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Reading 11/15/2009

I really agree with Connie Malamed that the user interface and design should be clear to reduce unnecessary mental processing. The designers and developers are supposed to follow the logical and obvious conventions and think more from the audience’s perspectives.

Recently, I have been designing the courses for the customers. The project manger put much emphasis on the user interface. However, I think she just tries to please the client, because she is the person to pay the money, instead of really thinking about the learners. For example, as needed in the course, I give two images of young and aging skin. Although I have been aware of the fact that the interface of smoothness and quality is a vital thing to pay attention to, in my opinion, to show the big difference that the learners are able to tell is also essential. Therefore, I pick up two images that are not very attractive, but I think they are instructional and meaningful for learners (retailers). Unexpectedly, my idea was severely rejected by the PM.

Since Chinese is composed of many different symbols, lots of things should be considered when doing the typesetting for an online couse. This is something that I found out when starting my work as an instructional designer in Taiwan. For example,  any punctuation cannot be put at the beginning of a sentence. Every symbol should be in alignment and consistent. A phrase could not be seperately arranged because it might influece learners’ reading and don’t look neat. Some types of font cannot recognize a certain number of Chinese symbols. I have spent a bunch of time adjusting these tiny problems.

There are so many different things problems that I should face in doing instructional design job in Taiwan.


Reading 08/09/2009

    • Keep variety. Don’t use an Engage Tab screen for every other page. Mix it up.
    • Intersperse questions throughout the content. Formative questions break the content up with momentary pauses for reflection and to reinforce the learning process.
    • Use Engage Labeled graphics as question pages. “Which of these widgets would you use to paint a monkey?” There’s no penalty for a wrong answer. Let the learner explore.
    • Spice it up with scenarios. This is true for any tool. Keep it interesting with a story. Compel the learner to want to find out what comes next.
    • Use interesting images. I’m lucky to have some graphic artists on my team who know how to turn a page into something quite lovely! That doesn’t hurt.

In the company that I work for, we also use Articulate tools to develop the courses for the clients. Through reading Cammy Bean’s post, I found out the variety of Articulate for using this tool. Speaking of myself, instead of just inserting the graphics, I am used to designing short Flash animation or video in Quizmaker and Engage to help visualize the problems happened in the real situations. I have been using Articulate for a short while, and I agree that this is a rapid and useful tool for designing and developing courses. I also consider it as a critical thing that we need to add more variety to the way that we use it and do the best instructional design to present the content.

tags: Articulate, design

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