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6 Best Practices to Consider while Developing E-learning Courses

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6 Best Practices to Consider while Developing E-learning Courses

E-learning is all about learning new skills and knowledge via the internet. E-learning is just NOT about the use of images with bullet points on screen but It is a way of capturing learner’s attention with the help of content specific designs in a self-paced and comfortable environment that meets the learner’s immediate needs.

A good eLearning design always starts with a development plan which is shared with the people involved in developing the project, so that they exactly know what the expectations of the customers / stakeholders are.

E-Learning courses can be good or bad, depending on the skills of the designer/developer. Some of the best practices to consider while developing eLearning courses are:

 Write Meaningful Learning Objectives

  1. Choose Appropriate Technology
  2. Organize Course Content
  3. Use Appropriate Interactivities
  4. Add Assessments
  5. Provide Feedback

Best Practices to Consider:

Write Meaningful Learning Objectives

Develop clear and performance-based learning outcomes that are measurable by the end of the training. The learning objectives help your learners to understand what they will learn after the completion of the course.

Choose Appropriate Technology

Selection of the appropriate technology plays a crucial role in the making of an effective online course. Technology needs to support the learner’s ability to improve their knowledge, skills, and attitude after the completion of the training.

Organize Course Content

Organize and structure your course content in a logical flow, which helps the learner to learn the information effectively. Dividing the content into smaller chunks will help the learner to easily follow and learn the content. Wherever possible, provide additional content that facilitates learner recall. Well-designed courses include learning objectives, informational content, and various strategies used for learning such as examples, non-examples, analogies, case studies, scenarios etc.

Use Appropriate Interactivities

Interactivities, such as these, help engage the learner with the content.

  • Giving “nice to know” information
  • Embedding review questions after each unit
  • Providing explanatory feedback etc.

Keep always in mind that interactivity does NOT mean just clicking the next button or giving reference links.

Add Assessments

E-learning should always give a chance to the learners to assess their understanding. It is important to evaluate learner performance by providing the opportunity to practice new skills. This should happen after the completion of each unit and also after the completion of the course. The assessment questions must be aligned to the learning objectives set for the course.

Provide Feedback

Provide explanatory feedback to learners, within the context of new skills and knowledge. This is a crucial step to confirm the understanding.

Development of eLearning courses is more efficient and effective when all these best practices are used frequently. Please share your views.

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