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Be The Project Lead, Not a Training Developer WannaBe!

 eLearning Project Tip 23-6: Be The Project Lead, Not a Training Developer Wanna Be!

How do you control costs, deliver your first successful eLearning project, and still earn the red cape of newbie eLearning superhero?

Just because you can use PowerPoint and take iPhone videos does NOT make you a Training Professional. Can you successfully deliver an eLearning project if you DO NOT have a training background? YES. BUT YOU NEED HELP!

What is your primary role? Serve as the Project Manager. No, you don’t need to be a “real certified project manager”. But you have been entrusted by your company to serve as the eLearning project lead, to get the job done. Your role is to focus on managing the company assets (people, technology, products) and ensure critical project tasks are completed for On-Time and On-Budget launch.

BIG HINT: Consider enrolling in a project management coaching program that provides a Quick Start (1-day) and complete mentoring throughout your project lifecycle, which should take no more than 90 days to complete. And you will need to hire an eLearning expert, known as a Project Content Lead (PCL) who manages all content related tasks including supervising the production team. Tag-teaming means that you can get the eLearning project done right while keeping up on your REAL JOB. Together with the PCL, you can easily launch your complex eLearning project ON-time and ON-budget.

 Learn more about our approach to eLearning project management. It just makes sense and saves time, energy, money and your sanity. Check out PLAN239 at: www.Design2Train.com

What’s Your eLearning Project Confidence Level?

Managing your First eLearning Project?
What is your current confidence level?  Clueless, Cautious, Ready or Hero?

Did you know that 80% of our clients are busy smart professionals are actually Clueless to what it takes to manage big eLearning projects? They need help. So, instead of wasting weeks or months focused on eLearning theory, what if you could invest in program that has a quick start 90-minute lesson, giving you the project roadmap, tools and confidence to start managing your project Day-1 without negatively disrupting you real job? – How do we do this? It’s all baked into our unique Design Risk Management Phase.

Would you say you are Cautious, perhaps recovering from a bad project experience? Training industry research shows 80% eLearning projects FAIL  So you were just a statistic, with the odds stacked against you. But what if you could turn the tables and achieve success on this project?  And learn to manage the entire project with the help of a co-lead eLearning expert? Well, we have the solution. Its time to get back in the saddle and do your eLearning project , the RIGHT way this time.

Do you consider yourself Ready? Typically, 20% of our clients have produced a short training video or small course, but they don’t have a clue on how to manage a complex program.  By complex we are talking multi-day instruction to multiple audiences, perhaps even global distribution in multiple languages for onboarding, new product introduction, leadership skills or professional certification.  Quit trying to piece together a process with electronic bailing wire and duct tape, when on Day-1 coaching we hand over the process roadmap packet with time-saving ready-to-fill templates, documents and most important, match you with an eLearning partner to handle all content production and staff.

Or are you an eLearning Hero who’s moved to a new organization?  Congrats! Quickly build a new strategy using our plan that helps you incorporates all new corporate assets and resources efficiently. Oh, and you have access to our unique coaching portal, to access all program assets 24×7. Let’s face it, this process is just like having your project on cruise control, all you have to do is steer it to the finish line.

So, no matter where you are on the eLearning confidence pyramid, we have the transformative process to building skills and your eLearning HERO status.  Oh, and by the way…. There’s even more value and the savings just keep on coming,  since you can re-cycle the process and templated materials for all future training projects.  So what’ s the process? It’s called PLAN239.  > Learn more

Instructional Designer Role in the Virtual Classroom

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Over the past three years, there has been a significant shift in the way learning is delivered due to the advancements in technology. The traditional classroom setup has been replaced by online platforms that provide access to education from across the organization to anywhere in the world. This need has given rise to the concept of virtual classrooms, which are becoming increasingly popular in all organizations.

The virtual classroom is a digital environment that allows learners to access course content, interact with instructors and peers, and complete assignments and assessments. It is a powerful tool for training and development, but it requires a skilled instructional designer to build and facilitate it effectively.

The instructional designer is a crucial role in building the virtual classroom. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the learning objectives are achieved through the virtual classroom. They take the lead in designing, developing, and delivering e-learning content that is engaging and effective.

The primary task of the instructional designer is to create a curriculum aligned with organizational objectives. This involves analyzing the needs of the learners, identifying the skills and knowledge they need to acquire, and developing learning objectives that align with the organization’s goals. The instructional designer should also consider the format of the virtual classroom, including the type of content, delivery methods, and assessment tools.

Then comes the task of building a virtual classroom by designing the content. The instructional designer must create content that is engaging, interactive, and relevant to the learners. This requires working with subject matter experts to gather need-to-know information and then presenting it in engaging lessons that help learners to learn. The instructional designer also needs to ensure content is accessible to all learners, regardless of their background or level of experience.

The instructional designer is the chief architect for facilitating the learning process, by creating an environment that encourages learners to engage with the content and build community with each other. This includes creating opportunities for discussion, collaboration, and feedback. The instructional designer makes time on a regular and ongoing basis to answer questions and provide support throughout the learning process, from concept to launch.

Assessment is an essential and often overlooked component of the virtual classroom. The instructional designer plays a critical role in designing and delivering assessments. They develop assessment tools to align with the stated learning objectives and provide learners with feedback on their progress. The instructional designer uses tools to provide assessment reporting data to senior management to demonstration the effectiveness of the virtual classroom curriculum and offer suggestions for future needed training topics. 

Finally, the instructional designer stays up-to-date with the latest trends and technology in e-learning. They continuously evaluate the virtual classroom’s effectiveness and make adjustments as needed to ensure it meets the learners’ needs and achieves the organization’s objectives.

In conclusion, the instructional designer plays a crucial role in building the virtual classroom. They are responsible for designing, developing, and delivering e-learning content that is engaging, interactive, and effective. They create virtual learning environments encouraging learners to engage with the content and each other, while having access to confidence building   support throughout the project. The instructional designer continuously gathers data and makes recommendations based on facts from evaluating the virtual classroom’s effectiveness to achieve the organization’s objectives.

Need help building a virtual classroom?  Book an appointment and let’s talk.