Library Instructional Design & Training Quarterly - October, 2014

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Library Instructional Design & Training Quarterly - October, 2014
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Do you want to make your online course more interactive, engaging, and interesting for learners? Using an authoring tool may help. Authoring software is relatively expensive and requires special training but can give your final product a professional and sophisticated look and feel.
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Library Instructional Design & Training Quarterly judithroberts@ufl.edu Instruction Consultant 352 273 2561 http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/instructionaldesign Using Authoring Tools to Develop your eLearning Projects Do you want to make your online course more interactive, engaging, and interesting for learners? Using an authoring tool may help. A uthoring software is relatively expensive and requires special tr aining but can give your final product a professional and sophisticated look and feel. discuss some things to consider if you're thinking of u sing one to develop your course. While authoring software may provide tremendous creative power over the d esign and interactivity of your project, it does not necessarily cut your development time; in fact, it may increase it! Generally speaking, the ratio of development time to classroom time is about 3 development hours per 1 hour of classroom time. This is for instructor led training (ILT). For e learning, the development time increases significantly. Kevin Siegel, founder and president of IconLogic, and author of more than 100 step by step computer training books, says it can take up to 80 hours to write th e script for a 60 minute elearning course that's just the script! According to Jeff Welch of Langevin Learning Services, a one hour WBT/CBT tutorial can range from 75 hours on the low end to 500 hours of design time on the high end, depending on the conten t. An authoring tool may not reduce your development time in the general sense, but know also that producing a solid, instructionally sound elearning course takes time more time than most peo ple realize! Other considerations: Interactivity allows the learner to click and navigate lessons, animation, real live characters (avatars) to make it more interesting. You can add scenarios and Flash games (e.g., hotspots). Customization colors, fonts, font sizes Consistency you can utilize templates to p rovide a consistent layout of your course(s) Cohesion brings design structure and cohesion Branding help s you to brand learning products so people will i.e. a Libraries curriculum Format will allow you to creat e learning products for new delivery formats, i.e., for mobile devices like smartphones, tablets so you don t have to create multiple versions of your course Assessment & Evaluation of Learning you can create quizzes and tests so learners can assess their mastery of skills, knowledge AICC and SCORM Standards a dheres to technical standards required for web based learning Section 508 Compliance ensures compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding accessibility for people with disabilities 21 Century enables you to make your learnin g material fresh and current LMS your finished course can be loaded into a Learning Management System (LMS) such as Canvas to be available to your learners 24/7 Most authoring tools are commercia l products you have to buy; however, there are a few open source and free to use ones available.