Taking on an elearning project can seem like a daunting task, especially if there are a lot of stakeholders involved.
If you’re not careful, the entire project can get out of hand quite quickly, so it’s important to properly plan and define key components from the beginning.
But where do you start? There are all kinds of elements to even the simplest of elearning implementations. Everything from learning management systems, document storage, databases, rapid course development programs, instructional design hours – the list goes on and on.
From my experience, before you start creating the first course, you should be aware of (and have a plan in place) for the following areas:
- Project Objectives: Pretty self-explanatory, but objective writing can be difficult. Take time to do it right.
- Resources: Identify the personnel and the technical resources that will help guide your program to success.
- Capabilities: Map out the capabilities that you desire, this will allow you to select appropriate resources (both technical and personnel).
- Decisions: Specifically, you should define who has the ultimate say in a decision. Many projects employ a review board with defined hierarchy of key stakeholders.
- Critical Dates: Use a project plan to map out the critical dates and all the dependencies that impact successfully meeting the objectives by their specified time.
- Priorities: If everything is “critical”, then nothing is. Define a priority structure to your project plan so that you can focus on the true high priority items first.
- Communicate: Always make sure your elearning team is communicating their status, including any roadblocks they encounter. Use weekly checkpoints for status reports. Any elearning project without effective communication is doomed from the start.