Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Four Tips for Cutting Costs on eLearning Development



In a slow economy, where training budgets are often slashed, instructional designers must develop training on a limited budget. But how do you cut costs without sacrificing quality? Here are four cost-saving tips to help you save money and time.
  1. Find Free Image Sites on the Internet
    Why pay for images when you can get them for free? Simply search the Internet for free image sites for your graphics instead of using paid image sites, such as, shutterstock or Fotosearch, or hiring a graphic artist to create them. To find free images, try Stock.xchng (http://www.sxc.hu/) or Dreamstime (http://www.dreamstime.com/). Here is a list of additional sites contributed by the Articulate community members: http://community.articulate.com/blogs/david/archive/2013/08/16/free-stock-photos-for-e-learning.aspx

  2. Build Your Own Graphics LibrarySave time and money by getting organized. Consolidate your existing photos and vector graphics into a personal graphics library. Ensure you add descriptive file names and meta tags to streamline the search process for images. Re-use images whenever possible for other training projects.

  3. Shoot Your Own Training Videos
    Shoot video using your smartphone or an inexpensive high definition camera. This is less expensive and faster than hiring a professional video crew to do the job. To edit video on your smartphone, try free smartphone video apps, such as, Montaj (http://www.montajapp.com/) or Magisto (http://www.magisto.com/), or check out the nine apps listed on http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/video-editing-apps/.

  4. Do Your Own Video Editing
    Edit video with free video editing tools or smartphone editing applications to save the cost of an expensive video editing tool or service. To edit film, try the following free tools: Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) or Windows Movie Maker (www.windows-movie-maker.soft76.org/).
With these tips, you will save money and time on your eLearning projects. Let us know how these tools work for you.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Journey of Redesigning Raptivity

I have been associated with Raptivity for a long time now. Working as a User Experience Expert, my job demands to conceptualize means and ways that enhance a user’s experience with Raptivity. With this objective in mind, I have initiated many significant developments and changes in Raptivity. One such significant development has just been successfully concluded by the Raptivity team. We have completely redesigned Raptivity’s User Interface.

All this started a year back when as a focused effort to improve Raptivity user experience, the Raptivity team started collating users’ opinion about Raptivity. Their usage patterns were studied. Alongside, eLearning industry experts’ reviews on Raptivity were also initiated. Once everything was ready and studied, I sat with my team to layout the design for the new user interface.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Internet Explorer compatibility for Raptivity interactions.

How many of you prefer to use Internet Explorer? I am pretty sure the number is quite high. The fact is that despite many other browsers getting really popular, there is still a considerable chunk of users who prefer to use Internet Explorer.