• Domenic Caloia posted an update 3 years, 9 months ago

    The Lectora User Conference was a great experience, both as an attendee and as a presenter. I had an opportunity to discuss some tech issues with some of the Trivantis team and as well as programmers from Elearning Brothers. At the session I presented there were about 40 people and their participation was very enthusiastic.

    The results of the first poll showed that almost two thirds were instructional designers, twenty percent had strong classroom training experience, while a few people considered themselves advanced programmers or learning administrators. Fortunately, I was able to present the advantages of Responsive Learning Design (RLD) from multiple perspectives. After the group discussion, attendees posted how they might use RLD.

    Some ideas posted included one course that could also be used as a refresher, base training with optional specialization paths, fast tracking through a process with options to dive deeper into individual tasks, and letting the user control and explore content or delivery. It was great to see how quickly this group saw the benefits of taking an RLD approach to course development.

    When asked how many pages of content would be needed to create a course with over a million different ways of completing it, almost seventy-five percent thought it would take over 100 pages. Actually, an RLD course could achieve that level of variety with as few as 40 pages! Many of us are already developing courses with many more pages than that.

    Over 90% polled considered RLD to be a valuable design method. That however did not prepare me for the final poll response. Over forty percent thought that they could use RLD to develop a course that was so responsive that it could actually compete with an instructor led class! RLD gives Lectora users the ability to create highly responsive courses that serve a multitude of learners.

    One question that did not come up is worth noting. RLD is not an all or nothing decision. Designers can start creating a course as they usually do or edit an existing course. A RLD section can be added anywhere within a traditionally designed course. The point is, we can provide the learner with the option to change content and / or delivery style only where it is warranted. I will be working on a sample course that I will share with the Trivantis community.