Now more than ever, the eLearning fraternity is focusing on producing quality eLearning products.
There are 2 ways of doing this.
# 1- Strive for quality from START to FINISH.
# 2 – Follow # 1.
There is no better way than building and testing quality into the eLearning development life cycle with focal check points at every cut. But before anything else, it is important to plan. A successful eLearning project requires good planning.
The secret to perfect planning is a nice generic project plan.
Sounds easy, huh? Guess what? It’s the half-truth!
A project plan is necessary, no doubt, but there are other things which need to be considered but are not a part of ANY project plan. Let’s take a look at the untold secrets of planning and scheduling for the successful delivery of an eLearning course.
Understand the project goals through the client and establish objectives, time lines and resources. Absorb the expectations of the client and the learners to objectively decide commitments and schedules. Remember that the only constant in any project is change; hence making ranged estimates for your project is more realistic and reliable than aiming for a singular deadline.
Assemble a group of awesome people, who will make the project viable, including developers, testers, subject-matter experts, multi-media developers and project manager. The team should essentially be a part of the planning process to gain an overall perspective of the course by understanding the expected outcome, constraints, risks and timelines for deliverables. It should characteristically be an agile set up where everyone can contribute incremental improvements to the product.
Unlike the ADDIE model, the V-model emphasizes on client involvement during the development process. This not only saves time required to revise and recycle the courseware but can also take care of transparency, goal-shifting and customer satisfaction.
Plan for the Unplanned
Anybody who has worked in the eLearning industry can tell you that goals shift, requirements change and plans get modified almost every time. 95 % of the time! It is more important to plan for such incidences rather than planning for what’s been told or put on paper. Planning for the unplanned well in advance will save the day!
Finally we get to the project management plan. Apart from a dandy project plan in any template, the role of the project manager is quite consequential. The manager should be apt and able to ‘get things done’ and drive continuous progress and improvement.
See how the project management tools are the end of the tail of the planning structure! Without the right tools, project management can go horribly wrong, demolishing months of work, losing money, and control of time. Apart from the current go-to softwares like Basecamp and JIRA, there are a host of other options like Harvest, Wrike, Trello, Asana, etc. with features that rival those of the toppers.
In conclusion, the development of eLearning products requires an extension of the traditional project management model to strategic vision, ranged estimates, nimble resources and client inputs.
To know about how we use planning to build quality into our eLearning products join us for a free webinar on ‘Quality Assurance in eLearning’.
Upcoming Webinar –
‘How To Assure Quality in eLearning’
Date – 21st July
Time – 15:30:00 AEST (Show time in my time zone)
This webinar is focused on the new approach towards testing the most-promised element that quality is during development and post-delivery (user feedback).Register