Nile Street Multimedia is an elearning designer focused on elearning course development. We primarily develop using Articulate 360 which enables us to produce highly interactive courses that are not dependent on a particular LMS or platform.
Good elearning course development starts with defining the goals and working out how to assess the effectiveness of the elearning course in achieving these goals. This provides good focus to the whole development process.
Ideally these goals have measurable outcomes that can be assessed before and after the training. In addition to enabling the monitoring of return on investment (ROI) and thus the effectiveness of the training it also gives us the opportunity to tweak the program if the desired goals are not being met.
As the elearning course designer we we work best with access to SMEs (subject matter experts), project stakeholders, learners to test materials and existing experienced trainers. Sometimes this is not feasible so we work from a brief prepared before we come on-board a project. We are flexible. The goals is to get the best outcome at the most affordable rate for the client.
Good elearning design finds ways to motivate the learner to want to access the material. Motivation comes from building on a learner’s existing experience in a way that the context is clearly relevant to them and their job or role. Motivation is increased by some degree of challenge.
Scenario challenges with simulated outcomes are optimal for creating expertise. Practice is important for retaining new skills or behaviours.
The elearning might be part of an overall business improvement goal, however often it is only part of the solution. Other changes in business practices might also be needed.
Where possible we give degrees of control to the learner so they can pick out the important things for them to learn and skip over skills they already have. One of the most destructive things we can do is create the feeling in the learner that they are wasting their time.
We like working with the SAM (Successive Approximation Model) for project development. Basically this process is brainstorm ideas, create a rough prototype, assess it, and revise and refine till we have a good solution. Many of our clients do not have lots of experience in this area so it really helps for them to visualise the way the course will work early on and then refine or modify a number of iterations from there.
At all stages our goal is to facilitate good solutions whilst recognising many clients and teams work in different ways.