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Wisdom of the Masses and Course Creation

Commentary by brainysmurf () on link by , Wisdom of the Masses and Course Creation, Mar 06, 2012.

Thanks for this question, AK. As part of my instructional design role a few years ago, I was part of a working group responsible for test-driving an LMS to see if it would be a good fit for a large organization (over 25,000 users).

Sadly, we did not have our business requirements fully fleshed out when we started. That would have been quite helpful. We learned that the LMS (Saba) could do just about anything we wanted it to do and could be customized and configured to the nth degree. It was quite overwhelming in terms of options.

The knowledge and skills necessary for an instructional designer using and/or evaluating an LMS will vary, depending on the scope of the job and the system used. For example, is the designer developing content inside the LMS (I believe Desire2Learn does this) or is the content developed in other software (Word, PowerPoint, Captivate, other) and then loaded into the LMS? Is the designer or someone else doing the loading? A short list of knowledge and skills might include:
- comfort with navigating new software
- attention to detail
- excellent keyboarding and mousing skills
- basic understanding of web architecture (comfort working with menus, forms, tables, editing commands)
- excellent organizational skills (dealing with multiple files, formats, images, video clips, etc.)
- a bit of knowledge about HTML might help for troubleshooting (particularly when quirky things happen with formatting when copying something from Word or the internet into an LMS).
- comfort developing assessments for an LMS
- strong background in e-learning design and/or adapting materials from classroom to e-learning

Hope this helps?
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