How To Develop Effective Online Training In Record Time

How To Develop Effective Online Training In Record Time

The problem with time is that there’s just not enough of it when you really need it. Whether it’s extending those hours spent on the beach or if it’s giving yourself enough to complete a crucial project. So while it’s not quite plausible to extend a day to 30 hours or so, there are things that can be done in order to make better use of it.

In the case of the online training, there’s a few tips and tricks that can be done to maximize your efficiency and to prevent possible speedbumps in the future.

Plan Carefully

Online Training PlanPlanning is the most important first step when it comes to developing online training. This can’t be stressed enough because without it, you could potentially be wasting huge amounts making changes during the build stage that could have been easily addressed at the planning stage.

An indispensable tool in this process is the Instructional Design document you create. This document helps you to define the concepts you want to train (Learning Objects) and the best method to transfer the knowledge to your learners (Learning Strategies).

The next stage is to create a storyboard document that will help define the look and feel of your online training. This makes the build process proceed much more smoothly.

Build Strategically

Online Training BuildSometimes your life is so hectic or you have additional priorities so you don’t even have the time to build the course yourself. In that case it might be a good idea to employ the services of a custom online course builder. The course builder is more than someone who just designs the slides. They can also help you in the instructional design and storyboard stages.

The development of more complex scenario-based elearning courses can be aided by the elearning developer. For example, rather than simply having a linear course, branching can be added so that the outcome is determined by a series of choices. This compels the learner to carefully consider each decision because of the effect that it has on the final outcome.

Online Training SampleIn the case of our How To Motivate Your Employees Demo, the objective is to communicate your expectations so that an employee will be able to successfully accomplish a task. By looking at information in the employee background, you’ll be able to determine the best way to communicate your objective. If you’re unable to communicate clearly, the employee will fail at their task.

While a course like this certainly isn’t outside the realm of self-build, there is a time commitment to not only learn the software but also the strategies behind building an elearning course.

Deploy Successfully

Online Training DeployIf you make the incorrect decision for your learning management system, you could be spending weeks or months picking up the pieces. The best thing you can do is to conduct a thorough learning management system comparison in order to find one that fits your needs.

There are a few things that you need to consider first. One is that a cloud-based LMS is recommended not only in terms of reliability but also ease-of-setup because you’re not responsible for the hardware. Even for more technically savvy people, using a learning management system that is hosted is favorable. Also, updates that are delivered by the vendor are tested.

Here’s one last potential time-waster when it comes to learning management systems; make sure that it’s SCORM compliant so that it’s able to gather the score and other important information from the course itself. You could be spending hours looking for a new LMS if it doesn’t have this important feature.

Building online training doesn’t have to feel like it will take a lifetime. With some careful planning and some strategic building, you can create great courses easily.

What else should you consider? Download our free ebook What You Need To Know Before You Build Elearning.

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