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Turning your classroom course into an e-learning experience: Implementation and review

Just as you would with any training programs and learning materials you have developed, it is important to trial your product before implementing it on a larger scale. Trialing is a critical step to ensure that your product contains accurate content, is user-friendly and engages your audience, and meets your organisation’s required outcomes from the training.

This last point is particularly important because it requires you to:

(a)   Know what your required outcomes are

(b)   Have methods in place to measure that these have been met

During your trial you should not only be checking your learning materials and instructional methods, you should also be reviewing your measuring tools to ensure they will provide accurate results as to whether your e-learning program has met your organisation’s needs.

Depending on your outcomes, measurement tools could include:

  • Surveys or questionnaires for students to complete
  • Data on course completion rates, graded assessments or skill observations
  • Interviews with supervisors to gain insight into staff skill improvements
  • Gathering data on productivity or staff retention

Be sure to use measurements that suit your outcomes. For example, there is no point gathering information on increased productivity if the online course you developed was to ensure your staff are up to date with new legislative requirements. This could be measured simply by recording completion rates and observing the implementation of the legislation in the workplace.

Once you have trialed your product you can then use these measurements to track your success during implementation. Depending on the purpose of the course and the length of time it will be used with staff it is worth considering an ongoing plan for monitoring and review. This could mean that a cohort of staff are put through the program, their participation measured, their feedback considered, and any changes or improvements can be made to the course before the next group is trained. This continuous improvement is an effective way of ensuring you course remains relevant and engaging throughout its life.

As with all of the steps in your project, we recommend that you consider your required outcomes, measurement methods and your plan for implementation and review during the planning stage.

 

For more information on measuring learning outcomes, check out these articles:

“Nuts and Bolts: What you Measure is What You Get” Jane Bozarth

http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1482/nuts-and-bolts-what-you-measure-is-what-you-get

“3 Simple Ways to Measure the Success of Your E-Learning” The Rapid ELearning Blog

http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/3-simple-ways-to-measure-the-success-of-your-e-learning/

 

This concludes our series “Turning your classroom course into an e-learning experience”. I hope we have provided you with some insight into the basic steps required for the successful transformation of your training programs.

If you have reached the end of this series and decided that e-learning is a pathway you would like to travel down, but you would like to discuss with us any outsourcing of your course design or development work. Please contact us to discuss your options and how we can assist in your project.

Good luck!