I'm 80% complete in developing my first course and of course as a newbie, have made some tactical errors along the way! Here's my situation and hoping to get best practice advice from the vets.
1. Audio disappears when publish, which I think is either b/c I had to disable and enable the ribbon (articulate kept crashing) or is b/c I have been publishing versions, renaming the published folder rather than writing over. Am now not entirely sure which of the ppta files has audio. I've got several ppta versions and the published folder is different than development folder. Do they need to all be together? Is there a way of identifying which ppta file has audio? I am ok with re-recording the narration, since it was not a huge # of slides, but want to publish the right way so I don't end up with this again. I was publishing and sharing via dropbox with client in another city, but she needs to hear the audio! All other audio (imported videos, engage interactions) work fine. Will be delivering all to client at end of project and want to minimize technical difficulties that they may face in the future (obviously).
2. Versioning - I realize that I should have had a more defined process to manage versions, could others share with me how they set up their projects (file structure) and how they share published version with external clients during development process.
3. The course has been developed tfor the learner to complete over period of weeks, not hours as it provides content but guides them through a number of offline activities. I was toying with the idea of having separate mini-courses, but realize this will make it harder for them to move back/forth in content. Any advice on what's best practice here?
Thanks for your input - am embarking on another Articulate project in the fall and would like to apply some lessons learned from this project to the next. Would be great to have checklists, tips, templates and any other advice anyone wants to give me to help manage the process of development.