With more and more success and learning that eLearning offers, organizations today are using this medium extensively to train their workforce. What’s interesting is that these training plans are not a one-time thing, but are a series of well-formulated strategies by training managers.
This series of training courses that are usually are a continuation of each other, has given rise to curriculum-based training. And, rising to this occasion of creating a curriculum based eLearning course is none other than your designer friendly authoring tool “Articulate Storyline”
Let’s see how Articulate Storyline rises to the challenge called curriculum.For a better understanding, let’s use finance as a subject to create a curriculum using Articulate Storyline.
Now, assuming that we are developing a curriculum on financial accounting, the course will cover the followingmodules:
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Double Entry and the Accrual Basis of Accounting
- Accounting Principles
- Financial Statements
- Financial Reporting
- Financial Accounting vs. “Other” Accounting
Usually, we would treat each of these chapters as standaloneelearning courses.However, in a curriculum, they came as a whole package.
So,why is Articulate Storyline the most sought after tool to develop an online trainingcurriculum?
Reason #1 – A Free Flowing Menu.
It is a well-known fact that Storyline comes with a default menu option that makes the learner’s life easier. You can also use this tool to create awesome menu screens for e-learning courses in your curriculum.For instance, moving back to our curriculum of financial accounting, you need to pass a message to your learners that the curriculum has 6 e-learning courses. How do you that? Well, all you need to do is create a free flowing menu and you’re all set! You can present the curriculum menu,which tells your learner about the modules in theelearning course, as shown below.
Reason #2 – Unlimited Customizations.
In the eLearning world, the word customization is synonymous with Articulate Storyline and for a very good reason.This tool provides excellent support when it comes to being creative. Although you have built-in templates to create interactivities easily, you are not restricted to just using them. One of the USP’s of Storyline is that you can design and create any interactivity you can think of. For instance,you need to explain about journals, ledgers, trial balances and final statements; you can represent them as clickable icons, as shown in the screen below:
Another way of infusing customization and creativity is shown below.
Reason #3 – Interactive Activities.
Activities are an integral part of curriculum courses.Usually, at the end of a module, you test your learner with an activity. For example, you want to test your learner on the creation of the balance sheet. Creating such an activity in an eLearning course can be a daunting task, but not in Articulate Storyline.All you need to do is design a balance sheet and add the pre-existing features of the tool. Take a look at the screen below to see how a balance sheet activity can be done:
Reason #4 – Trackable Final Quiz.
Last but not the least; the curriculum comes to an end with a final quiz which is based on all modules in the course. This is where you need to track the learner’s answers to determine whether he has pass or failed. And,as Articulate Storyline is already SCORM compatible, you will have no hassles when it comes to tracking the results on the LMS, making life easier both for the learner and developer.
With the demand for curriculum e-learning courses rising, Articulate storyline is one tool you can depend on for your online course development needs.