We’ve been in the learning development world for almost 30 years. In that time, we’ve picked up a few tips you should always follow when creating content. Even if you’ve been in the digital learning industry as long as we have (or longer!) you may think this blog isn’t for you. But you’re wrong. We see a lot of industry pros forget to implement these top tips in their development process.
Tip #1: Never assume
It’s so easy as a seasoned digital learning professional to assume you’ve understood the brief or that your work is to the client’s expectations. So, our first top tip is never assume. Making these kinds of assumptions will only make your life harder – it’ll be you doing the reworks after all!
Before you start designing, or building, put all the information you have down in one document, and get your client to sign it off. Then, throughout the development process get the client to sign off at regular intervals, you’ll be glad you did!
Tip #2: Always test (in every environment!)
Just because there aren’t any errors in your preview mode – does not mean your course will work seamlessly in the learning platform. So, test it! As well as ensuring it runs seamlessly in your learning platform, you should also make sure you it reports back to the LMS properly too.
The team at Cursim, our digital learning design agency, recommend uploading your course in a test site, testing, and getting sign off, re-uploading in the production region, then testing and getting sign-off again.
Tip #3: Set learning objectives
Learning objectives are a learning designers’ best friend. They give you guidance in digital learning development and guide your learners through the course content. But oftentimes they’re overlooked and considered a time-wasting task.
Although its sometimes tempting to dive straight in and start designing the content, the look and feel etc. You must establish your learning objectives first. Without them your content could end up being mismatched pieces of information which leave the learner wondering “what was the point in this?”
To learn more about aims, objectives and learning out comes, check out our blog here.
So, there you have it, our top digital learning development tips. Do you have any other top tips you think your fellow eLearning developers should know? Tweet them to us at @omniplexelearn – we’d love to know your thoughts!