A UNIQUE ADVANTAGE
Rapid. Engaging. Effective.
Our unique advantage is SmartBuilder. With SmartBuilder, we can rapidly generate interactive, engaging and effective courseware for you, which translates to lower costs and faster turnaround.
And since SmartBuilder empowers instructional designers to create and edit content for themselves, content maintenance can be kept in-house. You shouldn't have to call us every time you want to make a change, and using SmartBuilder, you won't have to.
The ultimate goal of our consulting services is to partner with you in delivering great training, whether:
We Design. We Build.
For the greatest impact on performance, we take a learner-centric, as opposed to content-centric, approach to design. During the design phase, we'll work with you to quickly hone in on activities that address needed skills and stumbling blocks, and that your learners will find relevant and motivating.
To identify these activities, we quickly create functional prototypes, the development of which is a unique strength of SmartBuilder. This means you don’t have to choose between effective designs and competitive cost. To learn more about rapid prototyping, view this interview with Cathy Moore, an elearning guru and popular blogger.
In the production phase of projects, we continue to leverage SmartBuilder for time and cost savings. For example, we can:
- Create rich interactivity without using programmers
- Rapidly set up logic and branching
- Collaborate among developers using a shared content library
- Streamline translation, if required
Case Example: Appropriations Law for a U.S. Federal Agency
With key administrators being inundated with questions about how agency funds can be used to buy anything from coffee mugs to furniture, this federal agency needed their employees to be proficient in applying procurement law. SmartBuilder conducted a brainstorming and prototyping workshop to uncover appropriate learning experiences. Then, activities were developed that included realistic contexts, multi-step tasks, embedded coaching and links to the procurement law knowledge base that learners would need to access on their jobs.
The programming really brought the content to life! Thank you so much for caring so much about meeting our needs and achieving my dream for the course. It's groundbreaking for us! Now everyone can see, literally, that we can produce engaging, skill-building elearning.
This program was the most well-designed elearning program I have used, with the most relevant fact patterns. Completing this course was enjoyable and genuinely applicable to real-life work scenarios.
Best on-line training format I have seen. Great job!
You Design. We Build.
Our experienced developers are highly efficient at generating content based on client designs and storyboards. In many cases, we can use an existing template as a starting point for your content.
At the same time, your project may have atypical needs such as special tracking or integration, or unique interactivity. SmartBuilder provides the versatility to help us meet your requirements. And in the few situations where it can't, we’ll use alternate technologies or point you towards other solutions to consider.
Case Example: Protected Areas for The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) needed to develop over 40 lessons on protected area conservation for a global audience. SmartBuilder worked with TNC to establish a series of templates to streamline the development process. These included presentation pages with nested content, links to resources, self-reflection questions and note taking, and a variety of assessment formats. SmartBuilder designed the templates to accommodate multiple languages and then worked with TNC to implement five language versions of each lesson using SmartBuilder’s translation management features.
Multiple developers, editors, reviewers, and translators located across the United States needed to participate simultaneously on the Business Planning for Protected Areas course - a daunting, 40-hour proposition. SmartBuilder allowed us to work collaboratively, greatly improving our production efficiency.