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P08 Designing and Adapting eLearning Projects to Real-world Constraints

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Tuesday, October 28

Donatello 3

There are a number of great models for designing a high-quality eLearning course. Unfortunately, few of those models hold up as written when applied in the real world. You’re in the trenches, tasked with designing and developing eLearning with limited budget, hardly any time, and few, if any, resources. And yet, you are still expected to complete the project and get the job done.

In this workshop you will explore various tools and techniques for getting the most out of your design process, working smarter instead of harder, and getting the job done despite the project constraints. You will learn practical tips, tricks, pointers, and work-arounds for designing eLearning with whatever resources you have available and improving learning experiences no matter what the barriers are. You will discuss the critical roles of analysis and planning, design best practices, project management, development best practices, and more. You will work through a series of scenarios designed to simulate real-world challenges, giving you the opportunity to apply the techniques learned in this workshop into practice.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The importance of “early and often” analysis in the eLearning process
  • Opportunities for leveraging rapid-prototyping methods
  • How to use storyboarding to facilitate rapid development in your chosen authoring tool
  • How to successfully manage an eLearning project
  • How to perform basic QA and usability testing
  • How to find appropriate Creative Commons-licensed content and media

Novice designers and developers who want to get the most out of their people, their software, and their content.

Technology discussed in this session:
Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) online media resources, project management tools.

Participant technology needs:
Laptop computer with MS Office and web access.

Tracy Parish

Education Technology Specialist

Southlake Regional Health Centre

Tracy Parish is an education technology specialist for a regional health centre in the Greater Toronto area. She has a diverse educational background of computer programming, adult educational training, and eLearning design and development, leading to an instructional design career. Tracy has over 12 years of experience in face-to-face and online instructional design, development, and project management, as well as LMS implementation and administration. She is an active Articulate Community Hero, co-host of the Toronto Storyline User Group, the social media/marketing director for the Canadian eLearning Conference, and one of the moderators of the weekly Twitter event, #lrnchat.

Trina Rimmer

Sr. Manager of Marketing and Customer Engagement


As senior manager of marketing and customer engagement with Articulate, Trina Rimmer uses her many years of eLearning design and development expertise to nurture and grow the E-Learning Heroes community. Before joining Articulate, she worked as a designer, eLearning developer, and writer focused on delivering engaging, effective learning and performance solutions to various companies, from global aid organizations to Fortune 500s.

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