How to convert tech books to elearning courses?
I work for a technical publisher with several hundred published "how to" tech books (www.packtpub.com). We are planning to start offering elearning courses, and with such a large back catalog of relevant content we're looking at ways to convert it into elearning, which we will then sell to corporate accounts.
The books mainly consist of headings, text, programming code, and screenshots.
Now, I know that building elearning courses from scratch provides opportunity for better pedagogy and results. At the same time, it would take years to build elearning courses from scratch on all of our topics.
I'm therefore looking for the simplest way to turn a catalog of books into basic elearning material. My general idea is:
- Pick sub-sets of each book to make into an elearning course. Most elearning courses appear to have narrower scope than a tech book.
- For each course, break the book content into lessons which will have a clear learning objective and generally be much shorter than a chapter (most chapters are about 6000 words).
- Present each lesson as a series of screens. The LMS can monitor to ensure that trainees are looking at the material they are supposed to be learning.
This feels to me like the absolute minimum we could do in order to credibly call it "elearning". It will differ from a book primarily because it takes place on screen, and managers can monitor how much their staff are using the training provided.
Once we have that we can then look at adding:
- Quizzes and exercises.
- Animation and sound.
- A more screen-friendly learning style (more diagrams, infographics, etc.)
Is this credible? Am I living in cloud cuckoo land to think this could possibly work?
Mindleaders appear to have done this with some of their courses. (See some of the demos here: http://www.mindleaders.com/elearning/ especially the Oracle one.)
Thanks in advance!