I am hoping to offer a special topics course on rapid course development fall semester. You can see a basic overview of the course below. I was asked to predict what the enrollments would be for a course like this. If this topic interests you and you think you might take this course in the fall if it was offered, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or reply below).
EDTECH 597: Rapid Course Development
3 Credit Online Course
Self-paced tutorials are a common form of learning online. In this course, students will learn how to use industry leading rapid authoring tools as they design and develop self-paced online learning modules (sometimes called elearning).
Prerequisites: There are no required prerequisites. However it is recommended for students to have completed EDTECH 502: Creating Educational Websites, EDTECH 503: Instructional Design, EDTECH 512: Online Course Design before taking this course.
After completing this course you will be able to:
Differentiate traditional from rapid approaches to designing instruction
Critique self-paced eLearning instruction
Apply rapid instructional design principles when designing eLearning
Create eLearning using an industry leading authoring tool
- Evaluate self-paced eLearning
Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline
This sounds fascinating but I'm in the Graduate Certificate Online Teaching track, so locked into my 3 course sequence right now. I'm curious if you will discuss how a university might cater to adult learners with this mode and still meet ULOs, such as groupwork. I guess what I am trying to get at is - are there the tools out there to translate a regular online class in Bb to an eLearning format? I understand that there would be significant redesign involved, but to meet PLOs and ULOs, I would need to be able to have groupwork and peer feedback/discussion integrated. Has eLearning evolved to a design where it's not just one person forging ahead on his/her own but it is a more fluid, dynamic interactive space? Just talking/writing aloud and curious about this topic/class!
People continue to push the boundaries between self-paced and group-paced courses (e.g., self-paced MOOCs are one example). But I could see an instructor creating an self-paced elearning unit on something like Academic Writing that students take for 1-2 weeks during a "traditional" online college course and then they later peer review or co-author something together. So I think the boundaries can be pushed in many ways. I have had students take self-paced elearning to learn HTML (a few years back...) as well as to learn about academic honesty and writing learning objectives. A fully self-paced elearning course could also be integrated into someone's major to learn other concepts / skills at the upper division or graduate level.
I am interested, but I have taken none of the pre-reqs. Do you need to have had all three or just one? When would this be offered? After 512?
I think either the instructional design or online course design course would be helpful to take before this course. Not required but very helpful.
I am interested in this class. Looking at the software, is there any difference between the 2?
But to echo Noura's comment below, I tend to focus less on learning a tool as much as a skill set. I think both are industry standard tools. If you were an instructional designer / developer (especially at the corporate level), you might find one company using Storyline and another Captivate. My background is with Captivate. Captivate is cheaper (e.g., Storyline is over a $1,000); you can do the monthly subscription with Adobe Captivate for $30 a month or buy the Student / Teacher Version for $350). But I would think most people would use a tool that others at their place of employment use OR a tool that they are hoping will strengthen their skill set.
Hello Dr. Patrick,
I'm one of BSU 2015 EdTech graduates. This is the first time I reply to one of the threads here, because I felt it's necessary to add something which will hopefully help students make conscious decision about the courses they're going to take.
I'm here to encourage students to take this course but NOT to promote the use of any authoring tool. I started with articulate SL2 and within the upcoming months will charge my battery to take the initiative to learn Adobe captivate.
Some of the students will wonder what can I do with these tools? these tools are used to transfer your work to live, visit this link to understand their concepts and take sometime to learn the difference between the two authoring tools (captivate, articulate). If you want to know the final output when using Articulate software for example, then take sometime to watch some awesome e-learning examples created by the e-learning community.
When you take this course you will be learning new software and building your e-portfolio at the same time (don't underestimate the small steps you're taking when building your e-portfolio through your master degree assignments).
Some may wonder why should I learn new software? I advise you all to read the attached research paper (published in 2010, relatively old, but should give you a sense of what employees are looking for when hiring)
I advise you to take Dr.Patrick advice about the recommended prerequisite course, because they will enable you to create meaningful assignment when completing your course work
I wish you all the best of luck. The EdTech program was one of the best journeys in my life, so enjoy each inch of it
I agree with what she said <smile>
Thank you, Noura, for your kind and detailed comment. I am so glad to see our graduates still actively involved in our EDTECH community, through our Moodle site and other social networks. What you wrote speaks volumes about our program and its practical applications. I, too, would agree not to focus so much on the specific tool (although you will need to learn some), but instead on the pedagogy and theory supporting any type of learning intervention.
Again. thanks for your response. So great to hear from our graduates.
Agree Dr. Barbara,
Technology alone can't create great learning experiences. Meaningful learning experiences comes when assembling content with the learner need in mind, best practices in designing and developing content and with the appropriate technology that will facilitate the delivery.......I always remind myself of this whenever I come across any new tool
Hi Dr. Lowenthal,
I would be interested in this course. I'm currently enrolled in Edtech 503 and recently completed the Instructional Designer job description assignment. One thing that stood out to me when researching real ID job descriptions is that they almost always ask for skills using Captivate and/or Articulate. I have experience using iSpring recording software but I am interested in being able to understand the differences in these programs.
I have 3 classes left so I hope this is offered soon!
I haven't looked at iSpring in a few years but it used to have some of the features of Adobe Captivate or Storyline but just not near as robust. Job descriptions are tricky because they sometimes are written so they list every possible tool / skill an ideal candidate might have. I wouldn't worry about checking all of those boxes but I do think that Captivate and/or Articulate are good skills to have if someone wanted to focus on working in elearning / online learning as a course developer / instructional developer / media developer.
I would definitely take this course!
I have completed my degree but would be interested in taking this course out of interest in order to beef up my skills in rapid course development.
Even though I've finished the M.E.T., I'm taking a course this semester and I'd be interested in this course as well.
Sounds good. I'm game.
This is a topic I am very interested in this course. What certificate program would this class support?
As far as I know, because this is a special topics course, it will only fit into a degree program as an elective and wouldn't fit into any of the certificates.
Really interested in this course!
Interest = high!
Late to the party but very interested! Question- is this best for work with academic or corporate clients? I'm starting to work with online entrepreneurs. I'm building a distilled version of the design process, and wonder if this would fit and improve what I've got. Thanks!
I would say it works well for academics OR corporate clients but corporate clients have a longer history of using this software / approach.