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3 Innovative Things Happening with E-learning Design

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3 Innovative Things Happening with E-learning Design

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher said “Change is the Only Constant in Life” This holds good even in the context of organizational training. Over the years, the way the training is delivered has evolved, from classroom training to e-learning, and now it’s bite-sized and mobile.

With changing learner needs and preferences, organizations are innovating new methods to make training easy and effective. Earlier, the duration of e-learning courses was 30 minutes to 1 hour, but now considering the demands on learners’ time, it has come down to 10 minutes.

Here are three innovative ideas you can use in your e-learning courses to make them contemporary and engaging.

1. Making it bite-sized

All employees may not allocate the same time for training. So, it won’t work if the e-learning courses are lengthy. Bite-sized learning has come into existence to address these needs. The duration of these courses is 5 -10 mins, which makes it easy for employees to go through them anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

Where it is useful:

  • Sales representatives are always on the go, you can create bite-sized sales training courses, they can access whenever they have time or a specific need.Making it Bite Sized
  • You can create job-aids as part of product training in the form of bite-sized learning. The rep can simply check them when he has any doubt working with the product.Product Training

2. Gamifying learning

Gamification is the latest buzz word in the e-learning industry. Gamified courses break the monotony of traditional e-learning courses and make them engaging and interesting. To get effective results from gamification in your course, create a story related to the context, give learners a challenge, and provide rewards and timely feedback.

Where it is useful:

3. Creating scenarios

Scenarios are a great way to depict real-life situations in a virtual environment. We can give a situation the learner might encounter in his work life and ask him to make a decision. Once the learner takes a decision, we can show him the consequences and give feedback.

Where it is useful:

  • If you have to teach the types of sexual harassment, you can create scenarios and ask the learner what he should do when he comes across such situations in the workplace.Creating Scenarios
  • Healthcare sales representatives must talk to doctors and convince them to prescribe their products; you can create a scenario, where a doctor questions the sales representative who has to respond and convince him.Health Care Reps

Use these three innovative designs in your e-learning courses to give a unique touch. I hope you find this blog interesting. Do share if you have any other ideas.

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