Do you intend to use eLearning to meet your learning needs effectively? So, how can you use this format of training efficiently? Then you may like to hear our experiences. We have handled hundreds of eLearning projects and would like to provide 5 tips that go a long way in ensuring the success of your online course.
1. Utilize your existing content effectively
If you have the right content your job is half done. Make the best use of the content developed for ILT sessions and on-the-job trainings. You can convert your PDF files, PowerPoint presentations and MS-Word documents into online courses using rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate. It is better to hire the services of an experienced online course developer with expertise in using these authoring tools to efficiently convert your existing content into effective digital courses.
2. Use prototypes
Prototypes go a long way in developing eLearning projects within budget. They help generate new ideas from all stakeholders – functional experts, IT folks, end users and even from you who is in charge of training. By making sure that they have all technical elements of the final course such as runtime technologies like HTML5, LMS compatibility and media, the quantum of testing and subsequent re-work can be reduced greatly and you know what this means – an ideal course in quick time at a low cost.
3. Distinguish between “having information” and “applying information”
What is the purpose of your online course? Do you wish to “merely inform” your people or do you want them to apply the content of the course in their jobs. An answer to this question is very useful to get the scope of your course right in quick time. For instance, a pharmaceutical company may dole out a course on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) to “create awareness” about the consequences of violating IPRs. Its scope would be substantially different from that of a course designed to train personnel of its legal department who deal with IPR abuses day in and day out.
4. Simple courses are the key
You don’t need exotic 3-D animations and complex Flash interactions to make your online course a success. All you need is a simple course that effectively imparts the required knowledge and skills to achieve your business objectives. You can use rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate to develop excellent eLearning courses at low costs in quick time. True to its name, rapid eLearning can cut development times by 20% to 40%.
5. Launch a pilot project
It is always advisable to implement a pilot eLearning project. This will facilitate prior identification of problems likely to be encountered and suitable corrections and modifications in hardware, software and other technical features can be made. It also helps in setting up a coordinated process, thereby reducing the response time. You can also analyze and evaluate whether it is meeting your training goals and ensuring a positive ROI.
Thus, by effectively utilizing your existing resources and keeping your online course simple, you can see that you prevent time and cost overruns. Identifying the purpose of the course helps you determine the scope easily. By using prototypes you can incorporate the feedback of your stakeholders and running a pilot project helps you identify glitches and evaluate the course. I hope you find this blog useful.