This blog entry is part II of a series on Creating Custom E-Learning solutions. Click here to read Part I: General Business Overview.
Once the purpose and success metrics for a custom E-Learning solution are established (see Part I), the following questions further refine the content and scope of the project. Important questions to consider include:
What is the estimated duration of the training module(s) from the learner’s perspective (i.e., how long will it take a learner to complete the training module or series of modules)?
Industry standards measure E-Learning in one (1) hour segments. Generally, the compression rate is about 50%. For example, a 2 hour face-to-face class compresses to a one (1) hour course. This is an important consideration in developing training for continuing education units (CEUs). When building E-Learning, efficiencies are gained when the seat time extends beyond one (1) hour.
Where will the source content come from?
- Instructor led classes: If training has been held as an instructor led class:
a. How many times?
b. Do the presentation/class materials include speaker notes or are the speaker notes
all in the instructor’s head?
- If content is not derived from prior instructor led training:
a. What books or manuals will content be drawn from? Do you have copyrights to them?
b. What presentation or series of presentations will be used? Are there speaker notes?
- What other documented sources of content exist?
Levels of Interactivity
- There are four levels of learner interactivity. What level is appropriate? Hint: We typically discuss this with the SME and Instructional Designer together.
- We are all familiar with “death by PowerPoint” but did you know that video can be considered a “level 1” interactivity too? Additional detailed information about the four levels of learner interactivity are found on the MicroAssist blog: The Learning Dispatch in Linda Warren’s white paper, “Myths About Online Training.”
Must training meet any particular accessibility standards for people with vision, hearing or movement disabilities? These may include:
- Low or no vision
- Hearing impaired: hard of hearing or deafness
- Mobility issues, i.e. impairments affecting the ability use a mouse to get around a screen