eLearning and the development process

In ISD we have the ADDIE model which most developers adhere to as well as most training personnel. With eLearning becoming more prevalent in learning departments I would like to know what the process model for creating online courses would be. I am currently supporting an eLearning Department that is fairly new and ADDIE is the model of choice. But that is the model for converting the content into script then into a eLearning course. Not in so few words but the majority of the work is developed following the ADDIE model. What I would like to know is what are some of the processes in which developers follow to get to the development part.

Is there a Planning Team that decides which courses get to be put online?Is there a Design Team that works with the SME’s and course developers that collaborate to come up with the course material? How about a eLearning Supervisor that leads all these process teams into the development process and gets everyone to buy into the course. All these gray areas that I consider relevant have not been identified for me so I am having to research and develop some of these steps in the process. If I had to come up with a working process that would help me develop such a model it would go like this.

Customer request sa course to be created into an eLearning course. The first step that I would want to take is to identify all the stakeholders that will contribute to the course material and its development . Meet with all these individuals to contract an agreement for developing the online course. I would expect them to have done all the analysis modeling upfront to eliminate the mystery of who the learner will be. The most important step would be to estimate the time ti will take in he development process. The more accurate the project can be predicted the more attainable the  timeline for delivery. This is very critical because of the many resources that will be used to create all the interaction and assessments that go into creating an engaging online course.

Then I would choose a very reliable tracking program that would capture all the tasks involved in creating the development of the course. This is more for research and cost effectiveness practices more than creating a tracking record. Being able to estimate the amount of time it takes for each step in the process will give the Manager a better understanding of how many courses he can build on a yearly basis. The better you get at this the better you can manage your yearly schedule which determines your next year’s budget.

Communicate on a daily basis the status of all your eLearning courses being developed to help determine deliverables that will be met or missed. This is very important as well for monitoring the development schedule. So far we have agreeing on the project upfront, creating a solid tracking system to measure time to delivery, and reporting on the project as it moves along to manage the commitments for the year. The last thing I would look at is the evaluation program to measure the process. Being able to come full circle once the course is online and running then revisiting the game plan will only make the process that more robust for the next course. Simple I think now just to put it down on paper as it sounds. This is going to take awhile.

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