November 25th, 2014 E-Learning

Finding content for your elearning can sometimes be the most challenging aspect of course creation. Generating learning material from scratch can seem nearly impossible.

Naturally, when it is time to create an online course, it only makes sense to leverage already existing material. But what if the only material available is in the form of offline content?

The natural temptation is to simply scan the offline materials and then make them available as a downloadable PDF. As you can imagine, there are many reasons as to why this is a terrible idea. Most obvious though is that they are not user-friendly and can actually be a detriment to learning. Version control also begins to become a hassle.

If you are going to transition offline content to an elearning course, then you need to do it properly. Most people will be tempted to open up Microsoft PowerPoint and begin creating slides. While this may be a viable option for some content, it should not be considered the “go-to” for elearning.

For example, instead of PowerPoint, why not set-up a website instead? Using tools like WordPress and LearnDash, you can create a pretty robust online learning platform for your offline content – including interactions with things points, quizzes, certificates, and badges.

Another nice advantage to this approach is that the content is very much “living”. You can modify it as needed over time.

There are other options for bringing offline content into an online form. The infographic below, created by DailyGenius and LearnEgg provide some additional tips.

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About Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter


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Great post Justin, as e-learning is my passion and business I like to network with people who talk work and breath e-learning!

Nice way to sell Learndash but I disagree that PowerPoint is not dynamic. I use it Learndash but PowerPoint is the best free tool available to createinteractive content. There is so much to PowerPoint. Check out Articulate. By simple placing the content in Learndash/Wordpress you run the risk of having a static course.

I’m still trying to find a way to have my content engaging on Learndash, PowerPoint is the best option yet

Avatar Sher

Hello Justin, I have been an ardent follower of this lms plugin and I am not disappointed with the constant improvement year-round. Can one access training/courses offline, because that’s one of the benefits of Tin can API, or do one need an offline player? This will help people with minimal access to the Internet. Can this plugin be adapted for offline access to lms course content and when you connect it will automatically synchronize

Avatar Victor

Hi Victor, Thanks for the comment! No, not yet. It’s something on our radar as we look to incorporate deeper API capabilities in the coming year.

Hi. I have a similar need. Any progress yet please?

Avatar Kassiem

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