Best Practices for Cloud-based eLearning Authoring

Best Practices for Cloud-based eLearning Authoring

Changing markets, economy, technology and all that follows impacts everything around us. From how we commute to the ways we communicate and share. Cloud-based systems have now penetrated almost every aspect of organizational functioning, in controlling resources to delivery channels. A few weeks back we wrote about what cloud-based authoring would mean to eLearning (read the blog here).

But, how do we begin with cloud-based eLearning authoring. Is the process like that of normal authoring? Are there any special aspects to be considered? These are a few frequently asked questions related to Cloud-based eLearning authoring. While the actual process of authoring is almost similar, there are a few things that can help in getting the best out of cloud-based authoring tools. So, here are a few best practices for cloud-based eLearning authoring.

#1 – Goal Setting

A plan is a must. While some consider planning as a buzzkill, an eLearning project without a plan can end up being a learner’s nightmare. Identify the objectives, understand the performance goals, analyze the learners before selecting the cloud-based authoring tool. This gives a clearer picture about the kind of output, interactivities etc. making the selection process easier and ensuring best results.

#2 – Ask for Advice

Word of mouth can be powerful. So, don’t shy away from asking. Take opinions from colleagues in the L&D profession. Gather feedbacks from those who have used various cloud-based authoring tools, try to learn from their mistakes and plan on how to improve the long-term benefits.

#3 – Cost Considerations

As mentioned in a post earlier, one of the reasons for opting cloud-based eLearning authoring is the Pay-as-you-go option that SaaS models offer. So, always try to utilize a flexible subscription model instead of going for an upfront payment model. This also allows you to change to a different system easily, without incurring heavy loss.

#4 – Prioritize Security

Security is considered to be an issue when it comes to cloud-based systems, so prioritize it. Before setting sail, ensure that the authoring tool has all security measures in place to ensure data security, secured transmission facility etc.

#5 – Consider the Connectivity Options

Cloud- connectivity-necessity! Yes, that’s a given. But what about all the integrations, the multi-level access etc. connectivity becomes the key here for successful eLearning creation. So, ensure that it is taken care of.

While organizations with well-established eLearning authoring tools and dedicated team in place would find switching to cloud-based eLearning authoring painstaking, and costly. It is a good option for those who are just getting started. However, gradually with the increasing demand for storage, backup facilities and most importantly convenience there will be a paradigm shift towards cloud-based eLearning authoring.

What in your opinion makes cloud-based authoring desirable? Do share your opinion.

Author:
Hands-on, dynamic and energetic executive, Amol has a multi-year experience in diverse technology industries and functions, in both Sales and Marketing and Operations. Engineer by graduate and an MBA professional, he started his career in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager for one of the largest US MNC based out of India continues to live his passion for sales till date. Currently an eLearning and LMS consultant and & Board Member of Knowzies Technology Solutions, his responsibility is to manage the company's growth in the Americas, India and APAC, and encourage its Global expansion through his network of 1000+ qualified Elearning and SaaS experts. Amol is a serial blogger and a have delivered many webinar’s in his past engagements. He likes to write largely about latest eLearning technology trends, mobile learning, and learning technologies. His passion for eLearning makes him the perfect blend for designing solutions for large enterprises especially where the cost is the constraint. Prior to his current venture, Amol had a blast leading the International Business Operations for various leading LMS and eLearning organisations globally. Amol successfully managed a talented pool of professionals and partner companies (Channel network implementation) enabling the acquisition of many leading enterprises. A solid credo in business ethics and knowledge sharing are its key business drivers. He is what the Urban Dictionary would call a straight shooter, enjoys playing cards on the table and doesn't deal with fuss. Big in creating new connections and value to its network (because the network is quite everything), he is hungry for innovation and falls in love for true out-of-the-box thinkers. Cricket and food are superior passions. Loves the family and is blessed with two happening daughters and a caring wife. Over weekends you will find him in kitchen experimenting with new dishes. In case of any queries, you can reach to him on amol@knowzies.com.

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