Selection of your authoring tools should be based on your eLearning requirements; sometimes, you can also use two or three tools together if your instructional needs so demand. The choice of tools should ideally be based on your content types, available skill sets, devices on which the course has to be deployed, the budget and timelines.
Let’s see a case study on how you can successfully leverage on two or more tools for developing an eLearning course.
Our client, a Medical Device Manufacturer, felt the need to train its employees with a graphically rich and effective eLearning courseware to explain the anatomy of the respiratory system. The content provided by the client was text heavy. The course had to explain the impact of immobility within the pulmonary system and the complications associated with it.
For this project, we selected Flash and Lectora, because out of our experience we knew that these tools were the most ideal to fulfill the requirements of the client. Let’s see how these tools have been used in developing the course
We choose Adobe Flash for its ability to support high-level animations and simulations and to develop a user-friendly eLearning course. Since the client requirement was to show the anatomy of the respiratory system, we choose Flash to show how the respiratory system works. Vivid animations were developed to demonstrate the respiration process, including the transfer of oxygen into the bloodstream and the impact of immobility within the pulmonary system. Audio was synchronized along with the animations. It helps learners learn better from the visuals by supporting them and helps provide better explanation of the content on the screen.
We choose Lectora because the content provided by the client was text heavy. We used the built-in components of Lectora to transform text-heavy content into interesting and engaging courses. And also since Lectora is a web-based tool, it can allow you to have a scroll bar in the course to accommodate more content on the screen. Lectora supports different types of image formats as well heavy text conversions.
And finally from text-heavy to engaging eLearning courses
All high-level animations or simulations, audio, video and assessments developed in Flash were easily integrated into the course using the Lectora tool. Also, courses were developed simultaneously in multiple languages because Lectora is an ideal tool for facilitating translations.
This is how best of the both the tools can be used to explain complex processes and text-heavy content. Did you ever employ a strategy of blending two or more tools for any of your eLearning course; if so, we are eager to hear your success story.