Some of the folks in our wacky profession don’t just create documentation. They also create learning materials — courseware, tutorials, and the like. Having done a bit of that in the past, I can tell you that it’s not as easy as it seems.
As with documentation (or any other kind of writing, or anything else for that matter), one of the keys to a successful training project is a solid plan. A design, if you will. This article discusses how to successfully design learning. While it’s written from the perspective of a technology professional who’s designing his or her own course of study, you can apply the advice in the article to the process of creating training material.
The key points are:
- Create a plan
- What do you need to learn?
- How are you going to learn it?
- How will you know when you’re done?