Creating findable and watchable videos

A recent search for me was ‘How to fix a tent zip’. I have a lovely tent, but the zip would not close so I searched for a video to learn how to fix it.

You too have likely searched for a video to solve a problem. TechSmith conducted research to discover viewer preferences and video viewing habits, results revealed that online search to be the most common way (45%) for users to find instructional and informational video content.

The search engine then returned several videos to choose from.

Why did you choose to watch the one you did?

Did it meet your expectations?

Did you stop watching before it finished?

Sometimes you can be lucky, and the video offers exactly what it promised, it was worth investing your time to play it. Sometimes it can be a waste of time. Have you played a video that:

  • Did not cover the expected content.
  • Did not get to the point in a timely manner.
  • Had bad audio.
  • Included the presenter talking about themselves far too long.
  • Included irrelevant content.
  • Had shaky, out-of-focus poor video.
  • Did not have captions.

When making videos it is key to make them findable and watchable. A good, clear, accurate title and thumbnail (a static image displayed before the video plays) can help the viewer determine whether your video will meet what they are looking for. Most host platforms offer the ability to upload a thumbnail. Then ensure your video meets those expectations:

  • The content should cover what the title said it would.
  • Get to the point as quickly as possible.
  • Record the best audio that you can in the environment you are in. This article from TechSmith has useful tips for recording great audio.
    Some videos benefit from having a short intro, ‘short’ here is key.
  • Keep to the point the video is addressing.
  • Stabilise the camera by placing it in a secure position or use a tripod.
  • Add captions to ensure your video is accessible to people with hearing impairments and to those who choose to watch with captions on, perhaps they are in a noisy environment for example.

In the upcoming session, we will be digging a little further into making successful videos.

What’s the best e-Learning authoring tool?

For those of you involved in the world of Digital Learning, whether you’re an Instructional Designer, E-Learning Developer, or involved in Learning Design or Administration in any other way, I know you have lots of options. I receive (on an almost daily basis) a new promotional message, advert, or e-mail highlighting why this authoring tool or system simulator/emulator is better than all the rest. Having used many of the most common tools over the last 15 years, I’m always dubious about such claims. And in my line of work, I regularly get asked by clients to support and advise on Learning Technology investments, or to help implement them in a way that offers the best possible learning experience for their employees. So I thought I’d share my experiences, opinions and some quick demos on the tools I’ve used in the hope of giving you something useful to take away from this session, here’s what I’ll talk about:

Simplicity: How easy it is for a ‘novice’ like a content/process SME to create engaging and effective content and what’s the UI like?

Speed of Design & Development: How quickly you can go from Concept to Implementation

Feature Range: How ‘clever’ you can be with your design (as an author)

Integrations: Is it integrated with any LMS/LXPs or anything else.

Output options: What are the different ways you can publish?

Pricing: How much is it, and what’s my opinion on the cost of a single license?

Disclaimer: Everything is my personal opinion (as objective as I can make it). I’m aware I may not have delved deep into some things, so if you think I’m wrong, get in touch afterward and I’ll gladly stand corrected.

What would I recommend for you?

All authoring tools have an audience and if you’ve used as many as I have (or more) you’ll know each has a specific thing it’s really good at.

What this means for how I’ve advised my clients about authoring tools is this:

  1. Before purchasing any authoring tool, know what your Learning Strategy, Desired Learning Culture and Learning experience is first. This will dictate whether you need a comprehensive tool to make innovative experiences, or whether a rapid authoring tool would be best.
  2. If you have an LMS with an attached Authoring tool (Like CrossKnowledge/Gomo) it makes most sense to use the attached too. It’s built to work with it.
  3. Designers are an absolute pain for asking for new tools (me included). The truth is, however, you’re probably better off investing in their skills using the tools you have, instead of buying something new.

Beyond these 3 points, the other important thing for everyone to know about Online/E-Learning/Systems authoring tools is that they are mostly very similar. There isn’t a single tool out there that does anything so unique that it’s head and shoulders above the rest. For this, you’re probably better of partnering your learning experts with developers who can create things from scratch using whatever code is best for the job. This way, you can get the learning to do whatever you want.

Podcasting – more than just an audio recording

Do you feel the pressure to keep up when it comes to developing engaging content?

Have you ever run out of ideas to help you promote a course?
Do you want to provide additional advice and guidance by providing more than the mandatory information?
Or maybe you’re looking to reach that ideal client when there otherwise unavailable?

If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions, then may I take a few moments of your time to introduce the power of podcasting.

Podcasts have been around for a while now and have increased in popularity for both regular listeners and those launching their own show. With many professionals using podcasts as a key strategy for creating content, it allows them to build relationships with their audience, whilst providing the opportunity to repurpose and redistribute this one longer-form piece, into many other formats.

For those who are a little unsure of what a podcast is, let me put it simply, it’s like your own pre-recorded radio show, that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and build trust by providing listeners with value. Unlike traditional radio, podcasts can be listened to at any time or place your audience chooses, resulting in you being able to reach people when they would normally be unavailable.

Maybe you have used audio as an alternative method of delivering information or as an embedded supporting asset within your core content before. But often they are considered as part of a single-asset rather than a stand-alone resource.

A podcast is often considered to be something that you download from Apple, Google or Spotify. But in fact, a podcast is an audio file delivered to listeners via the internet, so yes, you can go big and share this on the traditional podcast distributors, or you can reserve this for those who have access to your website or LMS.

Although you may be thinking, podcasts are simply another piece of content that will take time to develop, alongside all of the other content you create. They can be the key to creating everything you need, based on one recording.

What I am trying to get at is, podcasts don’t need to stay locked away as a single piece of long-form content, when done right they can provide you with a huge amount of bitesize, essential or complementary promotional assets that you can use across social media, your website and other platforms you may use to impart knowledge, build trust with your audience and demonstrate your expertise.

But how would this work?

Good question.

Firstly you need to start with capturing your audio, now this doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise, but using a dedicated microphone helps.

For those on a super tight budget, a pair of smartphone headphones are a great low-cost entry point, this coupled with a quiet recording environment, can produce a surprisingly good quality recording.

Then once you have your recording, you should review and edit your audio to create the best listening experience, helping to keep your audience immersed in the information you are sharing.

Again this doesn’t need to be expensive, software such as Audacity and Garage Band (for Mac users) are fantastic free options to help you get started. But be mindful to use any music and sound effects that you have the rights to use.

Lastly, you need to think about how you are going to share your show. Consider if you want your episodes to be published via Apple, Google, Spotify, and other podcast distributors allowing you to be found by anyone searching for the episode topic you have chosen to focus on, or if you want to create more of an exclusive experience, via an LMS or other private access only platform.

Sharing your longer-form podcast is just the first step, remember we want to make the most from each episode.

By going a step further, we can share key information and make shorter concise content such as use quotes and facts. Allowing us to produce infographics and images. We can provide longer-form content by using the transcript of our recording to produce articles and even supply the voice-over for an animated explainer video, allowing you to appeal to a wider audience and their content consumption habits.

Has this whetted your appetite for creating your own podcast?

If you’re raring to go, then awesome, but if your keen to learn a bit more, sign up to the upcoming webinar delivered by Liam Gardner, which will cover the following in a bit more depth:

• What a podcast is
• How podcasts work
• How to start podcasting
• How can you turn your recording into multiple content assets

Bring any questions you have and Subscribe to Liam’s YouTube channel

About the author:

 Liam Gardner – E-Products manager at Qube Learning – National Training provider in the UK.

Liam has been recording, producing and promoting his own show since 2018, whilst helping others to plan, launch and make the most out of their own shows.

eLN Interactive Webinar Series: Tips for creating successful videos with Jayne Davids

We’ve probably all chosen a video to watch then stopped watching before it finishes. Come and share your experiences in this interactive session where Jayne will be exploring what makes a successful video.

In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Why do viewers stop watching videos
  • How long should a video be
  • Audio
  • Editing tips
  • Accessibility
  This content is for members only.  Annual individual membership is only £29, sign up today and start taking advantage of the benefits of being an eLN member!  
eLN Director Jayne Davids has been involved in Learning & Development for over 20 years designing and delivering systems’ training. Combining her love for teaching and enjoyment of making videos, through her company, Raiveon, she provides Camtasia video training and video production services with her husband Kevin.

Raiveon is a TechSmith Recommended Training Provider and Authorised UK Reseller.

Follow Jayne on Twitter, LinkedIn and www.raiveon.com

eLN Interactive Webinar Series: How to create prototypes in Adobe XD

In this session, Cath will give you a crash course on how she designs hi-fidelity prototypes in Adobe XD.

In this interactive session, she’ll let you choose what she’s going to build live and walk you through the UI, showing you how to use libraries, artboards, layers and assets (images, shapes and text).

Next, Cath will show you how she rapidly duplicates artboards and components and adds interactivity using triggers and actions to bring her learning experiences to life. You’ll see just how fast you can work in the tool.

You’ll find out more about sharing your prototype and getting feedback from your clients and finally, you’ll learn how to save these assets from XD to use in your Authoring Tool of choice.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create a hi-fidelity prototype
  • The benefits of creating hi-fidelity prototypes
  • How to manage your assets
  • How to manage colours, character styles and components
  • How to use triggers and actions to create transitions and animations
  • How to share and review your experiences with your clients
  This content is for members only.  Annual individual membership is only £29, sign up today and start taking advantage of the benefits of being an eLN member!  

Cath Ellis is a Freelance Learning Experience Designer at Cath Ellis Learning Design, a boutique eLearning company in Victoria, Australia.

She has more than two decades of experience creating award-winning learning experiences for clients across the globe.

Originally from Manchester, she lives in the outskirts of Melbourne with her Wife and three puppies.

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The power of storytelling and learning design best practice

Using stories to make learning less ‘cold’

When I was a trainer, I told the same story all the time when teaching people about opening a new account for a customer. The story was about someone who had just moved into their new home. Naturally, they were excited as well as stressed from all the unpacking of boxes. Whilst doing so they decided they had to call everyone to change their address. Oh, the call after call for the same thing! Remind me why I moved? Then it starts… the confirmation emails or letters come through and the name is spelt wrong because the customer rep didn’t check it. 1, 2, 3 emails now all with the wrong spelling and the only way to fix it is another call to each provider. You can only image how those calls went and how ‘happy’ the customer was on those 3 phones calls! But also, what a waste of time and money for the business. If they just checked the spelling rather than assume they knew all of this could have been avoided. Moral of the story, check how to spell my name. Yes, the person in the story was me. Phill. Phill with two L’s (because I’m a pain – also backed up by Tom Moore, who can verify that said Phill is a pain) and I’ve spent most of my life living with spelling my own name wrong for the sake of not having to deal with the tedious task of changing it all. I even spent 6 years with my name wrong on a company email address!

So, why am I telling you this? Well in isolation the learning point is simple. Check how a customer spells their name every time. Even if you think you know. It stops repeat calls, potential complaints and getting off on the wrong foot with a customer. But this delivery method is very fact based, cold and doesn’t demonstrate the real impact and importance. However, add the story in to the mix and suddenly the learning becomes real with emotion and instantly more relatable. You can see how this tiny thing translates to the real world and how one small thing has knock on effects. Stories are powerful things in learning that help translate facts, processes, and skills into memorable contextualised learning.

Stories are all around us

Sometimes when people think of using ‘stories’ in learning they think it’s a long-winded way of saying something or an ambiguous link between something obscure and the content. Maybe you think that time is precious so give it to them straight. But stories are all around us in our content. Of course, the learning is always the hero, so let that drive where your stories sit. Just remember the purpose of a story – to help support retention, contextualise and humanise learning. When we talk about utilising stories in learning courses there are multiple different ways to do this:

  • A theme and story that aligns to key learning points. For example, robot wars for abrasive wheels as many people used them on their fighting bots (we have a course on just that and yes that’s a shameless plug)
  • A personal story. Emotion is powerful and topics need to be given the care they deserve. For example, telling and showing the story of someone struggling with depression. You tell the story of how they feel, their life rather than stating facts about depression
  • Pockets of stories. Dry content such as Health and Safety regulations or very law heavy content can be hard to find a ‘story’ in. But small stories throughout can be found like what happened next because of your chosen action or behaviour.

Making learning content that works

There are so many ways to design and make a learning course. We all learn at different speeds due to past knowledge, the environment we are in and even how we feel at the time. Some things we can’t control when designing a great course. But, regardless of all these factors there are some core things that every course needs to be, or have:

  • Content that enables someone to do a skill, process or behaviour better than before the course. There’s no point knowing a ‘theory’ and not being able to ‘apply’ it.
  • Engage learners and demand their focus in a busy world full of distractions. If they’re not engaged, they’re not retaining anything. This is where the power of stories, visual communication and many other methods come in to play
  • Accessible content. If it’s too hard to get to the content the learner wants, they’ll simply give up. You want learners to be able to focus on the learning and not how lost they are in your course
  • Likewise, don’t get too carried away with the fun. Learners need to learn from the content and have fun whilst doing so

About the authors

With many years of experience in the learning space working with internal L&D teams as well as being external partners for L&D teams – Tom and Phill have plenty of knowledge to share. We know there are massive amounts of theories, models and practices when it come to learning design theory and in this upcoming webinar Tom and Phill are opening the doors in a ‘Fireside Q&A’ to get to the heart of what you want to know around storytelling and learning design best practice.

Tom Moore and Phill Lord-David are part of the innovative team at iAM Learning – creators of engaging animated eLearning content. Everyone at iAM is passionate about making learning that results in real actionable change within the workplace, and continuous personal improvement.

Click next to continue? Tips and Tricks on strategy, marketing, and development for e-learning freelancers and small agencies.

E-learning development is nothing new, but as the industry evolves, new ways and techniques appear that can make the process more efficient and results better. I have been working in e-learning development and startups for 14 years (www.fastercourse.com e-learning templates library – being the latest), and as I have finance and economics education as a basis I have always been interested in what works and what doesn’t. I am a firm believer that being lazy sometimes is actually good, as it helps people innovate. Here are a few tips that have helped me work smarter, and I will share the rest of them in a webinar on the 27th of April.

F@£$ You Pay Me..

– or something similar was the name of the video a friend of mine showed me about things you need to include in every contract. I have looked for the video, if you know what I am talking about please let me know, as I would love to reference the original source. Either way, there are two things I try to include in every contract: the client gets all intellectual property of the work done, only after all the payments have been made and received, meaning your client doesn’t own your work until they have paid you. If the contract is stopped in the middle of the process, for whatever reason, if the work hasn’t been paid for, the client owns nothing from the work in progress. This really helps if there is a misunderstanding/conflict situation, trust me.

Second thing, if you deliver a project to a client, they have X amount of days, let’s say 10 days, to accept it, or send back a rejection with an explanation and description of what needs to be updated. If you don’t receive anything within 10 days, you can assume the delivery has been accepted, and you can proceed with sending an invoice. This eliminates the risk that the client can use the review process to put pressure on you, haven’t really had cases like this in the e-learning industry, but it sure feels nice to have this in a contract.

Do you really need a Mobile version?

I mean yes we all want everything responsive, and kids these days are on mobile and whatnot, but seriously how many people really enjoy looking at your AML training while browsing the internet on a mobile before going to bed? I love mobile and don’t get me wrong, responsive e-learning is great. However, the execution with the current authoring tools like Captivate, Lectora, or even Storyline is not always optimal, and I would like to argue, that it is ok. We have had client situations, where a large client, looked up statistics and only 0,5% of their employees viewed their training, which was mobile responsive on an actual phone. 99,5% viewed it on a desktop computer or tablet (iPad). And then if you add the other part of the equation, it costs about 50% more to create a mobile responsive course, than to create a regular desktop-based course, which btw can also be viewed on a mobile phone, just the text will be tiny and it will look worse, but in desperate times, it can still be used on a mobile phone. Sometimes it is worth rethinking your mobile e-learning strategy especially if the two choices usually are between investing in arranging objects or investing in Instructional Design, which, you know quite well, will create something more interactive, engaging, and meaningful in a desktop-only version.

One decision maker

I cannot stress this enough, if you want the project to go over budget, involve a team of decision-makers on the client side. I mean why shouldn’t we ask everyone involved, let’s create something and then send it out to 10 people for review, and then without any curation or internal discussion send it to the poor development team. Have you been in this situation? We have, multiple times, and sometimes there is no way around it, except having a hard discussion with your client. And as the saying goes, great things usually are on the other side of tough conversations. This is no exception, it is better to stop the uncontrolled commenting immediately, even if it can make someone angry on the client side, in the long run, it will be beneficial for everyone. Because also the people commenting, I mean, they are working in a large corporation, they are sent content, and management expects them to add value and comment, sometimes they don’t even want to do that, but they feel obliged. This creates a tremendous workload for everyone. So our suggestion, do all the client-side commenting internally and have one decision-maker who curates the reviews and gives a summary to the development team – You.

More tips and tricks will be shared in the webinar on the 27th of April, join me, sign up to learn more.

From your presenter: Founder and CEO of FasterCourse, we try to create top-notch e-learning templates and products. I co-founded my first e-learning company in 2007, have been creating e-learning for almost 14 years. I like to build companies and products, I believe in good design, teamwork, win-win arrangements and long term relationships with all stake holders.

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eLN Interactive Webinar Series: Podcasting – Why and where to begin with Liam Gardner

Podcasts – a content creation tool not to be overlooked.

If you’re like me, then you will have noticed more and more podcasts being shared, but why are they so popular? And how can they help you to engage with your audience?

Since the dawn of time we have used verbal storytelling to share experiences, tell stories to entertain and most importantly learn the ways of the world.

Fast forward to the present date and you will be forgiven to think that video is the content king! But look a little harder and you will find that voice communication has been steadily gaining more popularity as the years go by.

A recent example of this rise in popularity of Clubhouse, and how it has took the world by storm. Clubhouse certainly had a very clever marketing strategy by limiting access, but with the likes of Facebook and Twitter rushing to launch their own Livestream Voice alternatives, it’s clear that verbal communication is still as important as ever!

If we take a step back and also look at podcasting, we can observe how it has also been building in popularity as a valuable learning tool that many have taken advantage of.

With listeners able to download and consume episodes at a time and place that is convenient to them, podcasts have been able to entertain and educate millions of listeners who are often completing other activities such as: exercise, commuting or doing the chores. You will notice that those tasks require our physical effort and or visual attention but allow us the opportunity to absorb what is being said in an otherwise uninterrupted environment.

Unlike our low attention span with video, Podcasts allow us to immerse listeners into a long form and engaging learning experience, with some podcasts holding their audience’s attention for over an hour per episode.

Meaning that a podcaster can speak to their audiences for longer, allowing for more complex information to be explained in greater detail using thought provoking questions and answers from a single host to a more elaborate guest panel of experts.

But wait… there’s more, not only do you get a chance to build huge trust with your audience – I mean let’s face it, they are letting you into their ears – how often will someone let you have such a lengthy intimate conversation with them. You can also repurpose your recordings into additional content forms to provide alternative learning and promotional assets.

To find out more about how you can maximise your content by recording and repurposing a podcast sign up to this webinar.

In this session, you will learn:
  • What a podcast is
  • How podcasts work
  • How to start podcasting
  • How can you can turn your recording into multiple content assets
  This content is for members only.  Annual individual membership is only £29, sign up today and start taking advantage of the benefits of being an eLN member!  

Podcasts are growing in popularity, in both those who listen and who create compelling content. This webinar is presented by Liam Gardner – E-Products manager at Qube Learning – National Training provider in the UK.

Liam has been recording, producing and promoting his own show since 2018, whilst helping others to plan, launch and make the most out of their own shows.

Passionate about learning and podcasting, Liam will cover the benefits of choosing podcasting as your content medium of choice, where to get started, and how you can make the most out of each recording.

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eLN Interactive Webinar Series: Marketing your learning courses and content with Hayley Maisey

How do you successfully create awareness around a new soft skills course?  How do you effectively promote a new change management programme to ensure you get buy-in?  How do you build and maintain relationships with your people so you can better support their professional development needs?

Effective marketing makes an impact in many ways – it creates engagement, raises brand awareness and generates demand for a service/product. So how can L&D professionals leverage marketing strategies and tactics to better connect with learners, drive interest in professional development and provide workplace training to an engaged audience?

Join Hayley as she demonstrates how you can better promote your learning programmes through effective integrated marketing and communication to achieve results. Hayley kick-starts the practical session with a quick overview of what marketing is, why it is important and how it can be adopted by L&D to help meet training objectives. She then delves into the practical side and shares what a marketing campaign looks like and how to build one from scratch, providing a step-by-step approach for you to apply to your own work.

By the end of the hour, you will have:

  • a better understanding of what an integrated marketing campaign is and why it’s effective
  • a good insight into how you can effectively market your service to your people
  • a step-by-step approach to takeaway and help you create a marketing campaign of your own.
Please come with a learning solution/programme in mind as well as any challenges you’re facing so you can relate what you learn to a real-case scenario; there will be opportunity at the end of the session for Q&A.
  This content is for members only.  Annual individual membership is only £29, sign up today and start taking advantage of the benefits of being an eLN member!  
Hayley Maisey became a self-employed Marketing Consultant in June 2017 having worked client-side in marketing and events roles for over 17 years. She’s held Chartered Marketer status since 2013 and has a degree in e-Communications.

Hayley works with small businesses who have limited resources and need help with their marketing. She’s largely collaborated with learning technology providers and organisations across L&D, including the eLearning Network. Previous employed roles include Marketing Manager at Brightwave Group, e-Communications Manager at The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Head of Operations and Events at The Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

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Get the best mapping content for elearning courseware

Does every request for a new course have a nicely defined scope and clear learning objectives? Do you never have requests to add ‘just this’ to almost ready courses? Do your subject matter experts always stick to just the things people need to know?

No? Join the club! In this post, Kevin Maye explains how Good Things Foundation collaborates with customers and subject matter experts together to keep their courseware concise.

I love Cathy Moore and her Action Mapping method for developing learning materials.

This is how I interpret her techniques.

Step 1 - Share everything

Technically there is a step before this of getting the right people together in a room. To be clear you need some subject matter experts (SME’s – 2 or 3 to ensure good coverage). You also need representatives of the audience (more than the SME’s in the room).

When that group comes together, in a real or virtual room, the first exercise is to record everything they could teach someone about the topic. In a real room it’s all about post-its (online use Jamboard, Miro or similar)

Anyone that’s read Cathy Moore will know this is a bad idea. Cathy tells us to focus on specific behaviours and prioritise those. I’ll explain later why I’ve already gone ‘off-piste’.

Step 2 - Sifting and sorting

When you’ve finished getting ALL the ideas out of peoples heads it’s time to start organising them. This might take a while and the steps will vary depending on how many post-its you have. Look for duplicates (put them together), natural groupings (put them close by each other). Consider different levels or types of things (whoever is leading this organises it how they see fit).

Notice I still haven’t removed any of the post-its/ideas, so there’s still loads more than we could cope with in an elearning course.So the next step is to cut out anything that isn’t essential and this is when the audience becomes most important. What do they HAVE to know/do?

If your SME’s say something is vital but your audience members say they’ve done the job for months and never heard of it, the audience member wins.

You might need to explore what’s so important about it with the SME’s but for now, it’s outside of the course. NOTE if your SME can prove the point is essential (maybe the audience not doing this one thing is the cause of poor productivity) then you can bring it back later.

Apply that to everything and you should have a more manageable list of stuff to go into the course. Keep that safe and take a picture of it so no one can argue later what was in.

Step 3 - Ideas that don’t make the cut

You also have a lot (probably more) stuff that didn’t make the essential list. What do you do with those?

Each of these items that didn’t make it into the learning piece needs to be addressed. That might just mean making a list of each item and why it didn’t make the selection.

Or you might want some curated resources about an item. Or create a PDF with background information about one of the items.

The point is that for everything that isn’t in the elearning course you have something to point to explaining how it’s addressed or why it’s not. When the inevitable question from someone not at the initial mapping session arrives, here are your answers.

If you have time to do this with your experts and customers even better. They’re then involved and invested in these alternatives and are less likely to undermine the decisions later.

Step 4 - Explore what made the cut

Once you’ve worked out how to deal with what’s not part of your solution it’s time to start fleshing out the details of what is. I like to get my audience members and SME’s working together to explore small specific items – individual skills in Cathy Moore’s world. 

From there I’ll look to develop storyboards, build up scripts and identify scenarios that can be included in the elearning to keep it active and engaging. I haven’t got space in this post to cover all that, but the eLearning Network has an interactive webinar series where you can pick up great ideas.

That’s the essence of how I keep elearning courses concise, on topic and avoid waffle. Join me on the 14th April to explore in more detail along with real-world examples.

eLN Interactive Webinar Series: Click next to continue? Tips and Tricks on strategy, marketing and development for e-learning freelancers and small agencies with Karlis Sprogis

In this webinar, Karlis would like to share his personal and FasterCourse’s tips and tricks on how to be more efficient as a freelancer.  See below the topics Karlis will try to cover, and hopes this will be a discussion you are keen to contribute to:

  • 2 things I include in every contract

  • Choosing authoring tool

  • Accessibility checklists

  • Do you really need mobile?

  • One decision maker

  • Clearly define review rounds

  • Our way of storyboarding

  • Nitty-gritty details: design tips and tricks from FasterCourse designers

  • Course building best practice when doing actual development work

  • Publishing and delivery: Scorm or xApi? If SCORM which one?

  • File naming for success

  • Stand on the shoulders of GIANTS: reuse / outsource efficiently as much as possible.

In this session, you will hopefully get an idea or two, how to make your e-learning course development more efficient and earn more, while not working more. Sounds too good to be true I know, but let’s see if that is possible.

From your presenter: Founder and CEO of FasterCourse, we try to create top-notch e-learning templates and products. I co-founded my first e-learning company in 2007, have been creating e-learning for almost 14 years. I like to build companies and products, I believe in good design, teamwork, win-win arrangements and long term relationships with all stake holders.

Follow Karlis on Twitter and LinkedIn.