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Use this page to learn about any online learning that isn’t delivered live. Use it when you’ve been providing some learning online for a while, to help you decide whether you need expert help and if you need a specialist sharing platform.
New solutions make it easier to deliver face-to-face training and mentoring services online. More people are working and volunteering from home. These two things mean there's an increased need for remote delivery of eLearning.
The range of options and unfamiliar terminology can make it difficult to know where to start. And to know what the best options are for your organisation.
What do we mean by eLearning? Historically, eLearning referred to any learning resource delivered electronically. Online learning is referred to anything delivered online. Over time, this has become a subtle distinction. Which term you use is often based on personal preference.
This page is about any online learning that is not delivered live (in real-time). We’re calling this process eLearning.
ELearning refers to many different solutions, from documents and video to quizzes. These solutions are a good starting point and a way to build courses for learners on a small budget. You can also blend eLearning with live online sessions. This offers learners both teaching and support.
If you want to create engaging eLearning you can do this without specialist support. Videos, articles and slide shows can be effective learning tools.
Consider some of the skills you'll need to create effective and enjoyable eLearning.
So if you want to move to the next level and create interactive eLearning, it's likely you'll need some help.
You can learn to use an authoring tool yourself or you can choose a specialist to help you create materials learning materials using an authoring tool. It's like choosing a professionally-designed brochure over whatever design skills you manage to teach yourself.
This expert help involves a cost. Even when you work with people that specialise in supporting charities. Using a range of delivery methods can make eLearning more affordable.
When created, your eLearning will need a site from which you can deliver your courses to learners. If you don't need to track learner usage or charge for your eLearning, you can publish it on your website. If this is working well for you, you don’t have to go any further. But you can find that using a website has some limitations.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues you should look at taking the next step. That's investing in a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is an online service designed to help you manage learners and their use of learning resources.
Remember that an LMS won't help you improve your learning materials. You still need people and their expertise to do that.
The basic elements of a Learning Management System are as follows.
One cost-effective solution that might work for you is to partner with a charity that already has an LMS. You would then 'sublet' space on their LMS.
This is a great solution if you have decided you want the functionality of an LMS but want to start gently. There may be an additional fee from their LMS provider to increase the number of licences they hold. Even with this cost it'll:
Ready to look for a learning management system? Not all systems or options are the same. Read our guide to help you decide what to look for when evaluating services, and what they include.
Want to hear about other people who have transformed their eLearning. In this video, leading charity trainers, the FSI share their experience.
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