According to a report released by IBM, organizations using e-learning for training have the potential to boost their productivity by up to 50%. A research report states that firms using e-learning were able to reduce the instruction delivery time by at least 60%. Courses are developed in a span of 2-3 weeks using different e-learning authoring tools. Keeping these aspects in mind, it is very essential to understand the course objectives and client’s needs.
An effective course is the result of clear understanding of a client’s requirements.This comes with analyzing the client’s needs and probing appropriately.
1. Knowing who the learners are, their job profiles, their existing knowledge of e-learning, and other background information about the learners makes much difference while creating the course
- For example, we cannot use a similar training procedure for experienced people as well as for beginners. So background knowledge about learners plays a major role in deciding the elements of a course and the way it has to be designed.
- It is important to have answers to the following questions?
2. What is the date to launch the course?
- The launch date plays a major role in planning for an e-learning course. It is based on the tentative dates provided by the client. These dates help us to complete the project on time.
3. Is audio needed?
- As learners are of different types, if the learner is an auditory learner, then 70% of a course has to be designed with appropriate audio inputs.
- So, we have to check with the clients whether they require audio elements in their course? If audio is required, then a suitable male or female narrator can be identified to do the voice over.
4. What are the tools required to develop your course?
- Currently, there are many tools like Articulate Storyline 1, Articulate Storyline 2, and Flash to create e-learning courses. Based on client requirements, we can identify a suitable tool that is compatible enough to develop the needed course.
5. Is assessment required?
- Assessments are an integral part of most courses, as they help learners to retain the imbibed knowledge for long periods of time. It also helps to enhance a learner’s skills.
Answers to these questions help us to understand client requirements better and also enable the designer to design an effective e-learning course.