As an instructional designer I always thought that there must be more to instructional designing than making storyboards. There must be something more appealing and exciting to do where one’s creativity and ideas can be channelized and that very week my company began Articulate Storyline training for instructional designers.
Many believe that developing courses using rapid authoring tools is a cakewalk and that no programming skills are necessary to use these course authoring software. Well, while it is true that rapid authoring tools are very useful, they are certainly not the answer to all the problems faced by eLearning developers. Two major limitations constrain the power of these otherwise highly effective tools.
I happened to come across a manual by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE)’s Training and Education Directorate. They published the guide on Best Practices for E-learning that could be a useful resource to stakeholders in Defense Services. These simple practical guidelines are very similar to the best practices we recommend to our clients all the time.
Do you intend to translate your online course in English into different languages to effectively meet the learning needs of your multinational staff? Well, you may face two major problems in the production of translated online courses.
So, what were these two issues?
- Semitic languages such as Hebrew and Arabic are written from right to left. Itis very difficult to develop eLearning courses in these languages.
One of our clients in the manufacturing sector had a requirement of converting their PowerPoint presentations into eLearning courses by adding audio narrations to the PowerPoint slides and publishing them in an authoring tool. Many organizations think in a similar way and do not realize that PowerPoint presentations used during instructor-led training programs cannot automatically turn into eLearning courses just by adding audio narrations to it.
In the earlier days, developing an eLearning course involves a team of professionals –Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Content Developers, Flash and Multimedia designers and programmers. In addition, it has a longer development cycle around 3-6 months to complete. It involves elaborate storyboarding, numerous rounds of review and iterations and programming to the integrate the content. As a result, more investment and time goes into creating an eLearning course.
According to the Towards Maturity, Benchmark Study 2012–2013, about 70% of the organizations are planning to implement mobile learning in the next two years. How do these organizations meet the demand of mLearning? Which authoring tool do you think can convert existing flash courses to HTML5?
One of our major clients came up with the requirement of re-creating their existing Flash-based eLearning courses with rapid authoring tools such as captivate 7, articulate storyline, Lectora and others. They cited three main reasons for re-creating their Flash courses. These reasons are as follows:
Do you wish to assess the suitability of your people to managerial roles? Are you looking for an online course to measure their Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and aptitude to manage workers effectively? Then you may like to hear our experiences.
Let’s be honest, have we not dozed off during a boring PowerPoint presentation? What was wrong with the presentation? In my earlier blog, I had shared how CONTENT and the PRESENTER are very important for the success of a PowerPoint presentation. Now, if either the content or the presenter is not up to the mark, it would only be a sleep-inducing session. Don’t you agree?