While developing e-learning courses, the common mistakes that developers make is to include on-screen text, audio narration and graphics simultaneously in the courses. This only overloads learners.
It’s all around
For their learning needs, learners are interacting with peers, exploring their company’s intranet, tapping communities of practice, conducting online searches, going through the company’s Wiki or engaging with SMEs. Informal learning is happening all over the place!
Based on my 11 years of experience building CommLab India, here are some tips that can help build an effective organization, buzzing with energy, delivering results, enjoying working together and growing individually and as a company.
eLearning is a buzzword for companies who invest heavily in training initiatives in order to improve their bottom line. Here are some useful tips and tricks to enhance e-learning initiatives:
A lot of research has been done on instructional techniques to teach concepts. Studies show that concepts comprise of four components: Definition, Examples, Non-Examples and Analogies. Let’s understand each of these in detail and how you can apply this knowledge in developing instructionally sound eLearning courses.
Before we talk about how to market eLearning in your organization, let us see the reasons of why you need to market eLearning. Firstly, I think you have made significant investments into eLearning development and need learners to buy it and most importantly to avoid bad press from the management by demonstrating a clear ROI. So, how would you go about marketing the eLearning solution?
Concepts are the mental representations or prototypes of objects or ideas. They make our language and mental representation efficient. For example, if you have hundreds of chairs, how can you know which kind of chair you really need? You would need to know the kind of chair you want.
Your team created a great course that is interactive and engaging, has well-formulated learning objectives, the optimal use of media and so on. You’d have expected such a course to be a hand down winner – except for one tiny but significant detail – the content kind of seemed ‘all over the place’. Sometimes precious learning time was devoted to covering content that was not really linked to learning outcomes. Ever had it happen with a course you worked on or reviewed? With pressing timelines and pressure to get things done, your storyboarding could easily go off track and you could end up with the situation I’ve described above.
Assessments are added in the courses not only for evaluating the learners’ understanding of the concept but also to make eLearning engaging and effective. Research shows that learning is dramatically improved when learner is asked to respond to question or problem which requires him to recall, analyze, or synthesize new information presented. So, while including the assessments, there are certain guidelines to be followed for making the courses impactful. Here, I would like to share a few tips on designing assessments for eLearning courses:
I think at some point or the other we’ve all been there. Become too comfortable with the way we approach instructional design. What is a demanding creative process soon begins to function as a mechanical routine of assembling all the various pieces together and integrating them into a course. The results are predictable enough – yet another product training or process training or sales training course that is reasonably good (meets the learning objectives and so on), but which fails to generate any long lasting excitement or which fails to create any ‘aha’ moment during eLearning design and development.