Understanding the eLearning Content Process
Effective learning depends on well-designed content that’s delivered to the right student and the right time. While technology can simplify how content is created, packaged, shared, and measured, it’s no substitute for effective eLearning development.
The study of learning and instructional design isn’t new. By combining the lessons of traditional education, which was mostly focused on young learners, with the latest science on how adults learn, new standards emerged. With these foundational ideas in place, instructional authors and designers can create content that effectively communicates and maximize retention of the subject matter at hand.
What is the ADDIE framework?
The ADDIE framework was created at Florida State specifically for the US Army, although it was quickly adapted by all branches. Arguably the most important framework for adult learning, it was created in 1975 to specifically update traditional educational methods for the specific needs of adult learners.
ADDIE is designed as a continuous cycle that does the following:
Analysis of learning objectives, challenges, and constraints.
Design of overall coursework, content, and assessments
Development of course content, from first draft through testing
Implementation of learning content and/or activity
Evaluation of content and learner performance
Once this evaluation is done, the process loop should begin again until stakeholders are satisfied the course work is optimized and closely meets phase one objectives.
A newer approach: SAM
While the core tenets of ADDIE are still fundamental to professional instructional designers, there have been innovations on the process. A new approach, the Successive Approximate Model, creates even more iteration. By combining the ADDIE process with Agile software development best practices, instructors can more quickly develop high-quality learning experiences.
The key difference is that instead of waiting until after the course is delivered, evaluation occurs during the design and development phase. By repeating multiple iterative loops before implementation, a higher quality product is more achieved faster.
Practical Learning Design Goals
Beyond ADDIE and SAM, there are other frameworks emerging. Some of them are focused on specialized audiences, while others are specifically rooted in digital learning. Regardless of which standard you follow, the tenets of effective eLearning should be universal.
Learning should get students involved. While this might seem like a tough challenge for dry or technical subject matter, it’s essential. It can’t always be entertaining, but it should be interesting, with as much video and interactivity as possible.
Content should be designed to for easy consumption and on-the-go learning on lots of different student devices, including smartphones. This means sharing ideas, no matter how complicated, in the simplest way possible. Students should never feel intimidated by big ideas.
Everybody learns at their own speed, according to their own strengths. Content should be designed to support the diversity of learners who will be consuming it.
How to choose an ideal platform
While eLearning best practices are fundamental, so is choosing an LMS (learning management system) that can deliver on them. Identify the best solution that supports diverse learning styles and needs, robust content options, all driven by a unified platform that’s easy to use and administer.
Maximizing content creation options drives engagement, and the support for delivering to lots of different device types is key to creating accessible learning. Finally, offering different learning options ensures everybody can feel included in a culture of sustained learning and improvement.
Litmos LMS can help make good on the promises of cutting-edge adult learning by connecting best practices and even better technology. Simplified implementation, media-rich SCORM-compliant content, and integrated reporting help your training teams focus on what really matters.
Content for Specialized Audiences
That’s one reason leading organizations and brands all over the world turn to Litmos LMS. In addition to state-of-the-art functionality and a feature set that empowers the creation of unique learning content, Litmos also has content ready for specialized learners and audiences. These are high demand, high interest courses that cover the basics and beyond.
It doesn’t matter what kind of training you’re planning—Litmos is the ideal platform. The easiest way to decide is through a 14-day trial that lets you explore all features and functions. The best part? It’s free, easy, and comes with no obligation.
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