eLearning risk & SCORM

Why are people important in developing CBT programs?

Each eLearning project is different. Each project is different in terms of scope, objectives, audience, method of deployment, infrastructure, size of customer’s company, eLearning elements included in the program, budget etc. What does stay constant is that people are involved in all aspects of the project. My intention with the last couple of blog entries has not been to detail every risk associated with developing an eLearning project. Quite contrary, I think that many of the risks can be mediated by selecting a vendor that is interested in working with you. Make sure that the company has a strong track record, dealing with various different projects. In addition, make sure that the vendor has a strong focus on project management. Much like any other project in business, developing a computer based training program requires a cross functional team working towards a common goal. Your eLearning vendor should be able to assist and guide you with dealing with your local computer infrastructure, computer setup, testing procedures and more. Ultimately eLearning vendor selection is the first and most important step towards having a positive experience with developing a training solution that meets your specific needs. Each eLearning project is different and the solution should meet those needs.

Moving to SCORM

Over the next few weeks I will be looking into SCORM. I will give you some introductory resources as well as looking at some shortfalls with the standard.


eLearning risk article

I found a great article that addresses some of the risks associated with eLearning development. The article also provides an overview of risk paradigms and mitigation strategies. Interestingly the authors point to the fact that most risk assessment studies focus on IT/software projects and very little research has been conducted on eLearning projects. The authors cite several studies that highlight the importance of social/cultural obstacles to successful eLearning development.


Can anyone provide me with studies that specifically deal with eLearning cases?
Any idea why these studies are not more numerous considering the depth of computer based training programs?