Are you looking for new ways to create online training faster? Concerned that your processes and systems are holding back efficiency? In this article, we’ll take a look at how some simple changes to your processes and systems can help you create online training faster.
Here are three simple ways to save time and create online training faster:
1. Use a content map to structure your ideas
Before you do anything else, you need to map out the big ideas for your training. Use a mind map or flowchart to map out the overall experience.
For example, let’s say that there are going to be ten core interactions. Map out what will go into each of those interactions. Think about the discussion point, your objective, and the experience that’s going to fall into each component.
You should already have a clear idea of one or two key outcomes you want to achieve with this training. If you don’t know why you’re creating this training, go back to the analysis phase in the eLearning production process.
Pull together and organize your ideas and content into a series of chunks. Make sure you are very disciplined here so you can get rid of any extraneous bits you don’t need.
Coggle is the mind map I like to use. Paste in your chunks, ideas, and snippets to see how everything fits together. Identify where there are questions for which you need help from your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). The best way to get information from SMEs is to be very specific about what you want.
2. Use storyboards to visualize your end product
Storyboarding is the method of orchestrating all the elements that will make up the training to create a score. This is much like in musical composition, where all team members can follow along the same “notes”.
Here are 10 storyboarding elements you will include:
A storyboard explains how all the elements fit together. In other words, it acts like an instruction manual for the team.
Some people may choose to create storyboards with applications such as PowerPoint or Word. I prefer to work directly in authoring tools such as Elucidat. The advantage of working inside an authoring tool is that you have a visual layout to work with (instead of words in a document). This makes it a lot easier for all stakeholders to interpret the screens and interactions.
For example, take a look at this storyboard screen created in Elucidat. Stakeholders can see the visual screens and make comments directly on the areas they want to leave feedback. This can help you can get accurate feedback and faster approval from your stakeholders.
3. Use prebuilt page types and interactions
Your map and storyboard will give you a list of the page types and interactions for the project. You may be tempted to create each of these components from scratch. But, this can be a lengthy process. Instead, use a tool –like Elucidat– that comes with a range of built-in page types and interactions that have already been tested.
The benefit here is you don’t need to spend time and money on costly development. You can set up a project and very quickly add in page types and interactions.
For example, take a look at these different page types and interactions you can create out of the box with Elucidat:
As you add the page types and interactions, they are automatically created inside your project. The project builder then gives you 100% flexibility to customize these pages to meet your requirements.
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To create online training faster, you need to find new ways to streamline your processes and systems: Why not try some of the ideas presented in this article?
Consider using tools –like Elucidat– that can streamline your processes. Elucidat’s prebuilt page types and interactions can speed up the time it takes your team to create online training.
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