Web-based content or digital content offers many opportunities for presenting content in new and innovative ways. Although the use of text is still widespread, you also have opportunities for using audio, graphics, simple rollovers and multimedia. This makes the learning content interactive and more engaging. Where no digital learning content is currently available for their study area, practitioners can customise existing learning content or create their own.
The Application for Rapid E-learning Development (ARED) tool, which is free to download, allows practitioners to design and develop their own content. ARED is an e-learning development tool designed to allow teachers and trainers, with little more than basic computer skills, to easily build their own e-learning resources.
Digital storytelling provides another relatively simple way for practitioners to combine images, text, music, voice and video to make digital learning content they can use in their e-learning course.
Podcasting is another way to engage learners, using audio files.
Practitioners wishing to share the content they have developed with others are encouraged to consult the E-learning standards to ensure their product is compliant. Guidance on copyright issues can be found in the Copyright Kitchen.
The VET Reload tool is free to download and enables content to be packaged so that its structure and navigation can be interpreted and applied across a range of learning management systems. It can create SCORM or IMS content packages and the corresponding Vet Metadata (Vetadata).