Examples of Information-Based Courses?

I'm looking for examples of information-based courses built using Articulate Storyline. Though this software is catered toward interactive e-learning, I know it's possible to produce information-based courses as well. To provide some background, my client is a government agency whose current goal is to make their in-person and webinar-based trainings available after the original event. Simply uploading a video of the function is not an option, as they want to track the learner's progress in their LMS and provide continuing education credit upon completion. I have no control over the content, but I do have some control over the presentation. 

I would love to see some samples of other people's work that might spark some creativity. Currently, I find myself building a menu with 4-8 buttons, which lead to video clips. After viewing all clips, a quiz button is activated. Upon the passing of the quiz, they can then request continuing education.  

Have any of you been in this situation? How might one package the video/audio/slides to make the course more learner-friendly? Thank you in advance for your advice and/or examples! 

5 Replies
Daniel Brigham

Hi, Raye:

You might checkout "Meeting Missteps" on the Community Showcase. http://www.articulate.com/community/showcase.php

DFL does a good job of presenting straight info in a variety of ways, and I'd say that's the key.

Here's what I do when I have to develop an e-information course:

  • Bemoan the fact that I probably should have charged more (few things are tougher than presenting info slide after slide)
  • Accept my fate and get down to business--o.k. how visually appealing is the visual look of the course? I'm going to be leaning on my graphic design.
  • Use tab-like interactions and the like (timelines, layers) as much as I can without getting too repetitive
  • Use video every so often to mix things up
  • Present the information in questions rather than always presenting it on a slide or intereaction
  • Make sure my voiceover is quite good
  • Try to convince the client to put all nice-to-have info in a resource document, and then stick that bad boy up in the Resources tab

Well, that's a start. Hope some of it helps. --Daniel

Holly MacDonald

Raye -

Have you explored the interactive video options? Some that come to mind are: 

Not sure the feasibility of any of these, but thought I'd throw them your way, in case.

Good luck

Raye Shilen

I look forward to checking out all these links. Daniel, you seriously made me laugh out loud with your list!

I should also add that I do not create the video, audio, or presentations for any of these events. Basically, I'm given the files and then must figure out a way to package them. The artifacts usually range from 60-90 minutes in length (which makes creating small segments difficult). Think conference-style workshop lecture... 

Ejuana Mitchell

I had to do something similar - package an hour long presentation to have a quiz and the results tracked in an LMS. I edited the hour long file down to about 40 minutes and into a set of topics, and added buttons to link to each topic. It sounds like you did something similar. I am also adding one fun interactive question after each topic (each video segment), and a review slide at the end summarizing all of the key points just before the quiz. I think I did some basic things to make the session a little more user friendly within the time frame I had to complete the package.

I haven't looked at the links from the other posts. but I plan to check them out.

Ejuana

Bruce Graham

Raye,

Is it possible for you to create a more "interesting" eLearning experience, perhaps clipping/cutting small portions of the video for the useful learning, and having a "running gag" (but obviously it is not a gag per se....) that is they want to see the whole thing, "...Click here and go to 5 hours 19 minutes and 43 seconds into the video".

Or something...

Treat the video in the same way as we do with a PowerPoint deck of 49282 all-vital SME slides.

We recognise their importance, and give them their own special place in-toto, in the "Resources".

Bruce

PS - COMPLETELY unknown to me, the band I was listening to in the background when I wrote that was Toto...perhaps thereby subconsciously influencing my use of that "in-toto" phrase, which I do not think I have ever used before.