Tutorial: Extend Your eLearning Beyond the Initial Course

Have you ever wanted to extend your eLearning beyond the boundaries of a typical course?

Perhaps you've wanted to help your learners deepen their understanding of the core material over time? Or maybe you want to provide additional information on any areas that they've struggled with?

Perhaps you want to track how the learner engages with your course and then send messages to them supporting the choices that they've made?

In this tutorial, we are going to look at integrating email automation software into our eLearning courses so that we can deliver additional information directly to the learner's inbox.

You can think of it like breaking your eLearning course out of its shell. And once this happens, there is a whole new world of automation that you can use to help get your message across.

Click here to see the tutorial, click here to see a demo and here to download the source file.

Let me know if you have any questions, comments or are stuck with implementing any of this. I'm happy to help where I can.

14 Replies
Matthew Bibby

Excellent, glad it got you thinking! I'm going to write more on this topic in the future, including going into more detail on using this integration for spaced repetition etc.

Let me know if there is anything, in particular, you'd like to see me cover or if you need a hand thinking through how to best use this in your workplace. 

Tristan Hunt

My biggest issue and I assume this would ring true for most business, is that people are time poor. So any communication is fighting for their attention. 

I have taken a couple of highbrow email courses recently and like their writing style (it's actually very similar to your writing style), and am hoping to put some of this flavour into my own work. 


Matthew Bibby

People think they are time poor. Yet many seem to have an infinite amount of time to spend on nonsense such as online shopping, facebook and whatever it is the cool kids do these days.

It comes back to engagement. If you are teaching something that is valuable and can find the right way to communicate it, you'll be surprised how many people will pay attention.

Storytelling works really well. A colleague shared this course recently. From a build perspective, it is really simple. But from a storytelling/emotional engagement perspective, it is anything but!

I played through it a dozen times. exploring the different options and experiencing the consequences. Then I went on to have a number of conversations with people about the game and its core message. This wouldn't have happened if it was a more traditional course on this topic.

But as far as fighting for attention goes? I'm pretty sure that most of the people at your company live in their inboxes. By using email to extend your courses, you'll be able to reach them where they are and if you deliver the right content and the right time, it can have a huge impact.

Highbrow looks like they have some interesting courses, I'll have to sign up for a few.

Tristan Hunt

I love spent, I have probably played it through 20+ times! I actually built a course based on the same simple mechanics a couple of years back...

You're right our corporate staff live in their inboxes so that medium will reach them. I'm not so sure about our healthcare staff as some of them we have to teach how to use a computer and phone but I can definitely see opportunities.




Joanne Chen

Hi Matt, I am glad to learn this. I am always thinking it shouldn't be the end when a learner finished an e-course. And this just creates many possibilities to extend learning. Also, I really enjoy your writing, which makes coding so easy to understand. I am excited and looking forward to more articles about it. Thanks for sharing!

Matthew Bibby

Thanks Kevin, this certainly opens up a lot of interesting design approaches, especially when you get your head around some of the more complex stuff that can be done with this. 

Don't worry, I'll take good care of your email address mate. And if you ever get sick of my dad jokes, feel free to unsubscribe.