Tips for meeting aggressive deadlines?
Hi, everyone: I was hoping those of you who have experience meeting extremely aggressive deadlines might help me flesh out ideas for a presentation I'm putting together. I'll call it something like, "Tips for dealing with impossible deadlines," and was thinking of structuring it in three parts: 1. setting expectations 2. developing content 3. building simple assessments.
Here are the topics I've got so far (feel free to chime in with your ideas and experience):
- Meet with "client" and show them a section of course the likes of which (types of graphics, characters, etc.) you could build within the timeline. Have them accept the type of course that's possible.
- Try to "get out of" the analyses often associated with a "real" course: task analysis, etc.
- Remind yourself again and again, you are not building a "course." This will help relieve some of the elearning angst we place on themselves.
1. (If possible) Have SMEs shoulder a good deal of the script writing responsibilities. Provide them guidance doc(s) on how to do this.
2. Use built-in (Articulate) characters. Not only for typical character situations, but as technique to create an interesting structure for a slide.
3. Explore what (if any) company assets you might utilize (pre-existing templates, interactions, etc.)
4. Use simple shapes for expressing concepts and creating visual interest (a few tips on how to do this)
5. Have a tight structure to the course, with repeatable and thus predictable sections. In this way, the course will appear more "though out" than perhaps is the case.
BUILDING SIMPLE "ASSESSMENTS"
1. Build a quick multiple response question called "What do you know about X" at the beginning of the course, and follow it up at the end with "What do you know NOW about X" at the end. (Basically, you are asking the same question twice, but the learners feel as if they've learned something in between. Got this technique from elearning pro Jennifer Bircher.)
2. Utilize the select many type question, which allows you to ask many T/F questions about a topic in just one question.
So..how did you meet an extremely aggressive timeline? I look forward to your advice and input. Thanks so much. --Daniel