Before we start
Building a course is not about knowing how to operate our CMS Editor
It’s about imagining the structure and working on layouts that hold the contents well. It’s about Action Points – deciding what Actions you want your users to take in their workplace after they have done the training.
Modifying an off the shelf module (where those considerations have been made already) is a lot easier than building a course from scratch. A blank “new course” canvas is difficult to approach, compared to something pre-existing that you can improve/customize/fully change to your needs and liking.
It’s important to consider this, in order to keep things in perspective.
In using the Editor, it is easy to introduce errors that can break the final course. HTML/Code is a landscape full of potential conflicts between intention and outcome, and our CMS Editor is a powerful tool, developed in-house over almost two decades, with a lot of flexibility in how it is used. New Production Team members need months learning how to use it.
Skillcast spends a lot of resources on quality assurance and testing prior to every course roll-out. Quality assurance becomes a more complicated matter when persons outside of our Production Team use the tools to make content, as testing and ensuring we never roll out a broken course still has to take place. Quality Assurance and Testing is a conversation you will need to have with your Relationship Manager (RM) and/or Service Manager (SM), once you know what your intentions and plans are for making your own content.
- Module = Course content
- Stage = The area where the actual page-by-page content is displayed
- Skin = The area around the stage, containing navigation buttons, and course title
- Page = A layout of information on the stage (like a PPTX slide)
- Learning Path = A container the module/course, or a set of courses, is delivered in
- Properties = The settings applied to a course
- Element = a part of the page; text, image, question, etc. Each page is built up by several elements
- SCORM vs AICC = Two different formats/ways of packaging the course. We use SCORM for most modern content
If you have any questions related to the content and accompanying instructional videos, please contact your Skillcast Service Manager.