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Creating and updating eLearning courses for the LMS

by Kallen Rutledge on 2021-11-29T08:30:00-04:00 | Comments

The process of creating or updating an eLearning course for Nova Scotia Health’s Learning Management System (LMS) has changed in the past year—for the better! The new streamlined process is easier to follow and a lot quicker. Read on about these changes, and how they make course creation and maintenance less daunting.

How has the process changed?

To keep things simple, the creating and updating processes have been divided into two phases: Development and Production.

Phase 1: Development

  • This phase is focused on building your course, including:
    • Designing your slides
    • Filling your slides with content
    • Organizing your content in an appropriate way for learners

Phase 2: Production

  • This phase includes the steps needed to get your course on the LMS, including:
    • Submitting an IT Self-Service ticket
    • Working with Library Services to review and edit your course
    • Sending your course files to the LMS Administrators

Intranet page changes

You can find all of the resources you will need to create or update eLearning courses for the LMS on the Creating for LMS page.

Here you will find key things you need to get started, including:

5 easy steps for creating content for the LMS
  • A handout outlining the steps to create an eLearning online course.
  • LMS Standards and Guidelines – Review these before you begin to ensure the proper ‘look and feel’ of your course.
  • Templates – That’s right! We offer user-friendly templates, formatted with Nova Scotia Health branding, fonts and headings so that you can focus on the course content.

Understanding your role in creating an LMS course

A staff member’s role in creating an LMS course will determine their involvement in the Development and/or Production phase(s) of this work. Key roles in the LMS process, and their respective responsibilities, are as follows:

  • Course author: Staff member responsible for creating/updating course content and organizing it in a logical format appropriate for learners. If the course author is not a subject matter expert on the course topic, they will work with a subject matter expert to develop appropriate course material. 
  • Subject matter expert (SME): Staff member with comprehensive knowledge in the field or topic of the course being developed. They are responsible for ensuring the course content is accurate and up to date. They may or may not be the course author. If not, they will work with the course author to make sure that the content reflects current practice.
  • eLearning developer: Staff member responsible for creating eLearning courses for their department/team. This is not a job title. This staff member uses Articulate software to create eLearning courses; they must have a current subscription to the software. They may or may not be the course author or the subject matter expert. If they are neither, they will work with the course author to input content into Articulate.

Keep in mind

Not every department has an eLearning developer on their team
  • At this time, there is no single group that creates courses for the LMS.
  • Each Nova Scotia Health department/team is responsible for creating their own eLearning courses.
  • Some departments (but not all) have an eLearning developer on their team.
  • LMS Administrators do not create eLearning courses.

If you have questions about these changes or the LMS process, please email LMS@nshealth.ca for more information or sign up for an online 30-minute training session: Intro to LMS: Creating an eLearning Course.

Kallen Rutledge

Librarian Educator, Patient Education & LMS 
Nova Scotia Hospital, Central Zone


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