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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Priority: develop a priority for each course or topic area so that you can most effectively establish a roll-out timeline.
- Timeline: determine how you want to roll-out the curriculum and in what time frame.
- 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.
- 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.
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