Project: Create an “Absorb” Activity
AECT Standard 2 (Content Pedagogy): Candidates develop as reflective practitioners able to demonstrate effective implementation of educational technologies/processes based on contemporary content and pedagogy.
AECT Standard 2.1: Creating – Candidates apply content pedagogy to create appropriate applications of processes and technologies to improve learning and performance outcomes.
Tools: Articulate Rise 360
In my IDTE 570: E-learning course, we completed three projects: Absorb, Do, and Connect*. Each project was completed using a different authoring tool.
For my Absorb project, I used Articulate’s Rise 360 authoring tool. You can view the live course at the bottom of the page.
Project Title: How to Create a Great Presentation
The purpose of the project is to train novice undergraduate students in presentation planning and design.
This lesson helps participants discover how to craft presentations around essential objectives, present key concepts and ideas with power and enthusiasm, design and present effective visuals, and provide resources to aid the learner in locating quality presentation design tools and skills. Absorb elements include readings, videos, and visual field trip of sorts using an interactive graphic.
The most challenging part for me was the limited functions within Rise 360. You’re very limited in what you can customize in Rise. Storyline and Captivate both allow for customization of almost everything in the learning module, but with Rise, you’re only able to make a few modifications based on the provided block templates.
Even though Rise has limitations, I’m glad I used it. I wanted to branch out into another authoring tool and I do think Rise is a good tool. For me, the top benefits of Rise are:
- The ability to quickly and easily create a responsive eLearning module
- Easy-to-use templates
- Fully online means collaborating with a partner without exchanging files
I think Rise works best for ABSORB type projects. The platform really lends itself to text-based content with some video and graphics. For those times when you need to create a short course quickly, Rise is an excellent choice.
*Absorb, Do, and Connect refers to activity types from E-LEARNING BY DESIGN by William Horton.
Absorb activities inform and inspire. Absorb activities enable motivated learners to obtain crucial, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs or to further their learning. In Absorb activities learners read, listen, and watch. These activities may sound passive, but they can be an active component of learning (Horton, 2012).
The live course, How to Create a Great Presentation, is available via the link below.