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How long does it take to build an eLearning program or online course?

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If you are asking this question you definitely are not alone. Over the years we have had 1000s of people and organizations ask us:

  • "How long does it take to build an eLearning program?"
  • "How long does it take to create an online course?" or,
  • "How long does it take to develop a virtual training?

And before we built our first eLearning program, we were asking the same questions.

The simple answer is, building an eLearning program should take as long as you want it to.

The reality is that most people and organizations waste tons of time and money creating an eLearning program, online course, or virtual training. The good thing is you don't have to waste time or money because in this YouTube video and blog post you will learn how to exponentially save time when developing your eLearning program, even if this is your first time doing so.

Set A Timeline Goal For Your eLearning Program

We know it can be very disheartening to set a goal to complete something like developing an eLearning program, to come and realize that the project isn't as easy as you first thought. The good and bad thing is that this is a very common phenomenon when it comes to developing any kind of eLearning, online course, or virtual training.

You don't know what you don't know. And when you find out, it can be very overwhelming and may even discourage you from continuing the project. What happens is, we tend to get really excited about the outcome and benefits (which there are many when it comes to eLearning), but don't even know where to start our journey.

So you set a goal to complete a 20-hour online course in the next 90 days (well done, you are on the right track), and then get stuck wondering what's next?

I want to build an online course, but I don't know where to start...

I want to build an online course, eLearning program, or virtual training, but I don't know where to start, is about as common of a challenge as any when it comes to eLearning. This is because when you are searching the internet for answers to your dilemma, there aren't many good answers (if any at all).

Google will just tell you that eLearning is all about picking the perfect technology, hence the "e" or "electronic" in "eLearning." For more information about what eLearning actually is, definitely check out our YouTube channel or other blogs on the subject.

Focusing on the technology can make creating an eLearning program very confusing because while the delivery method of eLearning is "electronic" or through technology, eLearning is as much or more about the end-user or "learner" taking your program.

Why? Because the whole reason eLearning exists in the first place is to make a more accessible learning experience for learners all over the world.

Therefore, the next time you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the question, "how long does it take to build an eLearning program?" Followed by confusion of where to start. It is simple. Always, always, always, start with your learners.

When you focus on your learners, building an eLearning program becomes quick and easy

eLearning is all about your learner specs, not the tech specs. This statement alone will save you hours and hours of time and tons of money. Your learners are the foundation of your eLearning program, online courses, or virtual training. So the next time you get stuck in your eLearning development process, all you have to do is ask your learners what the next step is.

So.. how long does it take to build an eLearning program, an online course, or virtual training?

Since you now know that the only thing that matters when it comes to developing an eLearning program, online course, or virtual training, are your learners, doesn't it make sense to get your program in front of them as quickly as possible?

The answer to this question should be a resounding "Yes." This is why building an eLearning program really does take as long as you let it. This is because we tend to get in our own ways.

  1. First, we don't know where to start, but if you read what we wrote above you now know where to start.
  2. Second, when we do start, we tend to overanalyze the littlest things.
  3. Third, we get frustrated and bored with the process so we inevitably give up and move on to other things.

This is why we produced the video above for you. 

In this video you'll learn: 

1) How "The 85% Rule" will not only help you create and launch your eLearning program, online courses, and virtual training exponentially faster but will also help you in other areas in your life.

2) Most people and organizations view accountability incorrectly. How is anyone on your team going to be accountable if you aren't being accountable to the goals of the project?

3) There is no such thing as an unachievable timeline. If you want to launch your eLearning program in 30 days you can. 7 day? Yes, you can do that too.

And if you are interested in virtually guaranteeing the success of creating and launching an eLearning program, online course, or virtual training every time, we created our free MasterClass for you. Sign up below and between this blog post, youtube video, and our MasterClass, you will exponentially decrease the time it takes to develop and launch your eLearning program, online course, or virtual training.

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