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Our students will allow you to make classroom materials if you bring them the opportunity.

This is just one of the dozens of considerations you will have to make when converting your classroom materials to an online environment

Here are my recommendations for the necessary steps to take your materials from the classroom to the Internet.

  • The first step when converting your classroom materials to the online environment is to review the content from top to bottom.
  • Next you should learn the subject matter yourself to the best of your ability. The more you know about the subject you are creating the activity for, the better you will be able to not only organize the materials but also create exercises, develop test questions and build interactivities that are all necessary for the project.
  • It is in this step that you will identify what activities were used in the classroom training and determine which ones can be transferred to the Net. These will need to be converted to online exercises and interactivities. There are a variety of online interactivities that students can do that can be used to fill in for activities that were used in the classroom. These could be online puzzles, drag-and-drop exercises, software simulations, audio exercises, animated 3D characters that simulate group dynamics and many more.
  • It is also important to determine what type of multimedia you are going to use. For instance, don't make the mistake of converting all of your lectures to video and posting them in the net. It is much easier for students to refer to written text than to video talking heads. Also, you have to consider the bandwidth video will take. Video has its place, but you have to consider the course, the objective and the users before you use it.

Other considerations

Before you jump into an eLearning project there are countless other considerations to keep in mind. Here are just a few:
  • Can you provide a means for student collaboration from within your material?
  • Do your learners have continuous access to the Web?
  • Are you prepared to provide technical support to your online users?

These and many other items should be considered as part of the preparatory process. They should not scare you away from the project, rather they should just make you more prepared to take on the project with both eyes wide open.

If you follow these steps you should be able to convert your classroom materials to an online medium. One final note about all of this, be sure to go the extra mile by taking the time to create online guides with the features that will keep your students engaged and coming back for more.

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