New e-learning developers: what do they need to know?
I'm sort of new to e-learning and some of my colleagues are even newer. I'm trying to put together a list of stuff that newbies should know when they're writing their first course.
So far, here are a few things on my list:
- Use Presenter's record narration tool, instead of recording with PowerPoint.
- If you add a movie, use the Insert Flash movie option on the Presenter toolbar (not PowerPoint's insert menu)
- Leave all your animations as on-click, and don't worry about setting their timing in PowerPoint's animation timeline. You can do that easier with Presenter's sync animations tool.
- When you're ready to publish & test, choose the publish option that matches the environment where you'll be using the course (i.e., web if it'll be online, or CD if it'll be local, or LMS if you plan on uploading it to your LMS). Then put your published output there, and test from there. (I learned this the hard way - I kept getting funky behavior because I'd publish for web but then test from my hard drive.)
- Set up your file structure ahead of time to keep stuff organized. I like the suggestions in this post from Tom: http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/how-to-organize-manage-your-e-learning-course-files/
What other things would you add?