Web Projects

This page will provide an overview of a variety of Web projects I have worked on using ToolBook, either doing all the development or assisting in the development of the final product.

 From 1999 to 2002, I supported a Web Project for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (Washington, DC) and LearnStudentAid.org (a new learning community for student financial aid professionals), providing consultation, training, and development. With LearnStudentAid.org, first-rate financial aid training from NASFAA is unrestricted by time or distance. Using World Wide Web technology already on his or her office desktop, the novice financial aid administrator can start learning the business of financial aid the first day on the job. Experienced aid administrators can expand and update their understanding of new and complex issues as soon as they arise. LearnStudentAid.org connects financial aid professionals, who help each other learn. LearnStudentAid.org is a project in partnership with Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This project was directed by Ellen V. Blackmun, Director of Electronic Services Projects at NASFAA.

During the Winter of 2002, I worked as a contractor for Geneva Consulting Group on an onsite job for Arrow Electronics, Inc (Operations Training Department) on Long Island, NY. For this project, we successfully converted content from a series of mainframe-based cbt courses into a web-based training format using Toolbook. A sample of one of these courses is shown below.

Sample 1 - This is a sample of a typical simulation page. The student is asked to select a number from the menu.

Sample 2 - This is a sample of the resulting screen when the student makes the wrong choice. Note that the correct choice is highlighted in yellow and the wrong answer feedback appears at the top of the screen.

Property of Arrow Electronics, Inc.; Copyright 2003 - 2004

Innovative Learning, LLC


Over the past two years I have worked as a consultant on two projects for Ralph Spencer of Innovative Learning, LLC . Both of these projects made extensive use of the HTTP Post process in ToolBook to post and retrieve information from databases on a Web Server.

Ralph Spencer is the principal of Innovative Learning, LLC and the Real Estate Academy. He is a national consultant and trainer focusing on the commercial real estate industry. A part of his practice includes e-learning in which he primarily uses Toolbook. He has developed courses for CD-ROM and web deployment for both outside clients and his own use. Ralph has successfully integrated web based training with instructor led training to create blended solutions. Ralph is not a "techie". His focus is on developing solutions that improve individual's and company's productivity.

Course: What Makes a Professional? Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice


Situation: A national association needed an online certification course to be offered as an alternative to it's current instructor led classroom course. The online course needed login and registration, bookmarking, progress tracking, participant interaction within the content and a final exam with certificate for successful completion. A server side database was required for student tracking and management reports.

Solution: Click2Learn's Toolbook product was used for the end user client course, Microsoft Access was used for the server side database and .ASP was used for the middleware. The HTTP post process in Toolbook was the primary enabling functionality for the transparent communications between the end user client and the server database.

Results: The association has been able to offer every member access to the required course, either via instructor delivered classroom or Internet delivered online. This has proven crucial in the enforcement of the association's mandated course completion requirement. The Internet online version has been perfect for the remote members and also for those busy members who don't want to stop their daily activities to travel to some destination to attend the instructor led course. The Internet online course has received high evaluations and by having course delivery options, member satisfaction is higher.


Course: The Essence of the Business


Situation: Client needed to convert an instructor led seminar to a Internet delivered online workshop. The online course needed login and registration, bookmarking, progress tracking, participant interaction within the content, video and a final written exercise. The client had several hours of video from the live seminar that they wanted to integrate into the online workshop. Also, there was a need for a server side database for student tracking and management reports.

Solution: Click2Learn's Toolbook product was used for the end user client course, Microsoft Access was used for the server side database and .ASP was used for the middleware. The HTTP post process in Toolbook was the primary enabling functionality for the transparent communications between the end user client and the server database. The video challenge was handled by creating a hybrid local CD-ROM and Internet application, the course content resided on the server and the video clips on the local CD. This approach enabled the client to deliver more than 1 hour of quality video, in clips of 1 to 8 minutes, without worry of Internet bandwidth.

Results: A course that previously required 31/2 hours of classroom time can now be completed in approximately 2 hours. Participant evaluations indicate a higher satisfaction with the online experience than the live classroom, particularly for several quantitative exercises. The video clips play flawlessly and the hybrid approach between the Internet and local CD is transparent. Participants like the bookmarking functionality that enables them to access the course at will and the typical participant visits the online workshop 3 to 5 times before completion.

 United States Department of Agriculture

From 2002-2004, I worked on a contract with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service to place some of their employee testing and training online. This is a contract with the National Employee Development Center in Ft. Worth, TX and is managed by Roger Montague.

Nutrient and Pest Management Considerations in Conservation Planning Posttests

For this project, 4 Posttests were created in ToolBook and the employee information, question responses, and test scores were submitted to a SQL database on a database server using the HTTP Post process in ToolBook and ASP. Each test consisted of roughly 50 multiple choice questions

Effective Training Location Leaders

In 2004 our plans are to make online training courses such as this 508 Compliant. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), August 7, 1998 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. This project is just beginning and will provide the National Employee Development Center with the tools and processes to ensure all their ToolBook projects are fully 508-compliant. Check back for a progress report.


NRCS Field Office Technical Guide

The NRCS Field Office Technical Guide contains the primary scientific references for NRCS. It contains technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources. I am in the beginning stages of developing a simulation in connection with the staff of the National Employee Development Center to replace a static training program with a fully interactive program. This will be done using the new ToolBook Simulations Editor. Check back for a progress report.


Children's National Medical Center

Pediatric Oral Health for the Primary Care Provider

This was one of several modules I provided consulting for the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Each module provided a login and small tracking system for access to the information and each module contained a text, graphics, review questions, and various interactive elements to enhance the learning.



University of Miami Medical Center

Medicare Compliance Plan

This was a project I started but never was completed for the University of Miami Medical Group. The goal of this project was to provide training in Medicare and billing guidelines for residents.





An Electronic Anesthesia Medical Record System Computer-Based User’s Guide for Picis

This was another project that was started but never put into place due to a change in the system being used. It was intended to provide incoming medical students training prior to having to use this system in the operating room. Many screens are interactive such that the learner can click or move their mouse over various parts of the software screenshots to get more information.






Martin County Community College



 No Child Left Behind and Evaluating Field Work Final Assessments

This project involved creating the final Online Assessments for these two courses offered through NC – NET. Students taking these final assessments are given immediate feedback for wrong answers, and are able to immediately obtain their scores and print a Certification of Completion if they pass the course. Additionally, the data is stored in an Access Database on a Web Server. These assessments are launched via the college’s Blackboard Web Site.  This ToolBook application makes extensive use of HTTP Post to post the student's information to an Access Database using ASP.



Developmental Chemistry for Community College Students

This is a project I am just starting on for Martin Community College in North Carolina. The project will provide students online interactive tutorials and assessments in a variety of areas of basic chemistry.


Humana, Inc

For this project, I designed and developed templates to be used to build several courses to acquaint users with the various Medicare Health Care Plans.  The project involved a "creative" use of the Simulation Editor to create an interactive fill-in-the-blank form where payments for medical services were to be calculated.  The learner is given instructions and feedback if they do an incorrect calculation.






FOJP Service Corporation

Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes Interactive Computer Course

I consulted on this project to provide a Certification of Completion to be printed by the learner once the course was completed.





This project involved creating templates to allow a number of courses to be built that contain small assessments that needed to be scored and the results stored in an Access Database. HTTP Post and ASP was used to accomplish this. The process involved creating a blank “starter” book and the template which has the page types shown here to be used to build the lessons.

The starter book contains the following page types: Title, Objectives, and Summary.

A login page collected the necessary information and a Score Quiz button at the end submitted this information along with the quiz score and date/time.







A series of simple ASP pages were written to query the Database and return reports. Reports included being able to return information for all employees, information for any given Manager, or return a list of only those user’s who passed or failed.

The Railway Educational Bureau

This project involved creating exam templates that will allow this organization to initially create roughly 100 exams with the goal being 2000 over the long term. The requirements for these templates included the use of HTTP Post to communicate with an ASP page which in turn stored user data and exam data in an Access Database. Exam data included the question stem, the correct answer, the answer chosen by the user, the total score, and date and time of exam in addition to the login data required as shown above. 

There were two templates for two different types of exams:

1.  A scored exam, unrandomized, with no time limit.

2.  A score exam, randomized, with a time limit.

3.  Each exam had template pages for Multiple Choice, True/False, and Multiple Choice with Long Answers.

Additionally, the ASP pages were set up to make sure that the user could only take the exam once without the administrators clearing that record in the Database.

Verizon CIS, Dallas

I have worked fulltime on a Verizon project for roughly 1 1/2 years that has made extensive use of the Simulation Editor in ToolBook 2004 and HTTP Post.  This ToolBook Design Awards 2004 winner for Best Online Training Content simulates Verizon's National Telephone and Address System. It utilizes ToolBook's "show me, try me, test me" simulation feature to allow hundreds of Verizon employees to quickly learn and be tested on the new software.


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Tom Hall
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