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.
Are they perfect, though? The content is informative and interesting. The presentation is engaging. The subject is well-chosen. It’s… well, they’re almost perfect. What is missing? Your course is a static object. It’s only updated …what, every few weeks? More likely, every few months or once a year? And a user with a question (we all have questions)… where does he go? Maybe he can email you, and you can get an answer. But it’s not an ideal kind of interaction.
This is the first in a series of posts about the importance of excellent audio for excellent e-Learning script development. This post concerns some tips for making a voice-over narrator’s job a bit easier and for helping you control your budget. The primary objective in preparing an e-learning script for a narrator is enabling as smooth a read as possible. Every mistake on an e-learning script or every place where something is unclear will almost certainly result in a bobble by the narrator. Every bobble by the narrator extends the amount of time and increases the dollar amount that they and the audio studio will have to charge. At a minimum of $300 per hour you can understand why we want to make the process as efficient as possible. To that end we’re providing a few suggestions for you to keep in mind as you prepare the e-learning script.
Rapid eLearning tools can be rapid (sometimes) but is there any learning? While many of the new eLearning development tools like Articulate and Captivate are effective in the quick conversion of PowerPoint slides into web based SCORM content, their output is usually well… deadly. So, what is rapid eLearning good for? In her book eLearning and the Science of Instruction, Ruth Colvin Clark has a useful model for determining which type of online training is good for which goals. She puts forth the following general goals:
Telling Your Story: Scenario Based eLearning Once upon a time there was a big company who had offices all over the world. They also had lots of private information about their clients stored in many electronic ways. Most of their employees had access to at least some of this information. One day, some of that information was somehow shared with people outside the company. Well, as you can imagine, this wreaked havoc on the company, its employees and its customer s. Not to mention, it frightened many people not even affected. Interesting story, right? We all remember this story. It stays with us. We repeat it to others. We take its lessons to heart.
There continues to be an ongoing dialog about the effectiveness of classroom vs eLearning. Online training, eLearning, computer-based training, or whatever nomenclature serves you, is not so simple to build from existing classroom training. Most people say online learning will never be as good, as engaging, as successful. Inevitably the conversation evolves into a discussion of how custom content is developed. Most people continue to believe that many companies simply take their classroom training and convert it to “eLearning”. And, therefore, they are getting ineffective eLearning. I wish I could say that this is not true. However, in just the past 2 weeks I have spoken to at least 3 companies new to custom eLearning development and all three said they wanted to take existing classroom materials and use rapid eLearning tools to convert that content to eLearning. Even after extensive discussions around using instructional design methodology and appropriate technology to approach the content in a new, more effective way, they all held firm. No, they wanted the eLearning quickly. They did not want to spend time thinking creatively about the best use of eLearning technology and instructional design. And, they wanted the most cost effective authoring tools used. Let’s face it : they wanted it cheap and fast. They wanted to say they had an eLearning program. They wanted to click a box for completed.
Let’s imagine that you speak a magical, universal language that anyone, anywhere can understand. The dialect is a simple, straight-forward method of communicating to just about anyone, but limits your ability to communicate complex ideas. In other words, you can say “food,” “water,” and “cold.” What if you would like to say something a little more tangible like “hungry,” “thirsty,” and “blanket?” Your ubiquitous language has taken you pretty far, but not quite to the point of being able to speak completely to your needs.
By Any Other Name: KMi to Become KMI Learning FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Columbus, Ohio, February 14, 2014 –Joel Copeland, the spokesperson for KMi announced this week that the company will officially be changing its name to KMI Learning as of February 14, 2014.
BG Group, a UK based gas and oil company, needed an elearning module to orient newly hired employees. As a global company with a long history and operations in 20 countries on five continents and many semi autonomous business units, BG really saw the need to tell its wide ranging story in a comprehensive and engaging way. See our solution to their challenging needs. LEARN MORE
Have you ever tried to describe something indescribable to someone only to fumble for the right approach and the right words and simply give up the effort by saying “you had to be there?” For example, imagine trying to paint a mental picture of the Grand Canyon for someone who has never seen it in person or in photos using only words. You start by stating the facts. It’s a big hole in the ground, a canyon, with a river running through the bottom. Then you simply start spewing words: erosion, red rock, enormous. Expectedly, all you receive are blank stares and a furrowed brow. At KMi, our eLearning content developers often run into similar troubles when attempting to express courseware concepts in visual terms. That is why we storyboard our custom eLearning solutions. The storyboard is a preproduction visual concept that does wonders for bridging the gap between wacky designer visions and client understanding. We know our clients don’t always think like us and we don’t want to make the process any more difficult. Our customized eLearning storyboards are non-functioning, static graphics. They usually introduce the module skin design along with rough sketches, low resolution placeholder photos and production labels describing functionality and animated features. In the below example we can see the eLearning content development storyboard for a Supply Chain safety course explaining the graphical style and user interaction and then the final result.