10 Kickoff Questions for Managing E-learning Development

What information is critical at the kickoff of an e-Learning project? To help, I suggest you utilize a project kickoff agenda when managing e-Learning development at the beginning of each and every project. I have learned many lessons, (sometimes the hard way), which have contributed to my kickoff agenda. For example, 6 years ago I would never have thought to ask if the course is going to be viewed on an iPad. Or even better, I wouldn’t have thought it important to find out if the course will be viewed on a smart phone. So as technology changes and your experience grows, so will your kickoff agenda.

Here are 10 questions, (most certainly not all), that must be asked when starting your project.

Roles and Responsibilities:

1. Who are the project contributors?

2. What are each project contributor’s distinct responsibilities?

Content:

3. Who are the Subject Matter Experts and what is their availability?

4. Will the course ever need to be translated?

Scope:

5. How big is the course – what is the required seat time?

6. How many knowledge checks/interactions/animations etc.?

Technical:

7. What browser(s) will the audience be using? (Very important for QA purposes)

8. Will the course ever be viewed on an iPad or mobile? (This impacts course design, development, and QA)

Timeline:

9. What are the major milestone dates?

10. Are there any holidays, vacations etc. that will impact our required launch dates?

I would like to hear from you! Tell us what items you feel are critical to know from the very start of your project?