It was pretty simple. Build a course inside Blackboard(R). I think that part went (is going) well.
Somewhere in past education classes I vaguely remember that it is recommended that we (course developers) learn a thing or two about the learners.
This bit of information became very important when I asked a group of potential learners to be a part of the formative evaluation process. The subject matter wasn't a big problem, maneuvering through the course material wasn't much of a challenge.
The problem most of the evaluators encountered was that they were unfamiliar with Blackboard(R).
I have learned that the entire corporate world does not use Blackboard(R). None of the evaluators were familiar with the program and I was reminded of that vague memory regarding learning a little about your students.
Ah but not to fear, I quickly recovered and put together a tutorial introducing the learner to Blackboard(R) and the features that are needed to be successful in the course I am developing.
If anyone is interested in seeing the tutorial follow this link, http://www.jlazyl.com/files/using_blackboard_demo.swf.
The tutorial was created with Adobe Captivate(R). I used the text to voice feature to create the narration.
Text to voice is a nice feature. Pretty much it involves typing the script into a text box that you want narrated. It is especially valuable when crafting a well narrated piece.
The program gives the option for a female or a male voice. The voices lack inflection and sound a little computerized.
In a future post I will present Adobe Captivate(R) and post a simulator for anyone to play with.
Have a wonderful day!