When we refer to eLearning content, we mean the entire process of creating and designing it. To create an e-learning content we must keep in mind the major factor the audience for whom the whole content is being prepared. The main focus of any content based on e-learning is to get the project done in an effective manner.
There are a few steps that all e-learning content development process must undergo.
It is usually the first step when it comes to the eLearning development process. At this stage, we should be able to realize the learning content, profiles of the audiences we are targeting and the objectives of learning. Once we take up the course, pay attention to the kind of tasks that are meant to be accomplished. Based on that information, a proper strategy is created to be able to come up with an excellent way of presenting the content.
2. Creating the Design
The design is a high-quality plan of the whole instructional approach of the course. Some of the most common procedures at this stage include solving problems and scenarios. In this stage, it is also decided how the content is broken down – whether it will be into courses, screens or even modules. In a situation where several courses are supposed to be created, each course has to be created using a unique design strategy. In this stage, we should be done with all the visual instructional elements. Our web designers should be well-informed before they begin the job.
In this stage, the content to be used for each course is finalized and divided into modules. Then the content to be used on each screen is decided. The document used for scripting is usually a word document, but sometimes powerpoint presentations also work fine.
4. Prototype Development
In this stage, we are presenting the whole course using a few slides. the content on screen and audio are finalized. All decisions that are based on the presentation of the content on the screen, interactivities to be applied, colors, images, and animations(if required) are all finalized. During this stage, there is a lot of writing, rewriting that is taking place. The prototype should be working on the eLearning content management system.
5. Developing The Course Without Audio
In this stage, a practical course without audio is prepared. Then the changes are made to the content and narration if any. It is very costly to create an audio file and then recreates it without any iteration. Therefore, the audio developed has to be in sync with the text and pictures.
6. Developing the Course With Audio
The moment the audio script is finalized. The quality of the audio and pronunciation are essential and have to be perfect. The audio developed has to be in sync with onscreen text and animations. Timely placement of visuals and audio is very important for eLearning.
7. Creating The Learning Management System Version
The first 6 stages above are mainly creative. The final stage which is the creation of the Learning Management system Version is more mechanical and technical. Once it is approved, it is ready to be hosted on the learning platform.
The main reason why all the stages mentioned above are followed by the eLearning companies is that of the stakeholders. Since the Stakeholders are involved in all stages, the development team to proceed to the next stage. At the end of the whole process, learners get a course that helps them get quality and learn easily.
Irrespective of the nature of the eLearning content, we should always ask how this is going to benefit the audiences. This is extremely crucial from the point of advertising. The audiences are less interested in what your courses contain, but are more interested in knowing how it can help them to improve their performance or help them to get better jobs. Therefore we as an eLearning content creator have to keep it in mind that we need to design them that can directly communicate the utilitarian value to the potential customers. The most important aspect of eLearning development is defining the right learning objective.