Christie Schneider - The Learning Group - Lead instructional designer
Barry Gordon - Savv-e - Lead Instructional designer
These guys started then a cute little banter - really challenged some of the previous presentations....challenging that e-Learning is not really about content - how they handle the clients and strategies to develop content!
Christie: Designing e-Learning that works:
- "clicking does not engage or imply learning is occurring!" Yes - now we're getting there!
- "Throw a situation in their face" - then let them work through it.....
- "You don't have to include everything..." go for the 80/20 rule....focus your interactivity on the mistakes you're seeing
Barry: Focus of content
- a focus creates a narrative.....based on individual experiences...we all created dots in our head and join them...
- we need to look harder at the focus and our principles (of ID, I think he means) - we need a coherent narrative at the end...
Components of instructional design:
- how much contingency support are you going to embed into your e-Learning course
- using threaded recurring focus points throughout the course - repetition
- provide different ways to access the information
- use more white spaces
- use minimal graphics...
(aaaahhhh - these guys are talking about what I'm supposed to be talking about....- and I'm up next!!!)
- when to outsource - when you don't have the skills!!!!!
- how will you manage changes to your course?
Barry: talking about blah blah blah blah blah....and how that turns into scripts of content...
Turning points about decisions for outsourcing - can you produce the quality...
How to select a content developer - apart from the obvious (select them!) - time spent up front with the developers is crucial!
Time at analysis and design is absolutely critical - it's not about rapid design....
Christie: Ask lots of questions of your providers - ask for a client list and a reference list - talk to them!
Ask these clients about the outcomes, the scope, QA process...how consistently did the developer communicate with you...
Web design companies are not e-Learning providers/developers!
Ask them about instructional learning strategies - what do they know about them!
Steps to working with developers:
- realise that developers are relying on your to express what is important about your project, what you're trying to achieve
- control of source material - up-to-date, on time materials (that's a please from the developers)
- be aware of content scope or feature creep!
- invovle yourself in key points throughout the project - the more feedback the better from the client - leaving feedback until the end is TOO late!
- also consider future changes and update - have a management strategy