This course teaches you how to develop engaging e-Learning by outlining the steps needed to create an instructionally sound course. It is directed to anyone who wants to build an e-Learning course but who is not an eLearning expert: teachers, trainers, and subject matter experts. This course contains content, questions and and all the components typically included in an e-Learning course. The principles presented here apply to eLearning courses created in any authoring tool. However, we will use easygenerator so you'll be able to build courses in easygenerator after you finish the course. It will take about 30 minutes to complete this course.
The easygenerator team
We will use the development process of this course as an example. In this course some sections are marked with this logo. They describe the process easygenerator used when we created this course.
Our problem: Many non e-Learning experts use easygenerator. However, the quality of their courses are not at the highest level. We wanted to fix this problem.
Why is this a problem? It is a problem because the courses will be less effective and therefore these authors may stop developing eLearning courses, and no longer use (or buy) easygenerator!
So it is our business problem to increase the quality of the courses to support non eLearning developers so they will continue to use and buy our product.
Our goal: The goal is the flip side of the problem. This means our goal is: Easygenerator authors should create instructionally sound eLearning in 50% of all created cases in January 2015 (instead of 30% now). Please note we made this goal measurable by setting the 50% target and a we added an end date.
We brainstormed ideas and came up with the following solutions to help fix the problem:
All six elements are part of the solution. Not one of them is the whole solution.
E-Learning is a solution for a (business) problem. You need clarity on what the problem is before you can create a clear and measurable goal for an eLearning course. After you identify the problem you can find your goal by turning it around. The goal is the opposite of the problem. Here are some problem/goal examples:
|We don't have enough customers.||We will increase the number of customers from 500 to 1000.|
|Our customer service staff don't know enough about our product to answer customers' questions.||Our customer service staff can answer 95% of all customer questions.|
|The 6th grade students don't know the history of our country.||All 6th grade students can write an essay on our nation's history scoring a passing grade.|
Once you have defined your goal think about solutions to reach it. Most of the time multiple solutions are needed to achieve your goal. We will illustrate this in the example below.
The course goal The course will have a specific goal. The goal of this course is: "Users can design and author an instructionally sound eLearning course". We shortened this goal into a clear course title: 'How to design and author a course'. The next step is to define learning objectives to help the learner reach the goal.
Our defined learning objectives are:
You can put these full objectives in easygenerator as learning objectives. But the learner doesn't always need that kind of detail. We decided to simplify them into:
Once you've identified the problem, goal and possible solutions, you can begin working on the solution part of the course. First we need to define the goal of the eLearning course and then add details of how we'll reach the goal. These details are captured in the 'learning objectives'.
After defining learning objectives you need to write questions and content that support the learning objectives and the goal of the course. Please restrict yourselves to two levels of objectives: The overall goal (in the title) and the learning objectives. As the course author you need to work out the details of the objectives for yourself, but the learner may not always need that detail. You can use a simplified version of the learning objectives in the course.
Before creating any learning solutions you need clarity on the