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6 Aspects to Consider Before Starting an E-learning Project

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6 Aspects to Consider Before Starting an E-learning Project

Are you creating an e-learning course for your people? Do you want to execute the project smoothly? Well, we must have a clear vision for and set the goal of the project before we start. In our organization, we analyze the project requirements clearly before commencing work on a project. As an e-learning project manager, I would like to list some key aspects you should consider before starting an online course development project.

  1. Stakeholder: We need to get information about the stakeholder by asking the following questions.
    • What is the role of the stakeholder?
    • Was he involved in the development of online courses earlier?
    • Who is the point of contact for the project?
    • What is the best way to communicate with the stakeholder?
    • How much time can the stakeholder spend on the project?
  1. Business Need: Here are some questions we should ask to learn about the client’s business need.
    • What is the ultimate goal of the project?
    • How does the project help the client reach its goals?
    • How is the client imparting training, currently? (Is the training imparted in a classroom or through self-paced online training material?)
    • Will the e-learning course be translated?
  1. Learner Profile: The following questions will help us gather the required information about the target audience of the course.
    • Are the learners familiar with e-learning?
    • What is the level of their proficiency in English? (This helps us determine the complexity of the language to be used in the e-learning course)
    • What are the learning resources currently used by the learners?
  1. Content: Here are some questions you need to ask about the inputs.
    • What is the format of inputs provided (MS-Word documents/PPT files/videos)?
    • Can the given content be modified/edited by us?
    • Is the content finalized by the subject-matter expert (SME)?
    • Do we get all the inputs in one go?
  1. Technical Requirements: Answers to the following questions help us understand the technical requirements of the client better.
    • What is the LMS on which the online course will be hosted?
    • What is the learning technology standard to be followed (SCORM 1.2/SCORM 2004/AICC/Tin Can API)?
    • What are devices on which the course will be accessed?
    • What are browsers that the course needs to be compatible with?
    • What are the operating systems that the course needs to be compatible with?
    • What is the bandwidth available to the learners?
  1. Project Management: You need to ask the questions listed below to get useful information that helps you execute the e-learning project better.
    • What is the project deadline?
    • Can the client arrange for an SME to answer our queries about the content?
    • Can we contact the SME directly, or will the client help us organize meetings with the SME?

By obtaining this information, you can understand the e-learning project requirements clearly. Hope you find this post useful. Do share your views.

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