Tricks of the Trade: Developing Custom eLearning Solutions

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Congratulations! Your eLearning budgets have been approved. After the epic battles of the budget, developing your custom elearning solutions is going to be a piece of cake, right? Until you start looking at the eye-popping array of software and designs available.

It’s like being a kid in a candy store (but without the candy). Is the four door rapid eLearning model the right one for you? Should you use an out-of-the-box content creation tool or hire an outside firm? Whether you’re developing your own eLearning programs, or overseeing a vendor who’s doing the work to your specs, here are some things to keep in mind.

More than just nice-to-know

Consider the needs of your employees. What are their top concerns? What business problem will the training help solve? Once you’ve established this, design the eLearning module to address these needs. Your employees are busy people, so give them the information that will make a difference to their work, and achieve real goals.

Super cool or superfluous?

Some eLearning courses will throw the kitchen sink at you, complete with animated segments, multimedia elements and interactive sessions. While these can be very effective, they can also be expensive and over-the-top. And the stripped-down compliance-type trainings look shabby and boring. The best use of elements is to ensure that they are integral to the training, and fully support the course material.

Build action into your custom elearning solutions

Learning loss occurs if training isn’t put into place. It’s important to focus on what employees will do with the information you are providing through your courses. Always link information directly to on the job actions. Ideally, let your team put the new information to work right away.

Free advice can be good advice

The eLearning Guild’s 75 Tips to Reduce eLearning Costs ebook contains helpful tips such as:

  • Create training courses that are reusable. Ideally, these can be easily updated for multiple training scenarios.
  • Let learners create learning content. For instance, simple videos created by a sales team can be an effective tool for other sales teams in the firm.
  • Take advantage of free resources. This includes free stock images, animation, audio editing, image editing, stock media, color design and more, such as Stock XChng, GoAnimate, FootageFirm, ColorSchemer, Audacity, Windows Movie Maker and Microsoft Office clip art.

If you're interested, check out ExpandShare's eLearning Services to see how your program can be an epic success.