ELearning implementations can range from something rather small, to an immense cross-cultural (and multi-year) project.
I have been part of both.
Despite the differences that comes with the scope of a project, there are still similarities between all projects.
Regardless of your budget and overall elearning program size, you will want to be sure that you have an answer to at least the following questions.
4 Essential ELearning Elements
How will the courses be created? There are many rapid elearning development programs out there, and each one has its own strength. Before starting the project, make sure you have an idea of what program you will use and the associated technical requirements.
Who is the target audience? If the audience is large in number, make sure you have a good understanding of where they are located, geographic considerations such as timezones, and cultural, or even regional differences. Clearly defining these components ensures that you don’t risk offending one group, and you increase the chances of successful program adoption.
What is the end goal? Simply put, what do you want your audience to know, or change, after the training is complete? This should be identified early on during objectives setting – not just at the course level, but at the program level.
How will you measure program success? Related to the above question, you should also have an understanding of what constitutes program success and then communicate these results to key stakeholders. Metrics gathering should be agreed to and signed-off by any invested parties so that everyone understands how the results are obtained.