Hmmm…so you have a custom e-learning development project. Do you want it to set the mood of Old Blue Eyes or do you want the modernity of a Lady GaGa performance? Had you even considered the ” mood” of your e-learning project? Believe it or not, the mood or tone of your e-learning piece can be as important and compelling as the content. And the tone is impacted by the design approach, the music, the illustration or photo style and the many other other subtle details of the custom e-learning project design. It is critical to the training content development discovery and scoping process to really develop a description of the tone you wish the piece to express. And it can help your e-learning development partner to know if you want it to feel more like Frank than Lady GaGa. In fact, pop culture references can really provide cues to the overall feel of any custom e-learning development project. Using these references, which are readily available and relateable for most people, can greatly enhance a design brief. For example, a client wanted a very engaging, thematic module series for a youthful, diverse sales team. The creative brainstorming session with the client revealed that:
Having just returned from a business trip to the west coast, I am warmed by the unusually pleasant mid-western April weather. Though I love northern California (having lived there for over 25 years) and a part of my heart will always be in San Francisco, the joy of spring bursting forth in its colorful and unpredictable way, can only really be appreciated in the colder climes. That is often the case with learning as well. Sometimes, it is the surprise of it that makes it most valuable and most memorable. And, it is also amazing that learning moments occur in so many ways by so many different methods.Certainly, I made use of a variety of online vehicles for that learning and information sharing in preparation for the trip: researched and bought airline tickets online, got the best hotel deal through priceline.com, scheduled my meetings and social outings through Outlook and Facebook, bought print pubs, San Francisco and 7X7, read the SF Chronicle on my Kindle enroute. Then, a flurry of texts upon arrival using my Blackberry, checking voice and emails, confirming meetings, restaurant locations. Ahhhh.
What is SCORM? It stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) SCORM was defined by Department of Defence under the Advanced Distance Learning Initiative. On page 1-3 of “The SCORM Overview” they say “At its simplest, it is a model that references a set of interrelated technical specifications and guidelines designed to meet DoD’s high level requirements for Web-based learning content” Talk about techno mumbo jumbo! Let’s rephrase that into lay terms.