As the demand for online education grows, more and more organisations are turning to learning management systems (LMS) authoring tools to create e-learning courses. LMS authoring tools are built-in to an LMS and allow users to simply create, publish, and manage online courses without requiring advanced technical knowledge or coding skills.
Here’s how you can use an LMS authoring tool to create your own e-learning course.
Step 1: Determine Course Content
The first step in creating an e-learning course using an LMS authoring tool is to determine the content of your course. Decide what your course will cover and what your learning objectives are. This will help you organise your content and keep your course focused.
Curating content for an online learning course is a critical step in designing an effective and engaging learning experience. To curate content, you should start by identifying the learning objectives of the course and then research relevant content that will help learners meet those objectives.
It’s important to consider the quality and credibility of the sources you use, as well as the diversity of perspectives and formats of the content. You should also evaluate the appropriateness of the content for your audience and ensure that it aligns with your course objectives. Once you have selected your content, organise it in a logical and engaging way. Try to use a variety of media and interactive elements to keep learners engaged and motivated.
Step 2: Plan the Course Structure
Before you start building your course, plan the structure of your content and how it should be laid out. This includes deciding how many modules your course will have, how long each module will be, and how you will assess your learners’ progress. You can use a storyboard or a mind map to help you organise your ideas.
Step 3: Build Your Course
Once you have a plan in place, it’s time to start building your course. With most LMS authoring tools, you can create and edit your course content directly, including text, images, videos, and interactive elements such as quizzes, surveys, and assessments. Most LMS authoring tools have a user-friendly interface that allows you to drag and drop elements to create your course. You should use this to best effect, remembering to be true to your course objectives and keeping to your structure and content plan. Don’t be distracted by effects or ‘bells and whistles’ that do not contribute to your learning objectives.
Step 4: Add Multimedia Elements
Adding multimedia elements such as videos, images, and audio can make your e-learning course more engaging and interactive. However, you should make sure that any multimedia elements you use are relevant to your course content and support your learning objectives. You should also consider copyright and whether the content you are using is available to be used in the way you want to. You can lose credibility when using content illegally.
Step 5: Test Your Course
Before you publish your course, it’s important to test it to make sure it works properly. Test your course on different devices and platforms to ensure that it is accessible to all learners. You may also want to have a colleague or beta testers try out your course to provide feedback.
Step 6: Publish and Launch Your Course
Once you have tested your course and made any necessary changes, it’s time to publish and launch your course. Most LMS authoring tools allow you to make a course public only to the audience you want to view it. Consider your audience and then promote this to them. Again, a good LMS will allow you to send promotional emails or alerts to relevant users.
Step 7: Monitor Learner Progress
After launching your course, it’s important to monitor your learners’ progress to ensure that they are meeting your learning objectives. Most LMS authoring tools have built-in analytics that allow you to track learner progress and identify areas where learners may need additional support. Your can also use direct interaction with built-in messaging systems, which give you the chance to receive real-time feedback and offer timely advice and support.
In conclusion, creating an e-learning course using an LMS authoring tool is a straightforward process that anyone can do. With a little planning and some creativity, you can create an engaging and interactive e-learning course that will help your learners achieve their goals.
The Learner Bubble LMS allows our clients to custom-build their own course content, which provides them the perfect opportunity to build on our core e-learning products and target company specific training to employees. Request a demo of our LMS and this specific feature by contacting us here.