If you are like me, then in your life you have been on both successful projects as well as not-so-successful ones (and I think you would agree that the successful ones are more fun).
It’s probably important to note that ‘success’ is a very broad term and could encompass a variety of things.
Just because a projects isn’t “as successful” doesn’t mean that it wasn’t overall successful at meeting the key objectives.
But, I think we all can say that some elearning projects just are more successful. Perhaps it’s the feedback we receive from learners, achieving desired outcomes from training, or our overall team experience.
Varying degrees of success are common in elearning projects, or any project for that matter.
If you’re interested in increasing the chances of a successful elearning project, then you would do well to follow these five guidelines for project success:
1. Be Proactive – The goal of any project is to meet a desired end by fulfilling objectives. These objectives are hardly accomplished by being reactive. Create a project team of “doers”.
2. Know Your Present Situation – Clearly define the current situation. It will make you aware of the gaps that need to be addressed during training.
3. Know Your Desired State – Before you start creating your first course, there should be a clear understanding what you’re trying to accomplish.
4. Assess and Reassess – Throughout the project you should assess how you’are doing and if you’re meeting key deadlines. If a change has to occur, it’s best to be proactive before any potential negative impacts.
5. Data Driven – Always be collecting data through each phase of the project. If the project is ultimately unsuccessful (no matter what the definition may be), then the data will provide clues as to why, and more importantly it will prevent you from making the same mistakes in the future.