What Are Helpful Tips for Managing Large-Scale E-Learning Projects?

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    What Are Helpful Tips for Managing Large-Scale E-Learning Projects?

    Navigating the complexities of large-scale e-learning projects can be daunting, which is why we've gathered insights from top industry professionals. From prioritizing communication to strategizing around modular design, here are four invaluable pieces of advice to effectively manage your next e-learning endeavor.

    • Prioritize Clear Communication
    • Emphasize Collaboration and Tools
    • Engage SMEs Early and Keep Building
    • Strategize Around Modular Design

    Prioritize Clear Communication

    To manage large e-learning projects, I believe prioritizing clear communication and collaboration at every stage is crucial. Establishing a robust project management framework is essential to ensure smooth coordination among individuals involved, from content creators and designers to tech specialists and subject-matter experts. Regular check-ins, updates, and feedback have proven to keep us on track with our project goals and timelines. Fostering transparency and openness within the team is vital for sharing strategies, tackling challenges, and enhancing solutions for successful e-learning delivery. We've got this!

    I've had the chance to build and monitor e-learning projects through my work with HRDQ, a publisher of soft-skills learning solutions, and know that the above advice can work!

    Bradford Glaser
    Bradford GlaserPresident & CEO, HRDQ

    Emphasize Collaboration and Tools

    Collaborate and communicate. Managing large-scale e-learning projects is not a one-man job. For successful execution, you need to rely heavily on collaboration and communication. Collaboration does not only mean that everyone is invited to contribute to the project and share ideas, but it also means addressing the challenges collectively. As for communication, it needs to be regular and quick. In the e-learning field, we advocate for utilizing digital project management tools that enhance visualization and streamline processes much faster.

    Sameen Asghar
    Sameen AsgharInstructional Design Lead

    Engage SMEs Early and Keep Building

    1. Engage early with your SMEs and clearly outline their role and expectations for the project. They often are juggling multiple priorities, and outlining their requirements will help them keep on schedule. In some cases, a formal service-level agreement may help to clearly outline expectations and the process for review/sign-off.

    2. Build a prototype early—storyboards are excellent design tools, but a prototype can help stakeholders visualize the graphics, navigation, and complexity of the program.

    3. Continue to build even if experts miss their review milestones. Large e-learning projects have elements that can be built without formal review and would only require minimal changes if necessary—find those pieces and continue to build; otherwise, deadlines will be missed.

    Liz Dole
    Liz DoleSr. Instructional Designer, Accolade

    Strategize Around Modular Design

    My one critical recommendation for the management of large-scale e-learning projects is to develop the most minute project plans with the greatest attention paid to modular design that supports the parcelization of content and scalability of content and learning pathways.

    For example, in a recent project, we designed modules with reusable units such that each module is developed as a stand-alone unit that could plug into other modules. This way, courses cater to different needs by recombining modules to suit specific needs. The modular nature also allowed us to update parts of the course when needed without having to restructure the entire course. Modules that cater to different audiences could be reworked without redeveloping everything from scratch.

    It not only speeds up production and maintenance but also makes it easier to keep content up-to-date and to keep learning engaging. Project managers can prepare a more modular framework at the outset of a project and set the stage for better management of large-scale e-learning projects, making them more adaptable and sustainable in the long term.

    Mark McShane
    Mark McShaneFounder, Mental Health First Aid Course