Wednesday, June 08, 2011

#iel11 Encouraging Client Self-Sufficiency

Presentation: Encouraging Client Self-Sufficiency
Presenter: Peter Berking

(not getting into the details of the case study here. Running out of typing energy.)

Case study - 30 minute seat time.
Timeline: Project start 9/1/10. Due date 12/3/10

1 50% time author/developer
Required extensive content collection effort (little time for development)

The eLearning more like an infomercial. Major goal to pump up motivation.

Program itself very new.

Requirements - asynchronous, stand-alone, easily maintained, option for assessments later, no LMS, 508 compliant, high-level with links to detailed info.
- No branching or sequencing needed
- Want to use it for reference later
- Want to scale later

Main content need to be maintainable.

Requirements not so maintainable below.
- Want level 1 eval
- Capture who use training
- Certificate of completion needed

PowerPoint on steroids. Only used PowerPoint as development
- Using advanced interactive features
- Uses .ppsx files (opens in Slide Show mode)
- Web pages for navigation (powerpoints in a wrapper)
- PDF job aids and links for additional info.

Big limitation to PowerPoint - no variables or conditional interactions.

Navigation files use ASP to externalize content in XML file for maintainability.
- Open them in text editor.

After all topics completed, ASP script activates
- Survey
- Student identity capture
- Certificate of completion
- Minor training to show how client can maintain themselves

Demo is here
Used PowerPoint 2007

Using external XML very common practice
- See Flash coding.

Once open all of them,certificate of completion button activates.

Has instructions on how to get powerpoint in slideshow mode
- Has to be in SlideShow mode to get interactivity to work

Future SCORM options
- Need HTML SCORM wrapper file
- Whether PowerPoint launches within HTML pages or outside of them depends on :
+ Configuration of user's system
+ Version and type of PowerPoint
+ MIME settings on the server
+ Version of PowerPoint

You may want to use tool to convert to Flash or HTML
- Use tool
- Save as XML, Havascript, HTML (only really works in IE)
- Will need to go back to source files and republish as SCORM
- Each slide is separate image. Won't retain interactivity

May also be able to sae as .wmv or .mov, but no interactivity

May also save as jpg or png (but delete pop-ups before saving.

The solution depends on the tool use have.

Advantages of using PowerPoint
- Slides ultimate in reusable content object architecture (can remove, drag around etc)
- Quick and easy to produce (most folks know how to use PowerPoint)
- Does not require DHTML programmer
- Revision tracking in PowerPoint for reviews
- Enables storyboard while authoring (I do this in Captivate)
- Facilitates rapid prototyping
- Files self-contained
- Ubiquitous desktop software (most have MS Office
- Good compression of graphics
- Internal draw tools produce bandwidth-efficient vector graphics
- Robust media handling
- Simplifies file management. Graphics embedded in files.
- Options for printing all screens (PowerPoint. PDF but must parse out popups), different layouts
- Options of downloading files for offline viewing.
- Section 508 compliant, screen reader compatible
- Can alt tag within PowerPoint
- Speaker notes field for scripts for video and audio
- Local users / orgs can edit for their needs.
- Has basic interactive functionality (links, show/hide, rollover not very functional)
- Flexible distribution options (push via email attachment vs pull from web page.
- No browser plugins needed.
- Can model this to organization - (may be less threatening)
- Can use auto-slide timing
- Robust animation features
- Can use ILT course or briefing slides as starting point.

Big caveat
- This is NOT an eLearning format out of the gate. Still need to design.
- Many LMSs have assessment authoring built in.

Use PowerPoint as content core, then build out more robust interactive pieces.

PowerPoint is awesome baseline.

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