Managing eLearning Development August 22, 2007Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Design, Development, eLearning, LMS, Tools
I was hired at my job almost two years ago and my main objective was to introduce eLearning to the company. It’s been very eventful; I selected and implemented an LMS, implemented Adobe Connect, implemented 100+ off-the-shelf courses, and I’ve developed several custom eLearning courses (whew!). I’ve had a blast and I’ve learned a ton along the way. Now that the main systems are in place (the LMS and virtual classroom tools), most of my time is focused on designing and developing courses. And, as the number of courses grows and grows, it is becoming trickier to manage. An avalanche of requested courses has started and I’m in the process of re-evaluating the tools I use to manage my workload. As always, I see this blog as a place for me to share my experiences and to help me reflect on my own methods. It’s funny – once you write something down you sometimes say, “Well, why the heck am I doing it that way?”
I currently use the following:
- Microsoft Project for tracking complex projects (ex. curriculums consisting of multiple courses)
- A Microsoft Word template for storyboards
- A Microsoft Excel document to track and prioritize requested courses
- A Notepad document for tracking bugs/issues that pop up
- A Notepad document for tracking a wish list/feature requests
- My development tools (Dreamweaver, Flash, Captivate, Fireworks, Adobe Connect, etc.)
The information is more scattered that I would like, there isn’t an easy way to back-up all of this information, and I’m pretty sure this won’t scale well over time. Is there a killer app available to help eLearning folks like us track all of this stuff? Or do I need to build one? 🙂
How do you manage your eLearning design and development process? What tools do you use?