Establishing a name in the Moodleverse takes patience and effort. There is no substitution for practice, it’s true. But beware: not all time spending on development, business development, or content creation is equal.
The folks over at Paradiso recently posted about 7 steps for implementing new training programs. We believe you can reframe their valuable advice in the context of your Moodle career. A practical approach, with a clear sequence of steps, will improve the speed and quality of decisions made by your clients, your students, and you.
1. Assess your needs… and the market’s
Gather all possible information about the people you are dealing with. In e-learning, users and purchase decision makers being different people is the general rule. So survey both. Find out what do organizations want from it, and students expectations about the ride.
2. Plan the courses… and the pitch
Stories come a long way when you want to involve people into a journey. Which is what you are bringing them into. This applies for the students and the organization. Imagine the future of your client by the impact your Moodle course will have on the trainees. Finally, envision yourself. A new course must feel like a new personal growth opportunity.
3. Get a (Moodle) LMS
Look up the list of Moodle Partners to see which is a better suit for your needs. If your project is small or you want to begin a small test, you can always find expert Moodle freelancers online. Or, if you have the stamina, learn to set up one yourself!
4. Create content… and curate some of it, it’s OK
eLearning expertise takes much more than content authority. Decide how you will split your efforts between materials, assessments, rewards, engagement and interactivity. If sourcing existing content saves you time, go ahead, just remember to always keep it meaningful (and give attribution, of course!)
5. Deploy your content… with a careful focus on sequence and pacing
Students no matter their age or situation, overwhelm easily. Sort topics by the level of difficulty. Give few (one or two) challenges at a time. Depending on the subject, they can be in ascending, descending or varying order of hardness. And remember the journey. Will it have surprises and unexpected twists?
6. Overcommunicate… with everyone involved
Give your students every possible way to keep informed as your course unfolds. This goes for the clients, too. Keep and ear on the ground and don’t be afraid of making improvements over the course of the journey. Sometimes doing small changes to please the powers that be will put you in a better place, and shows that you care. But don’t forget that, while not always realistic, your most important commitment is with skill advancement.
7. Measure and improve… also known as Build Measure Learn Repeat
After completing a Moodle course, reward yourself with some time alone. Think about the new discoveries you made, and the best ways to apply them in your next course. Take the opportunity to be honest with yourself, acknowledge what went wrong. Learn from that too. In our experience, you will have plenty of material for a new course.
If you’d like to view the original video created by Paradiso for these ideas, check it out below:
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