Time really flies it has been a year since we first gave birth to the idea of creating a e-newsletter for our fellow Lectora® users, our esteemed clients, our forum members and not to mention, our partners-in-crime in the elearning industry. J

The past year produced many
first milestones in the young history of eLC; our first eLCian baby, our first Lectora Competition (come to think of it, the first ever WORLDWIDE!), our first e-newsletterokay I am running out of memory space. But you get the point. We are ecstatic over here!

What are you looking at? You are old-hands at this by now. Connect Away!

Psst! The registration for Lectora Competition 2006 will be opening soon in a couple more months. Log in to lectora.com.sg for more details as the date nears. More great prizes await you as our home-grown Competition garners more support! will hopefully be the tagline when the Competition opens up. J


We are also pleased to announce that you will get to connect with a couple of eLCians, Benson and Keith, via a monthly "
eLearning Clinic" column for the Southeast and West Asia HR Journal, Asia Staff.

To coin an eLCian
s favourite exclaimation (and also a private tribute from me),


Contributed by: Ang Gey Wee

In our last previous issue of our newsletter, we talked about 3 approaches to better prepare a set of pedagogically-sound eContent for online learners. In my parting notes, I promised that we will explore various creative ways to engage the online learners. So here we go

Let us recall what we would do, in most cases, if we were to conduct training in a traditional instructor-led lecture:


Break the ice (to gain rapport and attention)
State the scope of the lesson
Access prior knowledge
Conduct of lecture
Pop-questions along the way (to keep the class on their toes)

In a traditional instructor-led lecture, a lecturer can easily engage the learners as and when he/she deems appropriate by moderating the tempo of the lecture and motivating the learners. Asking brain-teaser questions and/or pop-quizzes are usually effective to engage the class and to ensure the class is paying attention to the lecture.

In today
s discussion, let us explore how to engage the online learner in the following aspects:


Engaging via quiz question
Engaging without quiz question

1.    Engaging via Quiz Question

When designing eContent, you can insert pop-quizzes as and when required throughout the eContent. Creating pop-quizzes are not difficult. To increase the interactivity, you can further engage the online learner by using a
Hint button. The function of the Hint button is to reveal one character at a time so as to tickle the online learners mind.

Below are a series of screen shots illustrating the use of the
Hint button:

Sample Screen Shot:

By clicking the
Hint, the first character is revealed.

Sample Screen Shot:

After clicking the
Hint for 3 times, the characters VER will be revealed within the entry box.

Sample Screen Shot:

The online learner can attempt to complete the answer by typing in the entry boxes.

Sample Screen Shot:

Lectora User Tip:

To create this in Lectora, you
ll probably need to create 3 sets of variables for the 3 entry boxes. Within a set, you need:

1 variable as the hint counter;
1 variable to capture the characters based on the hint counter;
1 entry box variable.

2.    Engaging without Quiz Question

Other than using quiz questions, you can engage the online learner by getting them to complete certain activities. One of the considerations for designing such activity is to allow the online learner to practice in a
fail-safe environment, within the parameters of eContent limitations.

For example, in the series of screen shots below, the online learner is encouraged to do a
Read Speed Test so as to assess their reading speed.

The online learner will click on the
Start button to read the document provided.

Sample Screen Shot:

The online learner will attempt to finish reading aloud the provided document while the time counter starts clicking away.

Sample Screen Shot:

At the end of 1 minute, the online learner will note down where he has stopped. He can refer to the word count within the document to check his reading speed.

Sample Screen Shot:

After assessing his reading speed, an example on where he should pause while reading is shown so as to allow him to practice further.

Sample Screen Shot:

Lectora User Tip:

Try exploring the
Timed Test feature in the Test Properties.

I shall leave you to explore further on how you can engage the online learner for now.

Happy exploring!
Gey Wee ANG

PS: Screenshots of the courseware for this article comes from MAJ Tan Kok Chins (from the School of Military Intelligence) courseware Effective Presentation. This courseware is a Silver Award Winner for Best Demonstration of Instructional Design in the Lectora 2005/2006 eLearning Courseware Competition.

Contributed by: Patrick Yeo
Contributed by: Ryan Foo

We are all about customer service this year. In tune with the latest campaign from G*MS, consult us for all your elearning needs and we will make you an offer you cannot resist! So be prep to smile away! J

Good Friday is just over, talk about fast?! I was just lamenting about PH Desert from January till April and whoosh the only long weekend for a long time flew by. Dun you just love TGIFs?! But that just make the Monday blues more sufferable. What can we say? Good times never last? That is too pessimistic for me.



Shandy Ting
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