For Smart Elearning, You Need Smart Processes

Are you using old, inefficient elearning authoring processes? In this article, Simon Greany will explain why modern elearning requires you to use smarter processes.

smart elearning processes

Online, mobile, and technology-enabled learning is set to keep rising as 53% of corporate learning and development (L&D) teams plan to increase their investment in digital learning this year. And it’s no wonder because the messages from learners are clear; they expect and demand relevant digital content when they want it, on any devices, wherever they are. For the most part, this is at a point of need. With learners in the driver’s seat, any walls between learning and performance are, rightly, being knocked down. The focus is now on what helps with a problem, not what course you’ve completed. Of course, learners find their answers on Google, YouTube, social networks, internal resource banks, and formal learning content.

It’s great that more organizations and training providers are jumping on the digital learning bandwagon. However, is the elearning they create in sync with modern learning behaviors and up for the competition? And do standard production processes foster the right mindset to create the type of elearning that is?

Related: The complete guide to using smarter elearning authoring processes

Elearning needs to get smarter

Elearning is impelled to smarten up by becoming more needs-focused, supporting performance in situ, and using modern digital design techniques. However, it’s more than just a shift from courses to resources with a sprinkle of gamification.

We know social and collaborative learning is an incredibly powerful, instinctive, and growing force in the L&D world through technology. But rather than seeing elearning as something separate from social and collaborative learning, a truly modern approach is to unleash the power of people within elearning. This can be done by enabling experts to easily and quickly share knowledge, stories, and insights and by smartly using social polls and other group learning techniques within the content itself.

For smart elearning, you need smart processes

To create the right kind of elearning, you need the right kind of process. So, we ask:

  • Does the typical development process best meet the necessity for creating agile multi-device learning that follows the shifting needs of learners and stakeholders?
  • Is it truly empowering people to collaborate and share knowledge with others easily?

The typical elearning process has numerous pitfalls that waste time and money, usually starting with communication barriers. It risks edging projects away from learners’ needs rather than toward them. Thus, there’s certainly room to tighten it up.

To go further and create a smart process that enables a modern kind of elearning, we need to shift away from processes shaped around the development of fixed courses. Instead, we must put collaboration and iteration at the very heart of how we design. Technology is key to this.

Next step: Uncover common process pitfalls and discover the seven steps to create smarter elearning in our new guide, How to use smarter processes to speed up elearning production.

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