Faster/flashier course development

Hi everyone... so I am struggling with something. A company I work with keeps me super busy (40+ hours a week) and I am consistently asked to do more in our elearns (software simulation based) which I totally understand but by the time I find out about the elearn it’s at the storyboard is written phase and you have 3-5 business days to create the prototype to show the client. I am just frustrated because I can’t get out of the weeds to help storyboard more instead of develop. Also I think it would be interesting to show them how much more time we would need to develop an elearn. Clients already want me to develop it start to finish with at least 3-4 rounds of review (and audio is outsourced) in 3 weeks. Any suggestions on how I can alleviate this stress would be great. Thank you!

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Allison LaMotte

Hi Vanessa,

Wow, that sounds super stressful! I'm so sorry you have to deal with that. Have you tried using Rise 360 instead of Storyline 360 to develop your courses? It'll allow you to create them more quickly, making it easier to turn these projects around with such short deadlines.

If you haven't tried Rise 360 out yet, feel free to sign up for a free 60-day trial of Articulate 360 (which includes Rise 360) here.

I hope that's helpful! :)

Daniel Brigham

Hi, Vanessa:

It's hard to create anything engaging under such a time crunch. Can you suggest to stakeholders how to make the storyboards (and ultimately the elearning) better? 

If you like this gig (and of course there are other jobs out there, don't lose sight of that), you'll need to transition your role from order taker to collaborator. Stakeholders will begin to view you as a collaborator/partner if you make suggestions early in the process that will lead to a better product. Most leaders know good ideas when they hear them. 

If you need documentation that good elearning takes longer than they are currently allowing, I suggest searching "elearning development timelines" and "elearning development estimates" on this forum and Google. --Daniel