E-learning has literally exploded in the last 10 years. Through the development of our learning management system (LMS), On Demand Academy, we have extensive experience in this area.
E-learning is a broad subject and the term is often used to refer to many different activities, systems and solutions. We have consulted with companies that use everything from simple downloadable files to video streaming to a complete LMS. Also, most companies target their own employees with their e-learning efforts not realizing that targeting your customers can add a lot of value to your products and services. Regardless of the level of sophistication that you need here are a few things to keep in mind:
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- who will be trained (customers, staff, general public, etc.)
- what material will you be using
- who will produce the content
- will you need tests and quizzes
- does the learning process require some type of off line component ( assignments, mentoring, seminars)
- do you need to track learner progress
- do you need to integrate with your intranet or HR systems.
- will you be using authoring tools (Articulate, Captivate...)
- does SCORM or Tin Can compliance matter
- do you want your content to be interactive
- ....and many more considerations
It is critical when you're planning to include e-learning on your website that you have a plan for both structure and content. I can't emphasize enough that for if you are planning on including e-learning on your website, you should consult with someone who has experience in this area. The last thing you want to happen is to get your system up and find out that when some of your materials or your techniques need to be changed, that you'll need to start over from scratch.