Despite today’s technology and a connected world, classroom training is still an effective method to impart training to all employees. But, instructor-led teaching may not be appropriate for all training needs. Suppose there is a requirement for an organisation to train its employees spread across the globe, on a particular product, in a month’s time, classroom training will not serve the purpose. Here, e-learning serves as a good option to train employees, at comparatively lower costs, within a given schedule. Due to improvements in reliability and speed, converting classroom training materials into online courses has become a justified and cost-effective opportunity.
E-learning is the perfect delivery format to provide effective learning to improve the productivity of an organization. There is a considerable growth in the demand for e-learning, and it is proven to be an effective solution to address organizational needs in terms of efficiency, consistency, flexibility and quicker implementation.
One of our clients wanted to convert its ILT material into a 2 hour online course. Its major challenge was to train its geographically dispersed personnel. Having learnt about our expertise in providing e-learning solutions, the client approached us with a requirement to train their global employees on leadership skills. Inputs were in the form of a MS-Word document which consisted of 8 sessions. They wanted a highly interactive course to be developed using Articulate Storyline.
We followed these steps to develop modules.
Phase-1: Comprehension of the learning content
As soon as we received the inputs, we started comprehending the content. We had an internal kickoff with the team members who came up with a few queries about the inputs and strategy. We then interacted with the client to clarify all our queries. Here, we advised them to have a curriculum-based approach (a list of all the modules that cover a particular concept broadly). The client was excited about the approach and asked us to proceed.
Phase-2: Development of a prototype
Once the inputs and strategy were clear to us, we selected some slides which required extensive visualization and developed a prototype to provide a quick overview of how the course looks. We sent the prototype for the client’s approval. This enabled us to make the necessary changes as per the client feedback immediately. After the prototype was approved, we were able to proceed with the design proof.
Phase-3: Module-wise development
Once the prototype was approved by the client, we started developing the storyboards. The ILT material provided by the client pertained to 8 sessions and contained practical activities to test the learner. We standardized all the 8 modules. Each module consisted of:
- An introduction
- Learning objectives
- Formative assessments at the end of each topic
- A brief summary to reinforce learning
- A quiz at the end of each module to test the learners’ knowledge
- Resources which were given as handouts to the learners
- Paraphrasing narration that provided an overview of the on-screen text
As soon as we designed the storyboard, we started the course development. We then sent each module individually for the client’s approval. There were a few edits which we updated. We then proceeded with the audio integration. Once the final approval was given, we merged all the 8 modules (as per the client’s requirement) and deployed the entire course on the LMS.
Following this three-phase process helped us develop an engaging and captivating course by meeting the customer’s expectations with exceptional service. Thus, converting ILT materials into e-learning courses is an effective way to improve performance and enhance learners’ engagement. Please do share your comments on the same.