How to transform your training with Learning Accelerator: a step-by-step example

Looking to create high-quality elearning, super fast? Utilize a wider range of authors and colleagues with Learning Accelerator. Choose from a suite of templated designs, apply your brand and drop your content into a ready-made structure – all with learning design advice to guide you along the way. So, how do you get started? Read on to find out. 

What is Learning Accelerator?

Learning Accelerator is a collection of 20+ elearning blueprints; customizable elearning course templates that you can make your own. Choose a Blueprint, apply your branding, add your content, and you’re good to go! Or, if you’ve got something specific in mind, tweak pages or add new ones to support your content. You’re in control.

Learning Accelerator blueprints enable all levels of authors to choose the right place to start, opening up elearning production to novice authors without having to compromise on quality. This means reduced production time, great content that’s consistent, and happy learners!

See it in action

Learning Accelerator blueprints are easy to access, quick to use and brimming with learning design expertise. But while it’s all well and good to say that, let’s face it – you want proof! In this blog post, we’ll do just that.

Read on to see how we used a blueprint to create one of our latest Showcase courses, the Financial Crime Challenge, and witness the simple steps of Learning Accelerator in action. 

Here are the 6 simple steps to adapt a Learning Accelerator blueprint to meet your needs.

1. Select a style

After choosing Learning Accelerator from the Start page, our first step was to select a style to apply to the blueprint. If you’ve already got a style set up with your organization’s branding then this will apply it to any blueprint instantly.

Note, the style you choose at this stage isn’t set in stone. You can always change it later on in the process, whether you want to swap it completely or just edit it further. 

 

2. Select a blueprint

Once we’d named and saved the project, we were ready to choose our blueprint. We knew that we were looking for a quiz template as we wanted to create a financial crime test, so we chose to ‘see all blueprints’ so we could browse the selection. 

If you’re not sure which template would work for your project’s goals you can choose to ‘get a recommendation’. This option asks you a series of questions to get under the skin of your project, before serving up templates tailored to your needs. 

When we were browsing the available blueprints we used the filtering dropdown to narrow down to the kind of template we wanted – in this case, ‘quizzes & games’.

We loved the idea of adding game features to liven up our compliance test, so we opted for one of the ‘game-like quiz’ blueprints.

At this point, you can see more details about the blueprint before confirming it’s the one you want to use. The ‘preview’ option also lets you explore a version of the blueprint with real content in it, so you can see if the approach feels right for your own project. 

3. Plan the content

We decided this blueprint was the right one for us, so we downloaded the storyboard and started thinking about how we wanted our content to work with the blueprint. 

The storyboard document follows the structure of the blueprint, with templated sections containing guidance text to help you write your on-screen text. As we looked through the structure of the blueprint, we realized that we wanted to adapt the design slightly – the game-like blueprint contained 3 rounds of questions, but we only wanted 2 for our content. So we deleted that section of the storyboard and made a note to do the same when we built it into the blueprint itself. 

 

Top tip: blueprints are a helping hand to get you started, but you don’t have to follow them strictly – you can always adapt them to suit your needs. 

 

4. Edit the blueprint

After populating our storyboard with content we were ready to start building! We started with the structural change – removing the third round that we didn’t need – and then set about dropping our content into the pages. We also swapped out a few question interactions to better suit the questions we were asking. 

5. Edit the visuals and styling as needed

We then made a few final tweaks to the styling of the layouts and added visuals to support the content and help bring the challenge to life. 

6. Ready for review

After just five steps, our course was ready to go! At this stage, you can release your course and use the Review tab to get feedback from stakeholders. Then it’s time to step back and let the learning begin! 

 

Get started with Learning Accelerator

Learning Accelerator is now included with every new Elucidat license. Creating industry and organization-specific elearning couldn’t be easier! And if you’re not sure which blueprint is the best fit for your content, the handy wizard will ask you a few questions and serve up a recommendation.

You can test-drive these blueprints with your content in a free trial; sign up today!