When estimating the timescales and costs for producing elearning, two factors are key: the number of hours of elearning to be produced and the complexity of that production.
We provide a price and schedule for each job based on a detailed specification of your requirements. However, these guidelines for our full-service content production will help you with the initial planning for your project.
Hours of elearning produced
At Can Studios, when we talk about an hour of elearning, we mean the time it takes for a learner interact with the material that we create, for example to:
Final course length = 1.5 hours
Pre-existing video included = 0.5 hour
Course length for costing purposes = 1.0 hour
The time and effort involved in producing a piece of elearning comes from three areas:
Degree of instructional design required – scripting elearning from an existing, structured face-to-face course with clear handouts is less complex than when the raw material is all still in the subject expert’s head!
Type of media assets to be created – using existing library photos or creating simple still graphics is less time consuming than, for example, shooting new video or creating 3D animations.
Technical difficulty of the interactions / structure – a linear tutorial using simple interactions is easier to build than complex, branching scenarios or custom interactions.
Broadly we describe this as the complexity level of the course development. The courses shown below give you examples of work we’ve produced at different complexity levels.
Bite-size technical tutorials
Spirax-Sarco wanted to deliver very technical content in focused micro-learning. Our media designers created avatars based on real Spirax-Sarco experts, and animated them to deliver scripted audio (recorded for the project) next to moving presentations. Using a locking function and knowledge checks ensures that learners grasp each concept before moving on.
Branching scenarios help to contextualise and apply learning in this course for CaLP. A variety of interactions and media convey detailed information without it feeling heavy-text. Custom animation, graphics and audio ensure a consistent and cohesive finished product, communicating the client’s brand and values.
Video-based employment law training
Simple talking-head video presentation with background graphics (all created as part of the project) present detailed expertise accessibly, and allow potential clients to ‘meet’ their solicitor. Notice how the course also provides reference documents for its users. (NB Actual resource contents not available in sample.) Although the interaction is simple, the amount of media production and editing involved brings this to level two.
Can Studios at Park Hill
This demonstration course shows how effective instructional and graphic design can deliver a high-quality learning experience with minimal build complexity. A wide variety of presentation/question interactions engage the user with the content, creating an active learning environment. Its design, while being stylish, has used existing photography and media assets. It uses no branching scenarios, animation or audio.
How long does it take?
The broad rule of thumb we work to is that we can produce one hour of created content, at level one to two, within 12 weeks from the initial project kick-off meeting. Find out more about our production process.
We have delivered finished courses more quickly for urgent projects, and multiple courses can be produced at the same time.
However, projects often take a little longer than this because our clients must fit their input to the project around other work.
How much does it cost?
We always provide a price for each full-service production project based on a detailed specification of your requirements.
However, we can supply guide rates to give you an indication of what you to expect at different complexity levels.