eLearning (short for electronic learning) is a popular training format for businesses and professionals. If you are considering designing your own eLearning course design, you must carefully plan and manage the design and development of the course while making sure all the formal course design requirements are met. The following are some major eLearning course design steps to follow.
Conduct a Complete Research
Once you have the topic for the course ready, collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs) for guidance with content creation. If the course is supposed to build on a foundational course, make sure your course develops on the introductory course’s core concepts and offers a unique set of new topics as well. To keep the course engaging, incorporate different learning methods that encourage learner participation.
Analyze the Audience
Know your target audience and find out what it’s requirements are. If you are designing the course for a company’s employees, you must discuss with the concerned firm its needs and expectations from the course. Also, know training prerequisites. Decide on the assessment parameters and learning objectives as previously discussed with the SME.
Create a Course Prototype
There are different tools available to create a course model. These prototypes would offer you a picture of what the end course will look like. The course prototype must comprise a partial script and its final feel and look. Once you have created the prototype, invite some learners from the client’s end to test the prototype for its design and whether it falls in line with the company’s expectations.
Write the Script
Next, prepare the storyboard or script. You may use paper or digital notes to make interactive scripts or storyboards. You can produce the required graphics, record music, and videos, shoot pictures, etc. at this point. If you don’t have access to the necessary equipment, consider working with professional vendors.
Review the Course
Once you have done all the groundwork for the course, created a prototype, and assembled different media elements, you should then assess whether the course has been devised according to the learning goals and other standards already determined, such as media quality, grammatical typos, bugs, software glitches, etc.
Prepare the Course Manual
Once done, come up with the course manual so that the course administrator could describe the eLearning’s purpose and scope from both the training and IT perspective. Also, get the customer to beta-review your draft course. This would provide you a clearer picture of how close or far you are from successful project accomplishment.