How eLearning Content Development works

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Last updated on: Jun 24, 2019 @ 2:31 am

How to develop engaging eLearning Content?

There is no area of knowledge that cannot be developed into some form or other of elearning course. All you need before you begin content development is a content subject matter expert (SME), an authoring tool and a developer.

eLearning content on laptop screen

So, you have already decided to create engaging online training and anxious to proceed with eLearning Content Development. What should you do next?

Decide how people will use the course

The first thing is to understand will people access your training and decide on the length of time a course attendee will spend on course completion. Then you need to decide how attendees will access the training – will you issue them a link to complete a course or it should sit on a dedicated Learning Management System (LMS)? A choice of an authoring tool and hosting platform will depend on that.

Assign a Subject Matter Expert

Now it is time for content preparation and that is where you need to assign a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to a project. Subject matter expert plays crucial role in the process. They not only provide the content of the course, decide on images to be used for illustrations and assessment questions, but also copyright for all facts used.

Our elearning content developers work together with subject matter expert to study content in detail before they together can formulate a strategy for presenting it.

Combine data into a course

Time needed: 14 days.

Here are the 4 stages of eLearning content development which convert training materials and facts to interactive online training course

  1. Content preparation and prototyping

    This is typically the first stage of the course development. All the materials obtained from the subject matter expert are being aligned as suggested by the course designer. This is the best stage for clients to make changes to their course. They get to review an online course prototype of what they initially only had as a concept.

  2. Beta version

    With full comprehension of what the client wants, their comments, additions and omissions, the Beta stage sets in. Depending on the nature of modifications recommended, the process can take a few minutes to a few days. The released elearning design model is of a relatively higher quality.

  3. Gold/Sign Off

    The elearning development experts incorporate feedback from Beta and run the course. If all aspects of the course are functional, it is signed off as a completed project.

  4. Publishing

    We publish the eLearning course to a dedicated LMS system, a cloud platform (like AWS EC2, Azure) or any other hosting space.


All in all, there are many ways in which you can develop elearning content. The number of people working on the project, nature of course material, and specific demands that a client gives will determine the outcome. We can see that best results are there where technical skills, creativity, effective time management and team work are encouraged.