In this post, I continue with part 2 of my 3-part article about improving the quality of eLearning and avoiding mistakes that can lead to embarrassing and sometimes reputation-diminishing review cycles. In the previous post, I discussed the importance of quality and introduced you to the concept of adapting software test scripts to eLearning projects. Now, we will move from planning to designing our testing process and test document.
This week I want to cover an important topic for anyone working with eLearning, or really any form of online media, and that is Quality. High quality online training products are no accident. Quality requires diligence at each step of the design and development process. This post is the first of a 3-part series that shares my approach to establishing a process to ensure quality. It is based on a simple tool commonly used in software development called a "test script" or "QA script."
Video is just one of many media formats available to trainers and instructional designers, however, unlike other “new media” formats it has stood the test of time as the most cost effective way to share subject matter expertise and perspectives with a large audience across diverse delivery channels and “screens.” Used effectively, it builds an emotional connection with your audience that encourages buy-in and promotes knowledge retention.
The ADDIE model for instructional designers is a familiar framework from which to start the design of a video segment. In this post, I will focus on the “A” or Analysis phase as it relates to video planning and production. The Analysis phase is an opportunity for you to educate yourself about the content, the audience and the individuals who are important to your audience.
In this post, I sit down with Greg Stevens, Instructional Design Ph. D., SkillQ Learning Architect, experienced project manager and PMP trainer. We discuss the importance of project management skills for trainers and instructional designers. We also talk about the requirements for getting PMP certified.