The Course Development Methodology consolidates proven instructional design principles and adds in a practical project management approach to ensure nothing is left to chance during the process. Delivery methods, audience profiles, content, timelines and budgets vary, but consistently we found that applying a systematic approach to getting all the project details correct ensures that the learning “sticks.”
Phase 1 – Project Initiation
Plan: In our first phase of the course development methodology, we create the statement of work, develop the communication plan, create the project plan/timeline, and establish project status reporting methods (weekly reports and review meetings). The client’s role in this phase is to provide content and subject matter expertise and provide input and approval for our PM documentation (communication plan and project plan).
Phase 2 – Design
Define: How do you achieve performance outcomes? By defining what learners must achieve to be successful and then identifying, prioritizing, and documenting gaps between performance goals/standards and actual performance for a target population. In this phase, we complete a needs assessment (High Impact Learning Map) to identify the learning gaps as well as describe very clearly and precisely the intended outcome of a learning strategy (learning objectives). Learning evaluation strategies are also defined and planned in this phase.
Phase 3 – Student Experience
Assess: In this phase, we createthe “blueprint” for your corporate training programs by determining the best delivery method (eLearning, facilitated training, virtual instructor-led training) and develop a learning path (High Level Design Document) in order to create the story arc behind the training. This phase of the course development methodology allows us to establish estimated seat times for learners as well as establish the visual identity of the training assets.
Phase 4 – Content Development
Design: Instructional designers and developers bring the design of the training strategy to life in this phase—the way training materials are organized, the resources to be used in training, the sequence and structure of the course, and the exercises and activities to be included in the program. To develop the training materials, the instructional designers and developers leverage the results of the needs assessment, explicitly stated learning objectives, known theories and principles of adult learning, the complexity of the training content, and principles of effective and efficient training design.
Phase 5 – Testing & Deployment
Launch: It is finally time to launch your corporate training program, but we aren’t quite ready to release it to everyone. In this phase, we ensure not only the strength of the content, but the training’s functionality (eLearning) through SCORM testing on your learning management system (LMS) and/or pilot class delivery. We also conduct train-the-trainer sessions to prepare your team for success.
Phase 6 – Course Evaluation & Project Close
Implement: In this final phase of the course development methodology, we continue our support by helping to develop both formative (immediate results) and summative (long-term success) evaluation strategies. This phase is concluded with a project close out identifying lessons learned as well as celebrating the success.