Ever wonder how long it takes to design and develop one hour of e-Learning? Lots of people have wondered and there are a few resources on the topic:
Here is a good one by Bryan Chapman
How long does it take to create learning?
Here are survey results from The eLearning Guild
The e-learning Development Time Ratio Survey
And here is my attempt at a measurement from 2003.
How Long Does it Take?
And now, I have partnered with Robyn DeFelice of DishingDesign and we have updated the article for 2009.
Time to Develop One Hour of Training Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is the comparison of 2003 and 2009 numbers. If nothing else, check out the chart.
For example: in 2003, the low estimate for developing One Hour of Instructor-led, Web-based training delivery (using software such as Centra, Adobe Connect, or WebEx-two-way live audio with PowerPoint)was 30 hours and the high estimate was 80 hours. In 2009, the low estimate is 49 and 89...both higher. Is it taking us longer to develop e-learning than it did six years ago??
Additionally, I know a number of people don't agree that the measure of "one hour of e-learning" is even valid...if not, then what measure do we use? How do we speak to stakeholder if we can't give an estimate...?
What do you think, I'd love to have your feedback on "one hour of e-learning development time."
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