As an online course developer, our main aim while designing an eLearning is to make the learner stay focused with same zeal and enthusiasm throughout the course. Every online developer must develop a learner- centric approach. He needs to design digital courses with these 2 questions question in his mind.
- What will the learner be able to do after completing the course?
- What are the key challenges faced by him, while taking the course?
Here are the few tips to develop learner-centric eLearning courses:
Understand your learners’ requirements
The ultimate goal of any training program is to meet learners’ expectations. Before you start designing an eLearning course, it is very important to talk to the stakeholders and gather the learners’ expectations for the training program. A simple but the most effective approach to understand the learners’ requirements is by making a group of people jot down their list where they usually get struck.
Plan the design
Keeping the profile of the target audience for your eLearning course in mind, use your creativity and decide on the best possible solution to present the content. Imagine yourself as the person taking the course and design the course accordingly. By putting yourself into your learners’ shoes and thinking from their perspective, you can design courses that meet their needs effectively.
Use effective approaches
Try to use different instructional approaches, such as storytelling, scenarios, role-plays, guided learning activities, etc., depending upon the content type. Embedding these approaches will surely enhance the interest levels of your audience. For example, when you want learners to ‘perform’ rather than ‘inform’, scenarios are be the best option.
Let the learner drive the course
It is very important to allow your learners to take control of your course. This enables the learners to easily navigate through the screens. It also helps them skip unnecessary content and proceed further.
Don’t ‘burden’ the learner by designing content heavy slides
Too much content on the screen confuses the learners and leaves them with ‘half-knowledge’. Try to keep the content short and sweet. Statistics reveal that learners cannot stay effectively, on each slide, for more than 2 minutes. So, divide the content into manageable units of information and try to present the content in a highly captivating manner. You need to use rich graphics, animations, images and interactivities to present the content, so that your learners can retain the information for a long time.
Motivate the learner
When learners are motivated, they find a way to learn. Learner motivation can be enhanced by:
- Setting the stage at the beginning of the course itself
- Aligning learning objectives that learners cares about
- Providing rewards in the form of feedback to the learners
Thus, to design a learner-centric eLearning course, you need a good understanding of your learners’ profile. Before storyboarding, it is important to know about the capabilities, ages, attitudes and other aspects of the learners. With a clear picture of the learners’ profile in mind, it is very easy to develop a course that meets their expectations.