Lectora is being increasingly used in eLearning development. The fact that it is easy to convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into eLearning course makes it even more attractive. Apart from that, content developed using Lectora can be published into a wide variety of formats such as HTML, exe files or in CD-Rom format. Let’s look at a few best practices that help in maximizing the benefits of this tool.
Instructional design: We recommend that instructional designers keep the following tips in mind when using Lectora as the authoring tool:
- Do not use images with large file sizes. It is best to break them into several images to avoid slow loading.
- Text on images should be separated from the graphics. They should be typed separately in Lectora. This will help in easy localization.
File Management – Below are a few suggestions for managing files:
- Configure the auto save option available in preferences to suit your individual requirements.
- At the time of development, manually take back ups of the course files.
- Remove unused resources using the Resource Manager. This will reduce the file size.
Development: Here are a few guidelines for development.
- Avoid unnecessary actions to avoid complexity.
- Group related objects together so that it becomes easy to add actions.
- If large-sized videos are used in the course, adjust the quality accordingly for quick download.
- When using variables, trace them using a dummy textbox if you want to see the value of the variable.
- It is best to create your own variable naming convention. This will help in modifying them easily.
We hope that you would find these recommendations useful. If you have anything to add to these tips please do share with us.
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