LMS Tips: What technology best communicates the purpose of the content?

An LMS will deliver and track courses, integrate existing content formats and offer a primary course development tool.

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What technology best communicates the purpose of the content?  When you select a particular technology or design format, make sure you are doing so because it is the best way to accomplish your goal.  Subject matter will normally dictate the choice of design and media.  If you are trying to teach software procedures, a screen capture or recording of your mouse movements might be the most effective way to communicate the concept.  In other cases, you may want to use static images but incorporate “hot points” that open multimedia objects in a pop up window.   Also, don’t underestimate the effectiveness of simple images and text utilizing variation in backgrounds, color choices, images and text arrangement.

How and when do I use multimedia?  Video and other multimedia such as Flash movies or PowerPoint can be valuable and entertaining when demonstrating a procedure or concept. To hold learner interest, and save bandwidth, multimedia should be brief and targeted. You also need to consider whether the multimedia object can stand alone as an entire section of the course or should be embedded into a learning screen with other learning screens around it to enhance, add variation and complete the learning concept.

How do I efficiently utilize the authoring options available?  What authoring options are available in the LMS, and can you utilize other authoring options outside of the LMS?  Can you use multiple authoring options within the same course by creating sections from different sources?  What testing features are available and how many exams or quizzes are needed?  What information needs to be tracked and reported from the examination process? Images and text are easy to create, usually require less development time and put little strain on bandwidth.

will increase training efficiency and effectiveness. Some key points to consider: 


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