When I started my career as an instructional designer, I was told to put myself in the shoes of a learner and think when creating storyboards, so that I can understand how a learner feels when he takes up the course. This strategy really works when you want to create learner-centric courses. However, at the end, we only care about what the learners have taken away from the course.
In this post, I’ll share a few tips to create learner-centric courses.
Involve the Learner
Gone are the days when you only have to click the Next button and read the content. It is now time to involve learners and make them think. Including activities and scenarios that relate to the situations they face in their lives and allowing them to take decisions is a very good practice. These activities help improve their decision-making skills and also help retain information for a long time.
Keep It Relevant
When a learner takes up the course, he checks whether the course is useful to him or not. So, it is very essential to communicate the objectives of an online course clearly at the beginning of the course. This gives him a clear picture of what he would gain by the end of the course.
Aligning all the topics covered, activities and assessments in the course with its learning objectives would keep a learner motivated to reach the goal of the course.
It is very difficult to remember too many things at a time. So, it is important to include assessments and activities after every topic to reinforce the learning. Feedback must be given clearly after every correct or incorrect selection of option. This helps the learner retain the information for a long time.
Last but not least, do not ever try to restrict the learner. Always allow him to freely navigate through the course. Adult learners get frustrated if they feel that they are being restricted. If a learner feels that he has good knowledge of a topic, he can be allowed to skip it. This can help him develop interest in the course.
By following these tips, we can develop highly effective, learner-centric courses. Hope you find this blog useful. Do share your views on this post.