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Understanding the Various Content Types Delivered Via eLearning

Written By Pamela Fontenot

Understanding the Various Content Types Delivered Via eLearning

For creating effective eLearning courses, you need to focus on the aspects of technology, content, infrastructure, delivery media and design strategy. While there are different parameters for designing interactive and engaging eLearning courses, using a design strategy suitable for a specific content type is a vital factor for effective eLearning design and development. In this post, we will briefly explore and understand the five basic types of content.

Content Type Definition
Facts
  • Informational (Knowledge Level) The lowest level of learning as described by Benjamin Bloom
  • Simple statements of information
    • Define an atom
    • Label the parts of the brain
    • Recall the 6 levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Demonstration of knowledge by rote recitation from memory

Concepts

  • Knowledge + Comprehension Levels
  • Definition – Groups of objects, events or symbols that share common characteristics and are identified by a common name
  • Move learner from known to unknown

Principles

  • Rules that guide certain actions or explain some change
  • Cause-and-effect relationships used to interpret events

Process

  • Description of how something works
  • May not have distinct steps, but can be a continuum of actions over time

Procedure

  • An ordered sequence of steps necessary to carry out in order to:
    • Accomplish a task
    • Solve a problem
    • Produce an exact end result

From a learning design perspective, your instructional strategy at the micro-level will depend on the type of content you are dealing with. In our next post we will see how each of these content types can be best taught in an online course.

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