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eLearning 101: Introduction to eLearning

eLearning 101: Introduction to eLearning

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eLearning is a multi-billion dollar industry and the demand to create eLearning content is growing every day. It’s a good bet that eLearning is, or will soon become, an important part of your corporate training initiative. You might be willing to take on this new challenge… but are you ready? Perhaps you’re a bit stressed trying to figure out how to get started? Do you know which hardware and software you will need? How much time will it take to produce each course? Should there be audio? Does the content need to be accessible to support learners with disabilities? When should you do it yourself… and when should you rely on an outside source? How do you measure the success of your eLearning courses? What makes eLearning effective?

Attend this 3-hour, tool-agnostic mini-course and learn the most important aspects of creating compelling and interactive eLearning that is both cost and learner effective. You’ll learn the value of instructional design, gain some best practices for visual design, learn how to budget, and learn best practices for creating both soft-skills eLearning and software simulations. You’ll also learn about the most popular publish formats that will allow your content to be accessed by the widest possible audience. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Those interested in breaking into the eLearning field 
  • New eLearning developers 
  • Instructional designers 
  • Content creators

Where is this class held?

This is a live, online class led by a field expert; and just like an in-person class, it is fully interactive and engaging. The difference between an online and onsite class? No travel! You can participate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Many of our students choose to stay home from work on these training days, some never even changing out of their slippers! Where applicable, students are able to speak with and hear from the instructor and other participants throughout the course as they work in real-time to complete activities.

Need something a little more personal?

We understand your team might have specific training needs and we would love to work with you. We offer both online and on-site instructor-led, fully customizeable courses tailored to your training needs. 

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In This Class We'll Cover:

eLearning Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

You’ll participate in a discussion about the origins or eLearning, where the technology is going, and who today’s eLearners really are. After all, if you don’t know your audience, how can you create effective eLearning for them?

Instructional Design

Should you just buy an eLearning development tool and begin creating content or should you spend some time designing the course first? While you can argue if the chicken or the egg came first, there’s no debate here: you need to design your course before you roll up your sleeves and begin the development process. You’ll learn about ADDIE and SAM and determine which model will work best for you.

Hardware and Software

What kind of computer will you need to create eLearning? Can you develop content on a tablet (such as the iPad)? If you’re going to include voiceover audio, you’ll need a headset or a microphone. What’s a good brand of headset? What audio editing software is going to work for your needs? What are the top eLearning development tools today and how are they different? You’ll get an overview of Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, Articulate Storyline, Articulate Presenter, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio. You’ll learn how much these tools are going to cost you, get insight into the strengths and possible weaknesses of the top tools, and see how some of them work to create effective eLearning.

Scripting and Storyboarding

You’ve designed the course and selected your development tool. Now you’re ready to create a new eLearning project and get started, right? Nope. You’re going to need a script or storyboard. During this part of the class, learn the difference between the two. And let’s not forget… you’ll likely need a voiceover script too.

Accessibility Considerations

If you create content that will be accessed by the public, it’s possible that the content will need to be accessible for learners with disabilities. This part of the course covers the core components of accessible eLearning, and the level of effort it will take for you to get there.   

Publishing Basics

What kind of publish formats will work on which devices? You’ll learn the difference between publishing Flash (SWF) and HTML5. If you need to track learner progress in your eLearning course, you’ll likely need a Learning Management System (LMS). You’ll learn how to prepare an eLearning project for use in either an AICC or SCORM-compliant LMS.

About Your Instructors

Kevin Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc. He has written hundreds of step-by-step computer training books on applications such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, QuarkXPress, and TechSmith Camtasia.

Kevin spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an award-winning photojournalist and has three decades experience as a print publisher, technical writer, instructional designer, and eLearning developer. He is a certified technical trainer, a veteran classroom instructor, and a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions.

Kevin holds multiple certifications from companies such as Adobe, CompTIA, and the International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals (ICCOTP) as a Certified Online Training Professional (COTP).

Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author of Editing with Word 2007. Jennie specializes in electronic editing. At the American Psychological Association, she was manager of electronic publishing and manager of technical editing and journal production.

Jennie has an M.A. from George Washington University and is a Certified Technical Trainer (Chauncey Group). She is a publishing professional with 20 years of experience in writing, editing and desktop publishing.

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[from our Optimizing PowerPoint Design for eLearning & Presentations mini course] "I liked all of the topics. It gave me 'food for thought'. I loved the homework and practiced with it prior to class. Found it most helpful and will and can incorporate it into my next presentation class! I also liked the entire 'materials' packet and the class notes with all the links in it. Thank you!"
Beverly Branch