I’m going to outline the project milestones that I’d have if I were the instructional designer for the “Make the Ugly PowerPoint into a Beautiful Articulate” project (as I’m calling it now).
- Meet with the Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) and stakeholders to determine the goals and objectives of the course. Also, find out when they’d like to see this in production, or how much time they would expect this project to take.
- Using the information from the meeting, create a storyboard that includes a draft version of the script along with some ideas about the graphics. Distribute this to the SME’s for script approval. I like to include a hard deadline for their feedback to keep the project on track.
- Develop the graphics, gather or take photos, and get copies of other media like videos or supporting documentation.
- Create the assessments making sure they align closely with the objectives we’ve determined from the first meeting. Also, if evaluation data is needed, it’s a good idea to put together a pre and post test at this point. These tests could be made up of questions from each assessment in the course. If it’s a shorter course, just a final test may be all that’s needed.
- Create interactions, animations, and triggers that will be featured in the course. Also insert other media like video or websites.
- Upon final approval of the script from the SME’s, record the voice over (if necessary).
- If a voice-over is required, edit the audio and insert it into the presentation. Paste the script into the notes section and synch the audio to the animations.
- Publish a draft of the presentation and send to the SME’s for feedback. Again, I like to give them a deadline to keep the project on track.
- Make any changes based on the SME feedback.
- Create a PDF version of the presentation that includes the notes. Also add any additional resources like weblinks and other documents for further study on the subject.
- Re-publish the final presentation and set up online. If needed, create the appropriate content ID’s for the LMS and attach the content.
- Send the links to the stakeholders for promotion of the course to the appropriate audience.
I like to use a “checklist” for my projects so I don’t miss any steps along the way. It’s modeled after the ADDIE model. I may stray away from this model at times, but I feel it’s a good starting point. If I’m working with printed material, I can print this checklist out and attach any relevant materials. I have found it to be very useful when I’m working on several projects at one time and need to jump from one project to another and keep track of them without missing a beat.
Next post, I’ll dive into the actual project.