E Learning Pitfalls


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Missteps can prove not only expensive but hard to undo..

Your organization is one of many that have begun to embrace eLearning. You have been tasked to develop curriculum for a wide range of learners using eLearning.

Where and how do you start?

Join our FREE Webinar and in 30 minutes you will learn how to deliver the right training to the right people at the right time. In this interactive event, Chris Beasley, eLearning expert and federal government consultant at Edge Digital Group, will share with you tips on how to:

•Survey stakeholders
•Find out where the gaps lie and the risks of leaving those gaps open
•Develop a priority list
•Tie the list to career paths
•Determine what can and cannot be achieved through eLearning

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E Learning Pitfalls

  1. 1. eLearning Pitfalls: <br />Avoiding Them from Day One<br />
  2. 2. Objectives<br />Recognize and resolve issues in the content development phase<br />Recognize and resolve issues in the e-learning course production phase<br />Recognize and resolve issues in the rollout phase<br />
  3. 3. Content Phase Pitfalls<br /><ul><li>The course stands alone
  4. 4. No pre-course evaluation
  5. 5. Delivery before content</li></li></ul><li>The Course Stands Alone<br />Isn’t part of a curriculum<br />Not tied to organizational objectives<br />Doesn’t serve a defined need<br />How do we get management buy-in?<br />Strategic<br />work<br />first<br />
  6. 6. No Pre-Course Evaluation<br />No reason to train<br />Hard to pin down what learners need<br />Can’t match content to the learner’s knowledge level<br />How do we measure success?<br />
  7. 7. Telling<br />Plenty of information, no application<br />Content doesn’t allow for user choices<br />Lack of interactivity<br />No analysis<br />Design content <br />so learner can <br />give feedback <br />to the course<br />
  8. 8. Delivery Before Content<br />Content should inform delivery<br />Not every subject makes good e-learning<br />E-learning doesn’t have to be LMS-based<br />Focus on <br />“what”<br />which will<br />inform <br />“how”<br />
  9. 9. Course Production Pitfalls<br />You are the star<br />Style without substance<br />Rush jobs<br />Never-ending revisions<br />Ignoring 508 compliance<br />
  10. 10. You Are the Star<br />Narrating courses yourself<br />Good public speakers not always good on camera<br />Write your own background music?<br />Focus<br />on<br />training<br />people<br />
  11. 11. Style Without Substance<br />Does this video clip really enhance the learning experience?<br />Does the animation demonstrate a process accurately?<br />Would the retention be as good without these graphics?<br />Media <br />elements <br />must integrate <br />with content<br />
  12. 12. Rush Jobs<br />“Two weeks” is for resignations and building contractors<br />Shortens every stage, from content to development and testing<br />Technical problems lead to mistrust<br />Often means a major revision after launch<br />Set a <br />reasonable <br />schedule and <br />stick to it<br />Set a <br />reasonable<br />Schedule and<br />Stick to it<br />
  13. 13. Never-ending Revisions<br />Shortens time set aside for production<br />Introduces versioning errors<br />Can lead to additional legal review<br /><ul><li>Script should be reviewed by contributing SMEs and instructional designers
  14. 14. Spelling and grammar check
  15. 15. Content should have final reviewbefore production starts</li></li></ul><li>Ignoring 508 Compliance<br />Creating new, untested features<br />Assuming compliance<br /><ul><li> Do real 508 testing with an expert
  16. 16. Set up structure to handle compliance
  17. 17. Most of 508 is good design anyway</li></li></ul><li>Endless conference calls<br />Team members revise same section five different ways<br />30-Person Review<br /><ul><li> Provide direction at review stages
  18. 18. Limit review to core group initially
  19. 19. Brief expanded team</li></li></ul><li>Rollout Phase Pitfalls<br />Surprise reviewers<br />Skimping on testing<br />Lack of follow-up<br />
  20. 20. Surprise Reviewers<br />May not know purpose of project<br />May not have heard of it<br />Could change strategic direction requiring massive changes<br /><ul><li> Ensure managers are aware of goals
  21. 21. Brief them along the way
  22. 22. Do it when buy-in is fairly assured</li></li></ul><li>Skimping on Testing<br />Content can change by accident as it is programmed<br />Complex functionality may not work in all parameters<br /><ul><li> Review content in place, like a blueline in printing
  23. 23. All functionality must be checked</li></li></ul><li>Lack of Follow-Up<br />“Launch it and forget it”<br />Move on to the next challenge<br /><ul><li> Prepare evaluations for your measuring system
  24. 24. Market the course to learners
  25. 25. Periodically review content and features, update as necessary</li></li></ul><li>Key Points<br />Be well-prepared<br />Keep the goal in front of you<br />Follow through<br />Sidestep pitfalls with the right partner<br />
  26. 26. About Edge Digital Group<br />Learn. Share. Succeed.<br />eLearning Course Design<br />SharePoint Implementation Development<br />Document Conversion and Management<br />Solutions Provider to the Federal Government, Fortune 500 companies, and Associations<br />
  27. 27. About Edge Digital Group<br />Founded in1989<br />Headquartered in Herndon, VA<br />NTIS Joint Venture eLearning Partner<br />GSA IT 70 Schedule<br />Veteran-Owned Small Business<br />
  28. 28. Contact Information<br />Chris Beasley, COO<br />cbeasley@edgedigitalgroup.com<br />Events<br />edgedigitalgroup.com/sections/news.html<br />Weekly Tech Blog at:<br />cbflyingcar.blogspot.com/<br />