Check Out My Latest LinkedIn Learning Course: eLearning Tips

Back in 2017, I shared a post, documenting my experience scripting, recording and producing my very first online course for LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com at the time): Learning Articulate 360: Rise. And while it’s been over two years since that first course launched, I have to admit, it seems like it was only yesterday!

Well, I’m so happy to share that my second LinkedIn Learning course has finally launched. My new eLearning Tips course is something I’ve been collaborating on with the folks at LinkedIn Learning all summer long, and I’m thrilled to finally share it with you!

Elearning development tips from Elearning Tips by Tim Slade

In this post, I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it was all like! Enjoy!

The Planning Process

Back in May of this year, Aaron Quigley, a Content Manager from LinkedIn Learning, reached out to see if I’d be interested in recording a new type of course for their library. In the past, LinkedIn Learning focused heavily on long-form course content—courses that taught a skill or piece of software from beginning to end.

In this case, Aaron was looking to create a course focused on providing short, quick bursts of information on a variety of eLearning-related topics. Think of it as LinkedIn Learning’s version of microlearning.

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After talking with Aaron and brainstorming on the concept, we landed on the idea of a course, providing some of my most practical tips for the entire eLearning development and design lifecycle, including:

  • How to conduct a needs analysis to determine if learning is the answer.
  • How to work with your stakeholders and subject matter experts to plan your eLearning project.
  • How to collect and organize your learning content into an eLearning storyboard and prototype.
  • How to design the look and feel of your eLearning course.
  • How to add interactivity to your eLearning course.

At this point in the process, I created what LinkedIn Learning calls a Table of Contents (TOC), which is simply a high-level outline of each video and its learning objectives.

The Scripting Process

Once the TOC was approved, the next step was scripting! And this is where you’re paired with a producer, whose job is to make sure the course is actually created.

For this course, I was paired with Dianne Starke and she was amazing! In addition to copy editing my scripts, she also worked to arrange my travel, book the recording studio, QA the final videos, and I’m sure a ton of other things I wasn’t even aware of!

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Now, I have to be 100% honest: this course was not easy to script. The goal was to keep each video around three minutes or less, and my biggest challenge with keeping everything short and sweet. Luckily, Dianne was able to help me edit my scripts down to the key bits of information, while helping keep my sense of personality intact!

The other challenge was my travel and project schedule. In addition to scripting the videos for this new course, I was also designing and developing the new Snagit 2020 Certification course for TechSmith and traveling almost weekly to facilitate various eLearning workshops with different clients. From start to end, the scripting process lasted almost three and a half months, starting in mid-July and lasting until the end of September.

The Filming Process

Once the scripting was complete, it was time for filming, which we scheduled for the first week in October. Unlike my first LinkedIn Learning course on Articulate Rise, which was all software-based screen recordings, this course was primarily live-action video, with some screen recordings for demonstration.

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As I mentioned in my last post, the LinkedIn Learning offices are located in Carpinteria, California, just south of Santa Barbara. And I can’t emphasize enough the impressiveness of the LinkedIn Learning offices. From the outside, they don’t look like anything special, but once you walk in, it’s a totally different story. While they have several buildings dedicated to normal office space, there are two or three buildings just for recording. One looks like a sound stage, with various sets for live-action shoots, and another that is full of small recording booths.

The first day of recording was a breeze! We started on a Tuesday and planned to finish by the end of the week. Rather than recording the videos in chronological order, we focused on the screen demonstrations first and managed to knock them out by noon.

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The remainder of the week was focused on the live-action filming, which was a bit more challenging. I’ll be honest, it’s intimidating being recorded on camera, especially when you have several people watching from another room. Once the lights and camera are turned on, you quickly become hyper-aware of your insecurities and start questioning whether or not you pronounced each word properly, whether you’re smiling enough or too little, and a bunch of other crazy stuff.

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After a few takes, I managed to calm my nerves (along with the crazy little voice in my head) and knock out all of the live-action videos by Friday afternoon, as planned. During the filming process, Dianne, my producer, gave me notes and helped make sure I was showing my personality on camera. Dianne was also assisted by Peter Fuller, another amazing producer, who helped with all of the technical aspects of filming.

In The End…

At the end of it all, it was an amazing experience scripting, recording, and producing this new course! Between Aaron Quigly, Dianne Starke, Peter Fuller, and the rest of the amazing folks at LinkedIn Learning, they all contributed so much and helped to make this course a reality!

When you get a chance, check out my eLearning Tips course on LinkedIn Learning and let me know what you think by commenting below!

Tim Slade
Tim Slade is a speaker, author, and award-winning freelance eLearning designer. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, Tim has been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for his creative and innovative design aesthetics. Tim is a regular speaker at international eLearning conferences, is a recognized Articulate Super Hero, author of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook and creator of The eLearning Designer's Academy.

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