Maximum Class Size

txlady Community Member Posts: 101 ☆ Roadie ☆
Is there a maximum size class one should plan for?  I have a 24-hour class that a client wants me to create.  Surely that isn't possible?


  • jhauglie5350
    jhauglie5350 Community Member Posts: 25
    I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you asking:
    • Is there a limit to the number of users who can take a course at the same time?
    • Is a 24-hour long course unreasonable to design/build/support/maintain?
    • Is Lectora the best tool to use when building a 24-hour course?
    Or perhaps something else? Could you clarify? Thanks!
  • txlady
    txlady Community Member Posts: 101 ☆ Roadie ☆
    I should have explained myself better.  So sorry.  I have a 24-hour course to build.  The customer normally teaches it in person over a 3-day period.  I'm guessing Lectora won't handle one project that would have a 24-hour output.  It seems like it will be terribly large.

    So my next thought is 3 classes 8 hours long each.  The longest class I've ever created is one-hour long.  Can Lectora handle 8 hours?  Again - seems awfully large.

    The number of users that will be taking the class at one time will be about 20.  The logistics of this are stressing me a little.  I realize the number of users will be a server thing.  I own the server - so I can add more memory as needed.

    Another question I have is - when a class is loaded - does the entire class load at one time on the student computer, or does each page load when the NEXT button is clicked?  This part would affect memory on the user end.  I can't find any details on how the class will load.

    Thank you for asking for clarification.
  • jhauglie5350
    jhauglie5350 Community Member Posts: 25
    Appreciate the clarification!

    The first thought I have is that translating a standard instructor-led class to a self-paced online class may or may not have a 1:1 relationship. So a three-day, 8-hour-a-day course that results in attendees getting 24 hours of learning credit may very likely not follow the same patterns and "flow" when you take it into an online environment.

    Whether Lectora (or any development tool) can manage an 8-hour class, however, is probably not the best way to approach your redesign. Think about all the time you (could) spend online - if you indeed spent 8 hours uninterrupted, you are probably doing a lot more than simply paging through a series of related screens.

    What I hear you asking is, "What's the best way to break this 24-hour instructor-led training course into smaller components? And is there a constraint on the output from Lectora that could impact how long each of those components should be?"

    The second question (is there a constraint) is no - not to my (limited) knowledge, any way. Our company uses Lectora for training modules that range in length from 15 minutes to 3 hours (and probably longer). The available network bandwidth of the user at the time he or she views it is the primary factor that affects viewability and to a degree, the "viewing (or learning) time." When a user is onsite and on the network, there's rarely any issues with viewing it seamlessly and within the stated time. When a user is viewing it remotely over a VPN or through a home network of some sort (including hotspots), it can have more lagging or freezing than someone prefers, but that's a consequence of the delivery network, not the tool used to create the module. So a 2-hour course for one user at the office may be done in 2 hours or slightly less; the same course taken offsite could take 2.5 hours.

    But your real question concerns breaking the training apart and then building it in a meaningful way for online learning. My suggestion there would be to look at the entire 3-day agenda and create a high-level outline of the topics covered. (Maybe use the standard three-day agenda to do this.) Then start with the actual (terminal) objectives you have for the course, and match these up (I'd use a simple table to do this). Once you align the topics to the objectives, you should clearly see the relationship between what you want to accomplish and how it can be broken apart into "chunks." Your "chunks" then become the independent modules that you can build using Lectora.

    Hope this helps!
  • txlady
    txlady Community Member Posts: 101 ☆ Roadie ☆
    Wow!  Thank you so much for the detailed reply!

    Your paragraph - The second question (is there a constraint) is no – not to my (limited) knowledge, any way . . . is very informative.  That was a big worry of mine.  My plan is to have chapters and bookmarks so the student can return at their leisure.  If it takes them a week or two to complete the course - it should work.  I was worried about how many bites or chunks I needed to have this thing in.

    And addressing the user end is very helpful indeed to let my client know how all this works.  I've done work for him before and he doesn't listen very well to details - just wants it to work.

    This particular class is a compliance industry-specific class.  Totally boring as all get out and the challenge on my end is to make dull interesting and still get approved by the state.  Dealing with a government entity is NOT my idea of fun.

    Thank you so much for some really valuable information and I may be back to pick your brain.
  • georgeb
    georgeb Community Member Posts: 43
    It might be handy to check your LMS, if it allows sessions longer than a few hours. I've once had contact with a client where their LMS only allowed 30 minute sessions!
  • txlady
    txlady Community Member Posts: 101 ☆ Roadie ☆
    Good idea!  Thank you.
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