Do you need to be an e-learning programmer to build e-learning courses?
A lot has changed with e-learning over the past decade or so. As noted before, it used to require a team of people that usually included someone with some programming skills. However, as the rapid e-learning market emerged, the need for programming skills virtually disappeared. That’s great because it opened the industry to a lot of people and organizations.
The challenge though is that while you don’t need to be a programmer, it is still good to know a little about some basic programming. For example, one question we see quite a bit is how to use web objects in Storyline or embed content using the embed block in Rise. Often this involves using an iframe or some other simple web page. And sometimes it means tweaking the embed codes provided by some services like YouTube.
For example, here’s a tutorial I created to show someone in the community how to embed JotForm into Rise using the embed code JotForm generates. What is apparent is that I am like many of you and need to fumble around a bit to get things to work.
Because many people come to the industry without experience or a background programming, it’s a good idea to have access to some resources and tools. Today, we’ll look at a few places to go for quick help.
E-Learning Programmer: HTML Basics
W3 Schools: I recommend this site quite a bit. There’s a lot of good info, tutorials, and ways to test code on your own.
- Learn to create a basic web page to use for local web objects in Storyline. Often, I create simple pages with resource links and then link to them locally. This allows the html page to become part of the published course.
- Learn to work with iframes and embed codes in Rise. Embed codes can be tricky sometimes based on what the source site provides. Often there’s a lot of gibberish that needs to be removed. The more you know about the iframe basics, the better off you’ll be.
Like many of you, I’m no programmer, so I lean on this site to learn to do basic tweaks to some of the code I need to modify for my courses.
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