It is time to set up a new eLearning course. That sounds simple enough, at least in theory.
- Sit down, draw up objectives for what the course is expected to convey to students.
- Get curriculum prepared to meet those objectives.
- Prepare assessments to determine how effective you were in presenting information to those who participated in the eLearning course.
It's not that simple. There is an old saying that “if it was easy to do, then everyone would do it,” and the wisdom behind that saying is true for eLearning courses and for presenting information so people actually learn. Students are able to learn best when information is presented in one of several clear and effective instructional design choices. In fact, research has proved that the order and organization of learning activities affects the way information is processed and retained (Glynn & DiVesta, 1977; Lorch & Lorch, 1985; Van Patten, Chao, & Reigeluth, 1986).
The concept refers to the effects that the structural elements of the course have on the information learners encode and remember. This effect relies on the fact that learners’ comprehension is influenced by the text structure used to convey the information. Moreover, it assumes that our brains like the organization of information, which is why chapters, outlines and sections are highly recommended as an instructional method.
To properly organize and sequence content, you’ll first need to consider:
- How to use concept or mind-mapping for analyzing content (to determine which concepts build on others and should be presented first, and know how much to include and what to eliminate.)
- Get to know your learners
- And...Answer these 7 questions before choosing a structure