Serious Author = Analyst + Designer + Developer

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Our Authoring Tool simplifies an Analyst’s live. It simplifies, clarifies, visualizes, automates and speeds up the labor-consuming Analysis with convenient means to systematically narrow our general Activity framework down to specific Organizational, Professional, Learning and Instructional/Tutoring Activities.

  • Organizational Activity is an Activity of an entire organization. According to our framework a holistic specification of Organizational Activity should include Organizational Goals/Values, typical Tasks and their Expected Performances by the organization. If your specification of the Organization Activity becomes complex, you can split it into more simple sub-Activities, then each sub-Activity into sub-sub-Activities and so on until Organizational Activities become simple enough to be specified with Goals/Values, Tasks and their Expected Performances only. One element of the simplified Organizational Activity is a Professional Activity, which is performed by one person
  • Professional Activity is an Activity of a specialist/professional/worker. According to our framework a holistic specification of Professional Activity should include Professional Competencies, typical Tasks, and their Expected Performances. If your specification of the Professional Activity becomes complex, you can split it into more simple sub-Activities, then each sub-Activity into sub-sub-Activities and so on until Professional Activities become simple enough to be specified with only Competencies, Tasks, and their Expected Performances . One kind of Professional Activity is a Learning Activity
  • Learning Activity is an Activity of a novice aimed to be a professional. According to our framework a holistic specification of Learning Activity includes Learning Objectives, Tasks, and their Expected Performances by a learner. If the Learning Activity specification becomes complex, you can split it into more simple sub-Activities, then each sub-Activity into sub-sub-Activities and so on until Learning Activities become simple enough to be specified with only Objectives, Tasks, and their Expected Performances .
  • Instructional Activity is a supervised transformation of the Learning Activity into the Professional Activity. According to our framework a holistic specification of an Instructional Activity should be consistent with Learning and Professional Activities and include  transitional forms of Learning:
    •     from Novice Competencies … to Professional Competencies, where all of them define learning states/levels and last ones define the Learning Objectives. Bloom’s, Kirkpatrick’s, and other scales can be used here
    •     from Learning Tasks …. to Professional Tasks, where all of them define possible instructional Interventions up to authentic Professional Tasks
    •     from Learner’s Expected Performances … to Professional Expected Performance, where all of them define Learner’s Expected Performance of the Instructional Interventions and authentic Professional Tasks.

7K0A0116wBenefits for Designers:

The Authoring Tool simplifies a Designer’s life, improves Designer’s job culture and assures quality of Content. It brings long-awaited Science (and order) into existing Art (and chaos) of Instructional Design.

Our Authoring Tool allows designers to consider available Analysis results (from the Analysts above ) and integrate them together into our strategic Meta-Models of Organizational, Professional, Learning and Instructional/Tutoring Activities by establishing corresponding relations among Analysis results.

  • Organizational Activity Design is establishing relations among Organizational Goals/Values, Tasks and their Expected Performances by the organization, department, team, group, …
  • Professional Activity Design is establishing relations among Professional Competencies, Tasks, and their Expected Performances by a specialist/professional/expert.
  • Learning Activity Design is establishing relations among Learning Objectives, Tasks, and their Expected Performances by a learner.
  • Instructional Activity Design includes:
    • defining Learning Objectives in the range “Novice Competencies – Professional Competencies” and establishing enabling relations among them
    • defining Instructional Interventions in the range “Novice Tasks – Professional Tasks”, evaluating their difficulties and using our media templates for rapid development of Task blueprints.
    • for each Intervention (Task) defining a set of Expected Performances in a range “Novice Performance – Professional  Performances”, using our media templates for rapid development of Expected Performances blueprints of the Tasks
    • Associating each Expected performance with Learning Objective(s)
    • Verification of sufficient coverage of all the Objectives with all the Interventions, Tasks
    • Test-Driving developed Content on our Instructional Engine.

Our Authoring tool explicitly defines a native instructional vision, vocabulary, main constructs and relations (ontology) of a learning Content and its essential context.

  • It simplifies, clarifies, sharpens, visualizes, automates and speeds up the labor-consuming Instructional Design
  • lowers the necessary qualification bar for authors and designers of courses and allows crowd authoring possible
  • allows representing complex organizational, professional, instructional and learning activities with simple unified units and their relations
  • supports visual aligning of learning activities with professional activities/competencies and organizational activities/goals.
  • speeds up design process by
    • offering explicit unified frameworks, patterns, typical clusters, templates and examples (not fuzzy advises)
    • exclusion of labor-consuming and error-prone manual design of one-size-fits-all storyboards, scripts, branching; our Instructional Engine generates them right, automatically for each particular learner in real-time
    • supporting better collaboration among analysts, designers and developers due to the common vision, unified language, framework,…
  • shows the big picture of any curriculum as well as each of its parts in a clear holistic view
  • allows expressing common ubiquitous uncertainty of instructional knowledge and beliefs
  • supports unlimited structuring of learning Activities to optimize learning load, experience and difficulty, improve proficiency, engagement and joy of learning.
  • allows rapid development of blueprint Content in-house by using our framework, templates and examples
  • allows automatic verification of created Content on early stage, early test-drive and Quality Assurance.
  • helps authors design the most effective, diversified and adaptive Content for our Instructional/Tutoring Engine
  • allows outsourcing rich media Content development to 3rd parties based on designed blueprint Content
  • supports self-learning of high-level analytic and creative skills (self-learning by rapid design)
  • allows creating the most comprehensive and cross-consistent Curriculum, which is not possible to do manually
  • allows the traditional labor-consuming and error-prone manual scenario writing, story boarding, scripting and branching to be EXCLUDED from instructional design
  • allows publishing created Content in any LMSs (using LTI spec) to define learners access, pricing and earning based of a revenue sharing model.

7K0A0192wBenefits for Developers:

The Authoring Tool simplifies life of Developers. They do not need anymore to re-develop the same interactive multimedia content many times because of too raw, unclear, incomplete and unstable blueprint Content from the Designers above.

  • Developers will get from Designers a verified, tested and already working blueprint course; all developers need is to upgrade the blueprints up to rich interactive multimedia.
  • Analysts may check the developed product against their results and will be able to give Developers even more details about real working environment to add more authenticity into the Content.

So, the authoring loop Analysis-Design-Development is closed. But the entire process is endless in dynamic working environments.

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