Did you think cost-effectiveness would reduce your e-learning course quality? Of course not! You can wind up your e-learning courses with a limited budget. Since the resources that go into the making of e-learning courses are valuable and time-consuming, you can’t afford to be extravagant. Time, efforts and dollars – everything needs to be managed well to get a cost-effective e-learning course. Let’s see how taking care of a few things will help you cut costs.
Have your own SMEs
For e-learning courses to be cost-effective, you need your own Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). SMEs help you manage the course content, context, and review them for efficiency and accuracy. Working with your own SMEs would strip down the costs by many dollars.
Employ pre-built templates
Your e-learning course designing costs can be slashed in case you go with pre-built templates. Many rapid authoring tools come with a library of built-in templates for interactivities, assessments, character packs, etc. These pre-built templates enable you to quickly edit, customize, and develop course content according to your requirements. A little rehash in the templates can leave you with ample time to focus on the course content. This saves time as you need not work from scratch every time you develop a course. This way, you can quickly deliver your courses, saving costs and time.
Opt for the apt authoring tool
The right authoring tool can bring down your course-designing costs hugely. The software has to address the technical constraints of your learners. You also need to ensure whether the course is compatible with multiple browsers and operating systems. Based on the outcome you expect from your course, you need to choose the tool. For instance, you can opt for Articulate Storyline if you want to create interactive and visually-rich courses that are multi-device compatible. In case you need to develop simulations or video-based courses, you can go with Adobe Captivate.
Reuse existing content
Creating fresh content every time can be a daunting task. Hence, reusing existing content, especially your ILT material, after making a few revisions and updates can revamp your content. The recycled content would also shrink the course development time and costs. The existing huge content can be chunked down to short modules, without losing focus on the key learning objectives.
E-learning courses do not have to be expensive, as assumed. If you follow the best practices shared in the blog such as hiring your own SMEs, using pre-built templates, and opting for the right authoring tool, you can cut down the costs.