All over LinkedIn there is this 7taps challenge. This web program called 7Taps is challenging everyone to create a micro-elearning course in 7 taps. Having a little extra time on my hands this week, I decided to do it, and see if the program was worth it.
Lets start with ease of use. The program is very easy to use. It’s setup like a book, broken up into chapters. Each chapter has a title page and pages within it. The max number of pages (including the mandatory title page) is 10, but they recommend no more than 7 for micro-learning courses.
I decided to do a quick course on working with your ADHD (as an adult). This is a personal project for me, as I have adult ADHD and I try to manage it without medication. Some days are harder than others! I wanted to create a course that showed what experts say to do as well as what has worked for me.
As is my normal M.O, I did not take any tutorials for this, and I just jumped right in.
After some fiddling, I realized that the T button turns off the titles, the 3 lines turn off the description text, and, of course, the image icon allows you to add an image. In the free version – you can only add images that exist in GIPHY.
Adding images allows you to do top aligned, bottom aligned and full screen GIPHYS.
Links are a page type on their own, along with Soundbites and Quizzes (Neither of which I used or played with today) – All of my pages are either Card style or Links.
What I like about the program, is this view. I liked being able to see each card, and chapter easily. To see how it looked against everything else, and to quickly make changes to it.
What I don’t like about the program. – Well, it’s very simplistic. I wouldn’t design courses like this, and can’t think of any way that I would use this in my designing. Generally, I get better functionality out of PowerPoint or Google Slides, so other than the view (which I liked) there isn’t anything that would cause me to use this program. All in all, it FEELS like an ID cheat, or a basic tool for people who are not ID’s to use when they need something quick and perhaps don’t have the PowerPoint skills to accomplish what they want in there. Also – giving attributions was difficult. With such limited word space, it was hard to figure out and properly attribute some of the pieces in my course.
I also don’t care for the course view. I suppose it would work fine on a mobile device, but it’s not my favorite way to display the content.