How Expand Converts Training Materials into an eLearning Course


Quality not quantity. It’s a good rule of thumb for just about everything. For example, you’d probably rather have fewer delicious pizzas than boxes upon boxes of mediocre pizza, right? So when I say your employees would much prefer fewer quality training courses than hordes of so-so learning courses, that makes sense, right?

But here’s the issue: You have years’ worth of existing training materials—materials that you don’t want to go to waste. For many companies, the sheer amount of time and money already spent on existing training materials is reason enough not to work with an outside agency to create new learning courses. (After all, who’s to say they won’t end up with even more mediocre pizza?)

When you work with Expand, we’re often able to repurpose much of your existing training materials into eLearning courses. But converting existing materials goes far beyond simply transferring it into an online format. Here’s how we take your training materials and transform them into a delicious pizza...I mean an engaging eLearning course:

Step 1: Analyze Existing Content

Before we know what existing training materials we can include in your new course, we have to first know what you have. That’s why our first step is to conduct a content audit. In a content audit, we compile all of your existing training materials into an organized list. With your help, we analyze that list to determine which materials have proven effective (and should, therefore, be incorporated into the new learning course), which need updated before they can be used in training and which simply need axed.

Step 2: Define Course Learning Goals & Objectives

A learning course without clearly defined goals and objectives may not be doomed to fail outright, but it certainly won’t be as successful as a learning course with clear goals and objectives. If you don’t know what your learning goals and objectives should be, our team will work with you to get you headed in the right direction. With goals and objectives clearly defined, our team will have an even better idea of what existing materials we should include in the eLearning course and what we will need to create to supplement them. 

Step 3: Choose Course Format

Once we know course objectives—and have the best understanding of who the audience for the course is—we can choose the best course format for presenting the information. There are three main formats for eLearning modules: Read & Click, Interactive eLearning and Simulations. The most basic (Read & Click) is usually reserved for basic compliance training. Simulations, on the other hand, are usually reserved for teaching a complex, sometimes dangerous task. 

Step 4: Map the Course

The final step in converting your existing training materials into an eLearning course (before actually developing the course, that is) is to create a detailed outline for the eLearning course. Approved outline in hand, we’ll create storyboards that will clearly outline text, narrative audio, media and more, giving you a good idea of what your learners will be viewing on screen.

It’s much more difficult to start a learning course from scratch than it is to work from existing materials. That’s why we’ll make every effort to convert your existing training materials into eLearning. Not only does this give us a better idea of overall direction for the project, it also saves you time and money.

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Will Holland