I came across a really encouraging post in an e-learning forum this week with a great example of a point I try to often to get across when talking about e-Learning design. New designers and developers say with great regularity that they can’t do much except page-turners because of the tools at their disposal. My response is that with enough creativity and cleverness you can implement a good design in nearly any tool, to which I usually get some nods of agreement but also some skeptical rolling of the eyes. Well, check out this little screencast at http://screenr.com/DK1. It’s a short presentation from Tom Kuhlmann of the Rapid E-Learning Blog in which he describes a solution he built entirely in PowerPoint/Articulate that recreates one of Allen Interactions’ most well-known and engaging examples: the Employee Security supervisor training piece.
Providing better authoring tools for e-learning
A common question we get when we demonstrate what we thinke-learning should be today is, “What tool did you use to develop that?”When we reveal the expertise it took, many respond that it would be too difficult, too expensive, and too time-consuming for them; and they’d be right. We have the power of skilled, talented people in our studios to make up for the lack of sufficiently powerful and yet easy to use tools, but most don’t. Is this, perhaps, a major reason why so much e-learning is not much more than a presentation with some questions?