Question for Freelance StoryLine Developers regarding work requests

Nov 01, 2023

I’ve experienced a slow down in course development requests in the last 4 months. I’d like to hear from other developers regarding their current workflow. Are you experiencing the same trend? I’ve been building courses for over twenty years and I’ve never had to worry about where my next project was coming from.

5 Replies
Patti Bryant

Hi Michael! We were actually discussing this in the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals community hour yesterday. A couple of things from our discussion (that I can share here) were:

  1. There was a huge push in 2020 to get a lot of courses online. Now, we're seeing a bit of a trend toward ILT and vILT, which means there's a bit less development at the moment.
  2. We're seeing some folks looking into having AI build (crappy) courses to save some money.

It's always nice to get a temperature check from other freelancers/consultants - if you'd like to join us, feel free to click the link above. It's a free community that may be of interest to you. Have a great day!

Phil Mayor

I agree with Patti. There is a lull because of the vast amount of work done out of necessity for COVID-19.

I suspect there are also a lot of additional (cheaper) developers on the market following layoffs from big tech companies.

Not sure if AI is having an impact, but would agree most courses built that way will be bad.

John Cooper

Hi Michael

I agree with both Patti and Phil about the slowdow being partly due to less eLearning development being done post-pandemic...

But I would also point to a shift in the general on-line learning market. (a) there is a LOT more content being developed as just straight (non-interactive) video. I find it kind of ironic that there are a lot of Storyline development experts who post their 'how-to' short training courses on YouTube!

(b) microlearning is a very distinct trend meaning shorter bite-sized learning modules

...and (c) there is a move away from what I can best describe as 'frame-based' learning formats - people want to access the content on mobile devices with touch screens and 'scrolling' rather than clicking 'next screen'. The increasing number of clients we get who prefer the 'look and feel' of RISE bears testament to this.

But people are just using a variety of different tools now - interactive video, pdf's etc. and there are a lot more LMS's with their own content editors on the market...