Pyramid Method
Communication Course

Overview

An eLearning experience developed and implemented in Talent LMS, with integrated modules from Articulate 360’s Storyline and Rise authoring tools.

This course implements microlearning and adult learning principles and Gagne’s 9 Events of instruction in its design. It also integrates gamification and extensive feedback and assessments throughout the training.

Audience – Adult professionals and students who want to improve their effectiveness in communication, both written and verbal.

Responsibilities – Instructional design, eLearning design, script writing, scenario scriptwriting, evaluations, and assessments

Tools used – Talent LMS, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Creative Cloud, Powerpoint, Microsoft Forms, Vegas Movie Studio, Camtasia

Problem

University graduates along with young and seasoned professionals are always keen to improve their communication skills. Particularly when they deal with an authoritative person like an executive, whether in a presentation or an unplanned encounter, being able to organize their ideas in a cogent, organized and persuasive structure is a sought-after skill.

Solution

Developed by a highly influential thought leader from McKinsey & Company Consulting (Barbara Minto), the “Pyramid Method” is structured to help consultants communicate directly and persuasively, and has been a cornerstone of consultancy skills for decades.

I designed and developed this 20-minute interactive eLearning course to give learners an introduction to the Pyramid Method, intending to make a lively and interactive UI that engages learners through various types of feedback and modes.

Process

The course design took place over 2 months in my graduate program in Instructional Technology. As such, it incorporates a strong theoretical and design foundation, particularly Gagne’s 9 events of learning.

I started with Talent LMS, to explore the capabilities and limitations of the platform for course creation (rather than just delivery). I found that, although some drag-and-drop and quiz mechanisms were native to Talent LMS, and the UI was clean and straightforward, I would need to develop some modules in the Articulate 360 suite in order to make the course more robust and interactive.

So I developed 2 elements in Storyline –

  • A mini scenario module of an “elevator pitch” scenario.
  • A Jeopardy-style drag-and-drop game

And I developed 2 elements in Articulate Rise –

  • A set of content-presentation panels
  • A drag-and-drop matching activity, for cognitive mastery of the pyramid concept

The rest of the course is made up of edited video content, a few original graphics, formative assessments, and an evaluation instrument created in Microsoft Forms.

This is a concept course that will continue development in the future.

Design Documentation

Course Map

Visual Mockups

Outcomes

The course is housed in Talent LMS but not available to the public. As of this writing, it serves mainly as a proof-of-concept eLearning experience incorporating asynchronous microlearning course modules for adult learners in business or academic environments.

Takeaways

I enjoyed developing this course by starting with the LMS, and getting accustomed to how to integrate content from the Articulate 360 suite with the LMS. There were some unexpected idiosyncrasies with the process, which were instructive for my development journey.

I hope to take a similar approach with other LMSs going forward, starting with their native functionality and supplementing with external authoring tools.

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