Future Proof your elearning.

If your elearning course covers content that will change (for example processes, locations, people etc.), there is no way to completely future proof it and have it remain effective but there are a few things you can do to miminise the amount of changes that will need to be made.

1. Don’t use names. People change jobs, especially in the current economic environment. So use position titles instead of names. For example, “If you need help, contact the HR manager” is better than “If you need help, contact Mary Smith”. If you have to use names, put them on the screen but not in the audio. Text is much easier to change.

2. If you need the learner to review procedures in a course, put the document (as an image) in the course instead of writing out the document point by point. That way, when the procedure changes, you simply replace the document in one step.

3. Remember that text and pictures are easier to change that audio. SO if you have information that you think might change such as phone numbers or opening hours, put them on the screen and have the audio say “The switchboard number is shown on the screen” instead of reading the number out.

Those are a few simple things you can do to minimise the impact of changes to your elearning. But the most important thing is to always get and keep the source files. That is critical if you don’t want to have to rebuild the whole course every time! For more information on source files, see our article here. https://edgelearning.com.au/source-files-vs-published-files-and-why-it-matters/

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