So, you think you're done with a fine, at least close-to-final-draft of an e-learning course. The voiceover is velvety, the creative training video segments would make Scorcese weep, the scenarios are so realistic you want to wear
PPE at your desk, yet invariably, as you go through the material with the SME, they say, "We need to change this, change that, I really think we should add, oh, our tenants are not going to like this part at all..." "this picture is all wrong!" (you're thinking "that's the one you sent me to put there!!")
And before you know it, you're looking at breaking everything apart, rearranging and changing half of the material. And you think to yourself, "Self! how did I get into this situation again?!" I've worked so hard to try to involve the SME in the design, get their sign-off constantly. But my iterations still seem to be endless! How do I get this thing to finish and launch?!
Megan Torrance of Torrance Learning has some great ideas for improving project management on elearning projects. I saw her a couple of years ago at a conference session and was recently reminded of some of her very smart suggestions for improving communication and doing better approximations for elearning projects.