10 Action Steps to Get Started in E-Learning

More and more companies are using e-learning as their go-to option for educating and training their employees and improving their product. It may seem like a large task at first, but here are some simple action steps to make it more manageable.

  1. Obtain hands-on experience. Luckily for you, there is no conundrum here. All you have to do is start doing, and don’t expect to be perfect. It will be easier than you think.
  2. Develop a plan. This really isn’t any ground-breaking or earth-shattering news, but you must have a plan in place. The old adage is true: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Create and execute the plan.
  3. Educate yourself. Don’t expect to know everything at first. If you need to know something, don’t be afraid to ask someone who knows what you need.
  4. Back up your data. This is another basic; always make sure you back up everything. Don’t lose months of work because of a glitch.
  5. Make a checklist. This is similar to having a plan; you must have everything written down in a coherent and chronological system. This helps ensure that nothing has been left undone.
  6. Check, recheck, and check one more time. Make sure everything is in excellent order. Errors in an education plan compound themselves quickly, and are to be avoided at all costs. They also erode faith in the process on the part of the e-learners.
  7. Open your channels of communication. Make sure that everyone involved feels like they are actually involved. Besides, the more help you get and the more feedback you solicit, the less you have to do it by yourself. This process can prevent a lot of mistakes before they happen.
  8. Get some design experience. You are going to be responsible for designing much, if not all, of your curriculum. This can be outsourced, but knowing how to do it yourself gives you a lot more control over the process.
  9. Network, network, network. If you get yourself out there, you will find that help will appear when you need it. You will also find out that you aren’t the only person who ever undertook a task like the one you are, and you may find some kindred spirits.
  10. Always complete tasks on time. If you don’t complete your tasks on time, nobody will take their curriculum seriously. This is the epitome of leading by example.
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