Custom eLearning Development: How Long Does it Take?
Bryan Chapman at the Chapman Alliance has set out to collect the latest data on how long it takes to develop custom e-learning at various levels. Read his post here and participate in the survey here.
His previous data – from his March 2007 post – on this gives us the following ratios for different type of learning:
|34:1 Instructor-Led Training (ILT), including design, lesson plans, handouts, PowerPoint slides, etc.
33:1 PowerPoint to E-Learning Conversion. Not sure why it takes less time then creating ILT, but that’s what we discovered when surveying 200 companies about this practice
220:1 Standard e-learning which includes presentation, audio, some video, test questions, and 20% interactivity
345:1 Time it takes for online learning publishers to design, create, test and package 3rd party courseware
750:1 Simulations from scratch. Creating highly interactive content
Most of these look acceptable to me if we assume that ILT and Powerpoint to e-learning conversion is being done by SMEs and they don’t need support of any development staff. I don’t expect the new data to change dramatically from this, but you never know. Last year I had written about this (read it here) with reference to an ASTD article where some of the numbers were a bit out of synch or so appeared to me.
Let’s see what the latest survey throws up.