Building Scenario–Based e-Learning Courses Are you looking for a new way to present content to your learners instead of just pushing out an information-based e-Learning course? Using scenarios is a great way to get your learners to pull course content while presenting them with real-life workplace situations. Even though building scenarios can take a bit more time, there are a few ways you can easily get started! But some of you may be wondering: what is a scenario? Consider these 4 tips when building scenario-based e-Learning courses: Map out your scenario. These are just a few tips and ideas to help get you get started creating scenarios.
200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials A few weeks ago I offered some advice on how to become an elearning pro without spending a dime. The essence of that post is: You have access to a lot of free tips and tricks. So there are plenty of opportunities to learn and it doesn’t cost you anything more than your time. Practice doing what you learn. I also offered up a small challenge and your peers responded by creating a number of tutorials. Click here to view the tutorial. Here’s a quick mock up using the ideas from Linda’s tutorial. Click here to view the prototype. Below is a list of great tips and tricks that you can apply to your elearning courses right away. Creating PowerPoint Graphics Some of these tips are really practical and probably work right away. Create transparent background for your images in PowerPoint. PowerPoint Animation Tips & Techniques You might not need to use all of these animation tips, but it’s a good thing to practice them because the techniques can be applied in all sorts of circumstances.
eLearning 101 Part 2: Planning In eLearning Part 1: Introduction to eLearning you were introduced to the concepts of eLearning and approaches to learning. In eLearning Part 2: Planning eLearning, we will discuss planning and how to create a storyboard, the audio or script writing process and various methods of interactivity Before anything is put on paper, the audience for the training has to be determined. Once you know who you're talking to and what their skill levels are, you can then begin the task of actually putting the training program together. Next, you have to know what that audience should be able to do once the course is over that they couldn't do before. In other words, what are the objectives of the course? One method for organizing your materials, particularly if you plan to include interactivity and games, is to create a storyboard of the complete program. Storyboard – Clean it up What is the flow of your material? Example Storyboard template using Power Point: (jpg)* Example Storyboard using Word: (pdf)*
Scénario multi-branches dans articulate Creating Branching E-learning Scenarios Here's a basic introduction to using branching, hyperlinking, slide masters and customizing player templates to create multi-path learning paths within a Presenter course. The idea behind the project was to simulate loading unique content based on learner selection. Navigation icons are included for learners to return to start screen or jump over to another learning path at any time. This is a start-to-finish series. Also included is a small, visual map in top right corner. Preview: final project Download source files: PPT2007 | PPT2003 Screencast: Anyway, hope you find this useful. As always, we'd love to see what you come up with so please share questions as well as samples! Build A Simple E-Learning Project Plan A successful elearning project requires good planning. A while back, I designed a nice generic project plan in Microsoft Project. It had all of the basic steps required to manage e-learning projects. I would start with this generic plan and then plug in the data specific to the current project. Sounds good, huh? I do have a generic project plan. Then it struck me that I don’t really follow those steps, at least, not in a formal way. Instead of giving you a structure for a project plan, I’m going to give you some things you need to consider while you’re working on a project. Don’t view these topics as a linear progression of one step to the next. Project Initiation Meet with the client to discuss project goals. You also need to know who is signing off on your work and the decisions that need to be made. Leave your meetings with some action items or next step activities. Build a Network of Project Contributors & Resources Develop Course Content Develop a Learning Strategy Develop a Look & Feel
planning4elearning.wikispaces This wiki has been created by Marlene Manto as an 'e-handout' to support sessions on Strategic Planning for e-Learning for managers and decision-makers. It has a Creative Commons license and is available to share under the conditions of this license (note that the links and resources embedded in this wiki may be subject to different licenses). If you find any broken links, please email me so that this resource can be kept updated and maintained. Strategic Planning for e-Learning Get your organisation up and running with a strategically-planned approach to introducing and embedding e-learning. E-learning is not going to go away. Still lots to get your head around however your understanding will continue to grow as you make the first, informed decisions. Once you've made some initial decisions, don't deliberate too long...get started! You've learned a lot, and now you're well on your way to embedding e-learning as an integral part of your organisation.
Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course Written by: Rob KellyPublished On: February 8, 2014 Because online courses have fewer opportunities for the spontaneous, real-time exchanges of the face-to-face classroom, online instruction requires a deliberate approach to design and facilitation. As Bethany Simunich says, “Online, learning doesn’t happen by chance.” 1. Using a backward design approach, Simunich has instructors consider what types of activities will enable students to demonstrate that they have achieved the course’s learning outcomes. Depending on those outcomes, the best approach might be an individual assignment or one that involves collaboration in small or large groups. 2. The instructor needs to design the discussion to give students a way to enter the conversation. What is the purpose of this discussion? Dividing students into small groups can help students get involved in the discussion. 3. Where are you now in your understanding of this concept versus where you were at the beginning of the course? 4. 5.
Articulate Storyline E-Learning Demos & Training Examples Sales Orientation Sales Orientation by ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc. View the Articulate Storyline example (See more examples in the Articulate Storyline showcase) View the interactive example → Periodic Table Periodic Table by Phil Mayor, Elearning Laboratory View the Articulate Storyline example (See more examples in the Articulate Storyline showcase) View the interactive example → U.S. U.S. View the interactive example →
Flip the Perspective for Effective Course Design You’re the site safety manager and arrive at company headquarters to find the workplace in disarray. Tables are knocked over, the place is littered with documents, and your cubicle is covered in slime. And you can’t find anyone in the building. Footage from the security cameras reveal that the site’s been overrun by aliens and all of the staff has been abducted. What do you do? Create a Flipped Perspective Goofy scenario? It’s important that the courses we build are relevant and meaningful. The objective wasn’t to teach CPR. And that’s the key point: if the situational content is too close to the real-world they may not be able to see past the content and focus on the real learning objectives. Tips on Flipped Perspective If you do change the content around, here are a few basic considerations: Changing perspective exposes different opportunities. So in your next course, look for ways to flip the perspective. Weekly Updates Community Blog Posts & Tutorials Upcoming Events & Workshops
Simple Way to Write eLearning Quiz Questions There you are, sitting at your desk, trying to finish your eLearning course. You only have one more thing to do before it gets reviewed. Write a few quiz questions. The problem is that you are stuck. “Am I skipping important material to test?” These are common questions among eLearning designers, and they can be easily solved with a simple system for writing quiz questions. Here’s what you do. Cover Each Learning Objective Start by putting all of your learning objectives in one place. Write two to five quiz questions for each learning objective. It’s as simple as that. Just go down the list and create a few questions on each. Some designers like to write questions before writing course content believing it helps them write better content and activities. Mix up the Question Type The second thing to do as you write quiz questions is to mix up the question type. Assess the Necessary and Maximize Engagement
eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long? You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that more does not mean better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general. So how long is too long? In their excellent article, The 'Change-Up' in Lectures, Middendorf and Kalish found that after three to five minutes of 'settling down' at the start of class, a lapse of attention usually occurred 10 to 18 minutes later. I have been teaching classes for nearly 30 years (both online and in-person). "I sat in the back of the classroom, observing and taking careful notes as usual. In the 1800s, people had very good attention spans. Back in the Lincoln-Douglas days, there was less competition for the attention span of the debate attendees. eLearning and the Common Goldfish What do you think?
4 Tips for Creating Effective e-Learning Objectives for Yourself Writing e-Learning objectives for your course doesn’t have to be a chore. And if you learn how to write effective objectives, you’ll make your job easier throughout the entire e-Learning development process. Take a look at these 4 tips for creating effective e-Learning objectives: Write for you, not your learners. This might be a surprise—but writing objectives for yourself, the developer, really benefits your learners in the end. Many issues with failed e-Learning courses go back to ineffective e-Learning objectives. Use these tips to create effective e-Learning objectives and a successful e-Learning course!