I built dozens of eLearning courses in the Canvas learning management system that have been used by hundreds of learners. When I design a course, I use Mayer’s Principles of Multimedia Learning to reduce extraneous processing, help learners manage essential processing and foster generative processing. I create opportunities to immerse learners in job-realistic environments using 360-degree videos and images. I create interactive learning experiences using Storyline. When designing a course, it’s not enough to ensure learners complete retention tests. I prioritize assessing transfer to ensure users can apply what they learn to real-world scenarios.
The homepage of a course is essential to developing learner buy-in. I use HTML to code my homepages with multimedia. Here is an example of one homepage I designed for a TV news class I developed and instructed. I used Photoshop to create a banner that looks like a TV news set. The course is called Florida Focus, so I edited the name of the course into the virtual TV monitors on the set. I also shot and edited a welcome video to add instructor presence to the first page. I important links to important content on the homepage and embedded examples of projects students will create in the course so they know what to expect.
I designed this course with frontloaded modules to deliver a 3-week boot camp to prepare students to create videos that air on TV in one of America’s largest media markets. The remaining modules help pace student projects. The modules wrap up with career prep and job training lessons.