The 7 Challenges of E-Learning

…and how to solve them with the authoring tool FLOWSPARKS.

Productivity, costs, quality – every e-learning department is familiar with the competing goals from the day-to-day work of content development. These challenges are often accompanied by the following questions: Which media-didactic approach fits the learning objectives best? How much time do I really have for the conception phase? How do I make the learning application fully responsive? Have we underestimated the effort required to maintain and update existing learning content?

Discover how the authoring tool FLOWSPARKS addresses these challenges in an innovative way.

1. Productivity

How can the development effort per learning unit be reduced?

A large collection of learning format templates makes storyboard development easier and production faster. The combination of small learning units (“micro units”) enables reuse and thus increases productivity. All learning formats have the navigation already defined – so you don’t have to deal with technical intricacies.

2. Didactic Support

How can you be sure that you are following the right "instructional design"?

Predefined learning formats are based on media-didactic principles that have been tried and tested over many years. They can be selected depending on the learning objective, ensuring that every author finds the right format for their project. They also cover the full spectrum of learning scenarios:

3. Maintenance of learning content

How can the effort required to maintain and update learning content be kept to a minimum?

SCORM files uploaded to the learning management system can be updated in real time, also when in operation – without re-uploading to the LMS or complex data management. Component-oriented development allows you to update individual elements without having to “touch” others. To simplify your work even further, FLOWSPARKS includes a content management system that provides version management and content item search.

4. Involvement of Subject-Matter Experts

How can subject-matter experts make changes and approve learning content independently and with little effort?

The review and approval process can be organized in three different ways: external links, review mode, and edit mode. Review and edit permissions can be assigned at the learning format level, allowing subject matter experts to take “content ownership” of specific learning formats. Text and media are always separated in the templates – making changes even easier for subject-matter experts.

5. Device-independent display

How can learning applications provide a consistent user experience regardless of the device used?

Thanks to the automatic rearrangement of individual elements, all learning formats adapt independently to the screen size of the end devices used and are thus fully responsive – without the need for manual adaptation by the developers.

A uniform look and feel and the same navigation on all end devices ensure recognizability and branding compliance of the learning applications. Authoring is also possible on all platforms without restriction. Changes can therefore be made at any time and from anywhere.


6. Learning experience

How do we manage to make our e-learning products emotionally accessible and tangible?

A modern design with a focus on videos, large-scale images and interactions creates an emotional connection and high attention value. The various Smart Programs provide an overview – these allow the user interface to be changed with just a few clicks.

Gamification elements such as user-controlled video sequences, 360-degree views, rankings, ratings and milestones also promote motivation.

7. Localization of learning applications

How can we systematically and efficiently organize the adaptation of learning content in multiple languages?

All language versions are managed within one module in FLOWSPARKS. This makes the localization process clearer and more consistent. All texts, including video subtitles, can be exported and re-imported in XLS or XLIFF format, significantly reducing the number of process steps required. The responsive design eliminates the need for subsequent resizing of elements due to varying text lengths.

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Stefan Bergander