I've been doing a bit of recording work recently so I decided to compile a handy how-to guide for audio recording for elearning. The guide walks your through finding and setting up a recording space all the way through compressing the final audio files into MP3 format. Just follow the below link and click on the "Audio Recording for eLearning Guide" link.
Hope you find it useful. I'd love any additions or feedback on it for improvement so do share.
Before cruising down the road to developing an elearning lesson, it's important to answer some key questions about it. This will help you avoid pitfalls further down the road, and help match what you create with the needs and expectations of your client.
The below link takes you to a template I use to scope new projects. Whether you're a developer or a project manager, answering all the questions within it will give you a very good idea of what and how you need to complete your project. Keep in mind though that this is only an initial list of questions. You'll need to answer more questions as you proceed through your project, but I've found this to be an excellent resource when working on elearning projects. I hope you will too.
Please feel free to take this template, redesign it, add to it, and otherwise do what you like with it. Also, if you have any comments, improvements, or additions for it, I'd love to hear about them. Always looking to improve my process.
Many learning and development teams seem to have a bit of an identity crisis. Our overarching mission and vision changes annually and no one can quite seem to remember what they are. Our teams are often stuck in silos supporting different areas of the business. Our hiring practices vary by hiring manager. Our annual review scores and incentives are based almost solely on the opinions of supervisors without having consistent, quantifiable performance metrics. We use the ADDIE Model to design training, but each team seems to have a slightly different twist on it. We each use different tools to create our training modules, design our graphics, and build our storyboards. We even have separate learning management systems for different areas of the same company.
Any of this sounding familiar?
This blog is about sharing some simple solutions to these issues and their ilk - it’s about creating a foundation for building a successful learning and development business. Whether you call your business learning and development, organizational effectiveness, training, or some combination thereof, I think this will be a useful series for you. In the following series of articles I’ll help you figure out how to set a clear and consistent vision, hire the best talent, select the right technologies, manage instructional design projects, and more. I’ll outline the high-level steps of establishing your business, provide you with some tools and templates, and (hopefully) generate some great discussion.
With this in mind, if you have particular topics you’d like to see covered in this series (or if you have a completely different question entirely), I’d love to hear from you and see if I can help.
Next time we’ll kick things off by answering the question “What Value Does L&D Provide Anyway?”