Should you build an elearning module Yes/No checklist

Hi does anyone have a good "Should you build an elearning module Yes/No" checklist they are willing to share? I keep running into people that are determined to do an elearning module when other options are often better. I could create a checklist but some of you probably have got some great examples!

Looking forward to your posts!

Jeff

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Dave Neuweiler

Part of instructional design is determining whether training is the right solution, and that often is found out by a performance analysis.

Mager and Pipe wrote a book on this some years ago -- before e-learning made much of a blip on anyone's radar. But the process is valid for any kind of training delivery.

You can buy the book and/or job aids here: http://www.cepworldwide.com/Itemdetail.asp?ProductID=191

Or you can get what appears to be a lightly-edited version of the Perfotrmance Analysis Flowchart here: 

http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/documents/The%20Learning%20Center/files/performance%20analysis%20flowchart%202sided(2).pdf

You can cull items from the flowchart to build a checklist.

I hope that helps!

Holly MacDonald

A couple of useful tools from the great Allison Rossett: http://www.colletandschafer.com/perfsupp/tool.html on whether or not perf support is useful (maybe not the training or no training that you are looking for) and the informal/formal (yin/yang tool) http://frankn.net/yinyang/

I am building a paper-based tool that helps guide this at a more strategic level, but will share when I've polished it up a little later this week.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

I agree re the great Allison Rossett. Recently read "Job aids and performance support: the convergence of learning and work." Full text available here: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/Courses/ED795A/key1/Rossett_Schafer_aboutPST.pdf

Holly, I'd be interested also in your "polished" (or un-) paper-based tool.

Jeff Kortenbosch

Thank you for your responses. I am a firm believer of Performance Support, unfortunately my organization isn't quite there yet. I really need toguide them through elearning yes/no steps as elearning often seems a goal all on its own. Ideally at the end of the checklist I can offer them more appropriate alternatives.

Holly MacDonald

OK, so this is my paper-based tool that I mentioned in an earlier post. Does anyone have any feedback for me? It is for organizations who are trying to make the transition to e-learning. Jeff, I don't think this is exactly what you are looking for, but maybe could be a way to think about it. Anyway, it isn't scientific, but would really appreciate input. 

Tony Donnelly

Dave Neuweiler said:

Part of instructional design is determining whether training is the right solution, and that often is found out by a performance analysis.

Mager and Pipe wrote a book on this some years ago -- before e-learning made much of a blip on anyone's radar. But the process is valid for any kind of training delivery.

You can buy the book and/or job aids here: http://www.cepworldwide.com/Itemdetail.asp?ProductID=191

Or you can get what appears to be a lightly-edited version of the Perfotrmance Analysis Flowchart here: 

http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/documents/The%20Learning%20Center/files/performance%20analysis%20flowchart%202sided(2).pdf

You can cull items from the flowchart to build a checklist.

I hope that helps!

I absolutely agree Dave.  Great resources from Mager that I turn to regularly.