Tips for Converting Instructor-Led Training to E-Learning

Tips for Converting Instructor-Led Training to E-Learning (Dec 10)
First, determine what forces are driving your e-learning projects. Then carry out a needs analysis to
examine content repackaging.
There are many critical success factors that need to be addressed for an organization to successfully
transition its instructor-led training (ILT) into effective e-learning. It’s important to identify the reasons for
making the transition and determine how to measure its success. A needs analysis is critical to examine
the repackaging of the content--what must be left in, what must be presented differently, and what should
be presented asynchronously vs. synchronously.
First, you need to determine which of the following forces are driving your e-learning projects:
Cost (online may cost more to develop, but is cheaper to deploy)
Time to deploy and maintain is faster
Global economy--need to reach a wider audience across time zones
Training time has been reduced
24/7 availability--need to reach all learners at multiple locations
Learners have become more tech savvy
Internet has become a basic work tool
Lack of classroom space/availability
Fewer trainers
Travel time, costs, and inconvenience have increased for trainers and learners
Convenience of learning at the desktop
Online learning tools have improved
Next, carry out a needs analysis to determine:
1. What is the business reason to move this course from ILT to online?
2. What advantages will you have in an online course and how can you use these as course
3. What disadvantages will you have for an online course and how can you overcome them?
4. What are the key learning points for the course and how can you ensure the learners have gotten
5. How can you best “engage” the learners for online training?
6. What sample documents, drawings, photos, videos, etc, can be used to make the course more
7. What are the “problem spots” when you teach/take this course and how can you plan to avoid
them in the online course?
8. How can the content be “chunked” into smaller courses or lessons to fit an online module format?
9. Can parts of the course be converted into job aids, FAQs, quick reference cards, etc.?
10. Will blended learning be used (combination of ILT, online, Webinar)?
11. What do you know about the learners (skill set, jobs, attitudes, experience with online learning,
hardware/software, etc.) ?
12. How will you know/measure the success of the online course?
13. What effect will this course have on the job?
14. What additional resources would be helpful to the learner?
15. What additional training would be helpful to the learner?
Susan Boyd has more than 30 years' experience in the training and computer education field and has
designed and delivered instructor-led training, virtual Webinars, and online e-learning courses. She has
extensive experience in planning and managing computer training projects, and has directed and
participated in all phases of the projects including: needs analysis, course development, training the
trainers, course delivery, and follow-up.
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