Help... I need ideas!

Hi all,

I'm new to e-learning and the articulate community but already amazed at how great the articulate support is! So I thought I might pick your brains on my first course I'm working on. It's an OH&S course so it's not all that exciting! It's mostly a click and read course as it's the first online course we've done and so we want to take it step-by-step but I am trying to put in some voice over and animations.

The hardest bit is that the big bosses want to put their policy and procedures and information checklists into "an interactive format". It's all so text heavy I don't really know where to start. I know I can have a home page with the different sections then the user can click into each section and read the info but I might as well just put up a PDF!

Any ideas... C'mon you E-learning Heros.... Save me!

Kat

8 Replies
Jayan McPherson

How about using stories to 'tell' learners about the policy and will tell them cole's notes version  of the policy and have a 'more information' button link to the actual pdf.

For example if training on safe heavy lifting you could show a short video of someone doing it incorrectly, pause the video and display the cole's notes version of the policy highlighting the benefits of safely lifting heavy items.

But it truly depends on the culture of your organization as whether this approach would be acceptable.

Poornima Ramachandran

Very nice idea, Jayan.

Another technique would be to tell a story. (Everyone likes to listen to them). The policies, procedures and checklists could be characters or props... 

And the ultimate `moral' would be read up the pdf. This way, people will find the process interesting, and actually end up reading the stuff.

We had faced a similar situation while building a module on `Corporate Commodity Codes'. (Yeah... as the title suggests, its all about some dry codes. )

So we built a story where a new comer talks to the CCC Director and asks about some situations. Through the replies, the Director takes her through the policies involved in making the commodity code.

All the best!

James Brown

I have to agree with the group. Start out with a question. You could come up with a dilemma. I.e. Fred and Sally like each other but Fred is Sally's boss. What should Sally do?  Reduce the amount of text and create scenarios to apply the policies.  The example with the car was reinforced with images and animation and that is where you want to go with e-learning. Just be aware of the cognitive load theory. Learners can only remember so much information presented to them at any given point in time so policies will need to be chunked up into modules. Think what makes an effective learning environment.  Meaningful graphics and background music is a start. Storyboard out each scenario. this will help you decide in which direction you want to take the course.


Good Luck.

Jenise Cook (RidgeViewMedia.com)

Kat P said:

Hi all,

The hardest bit is that the big bosses want to put their policy and procedures and information checklists into "an interactive format". It's all so text heavy I don't really know where to start. I know I can have a home page with the different sections then the user can click into each section and read the info but I might as well just put up a PDF!


Hi Kat P:

I was at a workshop today where Tom Kuhlmann mentioned the Christian Aid course they did for LINGOs. This course is a great way of dealing with a "content dump" where all of the text is important to the SMEs, but also making it interactive and engaging.

Here's one link to that course demo ... there might be better URLs, but try this one:

http://community.articulate.com/blogs/david/archive/2011/01/24/production-techniques-icon-navigation.aspx