E-Learning tools can allow anyone – educators, trainers, and subject matter experts alike – to design attractive, effective, and engaging online courses. Technically speaking, any software that allows you to integrate text, video, audio, animations, and other multimedia into e-learning content can be considered an e-learning authoring tool. These pieces of content are then assembled within a learning management system (LMS), to create a complete online learning experience.
In the previous section (Course design) you should have finalised your course content structure (Topics and Modules) and your course delivery schedule, which you can now use as your production schedule. You can get a new form below.
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There are amazing tools on the web. Some of you are eager to embrace as many of these tools as possible and many of you may be put off by the amount of technology involved. Going to workshops, learning how to use them and forgetting why you thought, that was a good idea in the first place. STOP! In the rush to use a wiki, blog or social media site with your students, it’s easy to lose the site of the big picture. What’s MORE important is to see the power of what one tool can do to make a difference in your work and learn how to use that tool well. Maybe it’s starting a blog and using that to support your course. Whatever the tool, choose to use one and using it well.
1- Setup your social media Network
Set up a Facebook page for your business/course (not your personal page), Setup your LinkedIn page (spend sometime to put a complete profile), Setup a Twitter account. There are many more social networking sites which you can join, make sure they are relevant to your work. Start using these sites as a supporting tool for your current students. Building your social network while you are developing your course is an essential part of your business development plan.
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2- Start work on your website
I advise you to develop and launch a basic website as soon as possible and start getting traffic to your site. The site has to be focused around your course subject matter. Your site will act as both the supporting resources centre for your course(s) and also as delivery platform for your course(s) once your course(s) is ready. While you are developing your course, you should start your blog (publish articles, notes, guides, etc) and video clips. Make sure your blog have sharing buttons (social media) also you should get a special plug =in for your website to publish your blogs automatically on your social media pages.
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3- Start work on your course content
Your e-learning content will take one or more of the following formats. I have suggested (listed below) the most commonly used software for each one of them.
- Text (MS Word, Adobe PDF file) Simple rule you can follow for the textual content of your course is as follow: for long pieces of text, tables, Info graphics convert the file to a PDF file, short text such as instructions, articles, assignments, etc… they can be displayed on a webpage such as blog or entered directly into the LMS system.
- Images (Photoshop) Try to follow a standard for your image sizes, for the web publishing is better to save your images in jpeg or png format in order to keep the file size down. Always check the copy right conditions of use.
- Slide Presentations- MS PowerPoint allows you to record your talk on your slide show, this is a powerful and relatively fast way of preparing a lesson.
- Screen capture – most of screen capture softwares allow you to record your movements on the screen plus your voice over it.
- Audio/Podcast (Usually the software which comes with your recording device is advisable)
- Short Video clips (5 to 10 minutes) are extremely effective. You can make them using webcam, mobile phone, or camcorders. All these devices come with a basic editing software and if you keep your production simple they will be sufficient.
4- Course Content Development Tools
Technology is considered to be the first barrier. The need for learning new skills is inevitable, but the key is to build on your existing skills and avoid using too many new tools.
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