E Learning Course Design and Development: Just Getting Started with a Project

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Getting started can be the hardest part

Thatcham_Screenshot_3.pngIf you are just thinking about using e-learning in your organisation for the very first time, it can seem like a pretty daunting prospect.

The list of questions you have about the technology alone is probably longer than you care to admit. And that's before you've even begun to think about the content.

In fact, you've probably realised alredy that it's easy to get so swallowed up by the technology that you can easily lose sight of the learning bit of e-learning. Which is a worrying prospect.

Content first, technology second

So what's the answer? Well, we are very clear on one fundamental point. It's the learning first and the technology second. In other words, the technology is merely there to support and facilitate the delivery of the learning, not the other way around.

So keeping technology in its place is certainly a good start. But what about the learning? Let's be honest, e-learning has a bit of reputation. And deservedly so. There's way too much of it that's been produced over the years that's just embarrassingly bad.

Boredom-busting instructional approaches

You could hardly forgive your learners for feeling a twinge of despair when they discover that a rollout of e-learning is on the cards.

Which means you really need to think differently about your e-learning because conventional thinking and approaches really haven't worked.

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Is my content suitable for e-learning?

And there's also the question of which content and which skills might be suitable for tackling through e-learning.delivery

And, of course, once you've settled on suitable content, an instructional design approach that will help you create what we call boredom-busting e-learning, there's the big question of the production process.

What does production look like?

How to go about it? Who to have as part of your production team? How long it might all take. How much it might cost. How much can you realistically expect to create in a given time frame?

And this could be a big issue. Because you may have others in your organisation who want you to introduce e-learning because they think it'll be quick and cheap to get up and running.

In fact, altough e-learnng can definitely save you money over the long term, quick and cheap to create it isn't. Even the embarassingly bad takes longer than most people might realise. 

Avoid some sleepless nights

If all or some of this is keeping you awake at night, then we've created a 32 page E-Learning Getting Started Guide to help you think through some of these issues.

It certainly won't wave a metaphorical magic wand and solve all your problems or answers all your guestions. But it will, we think, point you in the right direction and help frame your thinking.


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What's in the guide?

This easy-to-read guide is divided into 4 short sections:

Part 1: Is E-learning for me and my organisation?

This takes a look at what e-learning is, why you might use it and why you might not

Part 2: How do I make sure it’s effective and enjoyable?

This takes you through a whistle-stop tour of our basic philosophy around creating boredom-busting e-learning. What informs our thinking. Why we do it the way we do.

Part 3: How do I go about creating it?

This part looks at how you might go about creating e-learning. The people you might need on your team. A possible development process you might use. And some of the many practical ins and outs of getting started.

Appendix: About Pacific Blue

This part looks at who we are and why you might consider using us to help you on your e-learning journey.

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