Portfolio: North Carolina VLC

Project Description

eLearning Brothers worked directly with the VLC’s Art History subject matter expert to review the current curriculum and find creative ways to virtually bring each piece of art alive for the student. Along with full audio narration, exercises were created to have students interact with the art itself as well as gauge their learning as they progressed through the module. Particular attention was paid to the photographs of the artwork to ensure they clearly illustrated the specific elements which classify the piece within its particular genre or time period.

 

Project Details

Client North Carolina VLC
Date 2014
Software Articulate Storyline
Type Custom Course

 

Testimonial From Client:

“Working with eLearning Brothers was a delight. Misty and Laura were fun, engaging, professional and diligent in their approach to the job and with me personally. They make a great team!”

 

Business Challenge

The North Carolina Virtual Learning Community (VLC) is a collaborative effort between the fifty-eight institutions that make up the North Carolina Community College System. The purpose of the VLC is to develop and maintain high-quality distance learning education curriculums for all students and faculty within a North Carolina Community College.

The VLC was looking for an eLearning developer to partner with them to enhance their pre-existing Art 114 Art History Survey 1 curriculum. This large curriculum consisted of eight modules: Prehistoric Art, Egyptian Art, Aegean Art, Greek Art, Etruscan and Roman Art, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Early Medieval and Romanesque Art and Gothic Art.

Like most projects, this client required a fast-track schedule, as the modules had to be ready for the students by June of 2014. In addition, the modules had to immerse the students into the particular art genre they were studying. This required particular attention to the use stunning graphics, detailed illustrations and learning exercises. And finally, the course had to follow 508 Compliance so that all students and faculty at the North Carolina VLC, regardless of individual challenges, would be able to fully experience the 114 Art History curriculum.

 

Solution

eLearning Brothers worked directly with the VLC’s Art History subject matter expert to review the current curriculum and find creative ways to virtually bring each piece of art alive for the student. Along with full audio narration, exercises were created to have students interact with the art itself as well as gauge their learning as they progressed through the module. Particular attention was paid to the photographs of the artwork to ensure they clearly illustrated the specific elements which classify the piece within its particular genre or time period.

 

Audience

Students and Faculty within the North Carolina Virtual Learning Community (VLC).

 

Development

eLearning Brothers began by developing a template for all eight modules to follow. That template was approved by the VLC, and then followed throughout the remainder of the project. The template was kept simple so that we could make sure that the artwork and illustrations were the focus of each page. Simple transitions were also used to maintain movement throughout the modules as the User progressed from page to page.

The client provided all videos and 3/4 of the photographs and graphics for the modules. However, we were challenged with finding the remaining required photographs of the artwork – royalty free. Because many of the pieces of art required were very specific, our typical stock photo sites did not contain the images we needed. Luckily, we found an amazing resource for royalty free photographs for many of the specific pieces of artwork needed for the course.

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