The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant
If you want to create engaging courses you should start considering one main factor: relevance. This means creating compelling courses that speak directly to your audience.
Too much theory, concept and facts can actually be responsible for confusing learner or even retarding the impact of the course. When time is a premium - which it always is - the best eLearning courses make sure that the instruction that follows is directly applicable to the subsequent tasks.
Here are six ingredients that you might consider to help you build relevant eLearning courses that will get your learners actively engaged.
Always focus on creating clear course objectives:
For many students, knowing why are they there and how it will help them makes the eLearning more rewarding. Reality is most learners decide within the first few slides if the course is worth taking. So, tell them why they should care and what you’ll be discussing in the course since the beginning. Give them reasons to continue.
A learner-centric approach is a main pilar of effective eLearning courses. The first step to this approach is to understand the learners and their specific situation.
Here are a few tips to help you create learner-centric courses:
Adult learners want the maximum control possible over their learning process. For example, allow them to control their own pace and select the content they want to learn.
Give students choices and opportunities to make real-world decisions.
Add questions. Make learners reflect on how they can implement the knowledge they’ve just acquired.
Make your content actionable:
Give learners a sense of how to apply the information. There should be a clear action goal; whatever students learn should be put to use in the job upon completion of the course. This way, the modules tell the student precisely how to use the given information.
Respect the audience:
Let your audience know why it’s important to take a particular course. Avoid a cynical or condescending tone and honor the learners.
Simple and appealing design:
eLearning courses that have an attractive and professional look are more credible and relevant to the learner. If your budget isn’t big or your design team is reduced, you can use authoring tools like SHIFT which provide a lot of ready-to-go templates, with a variety of designs and options, making it easy to rely on those for the design part of the course. What you want is elegant, fast and simple design.
Addressing motivation head on!
Lastly, there's the essential attribute of motivation, which should be built into the eLearning course design.Games can be incorporated into the structure of the course, in order to both encourage and engage the student. Research has shown that games do this very well, opening up the mind to instruction by forcing it to think about solutions. eLearning courses that incorporate the student/employee's interests into the structure are always more successful than their counterparts.
Do you have other success factors that make your eLearning courses relevant? Tell us about your experience.