When developing or updating e-learning courses, start planning as soon as possible to make sure your projects go smoothly. Read on for three steps that will help you create a rock-solid plan that clearly outlines your course objectives and how you’ll achieve them.

1: Identify Your Deliverables

Start by making a detailed list of everything you plan to produce and deliver in the order that makes the most sense. Keep in mind that your deliverables will probably vary from project to project. For example, a typical e-learning project might call for a list of requirements, a project plan, a storyboard, the e-learning course itself, and a post-course evaluation. But for a simpler project, you might just need to deliver the e-learning module.

Whether you have 15 deliverables or just one, this list will help you understand what you need to accomplish, what your requirements are, and how you’ll review your project.

2: Define Your Requirements

Once you’ve identified your deliverables, create a list of requirements that outlines what you’ll need to achieve your goals. Here are some common requirements:

  • A list of people who can help you with different pieces of the project

  • Software and hardware you’ll need to buy and install

  • Any assets you’ll need (such as video files, images, logos, etc.)

If you take the time to identify these requirements now, you can avoid problems and delays later. For example, if you share this list with your stakeholders or project managers before the project starts, they can give you access to the right people and tools when you need them. And when it’s time to actually develop your e-learning project, your requirements checklist will help the whole team understand what’s needed.

For more details on creating your requirements, check out our article, How to Write Requirements for Your E-Learning Project.

3: Create a Review Process

It’s incredible how fresh eyes can find things you (and others involved in a project) easily overlooked. So, before completing an e-learning course, be sure to have others review it, even if your organization doesn’t require a formal review process.

There’s no one right or wrong way to complete a review process, but here are a few things you’ll want to consider:

  • Who can provide the best feedback (subject matter experts, stakeholders, etc.)

  • Your deadlines

  • How you’ll collect and incorporate feedback

The easiest type of review process is one that incorporates all of your key deliverables and is agreed upon by everyone involved in it. Keep in mind that, if you keep your stakeholders involved every step of the way, you’ll be more likely to achieve a final result that makes everyone happy.

The Bottom Line

Use these three steps to help plan effective and engaging courses that keep your learners coming back for more. By creating a solid plan for your e-learning courses and defining your end goals, you’ll ultimately set yourself up for success before the project even kicks off.

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