For successful custom e-learning content development, there are some chief questions that must be addressed. They are:
The deadline of the project, its relevance, drivers to the deadline and related questions need to be answered. Further, find out if the timeline leaves enough time for changes and modifications to the project. Tight deadline will leave fewer chances of making changes, and so all development milestones will need to be strictly adhered to. Besides, reviews and approvals are very important too.
Quality: The e-learning company needs to know the quality of course expected by the client organization. This will depend on the objective of the course. Of course, the course will have to be easily navigable, visually accurate and present the topic well.
If the course must merely communicate information, then it can be developed quickly and at minimum cost, with interactivity at a minimum. But if the level of engagement is high, interactivity should be linked with the skills to be done while on the job. The course would therefore have to be engaging, and of a high quality. However, if skill development and behavioural change are the two objectives of the course, good quality will be essential to meet the course's goal.
Cost: The cost of a course depends on:
To be on the safe side, it is better to delay costing until you have all the details possible such as project goals, roles and content. Areas of expenditure include content development/instructional design, e-learning design and development, image or animation development and audio-visual production.
On the technical front, check with your network administrator on the following:
It is necessary to know these aspects of a custom content developer: