Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What is One Hour of eLearning?


Karl Kapp provides a great resource for measuring how long does it take to create one hour of elearning content. It is the ultimate question about elearning development.

Karl's post comes at an opportune time when I as part of a task force trying to determine exactly this, across different types of elearning content. At this time we are stuck trying to demystify what is one hour of elearning content and the various levels/types of elearning content.

Would love to hear from you what you consider one hour of elearning, what are the different levels of elearning and how do you classify them.

10 comments:

Ankit on January 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/08/18 at 6:52pm

Hi,

Could Not open the link:(

BTW i jus did a detailed post about e-learning here http://bit.ly/LmboN
Would love to know your thoughts on the same, since you belong to same fraternity!!

Manish Mohan on January 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/08/19 at 9:55am

I have updated the link. Should work now.

Ken Allen on January 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/08/24 at 10:07am

Kia ora e Manish.

Classifying different levels of elearning? This is a huge base - too huge for a comment, but worthy of a post. It’s got me thinking.

I left the following comment in reply to yours on Karl Kapp’s post.

In my estimates, the ‘1 hour of learning’ was based on what was considered an hour of learner study on the equivalent print-based resource that was in use at that time. The elearning material was designed to replace the equivalent print-based resource, and so an estimate could be made this way.

Catchya later

Ken Allen on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/08/24 at 3:59pm

Kia ora e Manish!

Having done my thinking, here’s what I’ve come up with.

Catchya later

Geeta Bose on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/08/26 at 4:37pm

Hey Manish,

I may sound uncool and non-academic :-) but when ‘big’ clients come knocking on your door for eLearning ‘commodities’, they are unwilling to accept all the logic that we poor pedantic instructional designers use to justify and recommend an hour of eLearning. For most clients, what works is a back of the hand estimate:

Low Complexity course: I hour of eLearning = 1 hour of seat time for a learner (how ironic when you define seat time yet call it self-paced) = 50-55 screens (1 min per screen)
Medium Complexity: 1 hour of eL = 1 hr of seat time = 35-40 screens (about 1.5 min per screen)
High Complexity: 1 hour of eL = 1 hour of seat time = about 25 screens (about 2.5 mins per screen)
While it works for all practical purposes, I have an inherent discomfort with the industry practice of defining seat time, defining complexity levels, as well as the time/screen assumptions. I use a different and more scientific approach at Kern which is based on our contextual inquiry findings. However this works only for consulting projects and not those where hours of eL have to be defined upfront.

Thanks Geeta

Manish Mohan on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/08/27 at 11:32am

Thanks Geeta. Would love to know more about the scientific approach at Kern which is based on our contextual inquiry findings.

Sandipan said...

Submitted on 2009/09/08 at 1:22pm

Agree with you Geeta! Really ironic that we call this self-paced training, yet use the term “seat-time” to define the project scope!

And all this estimation of seat-time goes for a toss when u r bidding for a fixed cost project, and u r determined to win it, whatever may b the price.

Kapil Gupta on January 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/11/20 at 9:44pm

Hi Manish,

Its very strange that I have different thoughts on Karl Kapp’s article where rest of the people havent commented on it as such.

My observation is -
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Limited interactivity; no animations (using software such as Lectora, Captivate, ToolBook, TrainerSoft) - low 118, high -365
Moderate interactivity; limited animations (using software such as Lectora, Captivate, ToolBook, TrainerSoft) - low 90, high 240

Suggesting higher the interactivity, lesser the time it will take.
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E-learning Developed without a Template - Text-only; limited interactivity; no animations - low 93, high 152
E-learning Developed within a Template - Limited interactivity; no animations (using software such as Lectora, Captivate, ToolBook, TrainerSoft) - low 118 high 365

Suggesting template based development takes more time
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Also, as it mentions that 61% of people survey were SME + authors, this time doesnt give a true picture where most of the time is consumed interaction between SMEs and IDs
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Has anybody noticed it?

Regards
Kapil

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