The days of lengthy, drawn out, expensive, and far too sophisticated eLearning projects are gone. With the amount of new technology there is to support learning – whether on the go, in the workplace or at home – there is really no need to pay exorbitant prices to enable your companies Learning & Development agenda.
Ten years ago, when knee-deep in the evolution of online learning, we all had to bear the costs of research and development. We asked the basic questions like: ‘Could this software work on this hardware?’, ‘Is this compatible with our current system?’ and ‘Will our firewall allow this?’ Every business made a mistake or two in the embedding of eLearning (and if you didn’t, I’d love to hear from you)! The good news is, that after all that experimentation and testing, there’s now a plethora of tools to help with the design and development of eLearning.
At BRG, we love developing all of our content in html – it allows us to move content between platforms easily, plugin other content, video, podcast, links, and then host it on a robust and fast server. I don’t know many people who enjoy ‘buffering’, so at all costs we enable speed, and, yes, at times this does mean video quality won’t be like you’re in an IMAX.
Today, Facebook is most people’s ‘go to’ in their two minutes of downtime. The process of accessing content has changed in shape and form. People are more conditioned to want instant gratification – ‘tell me the info’ rather than long navigation sequences that eventually get to the point. ‘Easy to navigate’, ‘Don’t scroll past me, I’m good enough to watch’ and ‘quick, you’ve only got two minutes, so I’ll make it fast’ are the new normal.
We are big advocates of integrating first-class templates and tools already on the market – to host your learning or plugin courses you’ve already created. Here are a few of our favourites…
- Zaption: Video based learning on a new level, you can time questions, responses, feedback – it’s great for user interaction.
- Lynda: A platform that hosts a wide variety of both professional and personal development courses. Why do it all yourself?
- Teachable: In cases where you want to host your own courses, you can brand and make this look like platform an extension of your website.
- Zotero: The age of curating ‘the best content out there’ is here. We use Zotero, a database for storing great content and links, to house our nuggets of gold.
With so many tools out there, making a decision can be tough. If you’re a bit stuck please message me and I’ll see if I can point you in the right direction.
Ben Roulston – THINKA Co-founder, Growth