In today’s vast eLearning landscape it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of resources at your fingertips. Learning how to utilize a single authoring tool for development is just a small piece of a very complex puzzle. Once you’ve identified which tool will meet your needs – what’s next? How you familiarize yourself or learn a new tool can take many forms. Training, webinars, tutorials, trial, and error, or active participation in a community (like this one) are all excellent means for transferring the knowledge needed for development.

The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) volunteer program, BMCC Academy of Leadership and Service: Student Partners Lending Universal Support program (Student PLUS), has seen immense growth and expansion over the last four years.  The program has primarily focused on creating off-campus partnerships with local non-profits that help students connect with opportunities to serve their communities.  At the same time, we have provided on-campus support for a multitude of department’s programs and services by providing volunteers to assist with these initiatives. 

In the last year, Student PLUS has strengthened some of its on-campus partnerships by establishing “tracks” or “focus areas” within the program.  These tracks allow students to associate more intentionally with a particular department and its staff through specialized trainings and volunteer opportunities open only to them.  For example, our “Civic Leadership” track trains, prepares, and travels with students to lobby and speak to governmental officials on behalf of the college.  These students work closely with the department of Government and Community Relations to better understand local, state, and federal funding procedures and the college’s relation to the political process.  By participating in this type of training and serving as college representatives in lobbying efforts, these students are enhancing their level of civic participation and community engagement.

Other partnerships include “Campus Safety Education Program”, “Student Recruitment Program”, and the “Career Explorers Program”.  Through these partnerships Student PLUS members are gaining a better understanding of various departments’ functions, exploring a possible career interest, and understanding that service to the community takes a variety of forms.   The Student PLUS program continues to expand its on- and off- campus partnerships so that we can better serve our campus and local environments as well as provide opportunities for expand their skill sets as future leaders.  Campus partners include: Department of Government and Community Relations, Center for Career Development, Public Safety, and Admissions.

Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities. Whether people are healthy or not, is determined by their circumstances and environment.

To a large extent, factors such as where we live, the state of our environment, genetics, our income and education level, and our relationships with friends and family all have considerable impacts on health, whereas the more commonly considered factors such as access and use of health care services often have less of an impact.

With the release of Lectora Inspire and Publisher 18, the Getting Started page now includes a variety of templates, made in partnership with FasterCourse®. These templates are designed to provide new users with a quick and easy way to get started on projects. This article has been created to help supplement your use and customization.

If you are completely new to Lectora please reference our Lectora Training Plan: Everything You Need to Know article on the Trivantis Community. The series of videos and articles will give you a brief introduction to the product. If you’d like to take a self-paced course regarding the basic principles of course design please visit our Click & Learn title. Please consider reading the eLearning 101: A Practical Guide to eLearning ebook. This ebook discusses general principles of eLearning and Instructional Design. Or consider purchasing synchronous training to fully understand the product.

The first thing you’ll want to do is select from one of the six options. Each one has a specific purpose. These templates include:

  • Basic Linear – This basic linear template allows learners to access chapters and pages by moving forward and backward only, in sequential order. An audio file placeholder is included on each page that you can replace with narration if desired.
  • Basic Non-Linear – This non-linear template allows learners to access chapters in any order. At the end of each chapter, the navigation returns to the Menu page. Once all chapters have been completed, a button to access the Test will appear. An audio file placeholder is included on each page that you can replace with narration if desired.
  • Audio/Video – This audio and video template illustrates several screen layouts and pages with audio and video, including synchronized event actions. In some cases, a controller bar is used, while in others use separate play, pause, and stop buttons to control the media. An audio file placeholder is included on some pages that you can replace with narration if desired.
  • Pre-Test/Final Exam – This pre-test and final exam template illustrate how to create a course where required topics are determined by pre-test success. Using the Test Section scores, the learner is directed to take chapters that fall below passing criteria.
  • Accessibility – Each page in this template discusses and models a feature of Section 508 or WCAG compliant course. Over-type the pages with your content. Replicate them as needed. Delete pages that do not apply to your course. It is not intended to include everything you need to know about accessibility. Please see for more information.
  • Construction – This construction-themed title contains several interactive and instructional page samples. Use these samples to model pages for your titles.

CMPI has developed a Pastoral Care program for the Maya-Catholics in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Omaha. This pastoral care program provides opportunities for members of the Maya Catholic community to practice and grow their faith.

Every Saturday community members gather at St Francis of Assisi to pray and reflect, following the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. Every third Saturday of the month there is a Eucharistic Celebration at St. Francis of Assisi. Prayers and Mass are conducted in the Q'anjob'al Maya language, Spanish, and English. Participants in this prayer group, serve at many parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha.