“Why do eLearning projects fail?” Most of them have an unofficial story of ‘where it all went wrong’. It is not so easy to answer this question because each project is different from the other. As an eLearning Instructional Designer, I am of the opinion that creating an eLearning course requires a lot more planning, which is bound to have a huge impact on the learner’s job performance after the completion of the course.
Delivering courses online is a source to transfer information and you surely want this process to be successful – and not a failure! But how will you know that your course will fail? Here are the top 5 reasons for the failure of eLearning projects.
1. You cannot identify course objectives – Course objectives or goals help you define the purpose of the course and play a crucial role for your eLearning courses to succeed! To prevent your training from becoming a failure, identify clear course objectives even in the initial stages of development. Learning outcomes tell what your learners will be able to do after the completion of the course.
2. You add inconsistent fonts and images – The first and foremost thing is to keep in mind that the course has to be simple and easy to follow. Make sure that you use the same type of font throughout the course to maintain uniformity in presentation. Use of consistent font and very appropriate images enhances learning. If you have any doubt about an image and font choice and if you allow inconsistencies in these areas, then they’re sure signs that your eLearning course is destined for disaster.
3. Your game doesn’t have a purpose – Gamification is the key to increase user retention. When learners remember the learning material and apply it to their real lives, then you know your project is successful. This is the ultimate achievement for any trainer. Using games also helps to teach or reinforce a topic. One must always remember that games are fun, but it will be of no use if they do not have a clear purpose in your e-Learning course.
4. You did not review your course – You should always review or proofread your entire course in order to avoid any grammatical errors. It also helps to ensure the correct flow and relevancy of the content. In order to justify your flow and relevancy, your learning outcomes is the key! Learning outcomes keep your course on track to success.
5. You can’t see the big picture – If you identify your training goals right from the beginning, then, this shouldn’t be a problem. Take a look at the long-term impact of your course and that is the big picture. If you’re not sure how your content will help your learners on the job, then that’s a problem! Always write down the broad objectives for your course even in the very beginning, and keep them somewhere visible as you’re developing so that they remind you to stay focused on the goal of your course.
Look for these 5 reasons while developing your next eLearning course. If you find at least one of these then, stop and reevaluate your development strategy. These can be fixed before they turn into causes for eLearning failures. These are only a few reasons why e-Learning projects fail. If these reasons can be excluded or avoided you’ll be on your way to success!