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Let's Avoid These 5 Mistakes in eLearning Development in 2016

 

Posted on Mon, 04/01/2016 - 10:53

When it comes to eLearning, there are a lot of things to keep in mind to ensure it does not cause any issues. With more businesses adopting eLearning for their training needs, it is imperative that any potential problems are nipped in the bud. Being cost-effective and more successful, it is a better solution for your training needs. However, rushing into eLearning is not the way to go. There are mistakes that are common in eLearning projects, which is why here are five of those most common mistakes for you to avoid:

Designing Digitally Saves You From Mistakes

Unrealistic Goals/Deadlines

Before starting any eLearning project, the project development and management teams decide on goals and deadlines that are supposed to be met. However, setting unrealistic goals and deadlines is a recipe for disaster as it directs the project towards failure from the start. This is usually due to poor communication between the teams.

Investors will always have a different perspective on how the project should be undertaken. This is why it is important there be a good line of communication to let them know the realities of development. Having tight budgets and deadlines should not be the reason for distorted, unrealistic and over ambitious goals. The project manager must make it clear to all parties involved that in order for an eLearning project to be successful, the goals have to be realistic.

Trying To Include Too Much Content

Overloading the eLearning project with too much information is another mistake project teams can make. It is important to note that learners can only learn so much at a time. Assimilating too much content that proves excessive for the learner to handle will only render the eLearning project inaccessible for the user. The focus of the content should be on making it easy for the user to learn. Cluttering loads of information that is not relevant to the subject matter should be avoided. The eLearning project managers should focus on streamlining the content in a clear and precise manner.

Lack of/Poor Interactivity

The biggest problem faced by organizations during the development of an eLearning project is the lack of interactivity. Most firms just go for the quick and easy path of development, ignoring the need for a feature-full project. They use simple videos and texts, allowing the learner to just click through the program with the least possible interactivity features. This way, the user absorbs less information, resulting in the eLearning experience proving mediocre at best. By incorporating effective and interesting features, like quizzes, videos, games and scenarios, you can make the eLearning experience fun and interesting.

Not Meeting User Needs

This is another aspect where research is critical for the success of the eLearning project. Researching the market for which the project is being developed is important. Knowing who the users and the learners will be ensures the final product is relevant. This requires efficient research from the start. The moment the project is being planned, one of the major focuses should be on meeting the user’s needs. Not doing this will make the eLearning project a waste of resources and an unnecessary expense. Get in touch with us for more information on eLearning. One of our specialists will happily guide you on the matter.

Lack of Internal Marketing

When developing an eLearning project, internal marketing is just as important as external marketing. Increasing the awareness of the program among employees is an important marketing tool as these employees will be the ones working with the customers. The company’s marketing strategy will involve these employees being on the frontline, communicating the product and its benefits and uses to the customer. Increasing the awareness of the eLearning project among employees is essential to the success of the project.  Make sure you are not forcing  them to take it, but promote them to take it. 

By Designing Digitally, Inc.