What do you do when  you need to deliver different variations of an E-learning course to different groups of learners?

  E-Learning developers encounter this situation  more often than you might think. For example you  may want to use localized versions of the essentially the same course in different countries. Or perhaps  you want the Assessment to be taken by only a certain group of employees say Supervisors  Or perhaps you have a course which needs to be delivered  to employees in different roles for example Staff,  Supervisors  and Managers.   While most of the content and modules may be common, you may want to use different and more meaningful examples for different  groups.

You can solve all these problems  with Role Based Learning. In Role Based E-Learning  you essentially create a single course, however  different learners get to view different versions of the course. The variation may be quite small just a few pages, or relatively large – perhaps  a whole module-

The term Role Based E-Learning though  is somewhat  of a misnomer. This is because  E-Learning has wide applicability for any group of learners not just employees in different roles.   As we had pointed out this could be used for learners in different countries,  or even different customers.

The benefits  of  Role Based  E-Learning are obvious:

  • Reduced effort for development, integration, and testing as you are essentially  creating only a single course.
  • Easier to update and maintain as there is a single course to maintain
  • Less server space s  as it  eliminates duplication of media
  • Lower LMS Administration overhead as a single course needs to be uploaded to the LMS  instead of multiple courses .

Some contemporary Authoring Systems like Sleave  now offer Role-Based E-Learning development.   To develop Role Based E-Learning your Authoring System  must enable you to:

  • Create or define Roles
  • Associate Pages with Roles
  • Allow the user to select  role while viewing the E-Learning course
  • Publish courses for each role.

Role based E-Learning is great new way to develop courses for different groups of  learners.  Role based learning can help you to give  learners the exact experience they need, while at the same time minimizing time cost and development effort.