“e-learning is a broadly inclusive term that describes educational technology that electronically or technologically supports learning and teaching.”
e-Learning can incorporate many elements that make learning new material, a new process or a new program more fun. Some of the keys to creating effective e-Learning include varying the types of content, creating interaction that engages the learner, providing immediate feedback and encouraging interaction with other learners and the instructor.
Ultimately, I believe the success of an e-Learning course hinges on one critical question: does it help the audience learn and apply relevant skills and knowledge?
As an e-Learning specialist, I’ve developed skills in four key areas:
- instructional design
- visual design
- multimedia production and authoring
- project management
How do I develop an e-Learning course?
By strategically planning each course, I make sure that the features, information and impact the customer wants are included. This is a brief overview of how I develop an e-Learning course.
During analysis I spend time gaining an understanding of customer expectations for the course. I identify the learner problem, the goals and objectives, existing knowledge, available content and any other characteristics. I also take into account the learning environment, any constraints, the delivery options and the timeline for the project.
In the design phase I create a detailed content outline and storyboard which includes content flow and high-level strategy for each screen. I then work on the visual components and develop a prototype for review by the customer. Once I have confirmation that the look and feel, graphic design, user-interface and content are all good, I move on to development.
During the development phase I finalise the storyboard which includes all content, the presentation strategy for each screen and the transcript of audio for customer review and recording. I then develop the visual components and animations and integrate and activate functionality of components and the graphic user interface based on the work done in the design phase.
A final review, testing in your delivery environment and then the course is yours! Well, almost – I get you to sign off on the project, then you get to keep all the source files.
I know you’ll love your new customised learning solution!