‘We want to convert our current face-to-face training to eLearning, can you do that?’
This is one of the most common requests eLearning companies hear from their clients.
To answer the question very simply – Yes, we can do that.
However, I do need to expand on the underlying meaning of the word ‘convert’ in giving this answer. Converting face-to-face content into effective eLearning will involve changing the form, character, and function of the existing training material so it is appropriate for delivery online. It isn’t simply a case of taking the existing material, pasting it into an authoring tool, adding some learning checks and publishing it for allocation to learners.
Any material that was used to facilitate the training will be the source content used in created a specific eLearning solution on the topic. This is often something that is very challenging for the organisation and the SME’s to accept, but once everyone becomes comfortable with letting go, the chances of making an effective piece of eLearning increase greatly.
What this means, is that we need to take a few steps back when it comes to understanding the audience, what the goals are for the training and how to best approach the project.
There are some fundamental questions we need to ask to better understand what the end goal looks like, as well as the reason for deciding to down down the path of eLearning for the training.