Online learning is growing in popularity every day. Today, the e-learning industry is worth over $107 billion, and it is predicted to continue to grow at a rapid pace. This growth is being driven by the increasing use of technology in our daily lives, the flexibility that online learning provides, and the cost savings associated with taking eLearning courses online.
If you are a trainer or instructor who teaches offline classes, you may be wondering how you can take advantage of this growth and transition your classes to an online format. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to turn your physical classes into online courses, especially using e-learning formats to quickly and easily create engaging online courses.
The first step in creating an online eLearning course is understanding how online learning is different from offline learning. Here are some key differences:
One of the biggest advantages of online learning is the flexibility it provides. Students can take classes at their convenience, which is not always possible with offline classes. When writing the course for an online format, keep this in mind and structure the content and assignments accordingly. You have to understand that learners are not going to take your course in one sitting, but will likely access it over time. It would be wise to break down your course into smaller modules or units that can be completed in a shorter amount of time. This will make it easier for students to complete the course and not get overwhelmed by the material.
The Pace of Learning.
In an offline class, the instructor controls the pace at which the material is covered. However, in an eLearning course, learners have the freedom to move through the material at their own pace. As such, it is important to provide a clear structure and table of contents for the course so that learners can easily find what they are looking for and know what order to consume the material. In addition, assignments and activities should be tied to specific learning objectives so that learners can gauge their progress as they move through the course.
In an offline class, the interaction between instructor and students, as well as among students, is largely face-to-face. This type of interaction is not always possible in an online course, but there are ways to replicate it. Online courses should include a mix of different types of content, such as videos, readings, assignments, and quizzes. In addition, forums and discussion boards can be used to facilitate interaction among students and between students and the instructor.
The format of the content in an online course will be different from that of an offline course. In an offline course, the instructor typically stands in front of a room and delivers a lecture. In an eLearning course, the content is generally presented through recorded videos or e-learning formats like SCORM, xAPI and CIM5. The selection of the right content format for your course would base on your audience. If your learners are individuals looking for a fun and engaging learning experience, then video learning may be the best option. You can combine this with live lectures or discussions to keep learners engaged.
If your learners are employees of a company who need to complete mandatory training, then xAPI or SCORM may be a better option. Most corporates rent an LMS from an eLearning vendor and these two formats are generally used to deliver training content on the LMS. Since these formats are based on universally defined specifications, the content can be easily integrated with any LMS. Most importantly, they allow corporates to track the training progress of their employees using a Learning Record Store. It stores data about the learner’s behaviour, interactions and results in a central location and makes it possible to generate reports.
The cost of setting up and delivering an online course is generally lower than that of an offline course. This is because you don’t have to rent a physical space and there are no travel costs involved. In addition, the content can be delivered through an LMS, which is a cost-effective way to reach a large number of learners. The next part is the production cost. If you are using videos, you might have to hire a production company to record and edit the videos. The input cost will seem high at first, but if you think about the number of learners who can take the course, it is quite cost-effective. Alternatively, if you are comfortable being in front of the camera, you can record the videos yourself using a simple webcam, thus further reducing the cost of setting up an eLearning course.
The transition from offline classes to eLearning courses.
The important thing to remember is that the content you create for an offline course cannot simply be uploaded online. It needs to be reformatted and restructured to fit the needs of an online learner. With that said, let’s take a look at how you can turn your physical classes into online courses.
There are a few things you need to do to make the transition from offline to online:
1. Assess your content: The first step is to assess your existing content. This includes the lectures, assignments, activities, and anything else that you currently use in your offline course. You need to determine what can be converted into an online format and what needs to be rewritten.
2. Select a content format: Once you have assessed your content, you need to select a content format that is suitable for an online course. As we mentioned earlier, videos, readings, and quizzes are some of the most popular formats for elearning courses.
3. Create a learning plan: A learning plan is essential for any online course. It helps you structure the course and ensures that all the important topics are covered. In addition, a learning plan will help you determine the delivery schedule and assessment methods for the course.
4. Find a hosting platform: Once you have created your course content, you need to find a hosting platform. There are several options available, such as learning management systems (LMSs), content delivery networks (CDNs), and video streaming platforms.
5. Promote your course: The final step is to promote your course. This can be done through social media, email marketing, or paid advertising.
By following these steps, you can easily turn your physical classes into online eLearning courses. Not only will this allow you to reach a larger audience, but it will also save you time and money. Get in touch with us if you need any assistance, we’ll be happy to help!