Unrealistic deadlines, small budgets and other eLearning challenges can be crushed with these tips
By Paul Leavoy
Posted October 12, 2016
Life is full of obstacles, but eLearning professionals have a unique set of eLearning challenges that come with the job title. In fact, there are some hurdles that we must leap over on a regular basis. From difficult clients and bland subject matter to shoestring eLearning budgets that need to be stretched, we have to use every trick we know to get through the day in one piece and persevere. Here are the top 10 headaches that eLearning professionals face virtually every day:
1. Unrealistic Deadlines
We’ve all had to deal with next-to-impossible deadlines that made us lose sleep and deal with unhealthy amounts of stress. No matter how many times we tried to shift things around and reallocate our resources, we just couldn’t seem to make the timeline work in our favor. The secret to overcoming unrealistic deadlines is full transparency and honesty. Make the client aware of every step involved in the process so that they know just how much work goes into creating effective eLearning deliverables.
2. Inexperienced Clients
In some cases, you may find that your clients are being unrealistic simply because they are inexperienced. They’ve never worked with an eLearning professional before. Hence, they aren’t aware of how difficult the eLearning design and development process can be. This is why it’s so important to sit down with them beforehand and explain what you’ll be doing, how you’ll be achieving the goals, and how often they can expect a progress report. If they know what’s going on behind the scenes they will usually be much more cooperative and understanding.
3. Subject Matter Experts With No Prior Instructional Design Knowledge
From time to time, you are going to come across a Subject Matter Expert who is new to the world of eLearning or doesn’t know much about Instructional design models and theories. They may have great personalities and a strong work ethic, but their lack of knowledge can pose a problem for your eLearning team. Before you hire your next Subject Matter Expert, conduct eLearning interviews to gauge their level of Instructional Design know-how. Carefully examine their eLearning portfolios and ask them why they took a certain approach. If you already have a Subject Matter Expert who doesn’t have any Instructional Design knowledge, provide them with a list of online resources that they can use to brush up on the basics.
4. Lack Of Learner Motivation And Engagement
Unfortunately, not every online learner is going to be 100% committed to the eLearning experience. They may be distracted, busy, or simply unmotivated. All of these hurdles prevent them from actively engaging in the eLearning experience. To counteract this you must provide them with an interactive and immersive eLearning course that includes their interests and aligns with their goals. They have to see the value in the eLearning course if you want them to actively participate.
5. Balancing Tight eLearning Budgets
Not all eLearning projects are going to come with unlimited eLearning budgets. In fact, most are going to have limited resources and you must work with what you’ve got. Before you begin any eLearning project you should outline a detailed eLearning budget that includes any and all expenses. Also, make sure to have a realistic estimate of what the eLearning project is going to require before you turn in your proposal to the client. Otherwise, you may have to dig into your profit margin in order to deliver an eLearning product that lives up to expectations.
6. Transforming Dull Subject Matter Into Amazing eLearning Experiences
Dry and dull subject matter is the bane of the eLearning professional’s existence. You have use a healthy dose of innovation, creativity, and every resource you have at your disposal to transform it into something engaging and exciting. eLearning interactivity is key here. If you can develop branching scenarios, simulations, and serious games that include the key takeaways, your learners might actually find the eLearning experience enjoyable.
7. Whittling down the “Need To Know” Info
There are instances when it seems like there is so much eLearning content that you don’t even know where to begin. However, bringing an experienced Subject Matter Expert on board and doing some audience research can help you determine the information that is relevant. It’s also important to consider cognitive overload when you’re creating your eLearning content. If it doesn’t align with the goals and objectives, then it may be best to just leave it out.
8. Staying Up-To-Date With Modern Tech
Every year brings with it new tech tools, gadgets, and software that you can use for your eLearning course design. But which technology is really worth the investment? Attend tech conferences, eLearning events, and trade shows. Read up on articles and watch video reviews of the latest and greatest technologies. This will give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date with modern tech for eLearning.
9. Finding The Perfect eLearning Authoring Tool For The Task
If you’ve had to choose a new eLearning authoring tool or Learning Management System in the past, then you already know how challenging the selection process can be. There are so many eLearning authoring tools and LMS platforms to choose from and so little time. It’s wise to narrow down your list of must-have features and then take full advantage of free demos and trials. Doing so can help you choose the tool that’s just right for the needs of your learners and your eLearning development team.
10. Designing eLearning Courses For Different Generations
Your audience is most likely comprised of at least two or three different generation, from Baby Boomers to Generation Z. This makes it challenging to create generic eLearning experiences for all, since each generation has its own unique traits and needs. However, you can overcome this by learning as much as you can about your online learners’ goals, preferences, and backgrounds. After you’ve done your research, use this data to create learner personas so that you are able to customize the eLearning content based on their experience level and tech-savviness of each learning group.
Fortunately, the pros by far outweigh the cons when it comes to being an eLearning professional. Sure, there may be many eLearning challenges that cause us stress and frustration from time to time, but giving people the gift of knowledge makes it all worthwhile, right?
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