Many companies recognize the value of moving classroom training to online training delivery methods . Online training, computer –based training, eLearning or whatever you wish to name it has many advantages. It provides simultaneous delivery across business units and regions.  It allows for consistent training that can be easily updated. It reduces cost and productivity down time. However, it also presents some challenges for corporate cultures steeped in traditional classroom training. Where do you start? Here are 7 simple steps to beginning the process:

        1. Business and learning objectives: define why your organization needs to develop an online learning program. What business objectives are driving this initiative?  What does your organization want to achieve through this program? What do your learners need to know to achieve these goals?
        2. Curriculum: define the curriculum you want to include. This curriculum outline may include a complete learning program for the entire organization or it may be a targeted outline of the areas with the most immediate need.  If you can, identify the curriculum down to the course level.
        3. Content: describe the source of the raw content for each element in the curriculum outline. You may have pre-existing classroom content or subject matter experts or a combination of content resources.  Identifying these will help you immediately see where you may have gaps.
        4. Resources: identify the resources needed for each course. You may have internal resources who can convert existing content to online courseware. You may need outside resources for any custom content development.  You may also have some content areas where off-the-shelf content may be sufficient
        5. Priority:  develop a priority for each course or topic area so that you can most effectively establish a roll-out timeline.
        6. Timeline:  determine how you want to roll-out the curriculum and in what time frame.
        7. Delivery Method: establish how you will deliver the content. If you have never had online training before, chances are you will need a Learning Management System (LMS).  If this is the case, the selection of an LMS vendor needs to be included in the timeline and the budget.
        8. Budget: establish a rough budget. This budget can help you determine priorities and timelines as well as type of courseware production.

So now you can get started. You can effectively speak with potential custom eLearning development and LMS partners as well as begin aligning your own internal resources.  And, you will have a verifiable and reliable plan.

Learn more about how other organizations have faced the challenge of converting classroom/instructor-led training to online training delivery methods by visiting KMI Learning.

Margie Herron

Margie Herron

Director Business Development Margie Herron has been an executive manager and senior sales executive for the past 25 years, specializing in custom services and products. Herron has managed several key accounts in the technology, service, finance, healthcare, non-profit and manufacturing sectors. Since the early 2000’s, her focus has been on custom eLearning content development and LMS implementation. Herron has orchestrated activities of teams that have been recognized with 12 Brandon Hall Custom Content Awards. Through her role as Business Development Director at KMI Learning, Margie brings unique experience in not only account management and customer relationships but also has broad knowledge in learning and development challenges, objectives and strategies. Her past management experience brings a skill set sensitive to, and understanding of, the environment faced by her clients. She collaborates with clients of all sizes on their specific business and learning objectives in a consolidated effort to achieve those goals through innovative and comprehensive solutions. Helping clients create true learning organizations that excite, engage and grow employees is the real motivation for Margie’s efforts.