1. Start where you are
What is essential and what is good to have? That is, what should be done and what would be nice to upload but wouldn’t compromise your goals if it wasn’t included? If you need more objectivity, have someone review this question with you. Who is your audience? Are there any particular constraints such as bandwidth, language, or learning difficulties to overcome? Making online learning accessible to as many people as possible is essential.
2. Map the program
Conduct an audit of your course. How can we structure it for the online learning environment? Does a classroom session mean an online module or a live session? Don’t think about the details now. Just focus on your plan. A good strategy for clarity is to list your learning outcomes at the top of a page, then create a table below with your classroom sessions on the left and your online solutions on the right. This ensures that you stay aligned with what you want to achieve and that you don’t miss anything essential.
3. Adapt your content for online teaching and learning
Now that you’ve finalized the essentials and organized content, it’s time to think about how you can move on-premises activities online. I have often said that most things are possible if we think creatively. Of course, so much is possible online, including some things that couldn’t be done at all or easily in an on-site course. However, some things are complicated or impossible to do online. Be realistic about the pros and cons of the tools you use.
4. Don’t try to be perfect
As a gifted person, it’s hard to write. However, we must be prepared to weigh our expectations for e-learning content against the need to maintain essential quality. Over time and other constraints, you may not be able to create the same classes as before. Maybe you don’t need fancy graphics and professionally produced videos. Maybe free graphics will work for videos saved on your laptop or phone. You may be able to forgo creating that amazing simulation or activity because setting it up takes half of the allotted course development time. Doing it imperfectly now doesn’t mean you can’t go back and improve it in the future.
So there you have it, four strategies for creating your own high-quality e-learning content. Do you have any additional tips, techniques, or strategies that you would like to share with our readers? If so, leave them in the comments section below.