An instructional designer, while designing online courses, has to consider a number of important things to make them effective.These include the content, interactivities, images, graphics, animations, videos and the most important thing – learner engagement. Make sure to be aligned with the content, titles, sub-titles, colors, fonts and images.The use of these elements should be consistent throughout the online course.
In this blog, I’ll share 3 tips to create highly engaging online courses.
In this blog, I’ll share 3 tips to create highly engaging eLearning courses.
1. Add Content in a Structured Manner
As an instructional designer, the most important thing is to know who your learners are. Based on your target audience, organize your content. Always make sure each screen has a bearable amount of content. The learner should not feel overburdened with the content/images. Do not try to add too many graphics, bar charts and content in a single screen. If the images or graphics are self-explanatory, do NOT add an explanation of those graphicsin the screen. Divide the content into 2 parts – “need to know” and “nice to know”. Explain the topics which are not easy to understand in a detailed manner, in a conversational tone, using audio. You can always give additional information in the form of links and PDFs. Keep the content uncluttered and make it learner-friendly.
2. Involve SMEs Very Often
For making your eLearning effective, add real-life scenarios. Seek the help of the SME to make the content effective. Adding case studies is one of the most important ways to engage the learner. Take inputs such as testimonials, real life incidents, videos etc. from the SME to enrich your content. Whatever content you add, make sure that the content is simple and easy to understand. Teach the content to the point, and the learner will stay motivated and learn what is discussed. Make sure the content added is realistic, and learners can apply this knowledge at the workplace.
3. Assess Frequently
In most classroom sessions, the instructor will stop the session and ask questions to confirm the understanding of the content. In eLearning courses,we need to assess the learner frequently to make sure the content is getting across. Adding formative assessments not only helps track their learning,but also helps reinforce the content. For all correct and incorrect answers, give explanatory feedback to the learner to reinforce his learning.
All these tips will help you align with the customer’s expectations and keep your learner engaged. Do add new interactivities aligned with the content.