Course Design


We work closely with you to take existing learning materials and put them online. We can work with your trainers to convert existing classroom courses to e-learning or we can work with your subject matter experts to provide new online only courses. Alternatively we can help you to develop blended programmes that combine the best of both worlds.

What type of online course?

There is an enormous variety of ways to deliver learning online but for simplicity we categorise courses under the following headings:

e-learning Module Examplee-Learning Module (SCORM or AICC)

When most people talk about e-learning they are referring to a short online programme that lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Normally there is a multiple choice assessment at the end with the result recorded to verify that the learner has completed the material. Sometimes there may be a series of modules contributing to a complete course and only when all the modules are completed will the learner take a final online assessment.

Platform: Basic LMS to allocate modules to specific employee roles and to track results for audit purposes.

Use this when: You need a lot of people to learn something quickly. You want a learning resource that can be accessed 24/7 without any additional input from L&D or an e-tutor.

CPD ExampleOnline Programme

Where the material is more complex or where you need to encourage participation or practice from yourlearners then you need to move up a gear from the conventional e-learning module. An online programme utilises a wider range of learning activities and will normally include social learning activities such as online discussions, assignments and webinars. Online programmes may also be supported by an e-tutor. An online programme is normally completed over a longer time frame – from a week up to many months. The programme may also be completed with a cohort of other learners.

Platform: A more flexible platform is required to support this type of programme. Sometimes these platforms are called ‘virtual learning environments’ (VLE) but many of the newer LMS’ can also support simple online programmes.

Use this when: The subject is more complex and where interaction between learners and between learners and a tutor is critical for effective learning.

Blended LearningBlended Programme

A blended programme mixes online and offline elements to provide a flexible but rich learning intervention. Typically the information/knowledge heavy materials are delivered online with practice activities and exercises taking place in the classroom. The theory is that the classroom time is used more constructively with more focus on practical exercises rather than the transmission of factual information (we effectively remove ‘death by bullet point’ from the classroom sessions).

Platform: A VLE or LMS with the ability to include scheduled events within the course structure.

Use this when: There are elements of the learning that are only effective if they take place in the classroom.

Which type of online learning is going to work best for you?

The type of e-learning you go for will depend upon the material and the learners. Imagine you are responsible for the roll-out of a new performance management system in a large organisation. You have three aims:

Introduce the new system to all 3,000 employees
If you need to introduce the new performance management system to thousands of learners then the short e-learning module is going to be the best choice.

Train 500 of your senior managers in running the performance management system
In this case the online programme will provide a richer experience and enable learners to connect and discuss common issues with each other.

Train 100 departmental managers in coaching for performance management
In this case a blended programme is likely to provide the most efective solution enabling learners to participate in practice scenarios and exercises in a face to face workshop.

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