Classroom training is a very effective method to impart training to employees but may not always be the right solution for all training needs. For example, let us suppose an organization has to train its globally dispersed employees on its code of ethics in a month’s time. Providing classroom training to employees in different locations can be costly and inconvenient for trainers too.
In such cases, E-learning can be an ideal solution to reach global audiences in the given time, at low costs. Understanding these benefits of eLearning, many organizations have started converting their classroom material or PowerPoint decks to eLearning. But do you think such courses can sustain as stand-alone learning material? What does it take to develop eLearning out of classroom materials? Let’s discuss.
“Creating eLearning content is not simply putting it online. It is about the effective transformation of content”.
The difference between classroom training and eLearning is that, in classroom training there is a personal interaction with the instructor, whereas eLearning is taken by the learner at his convenience, in any place or environment he or she wishes to.
Since online courses need to be engaging, it is not simple to convert classroom material into eLearning and develop an online e-learning course. It is about how to engage the learner and motivate him or her throughout the course. PowerPoint presentations used in classrooms consist of only a fraction of the knowledge, which becomes complete with trainers’ explanation. They cannot function as stand-alone learning material. There are different aspects that can make eLearning as complete as classroom trainings.
Instructional Design strategies: In a classroom, the instructor is always present to explain and answer the queries, whereas in eLearning, the learners must understand content all by themselves. In such cases, it is important to design the course in a way that is easily understandable. The eLearning course should be designed in an interactive way that can add fun to learning and help learners gain knowledge. It is important to keep in mind the objective of the course, and understand how adults learn.
Assessments: In a classroom, an instructor can put a question to the learners to check whether they have understood or not and then the feedback is shared. However, in eLearning, to motivate learners throughout the course, we can add formative assessments and give them immediate feedback in an effective way. This will help them remember and recollect what they have learned.
Authoring tools: As we are at work to create an effective and engaging course, we also need to keep in mind the e-learning development authoring tool. Understanding the tool and content will help you choose the interactivities to engage learners as simple presentations will not help the learner.
For example, while using simulations for a course, you must first understand the requirement and identify the right tool that can help capture simulations. Adobe Captivate is a great option for simulations as it presents simulations in the best possible way.
For scenario-based content that takes the learner throughout the e-learning course, the best option to choose is Articulate Storyline as it comes with characters and illustrations that are in-built and can help present the scenarios. The choice of tool helps in creating interesting and easy-to-understand courses.
LMS for Hosting: In a live presentation, we may at best have a question and answer session at the end. The presenter may get an indication of the extent to which his audience understood his message. He really doesn’t try to know if all have learned something, whereas in eLearning, you can have an online system (LMS) in place for hosting, that has a robust mechanism to measure the efficacy of trainings.
Converting classroom training materials into eLearning is an effective way to enhance the learning experience and improve performance. Considering all these aspects, one can move a step ahead to convert classroom material into eLearning. Do share if you have any comments on the same.