Digital training makes you look good, yet you still hesitate to take the plunge just because you don't know how to do it? It would be a shame to miss out on the many advantages of e-learning for so little... Discover our advice on how to convert your classroom-based training into e-learning!
E-learning continues to establish itself as a practical and modern learning method, and more and more professionals are moving away from face-to-face training to digital training. Whether you are a trainer looking to digitise your training, a company wanting to get rid of Powerpoint presentations, or simply curious about how to create an online course from your classroom training, here are all our tips for creating a great e-learning course from a pre-existing course.
This digitalisation has only advantages: on the one hand, the learner can progress at his own pace, and on the other hand, he can optimise his training time by connecting at the times when he is most inclined to retain the information.
Why transpose face-to-face training into e-learning?
First of all, it is important to know the main advantages of online training. Unlike face-to-face training where the place and time of the session were predefined and unchangeable, with e-learning, the learner accesses his training where he wants, when he wants. This digitalisation has only advantages: on the one hand the learner moves at his own pace, on the other hand he can optimise his training time by connecting at the times when he is most inclined to retain information.
The second significant advantage of online training is its cost-effectiveness. Even if you have to invest a certain amount of money at the start of your project to access an LMS platform, for example, it will be more profitable in the long term. Your training is dematerialized, which means that your training budget will no longer include travel and accommodation costs.
You will no longer need to rent rooms, nor to call upon specialized trainers... Moreover, studies have shown that a learner completes an online training course faster than a face-to-face one, which will be profitable in terms of time and efficiency for your company!
Take stock of your achievements
Before you start designing your modules, make sure that your training is complete, that you know your target audience well and that you have the best assets to succeed in your transformation. Having quality content to share with your learners is already a great start. But you also need to define the objectives of your training, know where to place the different evaluations...
Since you already have a classroom-based course, you are one step ahead: your content is already created. Above all, don't fall into the trap of transposing your Powerpoint and thinking that your training is finished... Indeed, you will have a training but it will be boring for your learners who might get bored. So you can use it, but modulate it to make it more attractive!
Establish your educational path
A learning path is the path that the learner will take when starting his or her training. It is up to you to decide in what order the different stages of your training will appear. To do this, use the plan of your face-to-face training by incorporating potential group activities, virtual classes or face-to-face sessions if you opt for blended learning.
This is also the ideal time to define the different evaluations you want.
Read our article to find out why set up a blended learning course here.
Create your e-learning course
Once you have established your learning path, all you have to do is create your online training. In order to make it as attractive as possible for your learners, you will need to use all the functionalities made available to you by the LMS platform you have chosen. The secret of a successful e-learning course is the plurality of formats used, which brings interactivity and life to it! Video, audio, text...
New learning methods have emerged since the advent of e-learning. They could be indispensable to you in the creation of your own training. Gamification, for example, allows you to offer fun and interactive content. By integrating games and animations into your training, you will catch the attention of your learners.
Incorporating social learning concepts can also be a great way to keep them attractive to your training. To find out more about how to integrate social learning into your training, read our article on this subject here.
How about Blended Learning?
Blended Learning can be a very good alternative to e-learning, especially if you are just starting out and are still a bit reluctant to give up the face-to-face format altogether. It combines online training with face-to-face training sessions.
This format has the advantage of keeping participants' interest afloat. It can also be very useful for certain sectors of activity where theoretical training is not enough. For example, if you want to create a training course on the theme of magic, you will find it difficult to introduce your learners to this practice only through e-learning.
Organise face-to-face sessions to offer your magician trainees practical activities and exercises!
EVALUATE YOUR E-LEARNING COURSE
It is essential to get feedback from your learners, both on the content of your training and on their needs and preferences. This feedback will enable you to improve your e-learning and to identify your learners more effectively in order to offer them the most suitable training possible! You can submit a questionnaire to be filled in at the end of the course, asking them to rate the content, form or effectiveness of your training.
As you will no doubt have understood, the digital format offers many advantages. On the one hand, more practical than face-to-face training, it is also an excellent way to save money in the long term and make the most of your time and that of your learners by providing them with training adapted to the latest technologies and developments in your sector of activity.
- Once the training context has been well defined and your target audience identified, the creation of e-learning will be much easier.
- Vary your training formats as much as possible when creating e-learning. Video, audio, text, quizzes or games...
- Finally, think about evaluating (and having your training evaluated).