Services - eLearning Development
What is eLearning?
eLearning is the principle of making use of technology to enable people to learn anywhere, at any time. Depending on available resources, eLearning can vary considerably from simpler material (such as structured PDF documents), to highly interactive content containing animations, audio and video.
The Signify eLearning Offering.
We create fit-for-purpose solutions to align to your learning strategy, business need and target audience. The Signify Team has expert L&D consultants, instructional designers and graphic design artists, that are at your disposal to build the best solution for your need.
Examples of our eLearning content.
Signify has developed a variety of eLearning courseware for our clients, from micro learning to gamification-based courseware. Below are a few samples of what we have built. Our involvement in these developments can range from business-and training needs analysis, to instructional design, translation and courseware development.
Why should you consider using eLearning as part of your learning strategy?
The benefits and cost saving of eLearning are well known as more companies are transforming their traditional learning offerings into interactive and enjoyable electronic learning content. Not only can it reduce training costs and reduce your organisation's carbon footprint, it also allow learners to learn at their own pace and convenience.
What is involved in the development of eLearning Content?
The eLearning development process consists of 6 major phases:
- Analysis and curriculum design
A curriculum coordinator and instructional designer are usually responsible for the analysis and design of the learning curriculum. It is done with the assistance and inputs from subject matter experts, partners and users.
- Content development
Content is developed and peer-reviewed by subject matter experts (authors) in the relevant learning field.
- Storyboard development
A storyboard is usually a PowerPoint version of the content that will be developed into eLearning. The content provided and approved by the subject matter experts, is restructured into a storyboard. This process is informed by programme purpose and learning outcomes to be achieved. Storyboard development is an instructional design process, that turns content, into learning.
- Programme development and delivery
Graphic designers and developers convert storyboards into interactive content. The level and complexity of interaction and animation of the eLearning courseware, is determined by a couple of factors. These factors can include: the type and purpose of the programme, the target audience, devices available to the target audience, bandwidth limitations and budget. The variety of devices that the content may be deployed on, will also dictate the type of technology to use, such as the decision to use Flash, HTML5 etc.
If the content is required in multiple languages, an English version of the programme is provided to translators for translation.
To ensure that eLearning courseware is effective in its purpose, learner response should be tested in targeted pilot groups. During this pilot phase, the following aspects are tested and evaluated:
- Relevance of the content and programme objectives.
- Programme activities match the learner level, are interesting, aid learning and promote the achievement of the programme outcomes and, stretch learner ability enough to keep them motivated.
- The technical limitations, pertaining to the learning platform and target devices.
What are the Instructional Design Approaches we use?
The Signify Instructional Design Team uses an approach that is best suitable to the type of project.
The ADDIE model is mostly used for large-scale eLearning developments. ADDIE enables close collaboration with technical experts or subject matter experts throughout the instructional design and eLearning development process. This minimises risk on quality, learner experience, cost and timeframes.
We use SAM and AGILE when building micro learning to minimise project turnaround. This is ideal for clients who require rapid learning development and deployment.
Instructional Design to create meaningful learning experiences.
Instructional design is underpinned by tried-and tested theory to help learners construct knowledge through the learning process.
What technology does Signify use to develop courseware?
Different authoring tools were used in the development of the above examples. In some cases, our clients have a specific authoring tool preference and in other Signify chose the authoring software. The authoring software and technology we use include: