As I tried out the ElementK tutorial, all I could think was
who designed this stuff and why didn't they ask our department
for any help?!! It appears that ElementK was created using
Authorware and jsp. There are probably over a thousand courses
divided into almost fifteen different categories. Fortunately
there is a search button to try to locate a topic rather than
manually looking for it.
Each course has a description, learning objectives, and estimated
time to complete. Some courses have prerequisites and post
tests. It is a little overwhelming that all of the courses
I looked at would take several hours to complete. Also, the
learning objectives and their format are terrible. Once inside
the course, it appears that you have the option to resume
where you left off. However, every time I tried and I was
sent back to the beginning of the course.
The course is taught using a demonstration-slide method with
accompanying content in a text box. The text box moves around
based on what is going happening on the screen. There is also
a narrator reading the content to you. The audio is a little
annoying, especially since the default is audio on. The courses
seem to follow the tell me, (sometimes) show me, and then
let me practice method of instruction. It attempts to keep
the learner interacting with the course. This seems to work
well for learning, but it takes forever to complete a course.
Overall, it does not seem like a very good self-paced learning
environment. I guess it's not any wonder that people in the
Studio do not use it to learn their tools.