You have content that you want to share. You want this content structured so that the person who takes your course (content) learns specific, measurable pieces of information – learning objectives. You want the individuals who take your course (content) to retain the information and apply it in their work or non-work setting.
- Your business or organization has content that you want to share with employees, suppliers, or the general public.
- If you are an association, you may want to share the content with your board or membership.
- A non-profit may want to share content with your donors, prospective donors, or volunteers.
- If you are a teacher you may want to share how-to’s or reviews with other teachers. You may also want to create courses for your students.
- Independent trainers may want to share parts or all of their face-to-face training sessions.
- Application developers may want to share how-to’s and demonstrations of your software application.
The list goes on…but you get the point.
This is what eLearning is all about.
And, while most eLearning courses are hosted on Learning Management Systems they do not have to be. Courses can be placed on a website, distributed on a CD or a flash drive. Courses can even be shared through services like Dropbox.
The important part is you have content that you want other individuals to have access to and review in a structured manner to learn something specific.
So how do you get the content into a course?
That’s where O2 Digital Media can help. We have a comprehensive background in creating courses to meet your needs. We have produced, or helped authors produce courses in more than a dozen industries. This gives us a range of experience to help you tailor your content to the type of course you want to create.
What do you need to get started?
Typically, authors have created Powerpoint or Keynote presentations. Others have the content in Word documents or PDF files. These formats are the building blocks to help you get started in authoring an eLearning course.
How will the course be displayed?
That’s up to you and your organization. We can produce your courses in one or more of several different formats.
- Interactive eLearning courses. This format is hosted on an LMS, website, are shared in some other manner. Interactive eLearning courses contain pages that include text, graphics, and images. We can create custom graphics so the author’s point is made more professionally than with clipart. Multimedia including audio, video, and animations are important elements in this course format. Truly interactive courses include interactive exercises allowing the learner to perform virtual “try it” exercises or simulations. Test questions with a passing score of 80 percent complete the assessment.
- Rapid eLearning courses. This format is a narrated Powerpoint or Keynote presentation. Courses include text, images, graphics, and test questions. We have created custom graphics so the author does not need to worry about using cheap looking clipart. Ideally speaker’s notes are included as the course transcript, however, we have created courses without speaker’s notes. Some of the more advanced courses will include interactive exercises. Course authors provide the narration or voice talent is retained.
- Screencasts. Screencasts are digital recordings of computer screens. Screencasts are used to take learners through “how-to” tutorials or application demonstrations. They show how to perform specific actions using your computer. Screencasts narration and sometimes video of the author interspersed in the cast. They can enlarge parts of the screen to draw attention to an element such as an menu bar. They can also include computer audio including mouse clicks.
- Webinar conversion to a Rapid eLearning course. Webinars are an extension of web conferences. Typically, organizations broadcast a presentation, lecture, or workshop over the Web. In many cases there is limited audience interaction. In other cases, Webinars are more collaborative and include chats to answer questions or offer viewpoints from members of the audience. O2 Digital Media has taken Webinar slides and narration and converted the Webinar to a Rapid eLearning course. This format add more structure to the author’s delivery, cleans up some of the delays and other nuances common to Webinars, and adds test or quiz capabilities.
Contact O2 Digital Media to see how we can help take your content and create one or more courses for your organization.