Course Production Resources
The key to creating successful e-learning in-house is understanding the resources you will need and what you have available. Besides the basics of making pages in your new tool, you should consider the skill sets that go into a great piece of e-learning.
A. Content Writer
As an in-house author, you will have easy access to your subject matter experts, but as a rule, you will want to edit their input to turn it from a brain dump into effective learning. So, your first task is to structure the content to address your learning objectives.
B. Instructional Designer
Having created the basic storyboard, you will need to consider how you use the assets at your disposal in the authoring tool. In e-learning development, this is called instructional design and is often the difference between a good course and a poor one.
C. Creative writer
To bring the basic content alive, you may want to create contextual scenarios and exercises so your colleagues see the learning relating to their roles. You may also want to introduce a theme to the course to create engagement.
D. Graphic Designer
There are many competitively priced libraries of stock images, but you may wish to edit these or create your own to reflect internal processes. Having some design skills, such as knowledge of Photoshop, will be very helpful.
E. Project manager
Managing the inputs of your SME’s, reviewers, and additional resources will take time and planning, particularly if you are working to a hard deadline and have to keep several stakeholders happy.
No matter how often you read and re-read your content, there is usually some small typo that is immediately spotted by a learner the minute the course is released. Proof-reading is an under-rated skill, and you will want to ensure your content is thoroughly checked before going live.
All authoring tools will advertise their ability to make top-quality learning, but it is not a golden bullet that guarantees success.
If you have the required skillsets to build your own e-learning courses, then it is a great option to consider.
If you need to recruit or train staff to fill the gaps in the e-learning production process it may be simpler and more cost-effective to engage a specialist e-learning vendor.
Making your service accessible is a requirement in the UK under the Equality Act 2010, and yet until recently, this has not been a high priority for corporate e-learning buyers. For years, the solution has been to provide a Word or PDF version of the content as the ‘accessible’ alternative.
Accessibility in e-learning involves using technology and standards to create training content that is fully accessible to all learners, regardless of whether they have a disability or not.
Many authoring tools will provide you with content that will automatically work with assistive technology, such as screen readers.
However, you will need a good understanding of accessibility design concepts, such as colour contrast, page layout, text and font choices.
It is a complex process that we explain on our e-learning accessibility page.