The most successful elearning projects start with a rock solid plan. What do you need to know right at the start to make your elearning project a success? Get your hands on our free Elearning Project Plan template and deliver your best elearning project yet.
Never skip the planning phase
Picture the scene. You’ve been given a new elearning project by a stakeholder within your business, and perhaps a slide deck of content. Where do you start?
When faced with a new elearning project, the temptation is to jump in and start building an interactive online experience straight away. But hold up! How do you know that’s going to work? Do you know what success will look like?
When we talk about learning we’re really talking about changing people’s behaviours and habits. To be successful you need to get under the skin of who your audience is, what will really help them perform better, and what will engage them.
You only have 7 seconds to grab learners’ attention and you’re competing with the likes of google. Not to mention, the constant digital distraction of slack notifications, emails arriving in your inbox or another whatsapp incoming. So, your learning needs to stand out to hit home. Cracking on with building out content might seem faster, but you can miss the mark easily.
Nailing your elearning project plan is the first step in the 5C’s Framework (our tried and tested elearning development process). The first ‘C’ is for Capture – because it’s all about capturing your audience and project needs before you even think about touching your authoring tool.
Capture needs for your elearning project plan in just 60 minutes
Capture might be the most crucial ‘C’ of the 5Cs Framework, but the good news is that it doesn’t need to be time-consuming. At Elucidat, we’re all about working quickly and flexibly, and our free Elearning Project Plan Template is an example of us practicing what we preach.
Find just 60 minutes to answer some questions about your goals, audience, and development process. I promise – you’ll uncover the information you need to inform an effective digital learning solution.
It could be the difference between a topic that engages learners and delivers ROI, and one that slides into the LMS black hole of forgotten courses.
Two heads are better than one
The more you can involve your colleagues and end users in developing your elearning project plan, the better. Print out our template and fill in the boxes with your main stakeholders and subject matter experts. You’ll soon get a clear picture for why your digital learning deserves to exist(!), and what one thing it needs to do really well.
As for what type of experience will help it do that thing really well? Try creating a quick survey in Elucidat to send out to a sample group of end users. Elucidat’s analytics feature makes the results super easy to read. What better way to find out what will engage people than to ask them?
If you’re starting a commercial or large-scale project, chances are you’ll need to take your Capture (planning) stage wider. You might need to think about white-labelling, translation, ROI stats and more. Our experienced team can help in all these areas, but in the meantime, make use of our free template to get your elearning project heading in the right direction.
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