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Tips to Minimize Your E-learning Course Development Time

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

Tips to Minimize Your eLearning Course Development Time

Are you wondering how to develop an eLearning course rapidly, easily and effectively?

Here are a few tips that you can consider to develop e-learning courses rapidly and to avoid any hitches during the course development.

1. Use standard templates

Standard templates for the eLearning course save a lot of time. When you have the templates ready, you need not waste time developing or creating them for each course again. You can use the templates you need to suit your learning needs repeatedly.

Using standardized GUI, interactivities and assessments for a particular curriculum of courses right at the beginning, will avoid unnecessary time loss at the production level.

2. Convert existing classroom training materials into eLearning courses

Many organizations have rich sources of training material in the form of existing PPTS, manuals, handouts, printouts, videos, etc. You can make use of this material and convert them into eLearning courses instead of developing the content all over again.

Once you decide on the content, you need to evaluate the content and decide if it is suited for eLearning.

3. Reuse the components from library

Develop a library or a development kit with interactivities, images and videos based on the experience of the old projects. This can be reused rather than redeveloping.

4. Use rapid authoring tools

For converting the content into eLearning courses, use rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire and Adobe Captivate. With these tools, the eLearning courses can be developed faster and in a less-expensive way. As these tools do not require any command over the programming knowledge, they reduce the time spent on developing the course.

5. Lessons learned from past experience

In some instances, you may have to develop a course similar to the previous course. Check what went wrong. See what can be done to avoid them for the new course. Identify the areas where you could have performed better. Note how much time was spent at each stage. Reviewing your previous experience and learning from what worked and what didn’t will help you plan effectively and save you a great deal of time.

Hope the above tips come in handy for you in developing eLearning courses in short turnaround times and effectively. Do you have anything to say? Please share your opinions.

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