The process of creating an e-learning course tends to take longer than expected, since it implies several intermediaries and validation processes throughout different stages. What seemed like a simple project that would be finished in a couple of weeks, becomes an immense task with no end in sight. You discover that the content is constantly changing and there are more corrections than expected. You encounter technological problems that you didn’t expect. The validations never come… and all of this leads to the actual time being much longer than expected. Does this sound familiar to you?

In addition, sometimes the training consultant and the customer company have different ways of focusing the production of an online course, and that makes the work difficult and extends the times until they reach an understanding.

At the same time, when it comes to projects with a high technological component, there is sometimes insufficient experience or there are no technical experts to lead a project of this type, and others simply haven’t clearly defined their need.

Because of this, we reach unexpected results, while also using up much more time than desired. 

This can definitely be improved upon in order to reach simple work flows for a smooth creation of online courses. For this, first you must clearly know how much time it takes to create an e-learning course.

 

How long does it take to create an e-learning course?

An e-learning course has several phases in which different internal and external professionals intervene and coordinate with each other. 

In the following example, for a one-hour course, you’ll get an idea of the approximate amount of work each one of the phases takes, although it will obviously depend on the extent of the course and many other factors: 

  • Identifying the training need: 1 week
  • Compiling information: between 3 to 5 weeks
  • Writing content: between 3 to 6 weeks
  • Creating the script: between 3 to 5 weeks
  • Programming the course: between 3 to 5 weeks
  • Testing and corrections: 1 week

Logically, these times are approximations, and they may vary by both your company’s philosophy (and its orientation or lack thereof toward simple processes) and how demanding the participants are in validating each phase, or the abilities of the project manager in charge of the creation of the online course.

 

What can go wrong?

In this process there are several issues that can extend and delay each of the phases. Understanding them will help you prevent them and optimize your work flow. 

  • Poor project planning may result in having to repeat some steps or slowing down the development of other steps. 
  • Forgetting that there are certain tasks or stages that can be done in parallel limits the time you could have saved.
  • An inadequate coordination of the participants leads to more content revisions than necessary. 
  • Having too many participants, or the wrong ones in each stage, leads to multiple validations of the content, which slows down each stage.
  • Beginning a stage without having validated the previous one results in going back and making adjustments time and time again.

How to optimize production times

These are only some of the factors that influence the total time required to successfully conclude your e-learning project.

There are many more tricks you can use to optimize the creation of your e-learning training courses. To help you, we’ve compiled all of them into a whitepaper, which details the productions stages of an e-learning course and provides practical and clear advice for each one of them.  

With the whitepaper Tips to save time in the process of creating you elearning courses:

  • You’ll have a comprehensive, systemic view of the entire production process of an online course, from the moment the need arises until the course is ready to be given.
  • You’ll learn how to calculate how much time is needed for each phase.
  • You’ll discover tricks and strategies to save time at specific moments, shortening the complete process and creating more satisfactory results.

 

Check it out and start optimizing your online training projects today!