In this post I expose a conceptual framework which can be used as reference model for managing the e-learning life cycle and strategy. The framework provides an at-a-glance view of what needs to be planned and managed to achieve successful e-learning course development.
The e-learning course development life cycle usually starts with audience analysis. This is related to understanding who the target audience is for the course in question. There are other phases which follow, for example, gathering requirements for course delivery. Then there is the design of the course, followed by actual development work, culminating in the review and approval phase. The course is finally deployed through the appropriate publishing channels and maintained and monitored until it is retired.
The best practice framework illustrated here provides a view on what needs to be planned and managed in the context of the fundamental interrogatives (i.e. what, how, where, who, when and why). For each phase, these interrogatives translate into the best practices for e-learning course development, in other words, the planning and management of the deliverables, processes, locations, roles, timings and motives for each phase.
The framework, therefore, identifies 42 distinct planning and management “mini cycles” to take into account. So, that’s something to bear in mind when rolling out a strategy for e-learning course development!