You provide the brief and the content and we’ll explore the options for designing a great learning experience. At this stage the core focus is on the approach and the scope – what do the learners really need to know or do – not what might be nice for them to know. The outcome is a content outline and often a rough storyboard. We prefer to kick projects off with a F2F learning design session but we can also work remotely.
We use a variety of instructional design approaches including Absorb/Do/Connect (ADC) and Action Mapping. At this point it’s key to be clear on whether learners need to know stuff, do stuff or whether the aim is to change behaviour. The outcome of this step is the storyboard which details all the content and interactions. We prefer visual storyboards developed in PowerPoint.
Almost as important as the learning design is the visual design. Some clients like their e-learning to stick to strict brand guidelines– others are happy to allow a bit more flexibility. To make sure we get it right we develop a working prototype early in the project. If it’s not exactly what you envisaged then we can fix it before we really get going. At this stage we can also test that it works on your LMS.
This is where the backroom girls take over but if steps 1-3 have gone well then there should be no surprises – only congratulations. However you get to review the final build and make changes as appropriate (hopefully not too many but clients are good at changing their minds).
This is the easy bit (usually). In the case of short e-learning courses we normally just send the SCORM or xAPI package to your LMS administrator but in the case of longer online programmes we will normally assemble the course on the LMS or VLE.
We can deliver custom designed courses for your in-house team. We can get you up to speed on instructional design and storyboarding or help you master your chosen authoring tool or LMS.
We can build course templates and authoring templates to help give you a head start. A professional looking template means you can focus on the content.
We can build an initial course as an exemplar. This is a real course build combined with a template design. You can then build more courses using the same learning design approach.
We can mentor your key team members and provide ongoing support when you need it.
John worked with us to create the first two CoderDojo E-Learning modules using Articulate Storyline. This was the first time we had used E-Learning as a tool to engage volunteers and John made the transition from previous content we had created very smooth. He understood our mission and outcomes from the outset and created engaging and empowering content for our volunteers globally.
John has been extremely helpful in assisting us in developing online material that really compliments our other training. In particular, he has the ability to grasp our content, audience and style, and we are delighted with the resulting modules that we have created using Storyline. John has been patient but active and has achieved the right balance of letting us do our own thing, whilst stepping in if necessary. His knowledge of Elearning is extensive and deep and so he has the ability to advise in a wide range of topics.
Through 2018 John worked with us at Mencap to develop the skills of our L&D team in digital learning design with Storyline 360. John worked brilliantly with me an the team to understand what we needed from training along with where we were at with our plans for development of a digital learning offer for the organisation. John did much more than deliver training; based upon his vast experience he was able to share resources and offer advice and support to ensure that our plans were a success.
John supported us with a project using Articulate Storyline and his knowledge and support to us has been exemplary. We've learned how to use the tool well, and have had great insights into how to make e-learning engaging and useful as a learning tool
John's experience of the e-learning market combined with his knowledge of the raft of learning technologies was invaluable in helping me to position my online learning game offer.