Cost of developing 1 hour of e-Learning – A Better definition

Often when providing the cost to develop a custom e-Learning course, vendors will quote their clients based on the cost per “hour of e-Learning”.

After all, this does seem to make perfect sense logically. When it comes to creating custom e-Learning, the longer your course is, the greater the proportional cost.

So while this hour measure is a fair way to estimate cost, figuring out what “an hour of e-Learning” tangibly means and how much content that actually entails in the real world is not so straightforward.

In fact, doing some quick Internet research will find you various opinions and proposed definitions scattered about. Most of which could be boiled down to two generally accepted ideas, which we will explore in more detail.

Average Time to Complete
The first idea is the notion simple sounding notion of “how long would it take for the average user to complete the developed course in one sitting”. So if the average user would take an hour to complete a developed course then that would translate into 1 hour of e-Learning development.

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