- Free Download — Useful Legal Documents For Designers (PDF/DOC) | Smashing MagazineFree sample contracts and legal documents for web and graphic designers. These could be adopted for instructional designers and e-learning developers.
- 8 Things You Should Include In Your Terms of Service AgreementContract elements for freelance designers. This is more for graphic/web designers, but it’s all relevant to instructional designers too. The suggested interim charge cap is way too low for e-learning projects, but the principle is valid.
- Freelance Heroes – E-Learning HeroesDiscussion for Articulate freelancers with lots of shared tips and resources. Questions for potential clients, things to include in a terms of service agreement, when and how to say no to clients, managing risk, etc.
- CometdocsOnline tool for converting PDF files to Word, Excel, PPT, etc. It does a good job of making text editable, but converts SmartArt as static graphics. It would work for small text edits in a presentation where you don’t have the original PPT file, but if you had a lot of SmartArt to rebuild it wouldn’t save much time. It might work better for Excel spreadsheets than the PPT I tested.
- Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement | edXIn edX courses, about 6 minutes is the maximum length students will watch. In traditional online graduate courses for credit, the length could be longer, but this is a good reminder to keep things short.
The optimal video length is 6 minutes or shorter — students watched most of the way through these short videos. In fact, the average engagement time of any video maxes out at 6 minutes, regardless of its length. And engagement times decrease as videos lengthen: For instance, on average students spent around 3 minutes on videos that are longer than 12 minutes, which means that they engaged with less than a quarter of the content.