eLearning Development Is An Iterative Process

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Earlier this month, Tom Kuhlmann talked about 10 things to do before your eLearning course goes live. His post makes great sense but what really caught my attention was the statement he began with.

“It’s amazing how fresh eyes can find things you might have overlooked during production. So, before launching your elearning course, it’s a good idea to have others review it.  You want to discover any hidden issues before the big launch.”

This is true. A review by a separate review team/individuals is very important for any eLearning course.

Michael Allen in his guide to eLearning talks about ‘successive approximation’. He opines ISD or ADDIE are flawed waterfall process models that assume each stage output to be complete and perfect –impossible with eLearning. He further says ‘Iterations Make Geniuses’ as he leads to the Successive Approximation model of development.

The Successive Approximation

It is important for all involved with eLearning development to understand and appreciate that effective eLearning courses need an iterative process to create them. The more you iterate, the closer you get to an ideal learning solution.

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