Planning to develop an eLearning course? Then you’ll want to know how much time it will take. The answer: It depends. eLearning courses range in duration (how long it takes a typical learner to complete) as well as development hours.
Do you know how much time and effort your organization spends on a typical, 30-minute eLearning course build? Depending on the level of interactivity and custom engagement, your project infrastructure and more, developing a new course can take anywhere (truthfully), from 20 to 200 hours.
How long it’s taken me to build eLearning courses:
All other projects in between varied widely in development time too, based on these common factors:
Pro tip: The biggest mistake most organizations make is desiring a highly interactive course, but underestimating how long it takes to develop. Create your estimates on evidence-based resources such research from the Chapman Alliance. Be wary of internal teams or contractors that can promise you a complex course in a tighter timeline—chances are the project won’t be on time or budget, and might not be what you hoped for.
This is why I recommend starting with a small scoping project to test if your budget, project plan, or contractor-client relationship are aligned.
The term custom course development is widely used, but what does custom actually mean? Essentially, custom eLearning or instructor-led materials can mean anything that has had instructional design applied to create a unique course object. Instead of acquiring an out-of-the-box training product from a third party, you create your own (or outsource this to an eLearning consultant like me).
Here are a few examples of custom strategies I’ve helped clients work through:
Levels of Interactivities
Extras – Not included unless identified within scope requirements
I love designing custom course content for my clients; it’s one of the many stimulating challenges of my work that help me continually evolve as a professional. It’s the perfect opportunity to try innovative instructional design techniques, incorporate findings from new studies on how adults learn, and clients and learners get a course that meets their needs.
Do you have a custom course project in mind?
Warning: This article contains adult content. Sexual innuendos and racy puns ahead!
A few months ago, Lambda Solutions invited me to present a master class on one of my favourite topics: Tips for effective Learning Management Systems administration. The analogy of how LMS administration can be “sexy” was not only a bit cheeky, it allowed me to explain my top tips on how to keep the fire burning for your LMS (and your LMS admins), and why this is important for your organization.
The result: a thirty-minute opportunity to synthesize what I’ve gleaned working with many LMS platforms and teams over the years, and a great way to share my tips with you.
Some highlights you won’t want to miss:
If you’re looking for an LMS implementation consultant to support your team or a guest speaker at your next conference or workshop, give me a ring!
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Leah Chang is a learning consultant with 16+ years of experience designing online and classroom learning. In her spare time she goes on self-propelled travel adventures and tries to grow vegetables.