When researching my recent blog posting on desktop vs mobile learning I was struck by something that should probably have occurred to me a long time ago.
Rapid authoring tools display content on a screen by screen basis
Most, if not all the rapid authoring tools create content based on individual screens: content is displayed on a single screen and the learner clicks next or performs a similar action to move on to the next screen. This could be seen as the legacy of PowerPoint (many of the products integrate with that application) but it goes back even further to that old fashioned technology, the book, where we turn the page to read the next bit.
The tyranny of click next!
This can lead to the tyranny of “click next”! Also, many websites no longer run on this basis. Typically the user scrolls or jumps down a single page to view the content. As I suggested in my earlier piece e-learning content should be developed to more closely match the learner’s experience of using the web generally.
This got me thinking whether you could do something similar with a rapid authoring tool such as Lectora and you can view the result here. I must admit it is one of the things I like about Lectora – it is a blank canvas ready for you to add your own ideas.
Lectora is a blank canvas upon which you can add your own ideas
I would be very interested in people’s comments, especially if they have attempted similar ideas. Also I would be happy to share the Lectora files if anyone else would like to adapt them for their own purposes. Just get in touch!