. Later, he asked us to convert the course into a video. There is no option available in Articulate Storyline to convert an online course into a video, directly. In this blog, I will describe the steps involved in converting a course into a video.
Articulate Storyline – a developer’s dream and an instructional designer’s fantasy. This power packed authoring tool makes designers and learners go gaga over it! We have all seen and worked on this incredible tool, awe struck by its simplicity and innovation. These are the reasons why Articulate Storyline is the first tool that comes to a designer’s mind. You must be wondering how one tool can cater to different training needs. This is where Articulate Storyline sets itself apart from other authoring tools.
E-learning is used extensively to train adult learners, who have a lot of work experience. They have prior knowledge of the subject matter, are self-directed and need to know why they are learning. They would like to find out how the digital course would be useful to solve their problems. To make learners understand better and apply the knowledge they gain,the learning process should not be one-sided where information is passed on passively to the learner. The online course should facilitate active exchange of information.
My eLearning guru once talked to me about a simple technique that will help identify whether a training program is successful or not in no time. The interesting thing about this technique is that you can know the result, without looking at the course. All you have to do is place a voice-recorder in the development floor and once the course development is complete, ask one of your staff members to listen to the recording and note down the number of times, the words “client” and “learner” appeared in the recordings. If the number of instances in which the word “learner” is uttered are more than those of “client”, we can assume that the course is effective.
If you want your rapid eLearning project to be successful, you need create a to-do list for the project and share it with the entire team. Make sure that everyone uses this list. This helps them contribute to the project very effectively.
It is common knowledge that the choice of the right online course authoring tool goes a long way in the creation of an effective eLearning course. But, how can you select tool that meets your requirements effectively? What are the things you need to consider? Let us see.
With the emerging trends in eLearning, rapid learning is one such term that we often hear during the development. Rapid authoring tools help you develop effective eLearning courses quickly, at a low cost.
We develop many eLearning courses for our global clients. The learning requirements of one client differ from the other. Some clients ask for an online version, while others prefer to deliver their courses offline. Some training managers want to track their learners and some do not.
It is common knowledge that a well-designed menu provides a good idea of the chapters in an eLearning course. So, how can you create an effective menu for your online course? What are the various ways of presenting information the menu of a digital course?