Evolving content and eLearning

Wondering if anyone has experience creating eLearning with content that changes on a regular basis. Is there a rule of thumb for the shelf life of content before we should consider creating eLearning? We are already using rapid-development and Rise for the eLearning we create. We are trying to move from a heavy instructor-led training culture to on-demand. I don't have experience working with content that is so fluid and advised leadership I would ask the experts. So here I am!

Thank you in advance!

4 Replies
Judy Nollet

The nice thing about rapid development is that is can be relatively rapid. In my experience, the slowest parts of the process are waiting for content, waiting for reviews/approvals, and waiting for the LMS folks to load the course.  :-)

So ask yourself: How regular is "regular"? How extensive are the updates? How much turnaround time would you have, i.e., what's the timeframe for 1. getting the new material, 2. revising and reviewing the course, and 3. putting the course into the LMS?

Also consider what could be delivered via performance support (e.g., job aids), which can provide learning at the moment of need.

Finally, compare the time and expense of updating an eLearning vs updating and providing ILT.

I hope this helps!

Nicole Legault

Hi there Amy, 

That's a great question. I think Judy has provided some excellent insights. I think you'll also want to consider how often you think your courses will need updating and what will need to be updated. Do you have policies included that are reviewed / updated yearly? Do you have links to websites that need to be checked? Do you have screenshots of software or applications that is out of date ? Consider what content you have in your courses that will need to be updated and maintained and then maybe a spreadsheet or central location where you track their updates and maintenance might help. 

Daniel Brigham

Hi, Amy:

We live in a digital world, and that means digital learning. Everyone's content these days changes rapidly. That is the norm. Your culture will likely eventually be forced to incorporate elearning. ILT is often too expensive, too varied in presentation, too limited in reach. (Of course, ILT is perfect for some things. )

My suggestion is to get someone on the team ramped up in Articulate Rise, and just develop the content that isn't likely to change a ton in the next six months.  The challenge that person will face next is how to make it all engaging. There's so much boring elearning out there, partly because it's easy to build. Hope that helps a bit.