First week, first steps in content design

hi everybody

It’s been an insightful week, this first week after a sick leave of too many months. My shoulder is recovering, but revalidation will still take a long time. Although I’m working hard at full recovery, my GP remains a bit skeptical…

Anyway, let me tell you about my work in progress last week.  I’m working on my content design skills, which have to be expanded urgently. That goes for our whole team. To be honest, I have been a course developer all my career, writing paper courses combined with my job as a VDAB-instructor. But last year I became a fulltime ecourse developer, which has brought a lot of new learning opportunities… and loads of frustration. Our newly organised team realised pretty soon there was a lot of learning to do and things worked out pretty chaotically at the beginning. Designing an online course is definitely not only about writing anymore. There’s much more to it. Thorough content designing e.g.. And storyboarding. And here’s the work in progress for me:

  •  I promised that I will have finished my first storyboard for a corporate online course by 17th August.
  • I’m giving a workshop on content design for my team members on 25th September.

So, after a hangoutmeeting with my colleague – spending her holidays in France – I decided to redo the course ‘Instructional Design: Storyboarding’ on LinkedInLearning, which I had already gone through earlier, but hadn’t studied yet. It’s a good basis, really. I would recommend it to everyone. As a matter of fact I’ll be using this for my workshop in September.

After working through this course the second time, I had the feeling I could start with my first storyboard, using this template.

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It works, but needs evaluation… In the meantime I read some tips, which I got from my #WOL-friend Jen Deneckere, learning architect. First one is the fact that you should do storyboarding in twos and  second, take ample time for it because of the creative process. This project is a challenge if we have to put in creativity: Because it is only theory. Can I be honest? I’d never make this an online course. There must be other ways.

My colleague Jean-Marie and I have decided to combine the theory with a multiple choice quiz, to increase interaction. Because I know I learn like most people: There’s no real learning while reading. Not only reading, I mean. As an example I’m thinking of this LinkedIn-Learning course mentioned above.  The first time I just lay back and watched. And although I found the contents highly interesting, I only retained just a tiny bit of it. In fact I only remembered the template which I showed above.

If I want the retention rate of this corporate online training to be bigger than a tiny bit, we’ll have to put in more interactive things. Which takes lots of time… Anyway, I see progress, all the more because of my colleague’s experience with Articulate. Tomorrow we’re meeting and working at it. Let’s hope for the best.

How do you tackle a highly theoretical course? Let me know!





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