How to design an effective eLearning course?

Posted by Vinod | Posted in eLearning | Posted on 04-07-2011-05-2008


With the paradigm shift in education, many educators, developers, and education publishing firms are stepping into elearning domain. But most newbies are unaware of the intricacies in building an effective interactive learning courseware.

Over the years, I’ve seen many who have left their elearning venture half-way through. Most of them dropped pursuit due to incorrect planning or lack of knowledge.

For today’s post, I’d like to share the four stages involved in the development of educational courseware.

Four stages in the development of elearning – I call it the ABCD model

eLearning development process flow 

1. AnalyseConcept Phase

This is the conceptualization stage of an elearning course. During this stage, the framework and objectives are created through detailed research. A concept document that lays the foundation on which the outline, purpose and intent of the project is created. It includes:

  • Current demand for this course
  • Defines the target audience ( demographics)
  • Course description
  • Outline of the course
  • List of multi-media tools used in the course
  • Flow of course content
  • The budget
  • Timetable on each task

2. Board - Design and Prototype

In the design phase, in-depth study on the course content, course navigational structure, approach and graphic design are developed. The sample graphics, design layouts and software requirements are specified.

The following details are made in the design phase:

  • Create detailed storyboard (text, graphics, multimedia, programming, etc.) for each page
  • Create the first draft of the elearning course (it includes navigation elements, design prototype)
  • Establish course flow with a course management plan
  • Prepare briefs for standards
  • Test the elearning model (editing)

3. Create – Production Phase

The content and technical issues are developed, integrated and finalized:

  • Content is created
  • Modules for the course are created
  • Flash, graphics, multimedia elements and programming are completed
  • First stage of testing is conducted

4. Deliver – Testing, Quality Assurance and Delivery Phase

The elearning course is uploaded and final round of verification is done:

  • Proofreading of course content
  • Content quality review is made and verified
  • Browser compatibility test, link testing and rendering of graphics in different devices
  • Quality assurance checks are done
  • Mapping outcomes to quality standards

Take away

The essence of creating these stages or similar stages is to divide problems into manageable chunks. Apart from this, you should think of these aspects, such as infrastructure facilities, subject matter experts, designers and developers to turn idea into fruition.

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Interesting post. Thank you!

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