Saturday, September 26, 2009

Template Based Rapid Interactions: Overcome the Myths


"Are you shopping for a ginger bread cookie or a wedding cake?"

That was the question Seema Chaudhary posed, to highlight the difference between template-based rapid interactions and traditional custom interactions.

Seema Chaudhary, President at Harbinger Knowledge Products, was speaking at the 2009 Online Learning Conference held in New York on Sept 23-24, 2009 in a session on Optimizing Rapid Development co-presented with Bryan Chapman.

Traditional custom interactions meet unique needs by offering full programming freedom. Template based interactions, on the other hand, are pre-coded, so you need no additional programming to customize them using your own content.

Seema stated five misconceptions about template-based interactions. Template-based interactions, according to these misconceptions -

1. Are hard to customize
2. Offer limited selection
3. Cannot fit in multiple authoring systems
4. Might at best be a canned solution
5. Look tacky


Then she went about busting these myths one by one, by showcasing examples drawn from a large library of cool looking interactions that are easy to customize and easily embedded in several authoring tools. The examples, drawn mostly from Raptivity, did all the talking.

A link to this session is available here.

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