Here is the process we follow for turning your training materials into a user-friendly, highly efficient web-based training platform:
1. Clarify the Goal
The first and most important step is to define the ideal outcome. By starting with the end in mind, we work backwards and create the roadmap.
2. Educational Needs Assessment
Our team will take a robust investigation into the available tools and skillset of the trainee. By discovering what the user needs to know to perform and matching that with their average educational level we can construct the online training program to best meet their needs.
3. Systems and Technical Needs Assessment
The primary purpose of identifying the systems and technical assessment is to define the capabilities of software, hardware and information technology available for the training programs. Once defined, we can build the course to best match the existing technical requirements.
4. Platform Design, Phase 1
The first phase of the design is to create the beginnings of a user-friendly home page for the online training program – a.k.a. the user interface. This is a critical component of the process as it sets the tone for the ease of use and the effectiveness of the learning process. By combining the needs of the user with the needs of the company, our eLearning educational experts and programmers can design an interactive “smart user interface”. Once complete with the first phase we will gain some user-feedback testing.
User-feedback is typically done by undergoing a short “beta” test with a team of your staff members, which best represent your trainee. After studying the feedback, the eLearn Training Systems team will develop the interactive user interface and begin building the online educational materials.
6. Education and Learning Design
The eLearn Training Systems programmers, education experts and design team develop the skeletal structure to house the content, as a result of the qualitative feedback. This skeleton consists of navigation elements, placeholders for flash, video and audio learning devices and educational enhancements such as exams and interactive tools.
7. Platform Design, Phase 2
This second phase of the Platform Design is where the majority of the content is constructed. Because of the importance of this portion of the program, the client will review the roadmap, i.e. storyboards largely consisting of critical content and audio or video placement, and approve before execution.
8. Media and Communications Development
As outlined in the storyboard, the eLearn Training Systems programmers and media experts develop the training system, including text, graphics and animations, Flash content, audio and video and necessary databases.
9. Execution of Content Programming
This is the important phase, commonly referred to as “backend” programming. Although not seen by the user, this portion of the programming is most important to the training organization as it provides real-time feedback about every aspect of the online training system, including accountability procedures, trainee performance tracking, student records, and login, password and security measures. Programmers skilled in many languages are required to craft applications required of the program, such as HTML, CGI, php and Flash programming providing dynamic documents and graphic simulations.
10. Feedback and Assessment
Web-based training is valuable because feedback from the user is immediate. In addition, the goals and objectives of the training are easily measurable. And changes can be made quickly in response.
11. Maintenance and Modifications
Once necessary modifications are identified, eLearn Training Systems helps you manage your eLearning based on your organization’s needs and user feedback.