e-learn

How to design, develop, deliver, assess, and evaluate courses?

This PDF guide provides detailed guidance on designing and developing an e-learning course, and basic concepts and information on the processes and resources involved.

Part I: Introduction

Introduction to e-learning characteristics, benefits, activities and resources needed to develop an e-learning project. It mainly addresses training and capacity-development managers and those who are interested in starting an e-learning project or integrating e-learning components in their organization’s training programmes.

Part II: Designing an e-learning course

Guidance on how to design an e-learning course (from the needs, target and task/topic analysis to the definition of learning objectives, sequencing, choice of learning strategies and delivery formats). This mainly addresses trainers and instructional designers who aim to create learning projects that really match learners’ needs.

Part III: Creating interactive content

Detailed guidance on creating interactive content (from the application of learning strategies and media to courseware development). This chapter addresses instructional designers and subject matter experts involved in content development as well as all those who want to know more about the methodology and tools used to create e-learning content.

Part IV: Managing and evaluating learning activities

Overview of online collaborative learning, evaluation methods and learning platforms used to host online courses. This addresses training managers, facilitators and instructional designers who want to know how to conduct and evaluate an online course and how learning platforms can support course delivery and communication among participants.

The guide also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and a number of templates and tables.

Table of contents

Part I – Introduction 7

1. Getting started 8
1.1 Why develop e-learning? 8
1.2 E-learning approaches 10
1.3 E-learning components 11
1.4 Synchronous and asynchronous e-learning 13
1.5 Quality of e-learning 14
1.6 Examples of FAO e-learning courses 14
1.7 Blended learning 17
1.8 In summary 19

2. What is needed to develop an e-learning course? 20
2.1 The activities 20
2.2 The team 22
2.3 The technology 24
2.4 Case study: The IMARK work flow to produce and deliver e-learning content 24
2.5 In summary 26

Part II – Designing an e-learning course 27

3. Identifying and organizing course content 28
3.1 Needs analysis 28
3.2 Analysing the target audience 29
3.3 Identifying course content 30
3.4 Defining learning objectives 34
3.5 Defining the course sequence 36
3.6 Case study 38
3.7 In summary 43

4. Defining instructional, media, evaluation and delivery strategies 44
4.1 Defining instructional methods 44
4.2 Defining the delivery strategy 54
4.3 Good practices 55
4.4 Defining the evaluation strategy 56
4.5 In summary 56

Part III – Creating interactive content 57

5. Preparing content 58
5.1 How subject matter experts contribute to e-learning development 58
5.2 Tips for content development and language style 60
5.3 In summary 61

6. Creating storyboards 62
6.1 What is a storyboard? 62
6.2 Structure of an interactive e-lesson 64
6.3 Techniques for presenting content 66
6.4 Adding examples 72
6.5 Integrating media elements 75
6.6 Developing practice and assessment tests 82
6.7 Additional resources 88
6.8 In summary 89

7. Courseware development 90
7.1 What does courseware development imply? 91
7.2 Authoring tools 91
7.3 Types of authoring tools 95
7.4 Selecting an authoring tool 98
7.5 In summary 100

Part IV – Managing and evaluating learning activities 101

8. Course delivery and evaluation 102
8.1 Components of an instructor led or facilitated course 102
8.2 Planning and documenting activities 106
8.3 Facilitating learners’ activities 107
8.4 Using communication tools for e-learning 108
8.5 Course evaluation 115
8.6 In summary 117

9. Learning platforms 118
9.1 What are learning platforms? 118
9.2 Proprietary vs. open-source LMS 120
9.3 Moodle and other open-source LMS solutions 122
9.4 Solutions for limited or no connectivity 126
9.5 In summary 128

Bibliography 129

Glossary 130

Appendix 135
Template for task analysis 135
Learning taxonomies 136
Types of content 137
E-learning methods and delivery formats 137

Credit: © Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Published here with permission.

20 December 2016.