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4 Best Practices for Designing and Developing E-learning Courses

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

5 Best Practices for Designing and Developing E-learning Courses

A good eLearning course motivates your learners to move forward towards achieving their learning goals. It should focus on keeping the learners engaged at the same time making the learning experience more memorable to the learner.

You can develop high-impact courses that are learner-centricby following certain simple practices. These practices can help you to standardize the development of eLearning courses and also lend consistency to online course development.

Here is a list of the best practices to be followed while designing an eLearning course.

1. Use the best suited technology to develop and host the course

It is important to choose the technology that enables you to evaluate the knowledge and skills of learners. You need to consider how well your learners use computers. Based on this, you need to zero-in on the interactivities. If the learners are not computer-savvy, it is better to include only basic interactivities. The learners of one of our clients did not have any prior knowledge of computers. So, we came up with a strategy of incorporating more videos and kept the interactivities to minimum.

In the same way, identifying the correct medium to host the courses is also important. Assess the following factors before starting the course development for maximized efforts:

  • Will hosting the course on LMS be ideal?
  • Is the company’s intranet a better option to host the courses?
  • Can the learners, who do not have access to internet, have the courses in the form of CDs?

2. Set measurable learning objectives

Effective courses have well-defined learning objectives. These direct the learner what they are expected to demonstrate by the end of the course. Setting learning objectives that are performance-based ensures that the course focuses on the content and includes only essential information. Since online learners can focus for only a limited time, it is best that only information that is relevant is shared.

3. Organize the course content logically

A well-designed course should include a scheduled agenda, measurable learning objectives and appropriate instructional content with suitable examples. You need to engage learners with the right interactivties and choose graphics that convey learning outcomes and also help to recall it. It is better to limit the usage of branching, where the learner has to deviate a long way from the main topic. Provide a glossary and job aids such as downloadable/printable documents in the Resources.

4. Assess after every module/ topic and at the end of the course

Assessments are an important part of the course as they enable learners to review if they have understood the subject well. It is necessary that after the completion of every module or topic, you conduct formative assessments in the form of quizzes, multiple choice questions, jigsaw puzzles, etc. This provides your learners with an opportunity to refer to the course content and review the subject if they have any doubts.

These are some of the best practices involved in designing and developing eLearning courses. Do you have any? Please do share!

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