eLearning – Set-up for Success
Australian Training Products has the resources and expertise to help you seamlessly transition to eLearning.
Our wide range of resources are accessible, easy to follow and can be delivered in eLearning or digital workbook format.
Switching from face-to-face to fully online delivery in just a couple of days might feel like an enormous task, especially in today’s climate.
The good news? There are plenty of tools, applications and materials available to help you make the transition.
These resources will ensure your organisation maintains continuity through this unprecedented time.
To help get you started, below is a straightforward step-by-step guide covering the essentials of moving your organisation into an eLearning platform.
You can also download our simplified Getting Ready Checklist.
eLearning success – the basics
Have a plan
To get the best out of eLearning, you need to have a solid plan.
First, identify your objective. Are you looking to move online permanently, or just for the interim? Will you be doing any online teachings, via a video conferencing tool, or will you upload all the learning materials online, so students can access them whenever they are available?
Second, assess your learners’ needs.
Do they need to do the following; access readings and other course materials, submit assessments, receive feedback, send questions, receive support from their peers or teacher/trainer?
List all the learners’ needs so you can address them through the eLearning set up.
eLearning is a different world – your attention span is shorter in the online environment.
Interaction is mediated by technology. It can be harder to engage with the learner without the benefits of hand-outs, discussion, roleplay, and face-to-face interaction.
Creating effective eLearning needs some serious organisation. Our team can walk you through the steps and manage the process for you. If you prefer to keep it in-house, think about assigning a project manager to organise, direct and oversee it – Adriana, Instructional Designer, Australian Training Products
Choose your platform – decide which LMS to use
This is King! Whatever system you choose, it needs to be compatible with your existing systems (SMS, time-tabling etc).
The most popular eLearning apps are Canvas and Moodle, but there are loads out there. Before making a final decision, ask yourself some simple questions:
- Is the LMS in line with the policies and processes of the organisation you work?
- Can it be easily adapted to my needs?
- Does it have pre-built templates I can use?
- Does it offer me and my learners’ online support?
If you’re unsure, we are happy to offer our advice. We also have our own Moodle LMS that is easily adaptable and offers continual online support.
Decide what you’re moving online
This is an important one as eLearning isn’t one-size-fits-all.
It lacks the hands-on practicality of face-to-face learning. It’s also worth noting that topics or subjects that require a lot of support might not be suitable.
We asked our Learning Designer, Mish, for her advice:
Look at each unit individually and ask yourself if the content will translate well to eLearning? If the answer is yes, then consider the level of online support that will be needed for each unit – make sure that is built into it. Finally, add interactivity (images, audio, video, activities) – it’s the best way to encourage active learning while keeping it engaging and informative – Mish, Learning Designer, Australian Training Products
We also have an extensive range of eLearning resources that are ready to go. Find out more about them here.
Who will deliver the training?
They will need to be subject matter experts (or able to learn quickly) and they will need to be comfortable with technology.
Once you’ve identified the trainers, you will know whose input you need to create the courses, and who to train for the new LMS.
Teacher focus – what training and tools will the trainers need?
To teach online, the minimum you will need is a computer or laptop, reliable internet connection and a pair of headphones with a microphone.
Make sure that your LMS offers remote training or instructional videos on how to use it. It should also have support documentation to draw on, or its own course on how to learn the LMS.
To increase the engagement of learners and work towards reducing dropout rates, you can use several other tools and applications:
- Video – Tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts, trainers can present content to students like they would in the classroom. Students can ask questions, interact with each other, and add value to the material through online collaboration.
- Audio – Audacity, Microsoft PowerPoint or your own smartphone all have recording capabilities. Try replacing written feedback with audio feedback to make it personal and connect with your students. When you give audio feedback on an assessment, imagine you are having a conversation with the learner. It does not have to be perfect. It just needs to be warm, constructive and encouraging, just like you would be in face-to-face interaction.
- Communication – Putting in place some tools like Slack or ZOOM will help you to bridge the distance you may feel with staff and learners. They’re also great places for trainers to respond promptly to learners’ questions about the LMS. Remember that it’s not only you who is going through a difficult time but also your learners. So, keep the communication open, they might need a bit more support than usual.
Learner focus – what tools will the learners need?
Think about what tools are needed to complete their courses.
The obvious is an internet connection and an internet-enabled device, but is there anything else they need to learn effectively?
Some basic examples could be; a notepad, pen, calculator, or maybe a digital workbook.
As with trainers, a tool like Slack or ZOOM could also help learners to troubleshoot and learn together.
Test your systems – tick every box
This is critical!
A seamless and easy transition is essential to create buy-in, particularly for people who are moving to eLearning for the first time. It’s the key to success.
Test your new eLearning courses on your colleagues, friends, or partner. Make sure you iron out those hiccups before you bring your students in.
Communicate the change
Once your eLearning is live and ready to go, you’ll need to let people know.
This can be done through a bulk email or using tools like ZOOM.
Top Tips for your eLearning success
- Break the learning modules into manageable chunks so learners don’t get overwhelmed.
- Prevent boredom by keeping content short and concise.
- There is no teacher, so explain clearly any potentially confusing terms
- Create scripts that contain all text for the course, both spoken and written – This helps outline the critical information and is an easy information source for learners.
- Use images, diagrams, graphs, YouTube or your own videos, and any other visual resources to support the learners’ understanding
- Set your ‘opening hours’ for support – tell your learners when you are online for questions, so they know when to expect your answer.
Please get in touch
Should you require any other support with eLearning, or would like to discuss purchasing options, please reach out to our team.
We will be more than happy to work together to find a suitable solution for you.
Phone: 03 9815 7000
Email: [email protected]au