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Using Lectora to Build Custom Functionality for eLearning Courses

Using Lectora to Build Custom Functionality for eLearning Courses

Lectora, as we all know, is an authoring software that is being widely used for developing online training/ learning content, assessments or presentations. It is also widely used to convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into eLearning courseware.

Based on our experience, we have put together a list of frequently used components of Lectora for any eLearning course development:

Table of Contents: Lectora has a pre-built Table of Contents tool. Based on the chapters, topics and Pages, this table of content is created automatically.

This helps the learner to navigate back and forth or to any specific page. If the default look and feel does not match the Graphical User Interface, we need to customize it using dynamic features.

Branching Pages: Another important feature of Lectora are the Branching Pages.

The main advantage of branching pages is that learners can directly go to a particular slide or module. We can also create our own course map page by adding buttons and assigning respective actions to them. This helps us to present the ‘Table of contents’ based on our particular layout or design instead of being limited to the default component. We can provide links to the chapters, topics and specific pages of the course, thereby providing control of the navigation.

Click on Tabs: The Click on tabs component wizard is not available by default in Lectora, as it is very easy to develop by adding actions to each tab to show or hide the respective tab content. In this interactivity, learners click on each image to view details. Typically, this kind of interactivity is used if you need to present lots of content on a single screen or if you need to show additional ‘nice-to-know’ information.

Rollovers: Interactivity for rollovers is similar to the ‘Click on tabs’ but the only difference is that instead of the action taking place on a mouse click, it takes place on a rollover. Thus, the content will be displayed when the learners roll over their mouse over the images. This is particularly useful to show the parts of a product. You can create this interactivity by using the rollover action on the buttons to show or hide respective content.

Questions: The default format is a multiple choice question with a ‘single click’ option which shows a correct and incorrect message after clicking the Done button. We can either use it as a practice question or include it in a quiz. Assessment questions can be developed using the question creation wizard.

Audio Transcription: Lectora also has a default audio transcription which displays the audio script on the screen for each page. This feature is helpful to users who cannot use the speakers or do not have access to a headphone. The script for the embedded audio can be displayed in the page.

Quiz: Lectora provides many default features to create a quiz. The quiz features can be created or modified as per individual requirements. We can create our own quiz functionality, marks, layout and summary page using the default quiz, which can be customized.

Certificate: There are inbuilt templates in Lectora for certificates which can be issued to learners. After the completion of the course, there is a provision for learners to take a printout of the course certificate. This is inbuilt in Lectora and automatically displays the learner’s name and current date by accessing it from the learning management system. Though there is a default template, we can easily customize the layout and design to suit our requirements.

Most courseware developers unfortunately don’t use more than the pre-built functionalities of Lectora and hence miss out on the more powerful capabilities of this tool. We hope that this blog helped you to get started with a few custom ways of using various features within Lectora.

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