Having seen a dramatic rise in popularity across every corner of the education sector in the last decade, eLearning has gained the respect of learners and trainers alike for its adaptability and effectiveness. So, what goes on in those dimly-lit lairs (sorry, edit suites) that turns instructional design tools into comprehensive and effective eLearning courses? We chatted to our resident eLearning Developer for a breakdown of the magic.
Before even thinking about how to spruce up your eLearning course with gamification or effective feedback, you need to analyse and assess the situation at hand. Finding out first who your target audience is and what learning outcomes your company needs to boost success, for example, is absolutely key. These sorts of questions can be comprehensively answered with the help of a Training Needs Analysis, such as that offered here at VMP eLearning by our Education Expert, Dr Ruth Schwarzenbock (PhD Science of Education).
After finalising exactly what you’re looking to achieve with your eLearning course, you can now begin planning. In this step, you should liaise with key stakeholders to gather the necessary information about your eLearning course, like the finalised course description and syllabus of the program. This is also where you begin talking with an eLearning developer about the logistics of creating the course – finally!
Once you and your eLearning developer have created a solid plan you can begin to combine your key information with visual and interactive elements during the instructional design process. This can include deciding on the learning style, visual style and presentation of the course. To assist with this process, a storyboard will be generated to organise the structure and flow of the eLearning program. Show this storyboard to key stakeholders for maximum wow!
With your intricate scheme in place, your eLearning developer can now create a prototype of the course! This prototype will allow the eLearning company building your course to assess what works (or doesn’t work) throughout the modules, adjusting the look, usability and functionality of the course as necessary.
It’s the big day; the day you watch your virtual baby graduate from the
lairs edit suite and forge its way in the big wide world of online training. Implementing your finalised eLearning course can be done in a number of ways, including by launching the course on an eLearning developer’s Learning Management System (LMS), your own LMS, or a website of its own.
But wait, there’s more. After the implementation of the course is done and dusted, it’s absolutely crucial to evaluate its effectiveness. This will allow you to not only track and measure the performance and effectiveness of your eLearning course, but to make any amendments necessary to ensure full user retention and success of your product.
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