Altura Learning produces a comprehensive library with great courses, so why would I ever need to compose anything myself?
Custom content is frequently used for onboarding, or for subjects like fire safety where materials may need to be tweaked to suit the unique need of your organisation, such as adding images of fire safety maps with designated meeting places. It can also be used for specialised topics or systems, shared resident stories and executive updates.
And when we need content we need it fast. Fortunately for us Bridge makes this process easy by providing simple and easy to use tools. Bridge is bundled with native course authoring tools which enable slides to be created with media, and graded questions to be added-allowing courses to be created in minutes. Members can upload existing content as well.
The following article unpacks these capabilities, and helps answer some common questions:
- Native Bridge Authoring Tools – When should I use them vs an external tool?
- Using Your Existing Content – How do I get my existing content into Bridge?
- Creating Content – Are there any best practices?
NATIVE BRIDGE AUTHORING TOOLS
What is included in Bridge?
Bridge includes all the basic functionality you need to create and embed content into slides. Whilst it may not have some of the higher end features, such as conditional workflows, animation & audio import, we have found that these are not commonly required.
Here are the core features that Bridge does include that are most often used:
- Create individual slides, cover slides and the ability to reorder slides
- Add images and videos, for example YouTube or VIMEO with NHS or Aus Government Dept of Health videos
- Create quiz questions. Includes multiple choice, true false, multi answer and smart quizzes
How do I use the Bridge Authoring Tools?
To get started, just click on the blue “add content” button (see image above). After that a new frame will appear in the middle of the screen. Then use the design toolbar to add text or images to your slide. Repeat this process until all of your slides are done. Click on the down-arrow to the right of the Add Content button. Then you will be able to add quiz questions. When it is all done, click on the “publish” button on the top right-hand side of the screen. In fact quizzes can be added at any time. Many Altura Customers will add questions part of the way through to better engage their staff.
And once your course has been created, there are a wealth of settings that can be adjusted. If you would like to learn more on how to create a course using the Bridge Native Authoring Tools, then have a look at the links at the bottom of this article.
USING YOUR EXISTING CONTENT
When to use Bridge vs an External Tool
Dedicated content authoring tools such as Articulate are extremely powerful and can provide added flexibility-offering additional design options. In some cases, this can provide more ways to communicate information to learners. However there can be a very steep learning curve.
In many cases, a narrative can be simplified to fit Bridge native authoring tools. While the choice is often down to the preferences of the Learning & Development Coordinator, we often find that external authoring tools are best reserved for when dozens of courses must be produced and maintained. It is simply easier to keep things up to date in an external library and use version control. External authoring tools often include workflows to support a review process as well.
How to import existing content into Bridge
Bridge allows for the import of the latest versions of SCORM files and PowerPoint Slide decks. If your PowerPoint contains a voice-over, then you can save it as an .MP4 file and import it onto a slide. These options can really help to leverage existing knowledge to expand your learning library.
CREATING NEW CONTENT – Best Practices
- Never publish content immediately without reviewing it several times. Get a second opinion or sleep on it.
- Research and proofread your PowerPoint slide decks before uploading. The Bridge upload tool transforms slides into images, and does not allow you to make edits to parts of the slide. To save extra work, ensure that your content is complete before uploading.
If you need any hints on creating courses, you can always contact our Learning and Development Team at email@example.com or for additional tips you may wish to view this video from Joshua Pope of Health Equity.
That’s a wrap!
We hope you found this overview of Bridge Native Course authoring useful. If you need help or have any questions, please contact your Customer Success Team.
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We are happy to help!
References and Further Suggested Reading:
- Content Best Practices: Tips on creating content that is engaging (video from Joshua Pope of Health Equity)
- Using Bridge Authoring: Video developed by Emma Proffitt-White of Altura. Just insert your Bridge site name into this link (where it says “yourbridgesitename” and then paste into your browser. You will be taken to an existing Bridge Course on your Site. https://yourbridgesitename-acc.bridgeapp.com/author/courses/11171
- Need Additional Altura Content? Reach out to your Altura Account Manager
- Need non-Altura Content? If you require other content, have a look at Linked In Learning and OpenSesame. If you have a corporate account on either of these platforms, then you can link courses to Bridge and assign & track all of your learning from one place.