Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No-Compromises Rapid eLearning

Presentation: No Compromises Rapid eLearning
Presenter: Tom Kuhlmann

Rapid eLearning tools have democratized learning.
- Everyone is an expert at "something."
- Empowers people to share their expertise.
- Ultimately Communities of Practice center around expertise.
+ Before - to build, it was a hassle (Authorware anyone?)
+ If you don't have connection to "Training" - you need to do something, right?

2 types of tool
- Form or freeform
- Form - software does stuff for you - you dump in content. (like Sealund's offerings, Raptivity)
- Freeform - blank screen and you can do whatever with blank screen (Flash, Authorware)

PowerPoint is a nice authoring tool. millions of people use it. It's easy.
- But you have to look at it from an eLearning perspective.
- Templating also nice - can provide form element.

Pros - Form-based tool
- Speed
- Consistency / Uniformity
- Easy to use (one hopes). Place to add text. Button to add audio. Looks great.

Cons - Form-based tool
- no flexibility
- redundancy
- visuals / branding issues

Form-based tools are great for brand new person. Now you have first generation of rapid e-learning authors who want to do more....
- The form-based tools can't do the new stuff they want to do.

Pros - Free-form
- Very flexible / creative
- More control
- Power

Cons - Free-form
- Can be very hard to use - high learning curve
- Speed of delivery. May take (a lot) more time to develop.

Rapid eLearning - because using a form, most think isn't interactive beyond the Next button.
- Even though you are still using a form, it can still be interactive.

In our industry - there is an unspoken hierarchy
- Complicated Custom is best
- "Level 1" (basic reading - created in form) is "lame".

But the hierarchy should be based on your content. Not the tool.
(Because you can build really lame content with really complicated tools.)

(at this point, he demos Articulate Engage)

Many form-based tools let you use various interactions - just a matter of using those interactions creatively. Rollovers, click boxes, etc. that come with most form-based tools.

Michael Allen - his books highly recommended.

(at this point, as interesting as the tool is, I left. Other stuff that I need to look at)

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