6 Tips To Create Online Courses for Employees Emma O'Neill Published on June 28, 2018 Having to create online courses for employees can be intimidating - especially when you and your employees are busy. Building online courses for employees doesn’t have to be a source of stress though. In actuality, there are strategies that you can put in place to make your course creation a well-oiled machine. We’ve boiled down these strategies into 6 tips that give you easy wins when creating your employee training courses. How to Create Online Courses for Employees 1. Tools for building online training courses for employees Acquiring the appropriate tools goes a long way when developing online courses for employees. We’ve previously shared a list of 25 eLearning tools we stand by. But it’s up to you to pick the tools you need. If it’s to be more productive with your course planning and creation, Trello is the perfect planner. For fast screen recording and editing, Camtasia works well. For top authoring tools, there’s Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and more. An initial investment in course creation tools sets you up for success in the long run. It enables you to swiftly and effectively create online training for employees. Your courses are better planned and look good - essential elements to high learner engagement. 2. Recycle resources for course content One time saving, yet impactful way to create training courses is to look at the resources you already have. By recording a classroom-based session and converting it into a video module, taking marketing resources and repurposing them into text-based courses or modifying a webinar or presentation into short videos, you can successfully create courses. Not only is it a timesaver for you, it also allows your employees to digest important company materials, and review content they may have previously missed. 3. Link to outside resources While you make the most of resources internal to your organization, you should also look to assets available externally. You're likely to find tons of videos on YouTube, journal articles, blog posts and more that relate to and elevate the topics you're delivering training on. You can embed videos in your courses or link out to these helpful resources to give your content extra weight and help you learners gain a deeper understanding. Just make sure you’re getting your info from a trusted source! 4. Add multimedia to your employee courses Adding multimedia is a potent way to add substance to your courses. It boosts learner engagement too. We suggest you start small. Add stock images or graphics to your text-based courses to give an immediate visual upgrade. After this first move, you can explore design tools that enable you to create custom graphics, videos, audio and more. 5. Rely on templates If you're just starting out or creating multiple courses at once, then there is no need to start building from scratch. Course templates are a brilliant way to create course after course in the same style and structure. We see businesses making templates themselves in Powerpoint or Google Slides. Or you can find well-made templates online that you can simply copy and paste your course content in to and go. 6. Keep the learning goals in mind The most effective course builders always keep their goal in mind. It gives the course a purpose, streamlines it and sets an obvious target for the learner to reach. Therefore, when you're creating your course content, start with your end goal and work backward. This will make the course content much more succinct and increase the likelihood of success. Great online courses for employees is all about taking that first step No matter what training experience you have or the size of your business, you have to start somewhere! The trick is to take advantage of the resources you already have and discover the new resources that will help you create your training. Test, track and better your training. You’ll see what works, what doesn’t and you can iterate from there so you can deliver the best training experience for your learners.