Sample: Introducing eLearning

This is a small module I put together recently in Adobe Flash 5.5 and Adobe Captivate 5.

I wanted to develop a module that was completely non-linear. The topics can be explored in any order. I also wanted to try a module where I didn’t include explicit instructions on how to navigate. People must work out how to interact with the module for themselves, which I am hoping will appeal to their natural curiosity and engage them more with the content.

I have disabled some of the links in this sample, but you should still be able to get the idea.

What do you think? Does the lack of clear navigation and logical order help or hinder your learning?

Sample: Making WH&S training interesting with storytelling

I was recently looking at enhancing our Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) training. As with all compliance based training, this is a challenge because the training audience generally doesn’t see the value in the training, and there is a strong temptation to just skim over the content.

My recommended tactics to make the training more effective were:

  1. Remind people early on why Workplace Health & Safety is important.
  2. Present the organisation-specific information first
  3. Give people a quiz to test their knowledge If they really do know it all already, there’s no need to complete the remaining training. But if there are still gaps, they do need to keep going.
  4. Include information specific to the organisation. What are the most commonly reported incidents in our workplace? What are some specific tips for the type of work we do

Unfortunately we didn’t get to implement my proposed plan for various reasons. But while I was working on this I mocked up an introductory video that I’m quite proud of.

This is one of my first attempts at developing solely in Adobe Flash CS5 (rather than using Adobe Captivate 5), and I was very happy with how I could use the same-old generic images from Presenter Media, but make them more valuable by adding simple facial expressions. This may not be as polished as a professionally developed module would be – but I think it is still fairly effective.

Did it work? Evaluating the effectiveness of online training solutions

In March 2013 I presented at the iDesignX Conference in Melbourne. My presentation was about how to evaluate the effectiveness of online training solutions.

Click here to view the presentation.

The key points of the presentation are:

  • Good evaluation begins with good analysis. Ask all the key stakeholders “What are we trying to acheive?”
  • There are five key stakeholder groups: drivers, business owners, project managers, designers & developers, and clients.
  • Incorporate evaluation methods to address the needs of each stakeholder group.
  • If you identify an area where the training wasn’t effective, look for ways to address that both for the current training solution, and for future training solutions.
  • Summarise your evaluation findings in a Training Evaluation Report and send it to all your key stakeholders.