Concrete Strategies for Building Interactive Courses

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Lectora User Conference Sessions

Concrete Strategies for Building Interactive Courses

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Ms. Penny Kurtz, Training Program Coordinator
Professional Development Program

Erica Hunter, Senior Education Specialist
Professional Development Program

 

Session Objectives:

  1. Learn strategies for organizing and presenting your content
  2. Discover ways to add interactivity to static content pages
  3. Explore methods to build engaging and effective interactions   

 

Description:

We develop eLearning for state government. Many of the courses we build are mandated, which means that every state worker must take the course regardless of their level of interest (or lack thereof). Often the content is dry and uninteresting. Our challenge is to engage the learners and keep them involved as they work through the course. Using Lectora 12, we transform content into engaging, highly interactive courses that help the learner understand and retain the information.


Using examples from our trainings, we will discuss the logic and planning behind the interactions, then show learners how we built them using Lectora. We will also discuss alternative approaches that use the same programing. Examples include click to reveal content pages and a variety of interactions. Participants will leave with new ideas and insights into using Lectora to build engaging, interactive courses.


Presenter Bio:

Penny Kurtz is an instructional designer for the Professional Development Program, at the State University of New York at Albany. Penny has an extensive background in graphic and interaction design, and has been involved in eLearning design and development since 2004. Penny is the lead designer and developer for a number of eLearning products including Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, which won the “Best Practice in Distance Learning Programming” gold award from the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in 2011. She has been developing courses in Lectora for five years, including a fifteen module comprehensive training for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Passport to Partner Services, that won the same gold award from the USDLA in 2013.


Erica Hunter is a project lead and instructional designer for the Professional Development Program, at the State University of New York at Albany. She holds a PhD from the University at Albany and has extensive training and experience in student-based teaching and critical learning. Her team won the PDP 2nd Quarter Team Spotlight Award for the development of the Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Equal Employment Opportunity eLearning courses.

 

Presenters

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Ms. Penny Kurtz

Training Program Coordinator
Professional Development Program

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Erica Hunter

Senior Education Specialist
Professional Development Program