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How to Design an Online Course Quickly Within Budgets?

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How to Design an Online Course Quickly Within Budgets?

E-learning is the ideal solution to roll out training programs on time and within the estimated budget, without making compromises on quality. So, how can you develop high quality online courses within the estimated time-frame and cost? Here are a few tips to help.

Develop a Road Map

Before we develop the course it is very important to sketch a road map, which will guide us during the process of course development. To develop the roadmap, we need to

  • Analyze the profile of the target audience
  • Understand the learners’
  • Know about learner’s prior knowledge
  • Know about learners’ technical expertise
  • Know the technical requirements such as network, bandwidth, etc.

Leverage on existing content

Most of the organizations already have training material in the form of word documents, PPTs, manuals, handouts, movies, videos and more. Instead of creating the content from scratch, we can convert existing training material into eLearning

Convert PPTs to eLearning

Converting PPT’S to eLearning really saves time and cost. Let’s see 2 very useful tips to easily convert PPT’s to eLearning.

  • If we have training material in the form of PowerPoint, then we can convert them in to e-learning courses easily, using authoring tools that come as PowerPoint plug ins.
  • To produce an engaging and interesting eLearning course, you can add interactivities and assessments to the course with these tools.

These tools will also enable you to publish your course to the HTML5 format which makes the course run on mobile and tablet devices effectively.

Use Rapid Authoring tools

Once we have content in place, the next step is to choose the appropriate authoring tool that helps us to present the content as per the requirements. With the help of rapid authoring tools, we can develop the course in a short time with low cost and also ensure quality. There are many authoring tools available in the market such as Articulate Storyline, Lectora, Flash, Captivate etc. Using these tools we can create many interactivities such as slide shows, rollovers, click on tabs, hotspots and so on in very less time. Another major advantage of authoring tools is that they do not require any programming knowledge.

Ensuring Effective project management

E-learning projects are complex and involve working with lots of details and deal with different kinds of people. Therefore, effective project management is needed:

  • To meet the project deadlines
  • To stay in-line with the project objectives
  • To provide a good start
  • To ensure expected quality within the given budget and time

Develop the libraries

Based on the previous project experiences, develop a development kit or library with interactivities, images and videos. These components can be reused from the library and this reduces course development time.

Outsource your online course development projects

When your organization lacks in-house expertise, outsource the development of your courses and spend more time in reviews. This eases the pressure on your company’s resources and allows your people to effectively concentrate on the core business of your organization. Outsourcing content development as well as delivery is an efficient way to cut down the costs as well as to produce quality driven courses.

These are few measures which every online course developer should take while developing a course. I am sure there must be some more. Please do share them.

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  • Chris

    I can’t recommend iSpring highly enough. The latest suite includes many excellent tools for converting PowerPoints to interactive HTML5 courses. In particular it’s HTML5 and PowerPoint support is far superior to Articulate Storyline.