One person. One course. 48 hours.
Time to put rapid e-learning to the test. I recently got an assignment to create an e-learning course and it needs to be done fairly quickly. I need to get it done in a few weeks and I don’t want to spend more than 6 hours a day on it. On the downside, the course goals are a little fuzzy, there isn’t much existing content, and I am writing the content and developing the course on my own. On the positive side, I have a lot of autonomy to design what I want.
Here’s the plan:
I will use the Articulate suite to build the course (a tool I have used for one previous course). Because of the tight timeline, I will rely mostly on relatively simple approaches but (hopefully) engaging instructional strategies that a single, non-programmer/action scripter can do alone. To that end, I’m drawing a lot of inspiration lately from blogs like Cathy Moore (e.g. how to add emotional impact ; dump the drone), Tom Kuhmlan’s Rapid E-Learning Blog, and Jane Bozart (especially her Better Than PPT book).
Goal: A fully functioning course in 21 days (and no more than 48 hours). By “fully functioning” I mean ready for beta testing, not necessarily final release.
- Days 1-5: content outline, design/strategy, storyboard in PPT, document my processes.
- Days 6-10: finalize storyboard, write screen content and script, identify graphic/media
- Days 11 – 15: Build all course screens and interactions
- Days 16 – 20: Record audio, test, release beta for review
- Day 21: Kaizen (improvement) – Review process for what worked, what didn’t. Look for areas of waste and inefficiencies, Improve and document process for next project.
Along the way:
In addition to developing the course, there are a few other things I will do:
- Document lessons learned and best practices.
- Track metrics and track data to help with future improvement projects.
- Develop project management and process documents that can be replicated.
- Update this blog minimum three days per week: include discoveries, general experience, review of software, etc.
- Search out other blogs, product support site for help, and post questions as needed.
That’s it….ready, set…..
Do you have any ideas for getting set up and started on a WBT rapidly? War stories, best practices or things to avoid….any comments are appreciated. Comment here or e-mail me.