4 tips for a successful e-learning project as a business expert

09 Jan 2021 Lee Luong 0 Graphic Design

Most of the time, the development process of an e-learning module is led by instructional designers or specialized e-learning developers who work in partnership with business experts (SME) . But what if you are the expert in charge of leading an e-learning project and you are going to have to work with an instructional designer or an e-learning integrator? What do you need to know to make your partnership as harmonious as possible? Here are five tips to follow.

1. Focus on the educational objectives

It's natural to want to communicate in as much detail as possible, especially when you're trying to train someone. But including too much detail in an e-learning module can overwhelm learners, and make them feel overwhelmed. 

Instead, think about what learners need to know to learn a new skill or improve their job performance. By prioritizing essential information over additional or optional content, you will keep learners focused on fundamental learning objectives. 

But don't worry: you didn't design this additional content for nothing! You can ask the designer to put it in a glossary or in an “additional resources” section. So your content will always be available to learners looking for more information.

2. Create concrete scenarios

Most people remember concepts best when they can draw on concrete examples from their own experience. For example, using a realistic scenario can help learners visualize themselves applying the new knowledge and skills they learn in your module.

When working in partnership with an instructional designer or e-learning developer, it can be helpful to teach them about the kind of real-life experiences your learners are likely to have at work. This information will allow him to design relevant interactions that will give learners the opportunity to get involved and meet your challenges.

3. Reread the storyboard carefully

In e-learning, the creation and approval of the storyboard is a crucial step. The storyboard serves as a “blueprint” for the final module. The storyboard ensures that the content is correct before the final, complete version of the module.

It is important for you to read the storyboard carefully and carefully. Take your time to focus on the details. This will save you and your project team many painful and costly subsequent changes. Once the module is created, the modifications are more difficult and take longer to process.

4. Communicate effectively

The relationship between you, the business expert, and the designers and developers is essential. Here are some tips that can help you communicate well throughout the project:

  • Agree on deadlines Have a mutually agreed upon schedule for milestones and the final deadline for deliverables. Have regular discussions throughout the process, so you can verify deliverables at each key step. And of course, make sure you meet your own deadlines!
  • Make actionable returns When invited to review content and provide feedback, always try to provide comments that are specific, constructive, actionable, and move the project forward. Avoid vague comments, general criticisms, or comments that do not allow immediate action. These comments will not help the designer and developer, and they may even hinder the proofreading process.

By following these four simple tips, you can truly increase your value and contributions as a business expert and you will be sure that this new training will go off without a hitch.

BY: Lee Luong

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