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Tools Used for Gathering Source Contents from SMEs February 15, 2009

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This post is the continuation of my earlier post, Tips for Gathering Source Contents from SMEs_Part 2.

In this post, I will share information on tools or softwares that an Instructional Designer (ID) could use when gathering source contents from the Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Here are the possible instances which  an ID might come across when gathering source contents from the SME, and the tools that can be used in each of those instances:

Instance 1

The SME  provides all the source contents in the form of Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, PDF documents, blog posts, and Web site articles. Therefore, an ID does not require additional sessions to gather source contents from the SME.

The ID and the SME can use the following tools in this instance:

Instance 2

In addition to standard documents and presentations, an ID, especially for developing courses on software applications, requires source contents that include screen grabs with relevant audio being spoken by the SME. Therefore, the ID need to attend one-to-one sessions with the SME to gather required source contents.

The ID and the SME can use the following tools in this instance:

This brings to the end of the series of posts on effectively gathering source contents from the SME. Thanks for visiting these posts and watch out the ‘Blog’ section frequently for more interesting posts :)

Tips for Gathering Source Contents from SMEs_Part 2 January 22, 2009

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This post is the continuation of my earlier post, Tips for Gathering Source Contents from SMEs_Part 1.

Here are the different challenges, which an Instructional Designer (ID) might face when gathering source contents from the Subject Matter Expert (SME), and the best practices for effectively managing those challenges:

Challenge 1

The SME may be located in other countries or remote locations.

Here are the best practices for managing challenge 1:

Challenge 2

The ID receives a number of documents, links, and presentations from the SME, especially for courses on software applications.

Here is the best practice for managing chellenge 2:

Challenge 3

The SME, especially for engineering and complex subjects, seldom has documents and presentations related to the course. Therefore, an ID needs to have a separate teleconference session or other interactive sessions with the SME for gathering required source contents. 

Here are the best practice for managing challenge 3:

These are some of the essential best practices for effectively managing challenges that occur when gathering source contents from the SME. This brings to the end of this post. In my next post related to this topic, I will share information on tools that an ID can use to dynamically gather source contents from the SME. Watch out the ‘Blog’ section frequently!

Tips for Gathering Source Contents from SMEs_Part 1 January 14, 2009

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Gathering effective and precise source contents from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) has always been a challenging task for Instructional Designers (IDs). Majority of SMEs provide good source content.  Rarely, IDs face one or more of the following challenges when gathering the source contents from SMEs:

Thus, IDs put in additional efforts for attending unplanned sessions, analyzing, and comprehending all the supporting documents and presentations. As a result, there is a considerable impact on the budget and planned efforts for developing an e-learning course.

I am going to share the best practices for overcoming the aforementioned challenges. Keep visiting the ‘Blog’ section for a series of posts related to gathering the source contents from SMEs efficiently.

Basic Interactivity Strategies in E-Learning May 21, 2008

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Let me share with an informative blog post on interactvity in e-learning. I always recommend to view this post when someone asks me for basic information on interactivity strategies.

Click here to view the post.

Adding an Articulate Engage Interaction Within Another April 2, 2008

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Click here to view a useful post on adding an Articulate Engage Interaction within another.

Maximum Sizes for Images and Videos in Articulate Engage March 12, 2008

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Each interaction type in Articulate Engage has its own specifications in terms of the sizes for images and videos. Here is a useful information on the maximum sizes for images and videos. Thanks to Gabe Anderson for sharing these details in his blog. 

Interaction Type

Maximum Size

Example

Process (no text in steps) 620 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Labeled Graphic 690 px width x 470 px height Click here for an example
Tabs (at a minimum size of 10%) 553 px width x 380 px height Click here for an example
Tabs (at the regular size of 30%) 425 px width x 380 px height Click here for an example
Circle Diagram 250 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Timeline 620 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Media Tour (without captions or video player) 688 px width x 468 px height Click here for an example
FAQ 617 px width x 310 px height Click here for an example
Pyramid Diagram 250 px width x 305 px height Click here for an example
Guided Image (if the image takes 75% of the space) 434 px width x 295 px height Click here for an example
Guided Image (if the image takes 85% of the space) 490 px width x 335 px height
Glossary (with glossary items set to a minimum width) 493 px width x 330 px height Click here for an example

Tips for Creating Engaging Assessments by Using Articulate Engage February 20, 2008

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Hi all,

I just viewed a useful post on creating engaging assessments by using Articulate Engage.  Its really worth sharing, and thus you have this post right now.

Click here to view the post. 

Tips for Encouraging Learners to Take e-Learning Courses February 8, 2008

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Hi all,

Recently, I read an useful article on how to encourage learners to take e-Learning courses. I am sure this article will be more meaningful for organizations that have planned to implement e-Learning for their training purpose.

Click here to view the article.

Useful Article on e-Learning 2.0 November 12, 2007

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I just read Tony Karrer’s interesting article on e-Learning 2.0. He describes the basics concepts of e-Learning 2.0, and compares it with e-Learning 1.0 and 1.3

I found it very useful. Hope you will also admire his article!

Click here to view the article.

Phases of Instructional Design September 25, 2007

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Let me share with a Web site that contains a plenty of useful information on the different phases of instructional design.

Click here to view it!

Guidelines for Developing Effective Product Demos September 6, 2007

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Let me share with an informative post from Rupa’s blog. She used the Microsoft product demo to provide several guidelines for developing effective product demos. Hope you will also find it useful.

Click here to view Rupa’s post!   

List of International Instructional Designers August 21, 2007

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Let me share with an informative URL that contains a list of international Instructional Designers with their qualification and other contact details. 

Click here to view the list!

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy July 24, 2007

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A number of debates are conducted all across the Globe regarding the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Meanwhile, let me share with a Wiki page that includes the details of Bloom’s Taxonomy and its  revisions. This Wiki page also includes a Web link to download the Microsoft Office PowerPoint Quiz that enables you to test your Bloom’s Taxonomy knowledge. Hope you will find this post useful!

Click here to view the Wiki page!

Tips for Developing an Engaging MS PowerPoint Presentation June 7, 2007

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Thanks to Christy Tucker for referring an interesting presentation by Karl Kapp. The presentation emphasizes on how to develop an engaging MS PowerPoint presentation. In the presentation, Karl Kapp shows some examples of bad PowerPoint slides. Then, he follows up with his suggestions on how to present the slides in an engaging manner to the audience.

Here are his words that impressed me the most:
We cannot blame the tool. Study after study shows that good design, regardless of the technology, is what that makes good learning. In the end, it’s the design and not the tool that impacts learning.

Great words, isn’t?

Click here to view the presentation!

Tips for Interacting with the SME on Content-Related Issues February 5, 2007

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During the input collection process or during the storyboard development stage, an Instructional Designer (ID) might require content-related clarifications from the Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Here are a few instances in which an ID shall raise content-related queries or issues to the SME.

1) Missing contents: It is recommended to raise the SME query for contents that do not have required information.

For example, consider that there is an abbreviated term called ‘ICT’ without any expansion in the SME’s source content. In such a case, the ID shall raise the following query to the SME:
This course has a term called ‘ICT’ without any expansion. Please provide the expansion for the same.

It is to be noted that this query can be raised only after a thorough exploration on the abbreviated term (like search in Internet or in other resources) at the ID end. Then, the ID shall inform the SME with the following note:
This course has a term called ‘ICT’ without any expansion. From an article relevant to this course, I found the expansion of the term ‘ICT’ to be ‘Information and Communication Technology’. Please confirm if it is correct.

2) Complex, ambiguous, and lengthier sentences: It is advisable to make a note to the SME on sentences that are complex, lengthier, and ambiguous.

For example, the content provided by the SME may contain complex, ambiguous, and lengthier sentences. While junking them into precise or shorter sentences, there is a possibility of content loss. In such cases, the ID shall inform the SME with the following note:
This sentence looks complex and ambiguous. However, I have tried to make it precise and shorter. Please let me know if I can proceed with my sentence formation. Alternatively, please provide a simpler sentence for content clarity.

3) Redundant or irrelevant sentences: It is better to make a note to the SME on redundant or irrelevant sentences in the source content.

For example, the source content may contain information that is redundant or irrelevant to the context. In such cases, the ID shall make the following prior notification to the SME on the deletion of redundant or irrelevant information:
This sentence looks redundant or irrelevant to the context. Please let me know if I can remove this particular sentence.

Hope the aforementioned tips for interacting with the SME on content-related issues are sufficient for a novice. However, I will update this post if I acquire any additional information.

195 e-Learning Magazines January 3, 2007

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Here is an informative Web site that might keep your life engaged forever.

http://www.quiknet.com/tcsmith/mags.htm 

This Web site has a list of 195 e-Learning magazines and related resources. Hope it will be useful to you!

Top 100 Education Blogs December 26, 2006

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Online Education Database (OEDb) has released a list of top 100 education blogs. You can view the list by clicking the following URL:

http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs

Elements in the e-Learning Course Template December 25, 2006

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Here is a list of elements that shall be included in the e-Learning course template.

The aforementioned elements are some of the frequently used elements in the e-Learning course template. You can choose the elements based on the target audience and your client’s requirements. I will update this post if I acquire any additional information. Hence, I suggest you to visit this post frequently.

Tips for Developing the Course Design Strategy Document December 21, 2006

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Let me share my knowledge on developing the course design strategy document.

The course design strategy document is developed before developing the storyboard and it gives an overall idea on the strategies to be incorporated in the courseware. Strategies here corresponds to both the instructional design and graphic strategies. It will be useful for both the client as well as the e-Learning team, which develops the courseware.

I suggest you can consider the following attributes or parameters or details for developing an efficient course design strategy document.

Let me emphasize the key instructional and graphic strategies to be populated into the course design strategy document.

Instructional strategies

Instructional strategies shall include the following details:

Graphic strategies

Graphic strategies shall include the following details:

Note

It is better if you could include the reasons for incorporating the aforementioned instructional and graphic strategies.

Hope the aforementioned tips for developing the course design strategy document are sufficient for a novice. However, I will update this post if I acquire any additional information.

My Favourite Groups or Forums on e-Learning December 20, 2006

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Here are my favourite groups or forums on e-Learning and Instructional Design. I will keep you updated with my favourite groups or forums through this post. Hence, I suggest you to view this post frequently.