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TRAINING DEVELOPMENT: Elements of eLearning Project

eLearning projects contain three main elements: Graphics, Interactivity, Instructional Design. It is safe to assume complex the requirements often lead to higher project costs. Graphics and multimedia exemplify this "Groove Factor" principal. Imagine the visual difference between Bugs Bunny and Finding Dory. Now consider the time, technology, and salaries of the qualified people it takes to create these different visual effects. Interactivity is the level of interaction and choice within a course. Choices, customizations, and scenarios, lead to longer development times and higher costs. Instructional Design costs can often be offset with existing curriculum, presentations and other supporting materials. Client content that reduces time to research, limits time with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and eliminates the need to write from scratch can lower time to market and cost. Exciting elements are available at every level, but understanding the these components will help.

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Graphics, Interactivity, and Instructional Design

Helping clients understand these high-impact components set expectations up front and set the foundation for successful project outcomes. Graphics and multimedia are the easiest place to visualize this concept. Custom photography is more expensive that stock imagery but stock doesn’t always work. Animation is expensive, but sometimes animation is the only way to illustrate a process. There are ways to illuminate key concepts and keep costs within the budget. Interactivity is the level of interaction or control the user has within learning components. It is safe to assume that more user interaction and choice will mean longer development times and higher costs. Instructional Design is what makes training effective and engaging, but it is the hardest component to quantify. Investing in ID can feel a bit like having to put a new water pump in your car. You don’t want to, but a car that doesn’t work won’t get you where you need to go. Providing existing curriculum and high quality supporting materials help to offset ID costs by reducing the time required to research, write, and work with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).