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Online Training (OLT) 

Interactivity and media are two essential elements in the development of online training. In online training, the instructor and the interaction/presentation they deliver in typical classroom based learning is replaced by the computer and the interaction and visual elements it provides. The degree and complexity of the interactions and media included in an online course are often directly proportional to the learner’s level of maintained interest and the amount of learning that subsequently takes place.  These elements are also directly related to overall cost and development time.

 

To assist our clients in determining the right amount and proper mix of interactivity and media levels, we have divided course interactivity and media levels into a three level scale, with three having the highest level of interactivity/media and a one having the least level of interactivity/media. CCES uses the course interactivity and media levels as a guide in determining the cost and development time for custom courseware. For each variable, there are three distinct levels of development. Interactivity provides the user with opportunity to practice and experience the material they are being taught. Well-designed interactivity supports all types of learners, particularly kinesthetic learners. Media provides the look, feel, visual and auditory elements that will enhance the learning experience and help to illustrate or reinforce the concepts.

 

The model that has previously been developed for self paced courses with levels of 1-3 for interactivity and media and length by learning objects will continue to be used. OLT courses can include a variety of features but generally include the following at a minimum

 

    • Customized skin and navigation

    • Customized and template interactions and media

    • Assessment and review

    • SCORM, AICC compliant

    • Development available in a variety of tools such as Articulate, Lectora, or the CCES LCMS, but can be

       developed in almost any tool on the market today

 

As costs are going down and audiences require better and more engaging learning activities, CCES is capable of developing courseware using:

    • Augmented Reality

    • Type simulations

    • Mobile Learning deployed using IPads, IPhone, and Android Smart Phones

    • Social Learning Platforms, including off-the-shelf and customized applications

 

 

Virtual Instructor Led Courseware Development

Virtual Instructor Led Training offers an impressive set of benefits for the company and learner by combining the best of Instructor Led Training with Online or Web-Based Instruction. Unfortunately most organizations never experience these benefits, not because the medium fails to live up to expectations or because of limitations of the VILT tool selected. Rather, the failure is attributed to the design.

In properly developed classroom training that may last up to 8 hours per day, visual, tactile/kinesthetic, and auditory senses are all engaged as the learner progresses from one learning enhancing activity to another. When a group or organization wishes to convert this training to a VILT environment, many times only the PowerPoint Presentation is used with an instructor’s disembodied voice talking to the slides. This is where the failure begins.

 

In a classroom session, the focus is on the instructor. In a VILT environment (similar to Online courses) the focus is on the content. Properly developed VILT will include:

    • Smaller modules that maximize learning by streamlining the on-screen presentation

    • Learner engagement every 3-5 minutes

    • A session that teaches  to each individual, rather than the vocal 10% found in most ILT sessions

    • An enriched learning environment that includes:

       - Voice over the Internet and teleconferencing

       - Group and individual learning activities with break-out rooms

       - Discussions and chats

       - Quizzes and surveys (polling)

       - Application and file sharing

       - Multipoint video (facilitator and student video via webcam)

       - Streaming video (playback of video clips)

       - Recorded Learning Sessions so the learner may return and review areas of interest or concern

 

 

Instructor-led Courseware Development

Instructor-led courses, like self-paced, can vary in their scope, but overall the scope is limited in terms of development options. One of the primary dependents is on whether the ILT training is targeting a face-to-face delivery mode, a virtual web-cast, or both. Each of these factors plays into the overall approach, design and services that may be offered, which can include:

    • Customized materials design

    • Instructor guide

    • Student workbook

    • Reference cards

    • Slide decks

 

 

Asynchronous online training

Asynchronous online training also is available and provides a powerful mechanism to reach a distributed learning population while still leveraging the expertise and collaboration with a skilled instructor. By using tools such as Go To Training, Adobe UConnect, and WebEx, the learning experience can include:

    • Embedded OLT modules

    • Threaded discussions

    • Chat rooms

    • Linked documentation and other resources such as web sites or applications

 

 

Blended Courseware Development

Simply put, blended learning development combines the approaches of self-paced courseware development and instructor-led development. The purpose behind this design is to provide an offering that takes advantage of each of these two approaches in which the content and client goals help to direct the proper blend. The deliverables for these projects follow a combination of the guidelines for e-learning and ILT development along with an overall curriculum map which ties the package together.

 

 

Courseware Conversions

Simply put, converting an existing course format into a different course format. The effort for these projects can vary from a simple import to a different tool or may involve almost a complete re-write of the material. Types of conversions include:

    • OLT to SCORM OLT

    • ILT or Power Point to OLT/SCORM OLT

    • CD ROM to OLT/SCORM OLT

    • Video course to OLT

    • Any courseware material to Mobile

 

 

 

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