Using elearning software to make in person presentations

Nov 29, 2012

My organization delivers a lot of trainings. One idea that my directors have latched onto is creating an online module about a topic (say, classroom management), and then using that module as part of an in-person training in addition to having it online as a resource. 

Other than the obvious limitations I have in designing the course if it's going to be used for this dual purpose (it has to be more or less linear, interactivity is limited), we're finding that although a course may engage someone at a computer, or even a small group at a computer, it is not doing so for a larger training audience. 

My gut has told me me from get go that we need a different format for presenting in person than online: that a module I design for an individual or small group in front of a computer can't effectively be used for a long period of time in front of a large audience. But I wonder if I might be missing something. Before I fight the latest round of revisions to try to salvage this idea, does anyone have any suggestions, any angle I'm missing?

4 Replies
Sara Reller

What if you took the engaging moments in the online module and stopped and did an in person interaction. So if there is a simulation in the online game then it is time for your IRL group to do a role play. Or if there is an interaction to click thru a bunch of screens then you take your IRL group and break into small groups and do a discussion of the fastest way to find the information. Basically the static information could be the same but everything else could change? Videos could be the same but after then engage in group discussion IRL and in the online version there is a little quiz.

Bob S

Hi Katie,

One option I've seen used effectively is using ARSs (audience response systems) to register audience choices. This polling softtware/hardware let's you get feedback from the audience, then you can navigate through the course based on the outcome of their votes.

For example....

Janet is faced with a choice, her choices are A,B,C, or D. Please click your button now to vote for what you think she should do...


Great, ok it appears as if most of you think Janet should do B. Let's see how that turns out...

(presenter clicks the B choice in the course)

Audience response systems range from $500 to $1500 or so for modest set ups.

Hope this idea helps,


Fiona  Telford-Sharp

I am only brand new at this, but I wanted to suggest that there are lots of interactive things you could use for both online and face to face if you have a smart board.

 For example I've made a drag and drop interaction for students to learn about how much calcium is in common foods - the slide shows a series of little shelves (ranked in order with each slighty lower then the next) with numbers on them which are the amount of calcium in each food. Then there are 10 different foods pictured, and the students have to drag the food to the right shelf  - once they have it right they get to see the foods ranked as to which is the best choice.

I demonstrated just that slide to a group of our volunteers this week to introduce them to the concept of interactive online learning - I displayed it on our smart board, which meant I could do the activity with the group and get them to tell me where to drag each item on the board. It worked really well, and if you had a group that were used to using the smart board (which they weren't) then they could come out one at a time and do the dragging themselves.

I wouldn't have thought that the course would necessarily have to be linear to use these sorts of ideas, you would just need to build a way to access the slides you wanted when you were doing the face to face version.

Bruce Graham

Hi Katie.

Agree in principal with both answers so far.

Forget that your technology is an "online learning tool..." - just think of it as a way to deliver information, data and knowledge.

When COULD it be useful?

How could it break up the monotony (?) of F2F delivery?

Branching scenarios are a great way to go here - with or without ARS technology.

Try to image the tech as a route-to-market, where the market is learning. We have had websites, marketing demos, sales pitches etc. built from Studio/Storyline.

How could you use the OUTPUT of eLearning software to add to the effectiveness of your learning experience?


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