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Essentials of eLearning Development

Essentials of eLearning Development

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ELearning development is now an essential training skill. Many training departments are using more eLearning, either as a supplement to, or as a replacement for, classroom training. In some departments, eLearning is rapidly replacing live training as the preferred training delivery method. That means that you, as a training professional, need to be able to develop effective eLearning on everything from software processes to Human Resources on-boarding, to compliance training, and everything in between.

This two-day, fully interactive, live online course will give you a proven system for developing eLearning projects, from the discovery and planning stage through implementation and uploading to your LMS. Whether you are developing software video demonstrations, software simulation training, conceptual content delivery, soft skills training on human interactions such as sales, or informal micro-learning, this course will help you master the various steps in the development process.

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Lessons Covered During this 2-Day Class

Note: The lessons outlined below comprise activities typically covered in a class of this skill level. The instructor may, at the instructor's discretion, alter the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Instructional Design for eLearning

Before you can write it, you have to plan it. Whether you use the ADDIE system, or a more streamlined approach, planning is a key to success for your eLearning project.

  • Analyzing Audience and Purpose
  • Writing an effective mission statement
  • Genres of eLearningt
  • Matching
  • Defining the scope of a project
  • Key Project Management Skills

Content Development

You cannot always be an expert on every topic—yet you will have to create eLearning lessons on almost every aspect of your company’s business. How do you get from zero to accurate, usable content? Here’s how.

  • The Discovery Process
  • Working with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Setting up a Review Process
  • Milestones for Measuring Success/li>

eLearning Script Writing

No matter what eLearning tool you will eventually use to create your project, you can’t just jump in and start developing the product without first having a detailed plan. In this section, you’ll learn how to script your project using any of these established techniques.

  • Storyboarding in PowerPoint
  • Text-based eLearning Scripts
  • Grid-based eLearning Scripts
  • Cartoon-Style eLearning Scripts
  • Step-by-Step eLearning Scripts

Voiceover Script Writing

Writing for the spoken voice is a skillset all its own. In this section, you’ll learn the key methods for making the voiceover—and the dialog—in your project sound engaging and natural.

  • Writing an Effective eLearning Introduction
  • Slide-by-slide voiceover scripts
  • Action narration for Software Demos

Overview of eLearning software

So now you have a script. How do you choose the most effective eLearning development tool for the type of project you have? Not all tools are the same. Some are more effective for one type of eLearning, others have more to offer on other types. Here’s how to choose your tool.

  • Adobe Captivate
  • TechSmith Camtasia
  • Articulate Storyline
  • Adobe Presenter
  • Others

Working with designers

In addition to being an instructional designer and an eLearning software expert, you have to be a graphic designer, too. Or not. Here’s what you need to know about design and working with a designer.

  • Establishing Key Branding Elements
  • Matching the Design to the Content

Working with Voiceover Professionals

Many times, you can complete your eLearning by recording your own voice. But if you have multiple characters with dialog, a unique screen character avatar for a lesson, or you just plain don’t want to use your own voice, you’ll need help. Here’s how to work with a voiceover professional.

  • Choosing the Right Voice
  • Providing a Clear Script and Direction
  • Alternative Voice Options

Working with eLearning developers

Not an expert with eLearning software? You may need to work with an eLearning developer to create the actual lessons for your eLearning project. Here is what your Developer will need.

  • Delivering clear and complete scripts
  • Suggesting Methodologies
  • Reviewing Work in Progress

Overview of LMSs

Once you have a completed eLearning module, you’ve got to deliver it to your audience. How will they consume the content? From an old-fashioned CD-ROM? From your intranet? If you need to track who took what training, completion rates, grades, and the like, you’ll need a Learning Management System. Here’s an overview.

  • LMS Basics
  • Overview of LMSs
  • Elements of LMS Management

About Your Instructor

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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I've taken a few of these courses with Kevin. He is quite good at this and does a good job of tossing the shell around the campfire!
Todd Bennethum