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How To Effectively Update Your Online Course

10 August, 2021 Education

How To Effectively Update Your Online Course


The creation of a new online course requires a lot of effort and hours of labor. A truly good course is interactive and is result-driven. There have been a lot of innovations in terms of how to make the course engaging and interactive. Putting all this together and creating a successful course is an achievement for every instructional designer.


Does the job end there? Not really. A new journey starts from here. Setting up a daily checklist related to the enrollment of the course, redefining your marketing strategy, managing finances, inquiries, updates, and maintenance, etc. are some of the regular activities that need regular attention.


The first question that arises in the mind is "how often should I update my course?" There is no specific answer to this question as it is dependant on a lot of factors like the niche you are working on, how often the changes are happening in the said industry, and many other aspects. Whatever may be the scenario, you must revisit your course from all aspects at least every three months. Having said that, the actual planning for required updates should start while you create the original course. Consider the following suggestions to quickly and effectively update the course as and when the need arises.


Develop a master course:

This acts as the base of all the courses where you can standardize various courses. This also helps in quicking editing the course by just copying the basic details and formats from the master to the specific courses. Cognizant of the fact that multiple courses will be tackled by multiple instructors, the master course becomes an important base for all. The learning management system from Mindflash provides you with this inbuilt option. It will become a great tool for your team that will save their time and efforts while providing consistency every time the new course is designed.


Training Need Analysis:

Getting regular feedback from the users of the course every time will provide you a fair idea of where your course stands. Add your analytic reports fetched from the LMS. A combination of both will highlight the areas that need your attention. You can then easily chalk out a plan to update the required pieces of your content. Additionally, surveys, observations, and eLearning assessments will further help you narrow down the area that requires attention.


Maintain a log:

Keeping the regular industry updates, you can assess the topics, modules, sections that might eventually need an update. Keeping a log of the content at the time of course creation helps you find these sections easily saving your time of sifting through to find out the specific sections. By making a note of the topics and the kind of questions asked in respect to the modules or sections, required updates should be taken care of promptly.


Develop a maintenance schedule:

Once you have gathered all the required information, feedback, and the outcomes of the training need analysis, set aside time to regularly update and review your course. Not only this, you must keep yourself updated with the trends in the industry, new jargon, terminologies, etc. that should be regularly made to fit in your course. Often include the review of the visual appeal of the program to provide a fresh feel to the course. Thus scheduling a regular maintenance time is important and sticking to this schedule is even more critical.


Conclusion: Listed options above can only be the initiation of getting into the habit of reviewing and updating the course regularly. You can keep adding points to improve your course that can take it to a next level. While updating your course, you must also make sure that updates of any changes in your company policies and related government laws are regularly included and updated.


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