Any project would turn out to be successful and productive if a solid foundation is laid first. The same applies when you develop an eLearning course for the first time. Before jumping into the development of online courses, it is very essential to understand the project clearly and plan properly. This ensures that the project is well organized and on track.
Here is a list of three things that need to be considered before you start designing your eLearning courses:
1. Think from the Organization’s Perspective
Time and money, the most powerful elements, when used wisely, can have a great impact on the organization. So, it is very essential to focus on the cost of the project and also make sure that the project is completed within the given timeline.
2. Knowing the Client Requirements
Instead of developing an entire course and asking for your client’s approval at the end, you need to know what the client is expecting from you at the beginning itself. For this, there must be proper communication with the client. Here are a few questions that you need to ask the client for a better start:
- Who is the target audience?
- Is the learner familiar with online tools of eLearning?
- Is audio needed in the course?
- What is the duration of the course?
- Do you need to translate the course?
- Do you want to track your learner’s scores?
3. Choosing the Right Course Development Tool
We can develop eLearning courses using rapid authoring tools. One should be very clear on which tool to be used for the course. Rapid authoring tools are cost-effective and easy to use, whereas custom development reflects both on the cost of and time required for course development.. Both have their own advantages and dis- advantages, and you need to take a decision based on the objectives of the course.
These are several things that need to be considered and can help you succeed in developing an eLearning course. Please do share if you have anything to add to the list.