Evaluating your eLearning course by the toughest judges – your learners, is the cornerstone of eLearning development. Receiving feedback from your learners enables you, the instructional designer, to improve your course.
Since iteration is a recurring step in the eLearning course design, it follows each time after the evaluation step.
So, your new eLearning course is ready to be launched and you are all excited about the prospects of “immensely” pleased stakeholders in your organization.
You know you have integrated the complete bells and whistles of an eLearning program: from using branched scenarios to interactive labeled diagrams. You even have a compelling storyline set in the backdrop of your organization. Your CEO is a cool lady who allowed you to use her cartoon version as an avatar to motivate learners. What more could you possibility need to add to your cauldron of successful spells?
Hiring an online instructor or a facilitator is one of the most significant decisions you may make for your newly launched course. Be wary of face-to-face instructors eager to teach your online courses. Online teaching is not the same as face-to-face instruction. It requires certain personality traits that help an individual succeed in the online medium.
Online instruction naturally demands more online contact hours than face-to-face instruction. Candidates should also be able to express themselves better in writing. They should be prepared to provide on-going support beyond the office-hours indicated in their job description.
The most common question I hear as an eLearning Coordinator is this:
“Can we have this via eLearning?”
It’s my moment. I take my time, pretending I’m thinking it through, and after shaking my head, I reply:
“Yes, just tell me how much time and how many resources we have”.
There’s a line from the 80’s Kevin Costner flick “Field of Dreams” that has outlived the movie: “If you build it, they will come”. Sadly it seldom works that way in real life, and almost never in eLearning.
Even before you start your eLearning business you have to think of your target audience. And after you’re done with writing your courses it’s time to market them, that is, if you want people to know about them.
They say that nobody likes lawyers until they need one. I don’t know, I always liked the profession. Heck, I’m somewhat of a certified lawyer myself, in the sense that, while I have not actually studied the thing, I’ve seen all episodes of Law & Order, The Practice, Boston Legal, Shark, The Defenders and lots of others. That should count for something, right?
Compliance training. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. And that somebody is you, if you are a business owner that wants to enter certain markets for which the law mandates it.
So how to encourage your employees to comply with compliance training requirements? Yelling at them would help, but if you want some more sophisticated ideas you could try, read on.
Banking. It’s what makes our modern economy tick (and, perhaps, tock), and a big enabler of the business and innovation progress we’ve had in the 21st century.
It’s, to paraphrase the proverb, a lucrative job, but somebody’s got to do it.
The construction industry is a conservative one — as you have to be when you’re a bona fide engineering discipline, and people’s lives depend upon your products. As such it’s not one known to embrace the latests fads and short term trends.
Which is just as well, as eLearning is neither a fad nor a short term trend. Not just because it’s a mature technology that has been around for a couple of decades already and has been adopted by all of Fortune 100 companies, but also it’s essentially just a variation of the age old practice of training and educating.
The rest of the professional world might have embraced “continuous professional development” a decade or so ago, but it has always been a necessity for the medical professionals.
Billions are spend every year in lectures, seminars, conferences, training programs and related materials for keeping doctors and hospital staff up to date with the latest developments and technologies.
Those are not just for career advancement, as is often the case in other industries, but are demanded by law as a means for medical professionals to maintain their clinical competence.