The blessed French gave a lot to the world! Gothic art, the rabies vaccine, hot air balloon, Eiffel tower, Champagne and not to forget the word ‘haute couture’. Haute couture refers to houses or designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions for women.
What has this got to do with eLearning, you may ask? A lot.
Haute couture is for fashion what customized eLearning is to a learner. Widely, eLearning can either be pre-built or fully customized. A completely customized eLearning content, though expensive, can be tailor-made and designed to perfectly fit the organization’s/learner’s requirements. While a catalog eLearning course can be reused for different learners, save a lot of time and a great deal of money, it can also fail to meet the learner objectives. Consequently, organizations intent to achieve high-impact training through customized eLearning programs. As custom eLearning development becomes a fashion, here are a few factors that eLearning companies need to consider , apart from goals & objectives, for a stunning output.
A tool is something that can help. But only the right tool can facilitate the correct output of the development process. The possibilities are endless…if you select the right authoring tool for your needs.The following table gives a broad idea for the selection of the preferred tool based on certain attributes.
The table compares the performance of the tools based on the mentioned attributes, thereby being preferred over the other to meet client requirements. According to E-Learning 24/7 blog the top 5 features sets that are required in authoring tools are: 83% – Layers, Actions and Triggers; 83% – Output to HTML 5; 62% – Spell Checker; 54% – PowerPoint add-in; 52% – Audio editor.
2. Subject Matter Expertise
Developing top-of- the-line content for a course involves working closely with subject-matter experts(SMEs). An important element of the entire development process, the SME can have consequential effects on the final outcome of the course. For an eLearning company which wants to foray into different industrial sectors hiring a smart SME is the only way. The course structure, assessment, and strategy should be finalized by working in tandem with a SME. The effective ways of getting the required information from an SME are getting him involved in the process, setting expectations and actively listening to his every word.
Besides qualifications and experience, an ID should have the creative vision to deliver a course that is highly-engaging, impactful and informative in its manner. He should be a visualizer; able to ideate the learner’s perspective in a creative vein. The ID and SME should work together to build , identify gaps and fill them in the content.
Of all the other things, you have to get this right too! Design elements, development hours, interactivity, delivery time, and subject matter expertise all contribute to the cost of a custom eLearning project. Creating a custom eLearning course can be a significant investment. The project is doomed to fail with wrong calculations and may leave you feeling exploited, with poor performance of team members. A custom course cannot have a set cost as each course is unique in its content and design. So tread the path with care!