Creating Online Learning Courses for Businesses

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Creating Online Learning Courses for Businesses By Jim Bandy President and Co-founder Brainband Technology Services
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  • Creating Online Learning Courses for Businesses By Jim Bandy President and Co-founder Brainband Technology Services

  • Why use online learning in your business?

  • Streamline the training processIdeal for large or spread out workforceControl over quality of instructors and consistency of message deliveryAdministration centralization

  • Virtual reality capabilitiesSome things are hard to do in a classAvoid high liability situationsInteractive training scenarios increase content retention

  • Cut costs, not benefits

    Save money on employee training expenses (travel, instructors, paper)Increase employee retention and productivity with effective training and continuing education

  • Facts+ROI In an April 2009 survey of e-Learning Guild members, 48% reported a positive return on investment (ROI) from e-Learning, while only 5% reported no return or a negative ROI. 50% reported an ROI greater than 15%.

    The e-Learning Guildhttp://www.elearningguild.com/research/archives/index.cfm?id=136&action=viewonly Building the Business Case for e-LearningWith Step-by-step ROI Calculations by Temple Smolen, M.B.A., The eLearning Guild

  • Facts From a Sept. 2008 survey, 70.1% of survey respondents plan to apply more e-Learning 2.0 approaches to their learning endeavors. 66% of survey respondents believe that younger workers will demand e-Learning 2.0 approaches to performance support.

    Growth & Demand

    The e-Learning Guild http://www.elearningguild.com/research/archives/index.cfm?id=134&action=viewonlyE-LEARNING 2.0Learning in a Web 2.0 Worldby Steve Wexler, Jane Hart, Tony Karrer, Michele Martin, Mark Oehlert, Sanjay Parker, Brent Schlenker, and Will Thalheimer

  • The Course Creation Process

  • Getting StartedWork with a course developer, not a Web designerEffective e-Learning courses need the same care and expertise put into the educational aspects as the design elements. Skilled developers build courses that carefully align to students needs and learning goals.Course content must be engaging and presented in the proper sequence to maximize a learners memory retention.

  • 1)Establish your idea What is the learning objective of your course? What do you want participants to achieve by completing the e-Learning course?

  • 2)Refine your ideas Work with a subject matter expert (SME) to determine what the course needs to do. Make a prioritized list of key learning points to determine the amount and detail of course information. The SME will insure the accuracy and sufficiency of the information you deliver.

  • 3)Decide if the course needs an administration functionIf you do not need any formal records of your participants training, you do not need an admin function. You will need a learning management system (LMS) or course management system (CSM) if you need a way to

  • LMS or CMS capabilities manage learners and track their progress across all types of course activities enroll studentshandle gradesdeliver test or quiz materialoffer two-way communication between the instructor and the studentupload study resourceskeep records and transcripts of content and student-instructor interaction

  • 4)Work with an instructional designer This will ensure information is presented in an interesting and successful manner using the established learning principles. The designer determines how the knowledge is presented and reinforced through interactive activities, exercises and quizzes.

  • 5)Course production A production team works with the course designer to determine needed illustrations, animation, audio, video, interactive media or Web 2.0 virtual reality components.Specialists design the graphics and create the needed media to integrate into each section.The course is made deliverable through the intended target media (local network, CD or DVD, or Internet).The production team handles quality control of the course.

  • 6)Course Delivery - Final StageIf an LMS or CMS is utilized, the course is installed within the chosen system.The course is made available to the intended participants through the previously selected media.

    Emergency Management Course Demo: http://www.brainband.com/images/demos/em_demo_sl/em_demo_sl.html

  • TipsA good course development company can assist you in every step of this process. Steps 1 & 2 can be completed in-house to reduce cost and production time. Keep in mind if the course is for your business or department, you may be the subject matter expert. If you are able to go to a course development firm with your ideas already lined out, a large portion of the work is already finished.

  • About the AuthorJim Bandy is co-founder and president of Brainband Technology Services, a Web services company specializing in online course development. Brainband has built learning management systems and comprehensive training courseware for e-Learning providers such as Gatlin International and TheElearningCentre.com.Questions? Visit: http://www.brainband.com/

    The e-Learning Guildhttp://www.elearningguild.com/research/archives/index.cfm?id=136&action=viewonly Building the Business Case for e-LearningWith Step-by-step ROI Calculations by Temple Smolen, M.B.A., The eLearning GuildThe e-Learning Guild http://www.elearningguild.com/research/archives/index.cfm?id=134&action=viewonlyE-LEARNING 2.0Learning in a Web 2.0 Worldby Steve Wexler, Jane Hart, Tony Karrer, Michele Martin, Mark Oehlert, Sanjay Parker, Brent Schlenker, and Will Thalheimer Emergency Management Course Demo: http://www.brainband.com/images/demos/em_demo_sl/em_demo_sl.html