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This may sound familiar to you ….

Have you ever worked on an eLearning project that took forever to complete? With endless review cycles and changes by stakeholders, sending files back and forth and deadlines continuously getting pushed back? …

Here are three top tips to ensure your eLearning project is launched on time:

  1. Set guidelines in the initial scoping meeting
    In the initial scoping meeting, let your stakholders know how many review cycles they can expect during the build phase. Two or three is a good number depending on how long the module is. If possible, put a limit on the number of stakeholders involved in the project. The fewer people involved, the less amount of changes you will receive and less chance of debate over content. After the initial scoping meeting, send out the project plan to all stakeholders involved. This will highlight the dates of all the review cycles that was agreed upon in the meeting. This ensures they know when to expect them and therefore less likely to delay reviews. It can also be a good idea to send out diary reminders for each of these review cycles, this will help ensure the stakeholders remember there is a review coming up.
  2. Get content signed off from the storyboard
    Clarify with the stakeholder that the content needs to be finalised before the build can begin. Get all written content signed off when it’s in the storyboard. It’s far easier to edit content with tracked changes in a Word doc, than it is to make continous text changes to the Storyline file. If the Word doc is saved in a shared folder, then all stakeholders will be able to see the latest version and who has made the changes. This should ensure there are minimal text changes needed in the module during the build – saving you time in the long run.
  3. Use Articulate 360 Review
    Use Articulate 360 Review for fast and consolidated feedback throughout your project. All feedback is collated in one space, so you don’t have to scroll through countless emails, receive duplicated feedback and confuse stakeholders with multiple versions of the module. Comments can be viewed by everyone in the project and stakeholders will see the same/latest version.

I hope these tips help get your project completed on time. Does anyone else in the community have other tips on how to get projects completed on time?

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Forest Friends – choose your own adventure

Elearning heroes challenge 181

This was such a fun challenge. I wanted to create an adventure with an added twist of collecting coins that could be used to purchase items that were needed in the adventure.

Ideally I would have loved to create a extensive game with multiple branching options and different endings. Due to the complexity of the gamification elements, my time restriction only allowed me to create a short branching scenario game. The learner is able to explore all pathways of the game.

Here is the branching view of my game:

I created the moving backgrounds on the master slide. The clouds were images that moved along a motion path that was set to 40 seconds. The frame, the sky and the clouds were all separate elements layered on top of each other. All the objects that could be purchased from the shop were set to an invisible state on each of the navy squares. When each item was selected from the shop the state of each object was set to visible.

The shop was created as a layer on the master slide, this allows the learner to access the shop at any time.

If you have any more questions on how this was created, please contact me.

 

 

 

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Well, I’ve finally got a blog up and running. I have been meaning to for a while, after I started contributing to the Elearning Challenges, and was inspired to create a blog explaining the process behind my work. These challenges have been invaluable to me as I have started to build up my portfolio.

After working for Air New Zealand as an elearning developer for three years, in a few weeks I will be shaking life up a bit and moving across the world to London. Why? I love to travel and explore and well… why not? I figured London is the ideal place to set myself up, as I will be able to grow my elearning career and do lots of travelling at the same time. I was lucky enough to get a 5 year working visa, so very soon I will be thrown into a new culture and environment and will just see where life takes me.

Has anyone done a big move like this before? Feel free to comment with advice or tips for finding a job in London or places to check out.

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