elearning interaction builder

At first I was skeptical when my friends at eLearning Brothers made the promise that “no programming skills or software are needed” to use their eLearning Interaction Builder. I might have even rolled my eyes and laughed out loud when they claimed I wouldn’t need an IT department and that I’d be able to “easily download a file to insert any interactions into an eLearning course.

It’s not my first time to the eLearning rodeo – I know it’s never as simple as it looks. But in this case, I was wrong. I take it all back. (And, I’m sorry I rolled my eyes.) The eLearning Brothers were right.

After creating a few interactions using the Interaction Builder, I can tell you: they aren’t joking when they say anyone can use it. This tool is friendly enough that even a non-techie like me was able to create an interaction in less than five minutes. I didn’t even have to watch the tutorials before I started using the tool. However, I did watch a tutorial afterwards, and I was impressed. In 4 minutes and 40 seconds, Brother Andrew demonstrates everything you need to know in order to successfully use the Interaction Builder.

Activities or interactions provide a way for learners to engage with the content and they make it possible to evaluate a learner’s progress. They are a critical part of an eLearning course’s success. Simply put: if you create ineffective interactions in your eLearning content, your course won’t survive.

Here’s how the Interaction Builder makes life easier:

  1. It takes only four steps to create an interaction. Back in the day, when I tried to do this without the Interaction Builder, it took me a lot more than four steps. And, in the spirit of transparency, in spite of the endless steps I took, my interactions never actually worked. (Insert sad face here.)
  2. There are more than 15 types of interactions you can choose from– everything from flash cards to games to pyramids to reveals to drag and drops. (Again, I struggled to create one version of an interaction. There’s no way I could create 15 types of interactions.)
  3. Seven letters: WYSIWYG. Yes, that’s right – the interaction builder has a What You See Is What You Get text editor. Enough said.
  4. There are 100+ themes to choose from, as well as the option to customize the theme. Because, as we all know, matching the brand color palette is important.
  5. Images and audio files can be uploaded and used in the interaction.
  6. Downloads are available as a Flash file, HTML, or Lectora Library Objects.
  7. Interactions can be saved, copied, and used again for another course. (Score!)

The bottom line: course development is a lot more fun and a lot less frustrating when you use the Interaction Builder. If you’re an HTML expert or a Flash pro, it might be easy for you to create an interaction. But for those of us who don’t have a clue, or who are trying to save time and streamline our content, using the Interaction Builder makes life a lot easier.

Check out our interaction builder today and you’ll be amazed at the simplicity of use and time savings!

LizSheffieldBioLiz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business. You can contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter.

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