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How to design e Learning material using authoring tools based on specific Instructional design principles and pedagogical methodologies Completed

Dates: 23 & 28 Apr 2012
Available Seats: 30
Location: Paphos - Cyprus
Seminar Cost:HRDA

HRDA - Price Table

Small Enterprises
1-49 Employees
Medium Enterprises
50-249 Employees
Large Enterprises
250+ Employees
1 Participant - €280 2 Participants - €480 3 Participants - €680
1 Participants - €590 2 Participants - €990 3 Participants - €1290
1 Participants - €950 2 Participants - €1350 3 Participants - €1550

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Program Objectives:

The objective of this course is to familiarize European teachers and other staff in the Educational sector with enhanced ways to use authoring tools based on specific design principles, Learning Objects’ terminology and pedagogical methodologies. This means that the participants of this course will have the opportunity to gain great knowledge on how to involve tools, strategies and practical tips of utilizing storyboards and authoring tools into teaching.

The training course will provide European teachers and other staff in the Educational sector with an introduction to Instructional design principles and specifications on how to design and develop e Learning material, as well as with hands-on experiences on how to design material based on their student’s needs and pedagogical methods, with practical tips and case studies (from real life scenarios and pre existing eLearning content).

Under this scope, the participants will be familiarized with designing the content of an eLearning unit, comprehend its Learning objects and utilize available authoring tools in practice.

They will also create their own lesson plans + storyboards incorporating tools in their everyday activities based on the lesson’s objectives and final outcomes.

Target Audience:


  • Primary
  • General secondary
  • Vocational/Technical secondary
  • Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
  • Teacher trainers
  • Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
  • Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
  • Other, namely: Instructional designers, e Learning Managers

Course Schedule:

Welcome day : Sunday

Day 1: Monday

  1. Basic Principles of Instructional design
    • Presentation and discussion on basic principles in Instructional design
    • To do’s and not to do’s List in Instructional design
  2. What is eLearning material?
  3. The Pedagogical Theories we use while designing eLearning Material.
    • presentation of these theories
    • Integration with the eLearning Content
  4. Learning Objects
    • What are they?
    • How do we use them?
  5. Designing Learning Objects (LOs)
    • General design principles IT and soft skills (Two different perspectives) Social Activities

Day 2: Tuesday

  1. More Features and Tips on designing L.Os
  2. Multimedia elements (Text, Sound, Video, Animation etc)
  3. Storyboards
    • What is a Storyboard?
    • How do we create one? (Using a template or directly in the authoring tool for the rapid development approach)
  4. Choosing the correct evaluation methodology (Types of assessment and exercises)
Social Activities

Day 3: Wednesday
  1. Presentation of Open source/ free Authoring tools :
    • Exe
    • Course LabMicrosoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS)
  2. Comparing the above tools based on specific scenarios.
Free day

Day 4: Thursday

  1. Let’s talk about some well known Commercial Authoring Tools
    • Articulate,
    • Adobe Captivate
  2. Evaluation of these tools
Social Activities

Day 5: Friday
Collaborative exercises

  1. Hands on exercises on the tools based on specific scenarios delivered by the instructors,
  2. Analysis of existing case studies
  3. Presentation of the Assignment: A scenario based Activity:

2 Groups of participants, 2 Scenarios, 2 projects in terms of lesson plans with storyboards
Small workshop based on the assignment
Social Activities

Day 6: Saturday
Final Evaluation
Finalization of the assignment by the participants

  • Presentation of the outcomes
  • Final Conversation
  • Evaluation of the Course,
  • Certifications
Social Activities
Last dinner in the city center

Sunday: Return back

Course Methodology:

The implementation of the course will be based on project-based learning perspective in which trainees explore real-case studies and challenges, simultaneously developing pedagogical competences and ICT skills while working in small collaborative groups. The participants of this course will be European teachers and other Educational staff cooperating during the course, so as to gain knowledge and competencies in:

  • Instructional design and new pedagogical approaches,
  • Actual designing eLearning content using Storyboards,
  • Utilizing authoring tools, providing them enhanced ways to bring closer the digital world into classroom.

While completing the activities/ project, they also hone their organizational and research skills and develop better communication with their European peers.

Participants are going to take part in group projects utilizing tools. Workshops and Demonstration activities will enable them to be familiarized with the tools, balancing at the same time the pedagogical orientation with the content’s digitalization. Taking advantage of digital competences and pedagogical knowledge will enable them to construct their own storyboards based on real time scenarios. The evaluation of a number of case studies in addition with numerous brainstorming exercises will evolve their critical thinking on how to create new storyboards and e Learning material engaging students on a new dimension of learning.

The participants of the course are going to be evaluated on presentations to the group audience they have assiduously prepared for, based on scenarios that they will form according to their interests and teaching profiles.

Post Program Activities

Participants will receive a memory stick with a copy of all activities created by the course participants, and the material that has been used during the training. Using a password that will be sent to all participants, and which is valid for a whole year, participants get access to the case studies, existing storyboards, presentations that are going to be used during the course and to the course material. Also, they will have 1 teleconference meeting during the next three months with the main instructor of the course at time that it will be scheduled during the course, so as to have a synchronous conversation and exchange of views based on specific thematic areas.

Information on Course Sessions

Contact person for this course: Georgia Koupanou
TEL NR: +357 26 955000
FAX NR: +357 26 955555
EMAIL: georgia@digipro.com.cy

Identification of the trainers:
Chryso Charalmbous Christodoulou BSc Computer Science, MPhil Education Psychology trainer. Konstantina Georga, MsC eLearning systems. Menelaos Sotiriou,BSc Mathematics, MSc Management, Science Education Expert. Christakis Christodoulou BSc Computer Engineering trainer Anthulla Elias Bsc MSc Computer Information Systems trainer. Stelios Stylianou Bsc. Computer Engineering trainer. Maria Eftratiou Bsc Computer Science MA Education trainer. Ioannis Christodoulou BSc. Computer Information Systems MBA trainer. Georgia Koupanou BA Secreterial studies administrator.

Course Venue:

The course will be held in a luxury hotel conference room in Paphos coastal area. The exact venue will be announced soon. We are currently in the process of receiving competitive offers from 4 or 5 star hotels in the area. Participants are expected to arrive in Cyprus through Paphos or Larnaca international airports. They can reach the hotel either by bus or taxi. More details will be announced soon.

Participant Comments:

“A thought provoking seminar. Chryso has indeed managed to set in motion reflective processes that will enable teaching practitioners/professionals to embark on a self-reflective journey regarding their practice and the way they see the teaching/learning context shaping in the future.”

“It is an innovative seminar that will definitely help us reflect on our jobs and change so as to improve our schools and our teaching techniques. Thank you for sharing all these experiences with us.”

“I find it great how the students come to understand why they are learning something (e.g. the metric system) and that surely motivates them to study more but more importantly it helps them realise where they should focus in their learning. This realisation reminds me that I should consciously connect knowledge to experience in the classroom.”

About Erasmus+:

ERASMUS+, the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport (2014-2020) has a special focus on teachers’ professional development. During previous years, the Comenius Training grants offered some good opportunities for individual teachers to attend training courses. Now,ERASMUS+, which has replaced the old Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), really multiplies these opportunities. Never before has there been so much EU support for teachers' professional development through mobility in Europe! The difference is that applications are not submitted by individual teachers anymore. They are submitted by schools. Another aspect is that you can re-apply this year even if you have applied and been funded in the past. So, your school needs to apply for you, as well as for any other of your colleagues, including your interest in training on school development and innovation that you will include in the ‘European Development Plan’ section of the application. For up-to-date information about Erasmus+ please check the Programme's website. Your school will need to apply to your country’s National Agency, who is also the one who will evaluate the proposal. Therefore, your National Agency is also a very good point to start for more information. In the Programme Guide, at section “Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals” make sure to read sub-section “Mobility projectfor school education staff”(page 61) or “Mobility project for adult education staff”(page 68).

About the Organisers:

Digipro Computer Consultants Ltd was established in Cyprus in 1990. Digipro’s mission statement is to provide specialised and innovative customer care through professional services that focus on continuous development and quality assurance. Digipro encompasses a wealth of expertise in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and executive management consulting and coaching. These services integrate processes, people and ideas to create new kinds of learning design that offer true educational value. Digipro is an innovative learning design organisation involved in educational research and development using technology as a platform for enhanced learning. Digipro has been organising successfully International training courses for teachers, funded by the European Commission (up to 2013 by the LLP Comenius Programme and as of 2014 by the ERASMUS+ programme). These courses offer innovative teaching practices and use of e-learning resources and tools in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in European schools. Digipro is the main developer of the FUNecole® Creative Learning. FUNecole® was analysed as a Best Practice in "Creative and Innovative Good Practices in Europe" report by JRC, IPTS & DG Education & Culture of European Commissionand endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations for ICT Starters Qualifications.

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