What are the 4 stages of eLearning?

The way we educate has changed. Once enough people get used to doing things online on their own terms there’s no way we can ever go back to exactly how things used to be. 

It’s not a bad thing. 

All education simply comes down to a knowledge transfer. Whatever is most efficient should win.

Rather than traditional classroom learning models, the eLearning delivery system is more innovative and sophisticated. 

It suits the pace of individuals who like don’t enjoy having to wait for others when learning something knew. This way they can onboard the skills fast that are needed to excel both in their academics and their careers.

The learning phases should have a suggested time frame. 

For busy and high networth individuals who value their time one of the main obstacles to further educate is not having enough of it or not seeing  a solid ROI (return on investment). If I charge $300 per hour and this course has an unknown number of hours to complete I’ll most likely pass. This is why always know who you’re selling to. People who have a lot of time like longer courses and more bonuses. The ones who don’t have much of it would like you to get to the point fast. 

However, before you get to create your eLearning platforms, you need to understand the 4 stages of eLearning course development

These stages are:

1.     Analysis: This stage of eLearning course development involves deciding on the topic, audience, needed student’s skills, design approach, and so on. I like to work backwards. What transformation or skill will this course provide. Then draft all the steps it will take to get there. 

2.     Course designing and development: Once you move past the first step its time to outline things in a cohesive way. Always think of how this course will be sold. Each module or section should have its own benefit or sales point. You’re going to learn this, and here’s why that’s important. Makes it easy when it comes to sales.

3.     Evaluating and testing the course: The best way to do this step is via a live cohort. Here’s the deal. If you can’t get someone to pay you for your time then it’s unlikely this course is going to sell without that component. So if you do run it live a couple of times then you can quickly learn what’s missing, what people are having trouble with and what else is needed. There’s nothing worse than a course nobody completes. 

4.     Choose hosting: There are two ways of going about this. One is if you’re willing to give up a lot of profits and don’t want to market it and the other where you want to keep most of the profits but will have to do the marketing portions yourself. That’s the main difference between marketplaces and self hosting (on some type of LMS). A Learning management system is the software that will help you automate your courses. We do have a list of the most popular marketplaces and course platforms here. 

Now if we zoom out further from course development and look at the elearning process as a whole…

What are the 4 stages of eLearning?

eLearning just like learning is a process. 

It comes in stages as well as a collection of related principles. These principles all add up to complete the process of learning. This means to learn effectively, you can’t skip any of these stages. Proper application of these principles in an online course helps increase the student’s learning. 

It is important to note that there are no learning phases suggested time frame.  The four stages of eLearning are:

1.     Activation: This is the process of making the students engage by building upon their  prior knowledge of the subject. This helps the instructor prepare the students for the new lesson. This way, they can easily take in any new information on the subject. Think of these as building blocks and you cannot continue building on a weak or non-existent foundation. 

2.     Demonstration: Demonstration is the ability of an instructor to visualise the subject of their courses. It involves proving to the students the way the subject of the course works. This can be done in several ways:

•       Specifically showing images of the object.

•       Demonstration or experimentation of procedures.

•       Presenting cases or situations.

•       Giving examples and non-examples of the subject matter.

•       Application of various processes of visualisation.

3.     Application: How can we apply the newly learned principles in the real world? This is similar to a demonstration of the concept. It is good to always show the students how they can apply new knowledge and information. The best way to learn is by using the information and seeing what other problems arise. 

4.     Integration: Learning is effective more when it is taken personally. Learners have to apply the principles that they have learned with their eLearning courses. If they can integrate these instructions into their daily lives, then the lessons become a part of them. Due to this, they will be able to demonstrate and improve their skills, get new knowledge, as well as become acquainted with the new knowledge as they apply it daily.

Now that you’re aware of the different stages in course development and elearning you will have a much easier time making one. Due to the growth of the eLearning industry, a lot of tutors and institutions are looking to get into the course game. Creation is the easy part, it’s’ the course marketing which holds them back and what our agency does best. 

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