A Peek Behind the Scenes: What Does It Take to Produce an Online Training Course?

Lights. Camera. Action.

A behind the scenes look at the development of our online AM Certification Program with Purdue University.

by Alison Wyrick Mendoza

Hey there! It’s Alison for TBGA, taking over this blog entry.

This past September, we announced our partnership with Purdue University to create an online Additive Manufacturing (AM) Certification Program around the ASTM F42 processes and standards. The program is set to launch in the first quarter of next year.

Announcing the partnership, I quickly learned, was just the beginning.

As it turns out, a lot of work goes into the design and development of an online course! We’re lucky to have partnered with a top-tier Engineering school - per U.S. News & World Report, #5 in Online Engineering Programs, from over 1,200 surveyed. This has made the process a lot easier for all of us on the TBGA team.

Along with leading our Training business and playing Project Leader, I’ve taken on several new roles, including Scriptwriter, Screenwriter, and Script Supervisor. John’s getting a crash course in Scripting as well. It’s been quite the learning experience for us both.

So, what exactly does it take to create an online course? In brief, you start with a needs analysis, then course design, course development, implementation, and evaluation. Stakeholders in the process can include SMEs, an Instructional Design (ID) team (shout out to Jun at Purdue!), Project Managers, Graphic Designers (another shout out, to RJ at Youngstown State University & +Public), Technical Specialists and Video Editors (last shoutout, to our awesome creative agency, Rocketbrand).

I found this graphic online that depicts key roles and core processes well:

 
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We filmed a portion of our lecture videos last week in Dallas, and I want to share with everyone a little bit from “behind the scenes.”

Take a look!

 Our creative team testing the lighting before our actors arrive.

Our creative team testing the lighting before our actors arrive.

 I’m performing a quick audio quality check.

I’m performing a quick audio quality check.

 Ashleigh (Rocketbrand) knows a little hairspray goes a long way.

Ashleigh (Rocketbrand) knows a little hairspray goes a long way.

 Director Jon and Producer Zach, the dream team. A special thank you to Access Media Productions for the studio space.

Director Jon and Producer Zach, the dream team. A special thank you to Access Media Productions for the studio space.

 Zach’s a pro at catching the perfect angle.

Zach’s a pro at catching the perfect angle.

 Purdue sent several of their experts (Rita Burrell, Executive Director Engineering Education and Jun Fang, Manager of Instructional Design) to ensure a top-notch product.

Purdue sent several of their experts (Rita Burrell, Executive Director Engineering Education and Jun Fang, Manager of Instructional Design) to ensure a top-notch product.

 The “AM Essentials” gang.

The “AM Essentials” gang.

 Enjoying my role as Script Supervisor.

Enjoying my role as Script Supervisor.

 It takes a village, and we sure had a blast coming together and working together.

It takes a village, and we sure had a blast coming together and working together.

I hope you’re as excited as we are for this upcoming certification course. We’ve put many hours into the design and development, and look forward to sharing it with the AM community very soon.

Alison, for TBGA

Purdue University developed its Additive Manufacturing Certification Program to give working professionals and students an opportunity to study industry case studies and stay current with the rapidly industrializing area of AM technologies.

The Additive Manufacturing Certification Program, expected to launch by early 2019, is the first step for students or professionals who seek fundamental knowledge and skills to immediately apply to their projects and advance their careers. It is an in-depth review designed for engineers, managers or executives who want to gain a firm understanding of additive manufacturing.

Students in the Additive Manufacturing Certification Program obtain training from industry experts who meet Purdue University’s high standards of academic excellence. The non-credit certificate program is offered in collaboration with the Purdue School of Materials Engineering and The Barnes Group Advisors, a Pittsburgh-based consulting company providing additive manufacturing expertise.

The Barnes Group Advisors was founded by Purdue graduate John E. Barnes (BSMSE ’92, MSMSE ’94). This course is supported by several members of the ADDvisor℠ Services team whose contributions to the field include certifying flight hardware using additive manufacturing for series production engines and aircraft.