Keeping the learner engaged in an online learning environment is a challenging task. To face this challenge, it is important to present the content in such a way that keeps the learner motivated throughout the elearning course. As instructional designers it is our responsibility to achieve it.
Here are seven elements that can keep your learners motivated throughout the elearning course.
1. Have Clear Learning Objectives
Learning anything without a clear objective is waste of time. Learning objectives help a learner know what he can learn by the end of the elearning course, and how it is useful to him. These objectives must be relevant to the topics that are being covered in the elearning course.
2. Prepare an Outline
An outline gives a clear picture to the learner of what topics are being covered in the elearning course. It gives an idea to the instructional designer on how to present the content in the storyboard.
3. Keep it Simple
A learner may lose his interest when he sees a lot of content on the screen. Chunking can be done in course level and screen level. Course-level chunking determines the hierarchy of the content and screen-level chunking is done at each screen.
4. Make it Visually Appealing
Imagine a elearning course that has only content and no images; feels boring right? To make an elearning course interesting, we need to have images that are relevant to the topic. Images help learners understand the concept clearly and help them remember what they have learned for a long time.
5. Have Interactive Learning
Having various interactivities would make the elearning course engaging and help a learner learn better. It is always preferable to incorporate the content in various interactivities instead of flooding your learners with heavy content.
6. Provide Audio
Including audio is one of the essential components in any eLearning course. Audio clips add interest and engagement to the learner. Narration of entire text on screen may bore the learner, so the audio should emphasize the main points.
7. Include Assessments
Assessments play a vital role in any eLearning course as they help the learners recall the subject they have taken. Besides assessments, include feedback in order to assess the learner’s progress.
These seven instructional design elements help you develop an effective eLearning course. Please do share if you would like to add more to the list.