Best Practices – Getting Started

As you get ready to start your titles, keep the following best practices in mind:

  • Consider the types of courses you will be developing, how you will deploy the courses, and the level of interaction required in the courses. All of these factors will affect how you select a title template and design your training.
  • When designing courses consider the connection speed of your learners, as this will affect the type of media you should use in the course.
  • Establish the screen design (layout and structure) and screen components before authoring. Also identify objects that will occur on every page (such as navigation buttons) – these are items that you will place at the title level and/or Chapter levels of your course.
  • Make sure content is linked to specific learning objectives. Learning objectives should be performance based and describe what participants should be able to do upon completion of the lesson or course. For example, “In this lesson/exercise you learn how to add a graphic to the page.”
  • Consider additional resources to supplement the information in the course. For example, resources may include a Help function, a Glossary, Frequently Asked Questions, or a Course Map.
  • If you have multiple developers working on a Lectora project, create a plan for sharing resources and files.
  • Create your own template titles for courses and/or lessons that require a similar look and functionality. Once you create a template title, you can reuse that title endless times, which reducing the overall time necessary to develop your titles/courses.
  • Always test your course on a small scale, using qualified eLearning QA staff, before expanding it to a larger or final audience. Testing will help you catch any potential errors early. You will be surprised how many types (typos) get through undigested (undetected).

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