ELearning Approach

I was asked late last week, what my approach was in regards to creating an eLearning course so this is how I answered it. I would sit down with the client and ask a set of questions I have written, this is called Training Needs Assessment/Needs Analysis. One question in particular I ask is, “what is your target audience?” As you all may know when developing an eLearning course, it is almost impossible to know how it’s going to look in every different resolution or screen size, especially with people with users expecting mobile learning (m-learning) solutions these days. I even have some users who are still using a 800 x 600 px at 256 color screen resolution, while the rest will be using a variety of resolutions which are way higher. And, I want your eLearning to look great for the widest possible audience, web designers face the same dilemma every time they design a website. So, the solution is, I try and design for the lowest common denominator based on the other parameters the client tells me. Then, after doing a TNA, develop what they call a set of personas which are pretend snapshots of people people who possibly may use the site and flesh out a curriculum map and using my framework a set of activities that will map those core competencies and performance objectives of the unit. Once they have been approved and signed off, I then develop storyboards for each of those activities. Developing a storyboard is an important step in eLearning development. There is no right or wrong way to storyboard; developers and instructional designers use a variety of different templates and methods. I have my own techniques. Then after storyboards, then comes development, so that involves using a variety of tools at my disposal depending on requirements. I first would create a quick prototype of the solution to show the basic functionalities and behaviours of the system, so the client can get a feel of how it will work, once happy, I will go to full scale development of the modules. This is also the longest time also of the project. Regular sign offs and stakeholder involvement are paramount during this process too. Then, once completed these, comes integration time into the LMS/Record Store or deployment into CD/DVD or other mediums and then Post Implementation Review Time and Evaluation stage comes.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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