Are your learners feeling bored of the online courses you have created? In spite of creating highly interactive courses, are you learners dropping out of the course half way?
The e-learning world today uses many powerful rapid authoring tools, which have built-in interactivities, for creating interactive courses in very less time. But, do you really think only having interactivities in the course would ensure learner engagement? If no, then what else can be done to ensure your learners are completely engaged in your course?
The answer is simple – a good instruction. But, how can you design an online course that provides good instruction? Well, you need to have a good instructional strategy and focus on other important aspects. Today, I will share 5 tips to provide good instruction which ensures learner engagement.
1. A crisp and meaningful course title
Long titles can pull off the learner’s attention and make him feel overburdened. So, you must ensure that your course title is crisp and meaningful avoiding unnecessary information.
For example, the title “Safety in Sheet Metal Handling during Stamping Operation” can be written as “Sheet Metal Handling Safety”.
2. Effective and motivating learning objectives
Adults feel the need to know why they have to take the course. They should be told what they will be able to do after taking the course. So, showing appealing and motivating objectives right at the beginning ensures the beginning of a good instruction.
For example, a learning objective like “By the end of this eLearning course, you will be able to handle and dispose data based on its type” can be more effective and motivating rather than the learning objective like “This eLearning course deals with the types of data and the process to handle and dispose them”.
3. Audio only where necessary
We create e-learning courses for adults who can read the content for themselves faster than a narrator. It would be distracting, if the narrator slowly reads out the complete on-screen content. So, it is better to provide detailed audio only for slides that need explanation.
For example, you can provide detailed audio explanation for complex graphics. But, for simple and self-explanatory slides, you need to only introduce the learner to the learning point and ask him to read the rest of the information.
4. Natural and conversational tone of narrator
To ensure a better and an immediate connection with your audience, it is important that the narration sounds authentic and is informative. You need to see that a sense of ‘reliability’ is created. . This goes a long way in making the learner feel that you are an expert in the topic.
Your online course would be more effective if the narration is natural, personable and conversational and not unnatural and self-reading.
5. Learner interaction with content
Interaction with the content means much more than clicking on tabs or numbers. You need to make sure the interaction makes the learner think. For this, you need to add activities and use scenarios and ask him what he would do in such cases. It is also a good idea to start with ice breakers. You can find many more innovative ways to make him interact with the course.
These tips will help you make your instruction effective to engage the learner and ensure that the objectives of your course are met.
So, what are you waiting for? Start designing online courses with these tips in mind, and if you have more of such tips, please share them through your comments.
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